2016 Submissions


Submissions for the 2016 Festival are now closed.

If you have programming questions, please email programming@montclairfilmfest.org.

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. In addition, our festivals hosts dozens of film and television professionals, offering filmmakers a chance to forge new relationships across the industry. 

Featuring a rich program of films in the Fiction, Non-Fiction, World Cinema, Short and Student Filmmaking categories, as well as a program dedicated to the work of filmmakers from New Jersey, The Montclair Film Festival offers emerging and established artists to present their films in a world-class screening environment, with curated competitions, Audience Awards, and opportunities to reach attending members of the national press. 

Located just a short ride away from New York City, with public transportation directly into midtown Manhattan, Montclair offers a relaxed community environment with sophisticated audiences deeply engaged in the art of film.   

Submit your film today and join us for The 5th Annual Montclair Film Festival, April 29-May 8th, 2016! We can’t wait to see your work!


Early bird Deadline: November 20th, 2015

Regular Deadline: December 14th, 2015

Late Deadline: January 8th, 2016

Extended Deadline: January 15th, 2016

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Seeking a Friend Screening – Recap

It was a warm welcome for Montclair State University alumna Lorene Scafaria. The Writer and Director of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World took questions after a screening (and the East Coast premiere!) at MSU’s Kasser Theater on June 21, 2012. The film premiered around the country the next day and stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.

See the full gallery HERE

Q & A with MFF’s Thom Powers and audience members (about 6 minutes)

Read the Barista.net review of the event HERE

MFF’s 2nd Annual Pre-Oscar Party



Audi Logo
Comedy Central Logo

RBC LogoNB Black Logo


Affinage Cheese Shop
Ah’ Pizz
Amanti Vino
Brick Lane Curry House
Brooklyn Brewery
Brookside Thai
Comfort Food Kitchen

Events by Joni
Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen
Romarsi Pesto
Strassburger Meats

Terra at the Isabel Rose

The Chocolate Path

The Little Daisy Bake Shop

Tia’s Food of Love
Whole Foods Market


Bobbi Brown & Steven Plofker
City Knickerbocker Lighting
Dan D’errico Photography
Eclectic Encore Props
Mark Fitzmartin
Frank Schramm Photography



Anjali Aromatics
Banyan Tree
Daniel and Luce Battsek
The Bond Academy
Chocolate Path
Clearview Cinemas
Clores Flowers
Evelyn and Stephen Colbert
CookieBella Bake shop
Costanera Restaurant
Earthly Treasures
LIVE! with Kelly
Osteria Giotto
Papermill Playhouse
Shelley and Keith Phillips
Piazza del Sol
Skin Care by Hoda
Wellmont Theatre

A Conversation with Stephen Colbert

On Fri. Dec. 2, Stephen Colbert appeared in conversation with journalist and Montclair resident Jonathan Alter at the historic Wellmont Theatre.  The standing-room-only audience of over 1700 people were participating in a fundraiser for the first annual Montclair Film Festival. Read more about the night here.

In Steve Adubato’s introductory remarks, he announced MFF’s newly appointed festival directors Thom Powers and Raphaela Neihausen. The New York Times ran a piece earlier that day about the appointment.





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Kidz Shortz Results



The Montclair International Film Festival (MIFF) is proud to announce the recipients of the First Annual “Kidz Shortz” filmmaking competition, an educational initiative aimed at showcasing and inspiring the talent of Northern New Jersey students in grades 4 through 12, on the theme, “My Town…The Way I See It.”

To ALL students who submitted films:

SAVE THE DATE, Thursday, January 12, 2012, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Awards Ceremony and Certificate pick up

Awards go to winners in the following categories:


VISIONARIES (grades 10-12)

The Grand Visionary Award

Sean Ford for his film

Beaver Lake

Sean lives in Lafayette, New Jersey and is in the 12th grade at Pope John XXIII Regional High School

The Second Place Visionary Award
William Sokoloski for his film

The BeastWilliam lives in Maplewood, New Jersey and is in the 11th grade at Columbia High School

STORYTELLERS (grades 7-9)

The Grand Storyteller Award

Siblings James and Lily Feinberg for their film

My Town the Way I See It: a How to Guide

James and Lily live in Montclair, New Jersey where James is in the 8th grade and Lily in the 6th grade, both at Glenfield Middle School

The Second Place Storyteller Award
Siblings Maya and Jeremy Stepansky for their film

Hispanic Cuisine in MontclairMaya and Jeremy live in Montclair, New Jersey where they are both in the 7th grade at Renaissance School

Cinemaniac Award (grades 4-6)

The Grand Cinemaniac Award

Kaya Schuster for her film

My Town… the Way I See It

Kaya lives in Montclair, New Jersey and is in the 5th grade at Hillside Elementary School

The Second Place Cinemaniac Award
Gracie Chase for her film

Grand Tour MontclairGracie lives in Montclair, New Jersey and is in the 5th grade at Hillside Elementary School


Honorable Mention Awards:


Best Storyline

Emily Schnorr and Mara Evans



Most Visually Compelling

Marie Orlowski



Most Original

Anna Brancaccio, Sam Schnorr and Danielle

Robospeedman 2000


Best Message

Stephanie Brewster, Shanelle Forde, Althea George, John Bosco-Johnson, Michael Jones,
Javia McKenzie, Marjea McKoy, Nia Pierce, Tasneem Nathari, Ronald Reid, Marquise Newby

Hope for the Homeless


Most Creative

Ethan Oberman

Sedated Seat

Best Animation

Marion Ambito, Zahira Corrigan,
Sam Niggli

Amateur Night





Best Cinematography

Alex Holzman, Mackenzie Allen, Brandon Fernandez, Dominique Bridges

High Fructose


Special Mention

Alegra Givins
Britton Korbel
Alex Holzman, Mackenzie Allen, Melanie Griffith, Mark Hawrylo
Clyde Bonsil
Nick Mead, Casey Potters, Aiden O’Connor and, Hank Felix
Grace Reddington
Lilly Jones
John General
Anne Earl, Katelyn Barnes
Marie Orlowski, Kale Ziadie, Sam Sweedy, Triston Lafferriere
Mackenzie Allen, Jess Nguyen, Emily Pietrangelo, Katie Padmore
Franchesca Moran, Colin Mazelis, Natasha Langfritz, Melanie Grifith, Ryan Herbert
Nick Bartlett, Dylan Harney, Hank Felix and Aiden O’Connor
Emily Greenberg
Ryan Callahan
Holly Horne
Marc Anthony Ferre
Kevin Woods
Marie Orlowski
Anna and Zoe Ferguson
Sarah Bowbliss, Franchesca Moran, Colin Mazelis, Freddy Porras
Alex Holzman, Brandon Fernandez, Sidney gabrich, Addison Frinzi, Danielle Mohan
William Sokoloski
Daisy Chase


The winning films were chosen during a viewing session at MIFF’s storefront headquarters at 494 Bloomfield Avenue in downtown Montclair by a jury of professional filmmakers and artists, academics, community leaders and film students.


The jury consisted of:


  • Bob Barth, MSU Film Studies Student
  • Kahane Cooperman, Producer, Daily Show
  • Mark Fitzmartin, Executive Producer, ARF&CO
  • Andy Foster, Owner, Studio 51 Gallery
  • Eli Graff, Student
  • Monika Kolodziej, MSU Film Studies Student
  • Lisa Ingersoll, former Media Director, Euro RSCG Advertising
  • Robbie Ladov, Student
  • Alexis McNutt, Digital Video instructor, Yard School, Montclair Art Museum
  • Anthony Pemberton, Head of the Montclair State University Film Studies Program
  • Dawn Porter, President, Trilogy Films
  • Ann Rubin, former Producer, PBS

Montclair Film Festival Hires Festival Directors Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers

Montclair Film Festival Media Contact
Jillian Nannery, The TASC Group
(646) 723-4344

Montclair Film Festival Hires Festival Directors Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers; Announcement Made at Benefit Event with Stephen Colbert

Inaugural Festival Slated for May 2-6, 2012 to Include Comedy Film Competition

December 2, 2011 – Montclair, NJ – The Montclair Film Festival announced the appointment of Raphaela Neihausen and Thom Powers as festival directors to lead programming for the inaugural five-day event on May 2-6, 2012. The announcement was made at a benefit featuring Stephen Colbert in conversation with writer Jonathan Alter at The Wellmont Theater that raised over $100,000 for the festival in one night.

Neihausen and Powers are well-established in the festival world as directors of the seven-year-old documentary series Stranger Than Fiction and the two-year-old DOC NYC festival, both based at IFC Center in Manhattan. “Montclair gives us an exciting opportunity to move beyond our roots in documentary and program in other genres,” said Powers, who also programs for the Toronto International Film Festival where he’s hosted New Jersey talent such as Bruce Springsteen and Chris Rock.

“The timing of Montclair in spring makes a nice complement to our other work in the fall,”
said Neihausen. “The festival has assembled an impressive Board of Directors that reflects the community’s diversity and influence. We think the film world will fall in love with Montclair the way we have.”

The Montclair Film Festival has been in development for some two years, under the guidance of a Board of Directors that includes Bob Feinberg, general counsel of WNET; Daniel Battsek, President of National Geographic Films; Kahane Corn Cooperman, co-executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Jeff Cooperman, managing producer of The Colbert Report. The organization has run several successful one-off events including free outdoor screenings and signed on Comedy Central as a festival sponsor.

“After months of searching for the right leadership, we’re thrilled to bring aboard Thom and Raphaela,” said Feinberg, the festival board chairman. “They bring a fresh vision for Montclair and have a great track record for creating successful film events.”

The May festival will include around 25 feature films representing fiction, documentary and international content. “Given the high concentration of comedy writers who live here, humor will be a strong component of the festival,” said Powers. The festival will showcase a competition for comedy feature films.

Montclair Film Festival

Montclair Film Festival (MFF) is a non-profit, tax exempt, community-based organization that is producing film-centered events on a year round basis and will produce a multi-day, multi-venue Film Festival in and around Montclair in May 2012. Founded in early 2010, MFF’s mission is to nurture and showcase the talents of filmmakers from around the world, while creating a cultural focal point for the Township of Montclair that unites, empowers, educates and celebrates our diverse heritage and robust artistic community.