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House Party Gets Its Groove On

by Charmaine Patricia Warren Begun from the idea of celebrating the exceptional roster of black films at the Montclair Film Festival, this year’s House Party—named with a wink to the 1990 hit movie–proved to be another evening of coming together to do just that…and of course, to party. Some of the black films selected this […]

Girl Adopted Gets You in Every Way

by Traci Marqui Girl Adopted made by filmmakers Melanie Judd and Susie Mutamed is plainly a story of love because two Christian chicken farmers from a small town in Arkansas decide to do an extraordinary thing. They adopt a girl from Ethiopia named Weynsht. Is she the token black girl in the town? Yes and no, as […]

Althea: Greater than ‘Love’

by Caroline Purcell Clark The lobby of Montclair’s Clairidge Theatre was abuzz with pre-film chatter as eager moviegoers congregated for the Thursday night viewing of Rex Miller’s Althea. This fantastic, yet bittersweet, documentary on Althea Gibson, the first African American tennis player to win grand slam tournaments in the 1950s *, illuminates the major strides […]

Beneath the Harvest Sky’s Realism

by Alison Crisp Stockley From the award-winning documentary (The Way We Get By) filmmaking team, Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly make a formidable foray into feature films with Beneath the Harvest Sky, a gritty and intense coming-of-age drama set in the small northern farm town of Van Buren, Maine. It’s harvest break, a time when […]

MFF Banner Bags! Get One Today!

What’s the coolest locally made accessory that also boasts film festival history? Montclair Film Festival’s Banner Bags…of course! The bags are made by local artist Claire Cohen (Montclair Made), who works mostly with vintage textiles and recycled items, or rather, upcycled items. Click here for a fun interview with Claire on Montclair Patch. The MFF Banner […]

“Women Aren’t Funny” Really?

by Joyce Kaffel In the film, Women Aren’t Funny, comedian Bonnie McFarlane is on a quest for her own holy grail which is the answer to the burning question of whether or not women are funny, as judged by male and female comics, and a few regular people. She calls her film a “cocumentary,” a […]

Putting it All On the Line

by Bob McGee Sasha Ruether, director of Brothers on the Line has created a stunning and compelling documentary. Brothers on the Line tells the story of the Reuther brothers, Walter, Vincent and Roy. Sons of a German immigrant who was brought up in Germany under a socialist democracy, the brothers adopted the political ideology of their father. […]

Diversity is the Fodder for Good TV

by Kevin Walter Last night at the Audible Lounge on Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair Film Festival held its free panel discussion on the New Golden Age of Television and panel member Tom Fontana summed up the main takeaway of the evening with this hashtag worthy statement: “Every new venue is a great thing” for television. Fontana, whose writing […]

Filmmaking in NJ Panel Enlightens

by Jennifer Fidlon-Bugat What do Boardwalk Empire, Not Fade Away, Hurricane and The Oranges have in common? Their stories are set in New Jersey but the TV series and movies were filmed in New York and Canada, where the tax incentives are much more advantageous for filmmakers. What do Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit and […]

Opening Night Deliciously Delightful!

by Glenn Schuster Monday night’s screening of Jon Favreau’s Chef at the Wellmont Theater kicked off the 3rd Annual Montclair Film Festival in style! The excitement in the packed theater was palpable as Bob Feinberg, the Festival’s founder and chairman, took the stage to thank the sponsors and Festival staff and speak briefly about how […]

20 Feet from Stardom Wins Oscar!

Congratulations to 20 Feet from Stardom director Morgan Neville and producers Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature! The documentary about the trials and tribulations of back-up singers grew from an idea by Friesen, a veteran music executive who enlisted Neville to direct. Friesen died from complications of leukemia […]

Oscar Eves’ Party, Quite the Buzz!

The Montclair Film Festival held it’s 4th Annual Oscars’ Eve Party on Saturday, March 1st celebrating the film industry and our vibrant arts community. Held at Chill on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, the party was filled with a slew of fun touches and activities from the “paparazzi” outside, to the “step-and-repeat wall” inside, a performance […]

We Have a Winner and a Poster!

The Montclair Film Festival in partnership with The Montclair Art Museum has named Jennifer Lange of Bloomfield the winner of our 2014 Official Poster Contest. After Lange’s design was chosen, Jesse Bussey embellished and polished the design to it’s final stage resulting in one of a kind imagery for MFF 2014! Lange’s design will be unveiled […]

MFF Mention from Colbert!

Host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report and Montclair Resident, Stephen Colbert mentions the Montclair Film Festival during his interview with Darlene Love on the show February 25th. Love was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Twenty Feet From Stardom, which premiered at the MFF 2013 opening night gala. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive

The Votes are In!

THE VOTES ARE IN! Thank you for voting for MFF as your “Favorite Film Festival” for the second year in a row in the People’s Choice Awards. We can’t tell you how much this honor – and your support – means to us. We look forward to providing another exciting year of programming and […]

Valentines Day!

Need a gift for your sweetheart?  How about the gift of film? With the 2014 Festival only 3 months away, MFF Bucks make the perfect gift for the movie lover in your life!  They can be redeemed for tickets, membership or merchandise. Order your MFF Bucks here!  

Three MFF Alums Oscar Nominees!

Nominees have been announced for 2014 Oscars and three of the five nominated Documentary Features are MFF 2013 alums, including our opening night film! The Act of Killing Dirty Wars Twenty Feet from Stardom  Click here to visit the official Oscar Nominee page.

Colbert/Fallon a Laugh Riot at NJPAC

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon caused a laugh riot on Sunday, November 24th at the lovely NJ Performing Arts Center as they joked, improvised, answered questions, and even sang, at a benefit fundraiser for the 2014 Montclair Film Festival. Read more about Stephen Colbert In Conversation with Jimmy Fallon below: Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon Let Loose […]

In Conversation: Colbert and Fallon!

MFF is proud to present Jimmy Fallon in Conversation with Stephen Colbert November 24th at 8 PM at NJPAC in Newark, NJ!!   Tickets NOW on sale! Click here for full details.  

MFF 2014 Poster Contest!

Registration is now open for the Montclair Film Festival 2014 Poster Contest! Your design could be the official poster for our 3rd annual festival. Click here for full details regarding submissions and deadline.

Winners announced Feb. 3rd

Winners will be announced on the MFF website February 3, 2014. The awards Ceremony will be held on February 27, 2014.

Concussion in Theatres!

Montclair Film Festival Alum, Concussion, written and directed by local resident Stacie Passon, hits theaters, iTunes and video-on-demand Friday, October 4th. Click here to view a recent New York Times article featuring Concussion. Click here for film web site.

MFF Alum Wins Emmy Award!

Congratulations to MFF 2013 Alum Robert Trachtenberg for winning an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Non-Fiction Programming for American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise! Click here to view American Masters: Mel Brooks: Make a Noise.

After Tiller Opening 9/20 in NYC

Montclair Film Festival alum, After Tiller is opening in New York City from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22. If you missed this film during the Festival, find out all about the movie here. Buy tickets to a downtown screening at Film Forum here Buy tickets to an uptown screening at the Film Society of […]

Interview with Thom Powers

In case you missed it in The New York Times on August 29th, check out this fantastic article about Montclair Film Festival’s Artistic Director, Thom Powers. Kingmaker for Documentaries

NY Times Spotlight on MFF Alums

Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott, film critics for The New York Times, discuss an international assortment of rising young filmmakers in “20 Directors to Watch”. Included are Montclair Film Festival alums Sarah Polley, Stories We Tell, Terence Nance, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, and Andrew Bujalski, Computer Chess. Click here for for the discussion and a special […]

Life and Living Features MFF 2013

NJTV will present a three part series featuring exciting interviews and highlights from Montclair Film Festival 2013 on Life & Living with Joanna Gagis. The series will air on the following dates: September 7, 2:30 PM September 14, 2:30 PM September 21, 2:30 PM Click here for more details.

Summer Screening, September 6th

Grab a chair and join us Friday, September 6th at the Bellevue Avenue branch of the Montclair Public Library for the fifth and last film in our line-up of FREE outdoor SUMMER SCREENINGS, Holes. The screening will begin at 9 PM. The Bellevue Avenue branch of the Montclair Public Library is located at 185 Bellevue Avenue. Rain […]

Back in Black at MFF

by Christopher Dixon The Montclair Film Festival continued the 2013 Summer Series with its presentation of 1997’s well-loved comedy, Men in Black. The comedy-thriller was an enormous hit that spawned two sequels. The night was clear as crowds gathered on closed-off Church Street for the start of the film and many eateries were packed as […]

One on One Features MFF 2013

One on One with Montclair’s own Steve Adubato featured Montclair Film Festival 2013 in six segments that you can view by clicking on the links below. Montclair Film Festival 2013: Opening Night Montclair Film Festival 2013: Part 1 Montclair Film Festival 2013: Part 2 Montclair Film Festival 2013: Part 3 Montclair Film Festival: Best Kept […]

Behind the Scenes of Breaking Bad

One of the most exciting film panels during Montclair Film Festival 2013 featured Breaking Bad Cinematographer Michael Slovis along with Joel Stillerman, AMC’s VP of Original Programming, Production and Digital Content. Giving what amounted to an incredible two-hour master class, Slovis talked about the specific look of the series, the artistic and editorial choices that went […]

Summer Screening, August 16th

Grab a chair and join us Friday, August 16th on Church Street, one of Montclair’s favorite destinations for strolling, eating and shopping for the fourth film in our line-up of FREE outdoor SUMMER SCREENINGS, Men in Black. The screening will begin at 9 PM. Church Street will be closed to vehicular traffic. Rain date is Friday, […]

Wasteland Available on Demand

Rowan Athale’s British heist film Wasteland–touches of Ocean’s Eleven and The Usual Suspects as an ex-con schemes against a drug kingpin–screened during Montclair Film Festival 2013 became available on demand and digital platforms on July 9th ahead of a limited theatrical run that starts July 26th. Click on link below to view the movie trailer.

MFF Summer Series 2013

The Montclair Film Festival’s 4th Annual free outdoor SUMMER SCREENINGS series will feature four more films this summer on 6/21. 7/18, 8/16 and 9/6.

Remember to Forget

by Joyce Kaffel If you’ve ever known someone in the throes of memory loss, First Cousin Once Removed strikes a note, or more of a familiar chord. For those who have had no experience with loved ones unable to remember the pieces of their lives, the film is eye-opening and perhaps disquieting. First Cousin Once […]

Every Day is a Holiday

by Tanya Manning-Yarde After his mother’s passing, a centenarian of wise years and generous heart, my cousin began renovating his Brooklyn childhood home. Pulling up well-lived carpets, he discovers the floor underneath protectively covered by newspapers from 1947, the year his parents purchased the brownstone. Resourcefully, he did not quickly discard the papers, fire hazard […]

Best Kept Secret Enlightens

by Maura Thompson The Montclair Film Festival was host to the New Jersey premiere of Best Kept Secret, a film that had its world premiere at the International Film Festival of Boston where it took home the Audience Award for Documentary prize. After a brief introduction by MFF Artistic Director Thom Powers, Senator Bob Menendez […]

Sourlands, Now and in the Future

by Maura Thompson The Sourlands is a region in central New Jersey surrounding the Sourland Mountains. The land contains the largest stretch of unbroken land in the state, many farms, forests and sustainable energy researchers and start-ups. The movie, Sourlands, takes a close look at each of these communities and their role in the economic […]

Rafea: Solar Mama Sheds Light

by Merve Fejzula It would seem difficult in the era of laptops and cell phones to describe electricity as a luxury of modern technology. However, like many basic necessities industrialized countries often take for granted, there are still places in the world where the power to cook food and heat a home are precious. Rafea: […]

Summer Series Kicks Off with Annie!

Join us at sundown on Fri. May 31st at Presby Iris Gardens for a free outdoor sing-along screening of Annie.  Movie will begin at approx. 8:45pm; raindate is June 1.  Bring a lawn chair and be ready to sing to lyrics on the big screen! Directed by John Huston, this 1982 classic features a star-studded […]

Girl Rising Resonates

by Lauren “IV Valentine” Tyler Girl Rising a social-issues film produced by 10×10 Productions and directed by Richard E. Robbins captures nine stories about nine girls from nine countries; nine ways to conquer everything from social norms to homelessness. Each story is poetically narrated by some of Hollywood’s finest including Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek, Selena […]

Young Filmmakers Impress

by Jorge Lucas Amid the seasoned and amateur independent filmmakers headlining the Montclair Film Festival’s marquee, young students too had the chance to showcase their films in the Kidz Shortz contest. Challenged to produce a short around a single prompt – “Freedom…to me” – 4th through 12th graders from across the country submitted their unique […]

You Will Be My Son

by Karen Backstein To create a fine wine, you first need what the French call terroir (what the elements of the soil impart to the taste of the grapes), along with cultivation and care. To raise a child, you need much the same thing: the right “growing conditions,” plus affection and attention. While Paul de […]

The Crash Reel Packs a Punch

by Jorge Lucas Of the many hard-hitting documentaries closing out this year’s Montclair Film Festival, only one took us to the extremes of action sports. The Crash Reel addresses the oft ignored dangers of action, or what we call “extreme,” sports through Kevin Pearce, a 2009 Olympics hopeful whose snowboarding career came to a tragic […]

Magic for Moviegoers

by Jessica Gonzalez Moviegoers were greeted on the steps of the Montclair Kimberley Academy by a fire eater in a green kilt and face paint, much to the delight of parents and children alike as they headed in to see Judd Ehlrich’s Magic Camp. Co-presented by Barista Kids, Magic Camp documents one week in the lives […]

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

by Lauren “IV Valentine” Tyler Directed by George Tillman Jr. who is also known for films such as Faster, Notorius, and the hit Soul Food, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete takes us into a Brooklyn, New York housing project and introduces us to best friends, Mister,14 and Pete, 9 as they try to survive alone […]

Inside Gideon’s Army

by Tanya Manning-Yarde Gideon’s Army follows the lives of three new young public defenders. Filmmaker and former litigator Dawn Porter chronicles the trials and tribulations of neophytes Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander, and June Hardwick as they reconcile advocacy of impoverished clients with the harsh reality accompanying it. Each share reasons for becoming defenders and face […]

Concussion is a ‘Hit’

by Christopher Dixon A concussion is a ‘jarring’, or a shaking up of the status quo, and that’s what the movie Concussion did on May 5th as the second Montclair Film Festival drew to another successful close at the Bellevue Theater in Upper Montclair. As I entered the theater 45 minutes early, there was already […]

Life May No Longer Be a Beach

by Christopher Dixon Enjoy the beach while you can, because the ocean seems to be reclaiming what was once its own. The Montclair Film Festival featured the world premiere of Shored Up on Sunday, May 5th at the Montclair Kimberly Academy. The crowds turned out to hear what this important film had to say . . […]

Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp

by Julian Ambler In a sold out showing, Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp made its domestic debut at the 2013 Montclair Film Festival. A long line of people waited in a stand-by line to claim what ended up being only a few empty seats in the theater. Iceberg Slim, the nom de plume of the […]

Getting the Big Picture with Slovis

by Christopher Dixon Michael Slovis stopped by the Montclair Film Festival on May 4th to discuss the art of cinematography, his participation with the groundbreaking series Breaking Bad, and just what it meant to be a cinematographer. The audience, a group of diverse people were there for various reasons . . . some there because […]

NJ Shorts: Musical Journeys

by Merve Fejzula In the final scene before the credits roll, the mysterious rock star character of Every Word Handwritten declares, “This, by far, has been the most fun I’ve ever had.” Judging by the reactions of the delighted audience, there was plenty of fun to be had at Montclair Film Festival’s presentation of NJ Shorts: […]

Violet and Daisy…and Fletcher

by Betsy Boesel Sagges Arriving at the MFF screening of his directorial debut, Geoffrey Fletcher, the Academy-Award-winning screenwriter for Precious, was gracious and charming, and eager for the audience to see Violet & Daisy, his first feature film. “Watch it with an open mind,” Fletcher urged. “The film starts and ends in starkly different places […]

Cocktails Anyone?

by Don Feinberg Hey Bartender screened at the Montclair Film Festival last Friday follows the stories of two bars, a struggling suburban corner bar and a thriving NYC hotspot. It portrays the owners and bartenders and what motivated them to do what they do. The history of the bartender since prohibition is examined and the evolution of the […]

‘Valley of Saints’ Vision

by Jessica Gonzalez Writer and director Musa Syeed had never been to Kashmir before the creation of Valley of Saints. During the Q&A session after the film, he admitted with a sheepish grin that he didn’t even speak Kashmiri while growing up in Bloomington, Indiana. Syeed’s family fled Kashmir after his father was held as a […]

Mel Brooks Makes Many Noises

by Joyce Kaffel While a couple of Mel Brooks fans waited in the Claridge Cinema lobby to see Mel Brooks: Make A Noise, their desire for a film filled with the iconic comedian’s shtick was overheard: “I hope we’ll get to see him in action, he makes everything funny,” said one of them. “Well, yes, […]

Gideon’s Army Sold-out Screening

by James Feinberg Montclair native Dawn Porter’s documentary, Gideon’s Army was shown in the first of two sold-out screenings on Tuesday, April 30th. The film follows the dedication, triumphs, and failures of three young public defenders in Georgia and Mississippi. After the screening, Film Festival Executive Director, Raphaela Neihausen interviewed Ms. Porter, as well as […]

Oh, What an Opening Night!

by Glenn Schuster As if our town didn’t already have so much to offer, the Montclair Film Festival’s opening night screening of Twenty Feet from Stardom on Monday, April 29th at Montclair State’s University beautiful Alexander Kasser Theater and after-party has given me reason to love Montclair that much more. From a glimmer in Co-Founder Bob Feinberg’s […]

Belafonte at NJPAC!

by Karen Backstein A celebration of Harry Belafonte—his life, his work, and his politics—took place at NJPAC in Newark on Sunday, April 28th. A kind of “pre-game” event before the Montclair Film Festival officially started the following evening, it featured a screening of the 2011 documentary Sing My Song, followed by a post-movie discussion with […]

A Girl and a Gun

by Tanya Manning-Yarde A Girl and a Gun instigates a discomfiting albeit necessary conversation about firearms, illuminating the fantasies, frights and fascination associated with them. Filmmaker Cathryne Czubek gains access to the chambers (literally and figuratively) of women’s personal experiences with firearms, and with surgical precision unfolds their revelations. Intersecting issues around gender, identity, history, […]

The What-is-It Wows Again

by James Feinberg The What-is-It, a one-of-a-kind Montclair Film Festival Event that debuted at the inaugural film festival last year, was well-received from a near-full house at MKA on Saturday night. Daily Show producers/writers and stand-up comedians Rory Albanese, Adam Lowitt and Elliot Kalan (after performing about five minutes each of their respective routines) satirized […]

Fall to Grace

by James Feinberg Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of the former Speaker of the House, directed Fall to Grace, a documentary about the charity work of previous New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey. For the past eight years, Governor McGreevey has been working with female prisoners in our state who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn in […]

Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride

by James Feinberg Amy Nicholson’s documentary, Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride follows the trials and tribulations of one of Brooklyn’s most famous neighborhoods, Coney Island, using the Zipper ride as a focus. Tracking the story of a controversial rezoning deal between the city of New York and real estate developer Joe Sitt in 2007-2009, the […]

Shout Out to MFF from Colbert!

Host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report and Montclair Resident, Stephen Colbert gives a shout out to the Montclair Film Festival before signing off for the night on Wednesday, May 2nd! The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive


Films from around the world span the gamut of emotions.


Bring out the kids and the teens – MFF 2013 has something for all of them!


16 nonfiction titles make up the MFF 2013 documentary section.

Music on Film

Thirteen films explore music at this year’s festival.  Titles include Muscle Shoals about the famous Alabama recording studios (pictured), Johnny Cash’s America with director Morgan Neville in attendance, Brothers Hypnotic about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Christian McBride presenting the 1968 Steve McQueen classic “Bullitt”, with a classic jazz score.

In Conversation

Ice-T, David Carr, Alex Gibney and Michael Moore appear in conversation at MAM on May 5!

New Jersey Stories

MFF celebrates NJ filmmaking with several dozen feature-length and short films.


We’re funny! Come sample some of MFF’s extensive comedy offerings.

MFF Sneak Preview Last Thursday

by Rebecca Leffler The Montclair Film Festival will be bringing more and Moore to its second annual event with an impressive line-up of 80 anticipated titles and a visit from over 100 special guests including Michael Moore, Lake Bell and Ice-T. “The 2013 MFF will be a work of art complete with a colorful palette of […]

Kidz Art Project for MFF 2013!

The Montclair Film Festival, along with Barista Kids, needs kids of all ages to decorate Montclair for the 2013 Montclair Film Festival!  Kids are invited to come draw a picture of their favorite film to be displayed in business windows through this year’s festival, which runs April 29 – May 5. We want to welcome […]

MFF Membership Has Its Privileges!

The 2013 Montclair Film Festival is less than a month away so it’s time to think about which events you want to attend and what films to see. With a MFF Membership, not only do you get perks to our year-round events, but you get the opportunity to purchase tickets ahead of the general public […]

Join us at MAM for 2013 MFF Line-up!

Join us this Thursday, April 4th at the Montclair Art Museum’s Free First Thursday Nights program as we announce this year’s Festival line-up!  Some highlights for the evening include: Late hours, 5–9 p.m. Free admission to the galleries. Check out the exhibitions on view. Full-service bar with special First Thursday Night prices provided by Egan & […]

The Festival is Coming . . .

THE FESTIVAL IS COMING . . . THE FESTIVAL IS COMING! You’ve been waiting in anticipation an entire year and now it’s almost here! The Montclair Film Festival 2013 line-up will be announced Thursday, April 4th and tickets will go on sale to members.  Tickets will be available to the general public on Sunday, April […]

“Destination Montclair” Interview

Check out this interview with MFF’s Executive Director, Raphaela Neihausen on the most recent episode of Destination Montclair. View the episode now or watch the show when it airs: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 PM from April 24th until June 2nd on Montclair TV34.

Thom Powers Interview on WFDU-FM

Please click on link below to hear the radio interview with MFF’s Artistic Director, Thom Powers  on WFDU-FM, April 14th.

MFF Voted Best Film Festival

The Montclair Film Festival was voted Best Film Festival in Discover Jersey Arts Fifth Annual People’s Choice Awards. Nearly 7,000 total ballots were cast in all categories. On Thursday, March 21st, the awards were presented at the 2013 New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City. From left: Montclair Mayor Robert D. Jackson; Luther Flurry, […]

Kidz Shortz Awards Reception

A special reception for  Kidz Shortz Families and MFF members PLEASE RSVP BY: March 22nd to The winning films will be screened throughout the evening. Thank you to our event hospitality sponsors:                                             […]

Inocente Wins Academy Award

Congratulations to Inocente directors, Sean Fine & Andrea Nix, winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film! Last year the award-winning husband and wife documentarians took to the crowdfunding site, Kickstarter to raise funds to finish and promote their film about Inocente, a documentary the Montclair Film Festival was proud to present as part of its inaugural […]

Venus and Serena

by Abbe Harris MFF Captures Audience with Screening of Venus and Serena in Honor of Black History Month A diverse and enthusiastic crowd didn’t let a miserably rainy day stop them from celebrating Black History Month with the Montclair Film Festival and their free screening of Venus and Serena at the Glenfield Middle School on Saturday afternoon. […]

Kidz Shortz 2013

Kidz Shortz Awards Reception has been rescheduled to March 28th CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2013 WINNING FILMS

MFF Wins Peoples Choice Award

MFF is very excited and honored to have been chosen “Favorite Film Festival” by the voters!  We plan to live up to this honor by bringing you an even bigger and better Festival this April 29th through May 5th! Thank you!

2013 Oscar Nominated Shorts

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT Come see all the Academy-Award nominated short films! They will be screened on the actual day of the Awards, Sun. Feb. 24th, 2013 from 10am – 5:30pm at Montclair State University, in University Hall, Room 1070 (directions below). For the past three years, these “underdogs” of the Academy have been […]

Venus and Serena

Reservations are highly recommended but not required.  Those with reservations will be seated first. RESERVE SEATS   

Oscars’ Eve Party!


Brothers in the Business

by Liz Dircks If there was one event to attend where two late-night comedians shared advice, insight, and absurd stories surrounding their wildly-popular satirical shows …  this was it. Piggybacking on the success of last year’s A Conversation with Stephen Colbert fundraiser, the Montclair Film Festival hosted Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert at […]

MFF 2013 Film Submissions are Open

Submissions are now open for the 2013 Montclair Film Festival. Please click on the below Withoutabox link for all eligibility requirements and submission details. MFF will be accepting feature films (55 min. or longer) for the following program strands: Comedy Competition, Fiction Showcase, Documentary Showcase, Family Films, New Jersey Spotlight (shorts also eligible for this […]

Behind the Screen/Media Careers 101

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Montclair Film Festival and Montclair State University’s Film Department present: Behind the Screen: Media Careers 101 A day of FREE one hour seminars on careers in filmmaking by industry professionals. These seminars are for high school and college aged students. Sunday, December 9, 2012 Montclair State University University Hall 9:45am – 5:30pm […]


The Montclair Film Festival presented the World Premiere Screening of Bad Parents on Wednesday, October 3rd to a sold out audience.  Director, Caytha Jentis and cast members including Janeane Garofalo, Reiko Aylesworth, Rebecca Budig and Ben Bailey also attended and participated in an audience Q&A following the film. Check out photos from the event on Facebook: […]

Summer Series Ends on High Note

by Christopher Dixon The Montclair Film Festival ended its Summer Movie Series with the showing of the John Hughes 1985 classic, The Breakfast Club–arguably one of the all-time best high school flicks ever made, and one of Hughes’ most identifiable works.  This film strikes a chord with everyone who sees it, and tonight was no […]

MFF 2012: Sizzle Reel

Check out the sizzling video recap of the incredibly exciting and successful first ever Montclair Film Festival!

Life & Living with Joanna Gagis

Life & Living with Joanna Gagis Montclair Film Festival programs, Parts 1 & 2 will have an encore performance this weekend and next on NJTV.  Below is the broadcast schedule for both airings. Alternatively, click on the links below to download each program for viewing. Montclair Film Festival, Part 1 Sat. 8/25 NJTV 2:30PM Montclair Film Festival, Part 2 […]