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23rd Black Bear Film Festival

October 15 - October 16

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The 23rd Black Bear Film Festival is back to feature independent films and celebrate filmmaking. They promote innovative & entertaining indie films, artistic expression, education, and cultural enhancement.

8 Mainstage Films, 37 Films in the Salon, and interviews with filmmakers.

The Black Bear Film Festival’s mission is steadfast and compelling: they are committed to producing a film festival program that embraces the essence of filmmaking, is pure in spirit, and is thought-provoking in content. We are in support of innovative and independent films, artistic expression, education, diversity, and cultural enhancement. We strive to provide an engaging and exciting community experience for filmmakers to debut their films and a fun film festival experience for attendees.

Premier Friday Night Film: Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster with writer and producer Ron MacCloskey in an interview with John DiLeo after the screening. It’s a documentary film about the life and career of English actor Boris Karloff, star of the iconic 1931 film ‘Frankenstein’.

Saturday brings 5 films to the main stage, including a short film spotlight block, and Sunday brings the last 2 films of the series. Director Lisa Hurwitz will join on the Main Stage to give insights on her film, The Automat, a 2021 documentary, a fond remembrance of a vanished era in New York City.

On Saturday, there’s also the Short Film Showcase and the Documentary Showcase along with Environmental and Local Interest Films.

The entire schedule is listed here.

Join the multitudes of filmmakers who have had a wonderful experience screening their films with us! Black Bear Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests. Go to FilmFreeway.

Milford is nestled next to the Delaware River in the eastern part of the Poconos Mountains. Roughly 70 miles from New York City, it is a frequent destination for weekend getaways. Milford is home equally to professionals, weekenders, free-spirited artists, families, and those enjoying a slower pace of life. Hiking trails, waterfalls, quaint shops, historical buildings, and small-town living provide a charming backdrop for the annual Black Bear Film Festival.


October 15
October 16
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The Milford Theater
114 East Catherine Street
Milford, PA 18337
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