Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival

Sun 1st Dec 19: It’s a Wrap for 14th Annual MV International Film Festival

September 21, 2019 (Vineyard Haven, Mass.)—This year’s annual celebration of global cinema—the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, or MVIFF—ended as it began, with hundreds of film-lovers partying under a warm, star-strewn sky. For both the Film Festival Gala and the Closing Night Party, MVIFF’s organizers matched party theme to the featured film’s country of origin. Festival Gala attendees, for instance, enjoyed honey-sweetened treats and drinks by private chef Sarah Hibler, in honor of the film HONEYLAND, from Macedonia. Closing Night partiers feasted on Asian entrees, including Korean BBQ, in honor of the closing night film PARASITE, from Korea.

Over the six festival days, from September 3 to 8, hundreds of patrons stream between the historic Capawock Theatre on Main Street and the state-of-the-art MV Film Center. Each day of the festival, attendees were treated to an array of films, from major motion pictures already getting Oscar and Golden Globe buzz to little-known gems that director Richard Paradise discovered through other festivals like Sundance and Tribeca and in Berlin, Busan, and Cartagena.

Feature films at this year’s MVIFF came from every world region, including the Far East, Middle East, Eurasia, Africa, the U.K., and Latin America. As in years past, short films also proved a popular draw. Saturday night juried short film competition sold out. Jury members Diana Barrett (The Fledgling Fund), Tim Miller (Cape Cod Times Film Critic), Paul Riccio (2018 MVIFF Short Film Winner), and Sarah Kernochan (2 time Academy Award winner) chose “Being,” by Cathleen Dean. Dean was in attendance to receive the honor, which includes a $1000 cash prize. Another short-film event that gathered a large and enthusiastic audience was the short animation program. Once again, Oscar-nominee Bill Plympton curated the program, this year bringing a team of animation artists with him, including Vineyarder Thorpe Karabees, whose film was included in the program

As it heads into the middle of its second decade, MVIFF continues to grow its audiences. While its parent organization, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, operates year-round now, MVIFF is widely considered the highlight event. But that doesn’t mean resting on even well-earned laurels. “Next year will be Year 15 for this event,” says MVFS director and founder Richard Paradise. “Yes, it’ll still include fantastic award-winning films from around the globe. But we’ll also be trying new things, new surprises. We’re beyond grateful for the support of our community—but we’re going to make sure we keep earning it.”

More films, more days, more events, surprise guests—who know what MVIFF 2020 will bring!

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