Black Maria Film + Video Festival

Years running: 42 (since 1981)

Black Maria Film + Video Festival

International film and video festival.


The Festival Mission has been to celebrate and recognize diverse independent shorts up to 1 hr. or shorter and made within 3.5 years of the submission date. We conduct a juried annual competition with awards to 40 to 60 works chosen for the tour to 60 or more host venues per season. It is the tradition of lively inquiry, innovation, open artistic exploration, independent vision, and illumination of the human condition in all of it's manifestations that motivates the festival's work on behalf of contemporary film and video.

Today the works exhibited by the Black Maria Film + Video Festival represent a mosaic of diverse film and video forms (documentary, experimental/alternative, animation, fiction, and hybrid forms) with an emphasis on personal, poetic, human interest and otherwise insightful, creative and varied approaches to any given subject or genre. The Festival Tour exhibits the winning works in various thematic and artistic configurations tailored to diverse audiences at venues which are conducive to the genuine appreciation of the work.

Moviemaker's Spring 2010 issue lists the Black Maria Film + Video Festival as one of "25 Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee in 2010."



  • Narrative,
  • Experimental,
  • Animation,
  • Documentary.


Special Jury Awards - for films in each category.



The Black Maria Film Festival is primarily a showcase for short works. We do not accept any films over 60 minutes in length. If you have a feature length film you wish us to consider, you MUST be prepared to provide a cut with a maximum running time of 60 minutes 

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Pay entry fees,
  • Send DVD with submitted film by mail.


Selection Media Type

  • Blu-Ray

Screening Media Type

  • Blu-Ray

Audio language:


Subtitles language:


Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

John Columbus (Festival Director).



United States
New Jersey

Official Website



c/o Media Arts Department, Fries Hall
New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City NJ 07305

Phone: 201 200 2043
Fax: 201 200 3490

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    June 01, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    October 15, 2021
  • Notifications
    December 15, 2021
  • Event Dates
    11 February — 31 December 2022
Categories & Fees
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Regular Deadline — $30

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