2019 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival

September 3-8, 2019

Our 2019 schedule of festival films and events will be available in late July


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Our Mission

The recurring theme of the annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is “Other Places, Other People”; the festival’s purpose is to encourage attendees to think broadly (about how huge the world of film is) and deeply (about the universal concerns and desires that unite all people). About 90% of all film selections are non-US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film.

The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival is an amazing experience not to be missed. Come and join us for 6 days in September.


THE FILMS: The 2019 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival will present a selection of films from around the globe by international filmmakers. Films are curated 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 a village of Vineyard Haven, there will be plenty of opportunities 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 a 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

Your Ticket To the Festival

Our film schedule/program for the 2019 festival will be available in August.


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 offer filmmakers a chance to show their best work during our International Juried Short Film Competition. We select 10 films for the program which are shown in a single program, with the announcement of the winner coming at the conclusion of the program. The winner is awarded a $1,000 cash prize and their film is shown again before our Closing Night Film and Program. For more information, or to submit your film for consideration please click the submit button below.

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 1999, 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 2500 and annual patronage of over 60,000.

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 2019 festival will be available in late July/ Early August 2019.


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 2019 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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