Thomas Edison Film Festival | Virtual

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The Black Maria Film Festival is now virtual! Their programming is now available to view from the safety of your home.



The Black Maria Film Festival is now the Thomas Edison Film Festival! We are proud to announce our new name and logo. Films from the 2021 & 2020 seasons and the festival archive are available on-line. Click here.

The 1st annual Edison Innovation Award 2021 was presented to Lynne Sachs “For Pioneering New Forms and Innovation in Film Making” on February 20th at the festival premiere.

The Festival Premiere Program 2021 will be available to view below for the entire week of February 21st thorough February 28th.

The Black Maria Film Festival is an international juried film competition that focuses on short films, including those that shine a light on issues and struggles within contemporary society. Its touring programs include provocative works by diverse filmmakers from across the U.S. and around the world. The Festival’s home is NJ City University in Jersey City, NJ and was named for Thomas Edison’s West Orange film studio dubbed the “Black Maria” due to its resemblance to a type of black-box police paddy wagon known as a “black maria.”
The Black Maria Film Festival has generous support from New Jersey State Council on the Arts; Discover Jersey Arts; Hudson County Executive Thomas De Gise and the Board of Chosen Freeholders; New Jersey City University; WithumSmith+Brown, PC; Monster Remotes; and The Edison Foundations.

For further information, contact the Hoboken Historical Museum, 201-656-2240,; or Jane Steuerwald, Black Maria Film Festival Executive Director,

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