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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.


Your signed entry form, entry fee, and playable DVD screener must be postmarked by one of these dates:

September 15, 2014 - Early Bird Deadline - $35
October 15, 2014 - Late Deadline - $45

You may submit entries in one of two ways:

1) Mail a Printed Entry Form: Click here to fill in and print out the Entry Form (PDF version)
2) Submit Online: You may submit on-line through Withoutabox by clicking on the Withoutabox link below.

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Early Bird Deadline – September 15th, 2014: Please fill out this form and include it with your playable DVD and check for $35 for works up to a maximum of 60 minutes.

Late Deadline – October 15, 2014: Please fill out this form and include it with your playable DVD and check for $45 for works up to a maximum of 60 minutes.

Entry Fees: Checks must be issued through a US banking institution. Make checks payable to The Black Maria Film Festival. (Note: we accept checks and money orders.)

Submission Materials: Acceptable format for preview is DVD (NTSC, Region 0 or 1 only).

Please include the following with your entry:
  • Work description
  • Brief bio
  • Artist's Statement

To be notified that your entry has been received, please include a self-addressed and stamped postcard.

Shipping: If your work is selected for the festival tour, 2 COPIES OF YOUR HI-RESOLUTION SCREENER must be sent to the festival, prepaid, to arrive NO LATER THAN JANUARY 5, 2015.


  • Pre-screening officials review all entries in preparation for the panel of jurors. In November, the jurors will consider the work chosen by the pre-screeners and any other entries they may wish to see. Following the jurors’ decisions, the festival director will finalize the work for the festival tour. Awards and selections for the festival tour will be announced in December prior to the festival premiere in February.
  • Selection of awards and works is based on the sole discretion of the jurors and the festival executive director.

Selection Notification: You will be notified of the selections for the 2015 Festival Tour by December 2014.

Questions? Call 201-200-2043 or email jane@blackmariafilmfestival.org or info@blackmariafilmfestival.org for further information.

Submission Terms and Conditions