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Please Vote for MFF

Voting in the 2017 People’s Choice Awards is currently underway! Please show your support for MFF


Back by popular demand! The fundamentals of improvisation are the fundamentals of life.  Listening, agreeing, forwarding action, taking care of your partner and so much more! You’ll be introduced to those lessons as you play games as well as create characters and scenes using a variety of improv and creativity exercises. Whether you want to be on […]

2017 Behind the Screen

Registration is now closed. Walk-ins will be welcomed if there is space available. Sunday, January 29, 2017 University Hall, Montclair State University Click here for BTS Program and Bios We are very excited to announce this year’s line up: Writing for Late Night Comedy Glenn Eichler, Late Night with Stephen Colbert Virtual Reality 101 Kiira Benzing, VR […]

La La Land

MFF Members Please Join Us For One Of This Year’s  Most Talked-About Oscar® Contenders! LA LA LAND Monday, December 5th 7:00 PM Bellevue Theater 260 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair  $14 A breathtaking throwback to the retro look and feel of classic Hollywood musicals, LA LA LAND is a delightful romance filled with magic and whimsy. Written […]

I Want My MFF

 Help Us Raise The Roof On Our New Home To Open April 2017! Proceeds benefit the Montclair Film Festival’s non-profit film & education programs Saturday, February 4th! Wellmont Theater – 5 Seymour Street, Montclair $200 VIP Main Floor Experience (Tax Deductible Amount: $100) VIP TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE DOOR 6:30 pm – 8:00 […]

2018 EFC Registration Now Open

Registration is now open! Submissions will be accepted through March 4th, 2018. General Rules and Guidelines Films must be uploaded or postmarked by March 4, 2018 Winners will be announced on March 26, 2018. Awards ceremony and screening will be held during the Montclair Film Festival April 26-May 6th. Student’s films can be entered into […]

Annual Report (2015-2016)

Click to Open Annual Report We are pleased to share the Montclair Film Festival’s first-ever Annual Report, which captures our history, extraordinary growth, and bright vision for the future. Thanks to your support, the Montclair Film Festival has become a leader in presenting screenings, conversations, special events, workshops, and classes that promote a greater understanding, awareness, […]


Join Us For a Special Screening! MOONLIGHT Monday, October 17th 7:30 PM Bellevue Theater, 260 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair Tickets are $14 A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in […]

Celebrity Fundraiser Announced!

Wow, That Was Weird:   A Post-Election Evening With Stephen Colbert and John Oliver  Saturday, November 19th, 8:00 PM New Jersey Performing Arts Center    We’re proud to announce our 6th Annual Fundraiser, which promises to be an hilarious evening with Stephen Colbert and 2016 Emmy winner John Oliver, who will come together for an on-stage […]

We’re Cool and You Can Be Too!

Be a part of it!  JOIN or RENEW your membership to MFF NOW and get early access to all of our COOL programming and events including our 6th Annual Celebrity Fundraiser that will be announced next week!

Submissions Open for 2017 Festival

Submissions for the 2017 Festival are now open! Celebrating our sixth year, the Montclair Film Festival has established itself as New Jersey’s leading film non-profit, with hundreds of screenings, events, education programs, and community partnerships providing a unique opportunity for our diverse audience to connect with filmmakers working in all different genres and forms. In addition, our […]

JAWS – August 19th

Sink Your Teeth Into Our  Final Free Outdoor Screening Of The Season! JAWS  with live pre-show music by Mamou’s Party! Friday, August 19th Church Street, Montclair Film begins at dusk (approx. 8:45 pm) but come early for live music! When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist […]

The Wiz! Fri. July 29th

When Harlem schoolteacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog from a storm, she’s miraculously whisked away to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East upon her arrival, Dorothy is told about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a wizard who can help her get back to Manhattan. […]


On behalf of all of us here at the MFF and Van Vleck House and Gardens, please accept our sincere apology for the very unexpected, premature and wet ending to our free Summer Series screening of PURPLE RAIN, an evening that started off so beautifully.   With the change of date, the sprinkler system schedule […]

Grab Your #MFF16 Pin

After the movie, spend the day in Montclair and take advantage of great local discounts & deals just for wearing your pin!

Audible Lounge is Open

Stop by and visit us at the Audible Lounge 544 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair Mon. – Sat. 11AM – 5PM Buy tickets in person Browse and purchase new MFF16 merchandise See our amazing Immigration Art Installation Enjoy a cup of coffee from Official Coffee Sponsor, Java Love

#MFF16 Program Announced!

Drumroll, please! We’re thrilled to present the A+ #MFF16 lineup! Join us in Montclair for the 5th Annual Montclair Film Festival: April 29 through May 8. This year’s Festival will showcase over 150 films, special events, conversations, parties, and panels. In addition, over 100 filmmakers and other special guests will join us over the course of ten […]

2016 EFC Winners Announced

The Montclair Film Festival Announces 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Competition Winners This year’s competition, the festival’s 5th annual, features 20 winning films from 17 different area schools. The winning films will be screened at MFF’s annual Emerging Filmmaker Competition ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Wellmont Theater. A complimentary after party for […]

MFF Announces Key 2016 Films

Opening Night Film LIFE, ANIMATED Friday, April 29, 7:30PM, Wellmont Theater LIFE, ANIMATED is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love […]

Tribute to Richard Curtis

The MFF Announces Tribute To Richard Curtis In the first major announcement of the festival season, the MFF is proud to announce that writer, director, and producer Richard Curtis will receive the festival’s inaugural Filmmaker Tribute on Saturday, April 30, 2016, during the 5th annual Montclair Film Festival.   The daylong celebration will feature a […]

Immigration Art Installation

Click on the link below to register for the specific workshop you’d like to attend Sunday, March 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 – 4:00   If you have questions, please contact or

2016 People’s Choice Awards

We are so honored to have been voted NJ’s Favorite Film Festival for the 4th year in a row in the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards, accepted this morning by Senior Programmer Ina Pira! Thank you to DJA and to all of you who voted for us. We can’t wait to share ‪#‎MFF16‬ with […]


TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT BUT THERE WILL BE A STANDBY LINE AND TICKETS WILL BE SOLD IF SPACE PERMITS. TRAPPED Tuesday, March 1st 7:00 pm Bellevue Theater (160 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair) Ticket Price: $12 “U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws have been […]

A Ballerina’s Tale

The MFF and the MFEE present their annual FREE screening in honor of Black History Month.   Saturday, February 27th 3:00 pm Glenfield Middle School 25 Maple Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 This beautiful film tells the inspirational story of African American prima ballerina Misty Copeland and the hard work, dedication, and artistic vision that have […]

Win The Nerdiest Weekend Ever!

In conjunction with our annual fundraiser at NJPAC, we’re thrilled to announce this amazing opportunity to spend the nerdiest weekend of your life with Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams! This Omaze experience is NOT an auction, it is a raffle; every donor has a chance to win the grand prize! We are looking for contributions from $10 […]


  Join us for an exclusive sneak preview of one of the season’s most talked about films! SPOTLIGHT Directed by Tom McCarthy Starring: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery USA/ 128 Min Sure to be the talk of the film award season, SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer […]

Behind the Screen 2015

View photos from the day!     Development: The Walking Dead – from Comic Book to TV Megahit 10:30 am – 11:45 am Joel Stillerman, President of Original Programming and Development for AMC and Sundance TV discusses how the beloved comic book became the #1 TV show. Having overseen the process from inception, Stillerman will […]

Emerging Filmmaker Competition

Submissions are now closed for 2016 Registration for the Montclair Film Festival’s 2016 Emerging Filmmaker Competition (formerly Kidz Shortz) is now open! Submissions will be accepted through March 1, 2016 and the winners will be announced on March 17, 2016. Award Ceremonies and After Party will be held during the 2016 Montclair Film Festival! NEW […]

2015 MFF Fundraiser

Join Stephen Colbert, host of CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” for an evening of fun with director J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Lost”).  This event will feature the pair in a wide-ranging, on-stage look at their influences, ideas, and creative work.  Come and see which geek shall inherit the earth!  Proceeds […]

2016 Submissions

Submissions for the 2016 Festival are now closed. If you have programming questions, please email Celebrating our 5th year, the Montclair Film Festival has established itself as New Jersey’s leading film non-profit, with hundreds of screenings, events, education programs and community partnerships providing a unique opportunity for our diverse audience to connect with filmmakers […]

Film Education Instructors Wanted

The Montclair Film Festival is looking for screenwriters, animators and filmmakers interested in teaching classes as part of our year round education initiative.  Please send resumes to


Get ready for another great feature in our Summer Series PRINCESS BRIDE Friday, August 14 Church Street Film begins at dusk (approximately 9 PM) Bring chairs and come early to enjoy live music beginning at 8 pm by BIG MAMOU

Opening Night Highlight Video

On May 1st, 2015, the Montclair Film Festival kicked off its fourth year Opening Night with a screening of “Hello, My Name is Doris” at the Wellmont Theater.

MFF Recommends…

Looking for recommendations?   Our programming team suggests:    THE ARMOR OF LIGHT  Director Abigail Disney in Person Straight from her World Premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival, Director Abigail Disney will attend our screening of ARMOR OF LIGHT, a film hailed as “a beautiful portrait of two exceptionally courageous people…” and “the most insightful […]

Ticket Sales and Packages

GENERAL TICKET SALES BEGIN MONDAY, APRIL 13TH   ONLINE BEGINNING AT 10:00 AM AT WWW.MONTCLAIRFILMFEST.ORG IN PERSON BOX OFFICE HOURS: Monday – Friday, 12:00 PM – 7:30 PM Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The MFF Box Office is located at 494 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair. TICKET PACKS:  This year we have introduced 10 and 20 packs […]

MFF Announces Entire 2015 Slate

MFF launches the David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking, and the Bruce Sinofsky Prize, honoring Documentary Competition Winner Over 150 films and events taking place during the 10-day festival April 1, 2015 – The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) today announced the festival’s inaugural competition lineups and main slate selections for the 4th annual […]

MFF Conversation Series Announced

The 2015 MFF Conversation Series is Presented by Audible Richard Gere, Jonathan Demme, Barbara Kopple, Stanley Nelson, Michael Ian Black, Bobcat Goldthwait, Abigail Disney, John Battsek, Patrick Wilson, and Jonathan Alter headline the festival’s Conversation schedule             HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS IN MONTCLAIR A Community Conversation Saturday, May 2nd 10:00 AM […]

2015 Kidz Shortz Winners

Announcing the 2015 Kidz Shortz Winners Cinemaniacs- Grades 4-6 Individual, Grand Prize ONE NATION Anthony Hobbs Baltimore, MD Our Lady of Victory School   Cinemaniacs- Grades 4-6 Individual, Honorable Mention STRANDED Talia Cohen-Vigder Montclair, NJ Watchung Elementary   Cinemaniacs- Grades 4-6 Small Group, Grand Prize A SERIES OF BAD IDEAS Milena Testa, Grace Bayne Glenridge, […]

Opening, Closing, Centerpiece Films

Click here for the full press release OPENING NIGHT FILM HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS Director: Michael Showalter Producers: Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker, Daniel Crown, Michael Showalter, Jordana Mollick, Kevin Mann Cast: Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Stephen Root, Jack Antonoff, Natasha Lyonne, Tyne Daly USA/ 95 Min With Michael Showalter in attendance In Michael […]

MFF Kids Art Project

It’s that time of year when kids art featuring their favorite movie starts popping up in store fronts all over town. Join the MFF Kids Art Project on Facebook to learn more.

Sam Green + Yo La Tengo

Tickets are now on sale! Thursday, May 7th at 8 pm The Wellmont Theater 5 Seymour Street, Montclair THE LOVE SONG OF R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER is a “live documentary” by Academy Award-nominated director Sam Green (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND) featuring a live score by the legendary indie rock band Yo La Tengo. THE LOVE SONG OF R. […]

Save the Dates

Member Tickets Are On Sale Wed. April 8th General Public tickets go on sale April 13th.

Please Vote For MFF

We’ve been nominated!  Please show your support for MFF and all of the other nominated Montclair arts organizations including: Montclair Film Festival: Film Festival Montclair Art Museum: Art Museum MAM Yard School of Art: Adult Art Classes MAM SummerArts Camp: Art Camp Montclair Jazz Festival: Music Festival Kasser Theater at MSU: Small Performing Arts Center […]

Little White Lie

This special free screening, in celebration of Black History Month, is presented by the Montclair Film Festival in partnership with the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence and the Montclair Public Schools. Saturday, February 28th Glenfield Middle School 25 Maple Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 Doors open at 4:15 pm Film begins at 5 pm (71 min.) […]

Seymour: An Introduction

Please join us for this special screening of Seymour: An Introduction, directed by Ethan Hawke. Monday, February 9, 2015 7:30 PM (84 min) Bellevue Theater Mr. Bernstein will join us for a Q&A following the screening. Seymour Bernstein was a promising concert pianist whose career lead him to transforming himself from performer into one of the finest piano […]

5th Annual Oscars’ Eve Party

This fifth annual celebration of a great year in film promises to be another memorable evening to another sold-out crowd. Don’t miss the fun… Tickets can no longer be purchased online but will be available for purchase at the door.

Poster Contest Winner Announced

Montclair resident and graphic designer Amanda Ansorge’s design has been selected by the festival to serve as the MFF’s 2015 Festival Campaign. The design, selected from dozens of submissions to the festival’s annual Poster Contest, features a beautiful text treatment and swirling imagery against a bright yellow background and marks an exciting new direction for […]

Film Submissions Now Open

Submit Your Film To The 2016 Montclair Film Festival! Celebrating our 5th year, the Montclair Film Festival has established itself as New Jersey’s leading film non-profit, with hundreds of screenings, events, education programs and community partnerships providing a unique opportunity for our diverse audience to connect with filmmakers working in all different genres and forms. […]

2015 Poster Contest

Deadline has been extended to October 30th! Register Now! Entering our 4th year, the Montclair Film Festival is a non-profit organization, existing to nurture and showcase the talents of filmmakers from around the world. Each year, the Festival creates a cultural focal point in the Township of Montclair that unites, empowers, educates and celebrates our […]

Free yoga with MFF!

Join the Montclair Film Festival for two free yoga classes at Audible Lounge.

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!  

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 […]


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.

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:                                             […]

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!


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: […]