Martha's Vineyeard African American Film Festival

8 - 12 Aug 2017
Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Centre

The African American Film Festival enters its 15th year in Martha's Vineyard in 2017. Celebrating the work of independent and established African American filmmakers, this is one for the film buffs.

Get your popcorn at the ready and grab a front-row seat. We guarantee you won't want to miss this, as five days of African American film come to Martha's Vineyard.

Showcasing feature, documentary and short films created by and starring African Americans from across the world, Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival (MVAAFF) returns to the east coast in August 2017.

The festival is the brainchild of husband and wife duo, Floyd and Stephanie Rance. They wished to provide a nurturing environment for African American filmmakers to test their creativity, and enable them to share the product of this with a captive audience. MVAAFF provides a positive environment for filmmakers to share their thoughts and ideas. Citing his aims for the festival, Floyd Rance has said that he wants the festival to have the vibe of a family reunion or homecoming.

Both independent and distinguished filmmakers are welcome at the festival, and their work addresses a variety of topics and issues that span many communities. Whilst many of these are centered around African American issues, there is also a space for LGBT, Hispanic, Asian and International communities too.

The Early Bird All Access Pass starts at $230 for the five day event, with regular priced tickets on offer closer to the time. All screenings take place at Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center, so find somewhere to stay nearby. In addition to screenings, there will also be parties and events, which in previous years have included an opening night reception.

For budding filmmakers looking to participate, submissions are handled via the official website, starting at $45 for a short film and up to $55 for a feature.

Don't forget that popcorn - we'll see you in the front row.

  • Get there: Fly into Boston's Logan International Airport then take a domestic plane to Martha's Vineyard Airport or take the Peter Pan Bus then the ferry.
  • Stay: Find a hotel by the sea.

*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!