2017 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival

September 5-10, 2017

Our Mission

Combining the laid back beach style of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, a passionate audience of film and culture enthusiasts with the buzz and excitement of a festival celebrating films from across the globe – The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is an amazing experience not to be missed. Come and join us for 6 days in September. Click here to see our 2016 MVIFF line-up.


THE FILMS: The 2017 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival will present a selection of films from around the globe by International filmmakers. Films drawn from top-notch festivals like Sundance, Berlin, and Cannes, with a few surprises thrown in.

CONVERSATIONS: The movies are just the beginning. Making our festival unique we’ll bring guests from film, media, politics, and art worlds to celebrate, discuss and debate the films’ issues.

WALKING FESTIVAL DISTRICT: Meet the filmmakers, attend special events, cocktail parties, artist showcases, and live music at the festival. Check out the great local shops and restaurants. Enjoy the islands amazing beaches and relaxed charm.

THE ISLAND EXPERIENCE: Although most of the festival will take place in village of Vineyard Haven, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore our other Island towns and natural beauty. Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect location for our multi-day festival, with its amazing beaches, sunsets, spectacular chefs, unique shops, and highly influential community.


The Film Program and Special Events at a Glance

The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival includes:

* 40 + of the best films from around the globe
* State-of-the-art MV film Center, within easy walking distance of downtown Vineyard Haven
* 6 Days of unique “Conversations” with guests from film, media, politics, and the art worlds
* Exciting Main street strolling & shopping district
* Live musical events
* Festival headquarters and lounge for mingling
* Local Martha’s Vineyard businesses host dinners,  artist showcases, and more

Festival Difference

What makes our festival different? It’s community-oriented programming inspired by the World around us.  Martha’s Vineyard is a special place and we have designed programs to give back to the community, including promoting commerce in downtown Vineyard Haven and across the Island. We are working with local merchants to create a community celebration that will go hand-in-hand with our festivities.

We also work to develop Island filmmakers: The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival has partnered with local filmmakers (novice and pro) and giving them a chance to participate in the festival by submitting their work inspired by the theme “Think Globally, Shoot Locally.” In 2009, two of those festival “works-in-progress” MOW CREW and HOUSE OF BONES went on to have their island premieres in cooperation with the MV Film Society.

For more details and information on how to submit your local short film or work-in-progress – please contact info@mvfilmsociety.com

Our Festival is also cooperating with various Island non-profit on events/films that focus light on their mission and community services. Contact us if your organization is interested in collaborating, at info@mvfilmsociety.com

Festival Host

The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is presented by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society. The Film Society presents award-winning feature films, documentaries, animation, and shorts from around the world, paired with topical speakers throughout the year. We aim to bring together people of all ages, foster appreciation of the world’s diversity and stimulate discussion through the universal language of film. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

Festival Director

Since 2002, when he founded the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, Richard Paradise has been actively involved in the promotion and exhibition of independent and international films on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard. The Martha’s Vineyard Film Society has become a much loved year-round arts organization screening over 200 films annually, with a membership of over 2000 and annual patronage of over 50,000.

Visiting Martha’s Vineyard for the Festival

To obtain information on getting to and from Martha’s Vineyard, we have asked our partner, the MV Chamber of commerce for its assistance. Please click the link below for information on transportation options.

Getting To Martha’s Vineyard by air, sea and land

To see a map of downtown Vineyard Haven and our venues/locations, please click this link.

For general information on other lodging options, please click this link to the Chamber of Commerce site:

Places To Stay

Your Ticket To the Festival

Our film schedule/program for the 2017 festival will be posted in August.  Our Box Office ( at the MV Film Center) opens dates for on-site purchases in August 2017.  Advance tickets online for all festival passes, movies, and special events available in August.


Contact Us

For any additional questions or comments, please email your inquiry to info@mvfilmsociety.com or
call 774-392-2972.

We hope to see you in September 2017 or sooner at one of our daily MV Film Society screenings at the new Martha’s Vineyard Film Center!

We are grateful to our wonderful patrons, contributors and sponsors

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