The Black Maria Film Festival seeks diverse, expressive, and passionate short films and
videos by independent makers. The festival is named after Thomas Edison's motion picture
studio, and is known for its support of spirited, cutting edge, and otherwise singular films.
The Black Maria Film Festival is committed to works that explore the potential of the medium to
illuminate, provoke, enrich, and engage viewers. Imaginative and revelatory films are sought
including work that provides insight into the human condition and political, social, and
environmental issues, and work that addresses the lives of people with disabilities.
The Black Maria Film Festival welcomes work to be considered for the Global Insights Stellar
Award - films that focus on the environment, people with disabilities, and/or issues of social justice.
The festival's 35th Annual Festival Tour commencing in February 2016, has instituted a new
submissions category to encompass films that include closed-captioning as part of the productions.
The festival jury will judge all films designated in this entry category separately on the individual
merits, and closed-captioned films chosen by the jury for the festival tour will be made available to
host sites upon request.