Black Bear Film Festival  *  October 19 – 21, 2018  *  Milford, PA

“Better than any Hollywood film festival I’ve attended. The selection of movies, the attention to detail all wrapped up in the charm of Milford makes the Black Bear Film Festival a five star experience. 

I had a great time.”   —  Tab Hunter, actor, singer, author


The Black Bear Film Festival is truly a community effort, with people coming together throughout the year to raise funds for the annual event showcasing independent, quirky cinema.”  – Times Herald-Record

Photos courtesy of Paparazzi Paul and Jerry Weinstock.

Film Submissions

Film submission deadline: 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Submission forms:

Black Bear Feature Length Film Submission 2018

Back Bear Short Film Submission 2018

For electronic submissions:

Black Bear Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.


Backstage Magazine Partnership

Backstage is excited to provide their acclaimed casting tools to all of the filmmakers and producers associated with
Black Bear Film Festival- for FREE

To get started, visit www.backstage.com to create a free account and post a casting call.

Enter code BlackBear at checkout to post your call for talent for free and unlock Backstage’s latest tools for managing submissions, corresponding with talent, collaborating with your colleagues, and more.

Available in 2018.


Volunteers Make It Happen

No Experience is Necessary, and all ages are welcome!

Are you a film lover? Do you enjoy meeting and working with people who are creative and passionate about making a difference for their community?

Black Bear Film Festival exists and functions because of the contributions of an amazing team of volunteers who contribute their time, energy and diverse range of talents. We welcome help for a day, a week, a month or a season! 

Sponsorship / Patrons Den / Advertising Opportunities

Each October for 19 years, Black Bear Film Festival attracts thousands of film goers and tourists to our beautiful communities and businesses in the tri-state area.
Ticket sales alone cannot provide the necessary income for Black Bear to operate, sponsor support provides the majority of our budget.

Your generosity allows us to expand Black Bear Film Festival  in new and exciting ways, as we continue to develop and enhance partnerships with our business communities and our non-profit agencies.

Now that Black Bear is a 12-month operation, community outreach and partnerships are integral components of our mission to “entertain, educate, inspire and celebrate our community with great film events.”
One of our new initiatives is educational programs and scholarships.

Each level of sponsorship delivers a wide variety of benefits including acknowledgement in the 2018 Program Guide, in our unique 2018 Black Bear poster, and on our revitalized social media and website.

Additional benefits include invitations to special events throughout the year, Opening Gala and Movie, and the entire weekend of movies, short films, and guest appearances.

You can help by being a Business Sponsor, Patrons Den Member, Advertiser, Silent Auction Donor, or making an In-Kind Donation.
Sponsorship levels will be announced in 2018.


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