For its 40th anniversary, the Black Maria Film Festival has renamed itself the Thomas Edison Film Festival. Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, the touring festival typically screens and discusses short films in more than 20 U.S. states and abroad. Temporarily, the festival shows curated programs online for free:
June 11-30, the “Thomas Edison Film Festival 2021 Pride Month Program” – a 90-minute program featuring seven films from Australia, Canada, Sweden, the UK and the US.
Through Aug. 1, the “2021 Director’s Choice Collection” – in lieu of this year’s tour program – also features more than 200 films in embedded Vimeo windows.
The Thomas Edison Film Festival (TEFF) is an international juried film competition. The festival focuses on short films including those which shine a light on issues and struggles within contemporary society. TEFF promotes the work of diverse filmmakers from across the US and around the world. These artists often represent an under-served constituency who may not have the opportunity for live public exhibition. The festival’s touring collection addresses topics such as the environment, public health, climate change, substance abuse, gun violence, sustainability, immigration, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ issues. Short films are celebrated as central to the festival – not as a sidebar to feature length films..
Since June 1, films for the 2022 tour program can be submitted until October 15. The organizer is the non-commercial Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium.
Featured image: Moviegoer, courtesy by Thomas Edison Film Festival 2021