Festival Overview

The first annual Montclair Film Festival will take place at multiple venues across Montclair from May 1 – 6, 2012.  There will be 45+ films and 50+ special guests in attendance.  To download a schedule, click here or view the full line-up online at montclairfilmfest.org/films-and-events.

Welcome Letter from MFF Directors

Why Montclair for a film festival? We get that question a lot. When the MFF board first approached us to be festival directors, we were hugely impressed by the depth of community support behind their efforts. As longtime Manhattan residents and relatively new parents, we were strongly attracted to Montclair as a place to raise a family where the arts and cultural diversity are taken seriously.

We’re frequently struck by how much great talent comes from New Jersey. For the past seven years, Thom has served as a programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival where he’s hosted Jersey-connected guests such as Chris Rock, Bruce Springsteen and Bruce Sinofsky. Together we run the screening series “Stranger Than Fiction” at IFC Center
in Greenwich Village, where we regularly encounter Jersey filmmakers and cinema lovers. So Montclair made a lot of sense.

We set out to curate a festival that encompasses what makes this place special. Among the highlights:

We have big ambitions for this festival. We’re glad you can join us for its first year!

Raphaela Neihausen & Thom Powers
Festival Directors


“I am thrilled there is going to be a first-class Film Festival in Montclair which will serve the huge community of arts lovers in Northern New Jersey.”
- Stephen Colbert, Actor & MFF Advisory Board Member

“These guys are going to put on a heck of a festival!”
- David Carr, New York Times Media Columnist

“For over 17 years our Whole Theatre Company was located in Montclair, we drew audiences from all over Essex and the surrounding counties. To have an international Film Festival based in Montclair is exciting and we know it will receive the same strong support from the North Jersey arts community that we enjoyed.”
- Olympia Dukakis & Louis Zorich, Actors & MFF Advisory Board Members

Follow this link to a New York Times piece about festival directors Thom Powers & Raphaela Neihausen, and their cheerleader Stephen Colbert.