Black Bear Film Festival / Entertain, educate, inspire, and celebrate our community with great film events.

Black Bear Film Festival’s mission is “to entertain, educate, inspire and celebrate our community with great film events.”

A 501(c)3 arts organization, we serve the beautiful tri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and aspire to:

*find and feature exceptional films that will entertain and delight the varied public.
*celebrate the art and craft of film-making with stimulating regional events.
*partner with schools to inspire students to become filmmakers and aficionados of film.
*build sound, mutually beneficial partnerships with local businesses.
*contribute vitality to our local arts culture and economies.

The annual Black Bear Film Festival event – first established in 2000 – takes place over the third weekend of October at the historic Milford Theater, in the heart of “quaint and cool” Milford, PA.

  • The Opening Night Gala and Movie includes a red carpet entrance, dinner, cocktails, entertainment and a specially chosen film.
  • The Mainstage presents feature-length independent films and  celebrity guests throughout the weekend.
  • The Film Salon spotlights comedy, dramatic and documentary short films, and includes workshops in film craft, plus presentations by established and budding filmmakers, renowned and local artists, and film professionals.


As a not-for-profit organization, we depend upon – and VASTLY appreciate –  the participation and generous contributions of our filmmakers, film-goers, donors, sponsors, advertisers, volunteers and participating artists. Black Bear Film Festival could not exist without you!

For more information, please contact us at

Offices are located at 109 W. Catharine St, Milford, PA  18337.

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An Artful Bear – “Forget-Me-Not”

An Artful Bear – “Forget-Me-Not”

FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE / 2016 coming soon!

Stanley Donen

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Followed by interview with actress Jane Powell, hosted by film historian John DiLeo – A beloved MGM classic, this delightfully rowdy musical stars legends Jane Powell and Howard Keel and was directed by Singin’ in the Rain’s Stanley Donen. Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, it boasts a Johnny
James Ponsoldt

The End of the Tour

The End of the Tour is one of the most talked about films of the year. Based on a true story, Rolling Stone Reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) turns the tape recorder on David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), following publication of his ingenious novel, Infinite Jest in 1996, and
Erik Nelson

9/10: The Final Hours

Followed by Q&A with producer Amy Brianmonte and former North Tower bartender George Delgado. The twin towers cast a long shadow backwards in 9/10: The Final Hours. The compelling documentary has an eerie premise: an ordinary day is made remarkable because of what happened after it. Americans now mark September
Patrick Kack-Brice

The Overnight

With a provocative screenplay and a talented, committed cast, The Overnight will keep you on the edge of your seat, guessing what twists and turns are ahead. The quartet of stellar performances plays like a chamber piece, giving this modern sex comedy tenderness and heart. L.A. transplants Alex (Adam Scott)
Nick Weiss-Richmond, Rachel Cole & Nikhil Melnechuk

“Your First Film” Interactive Presentation and Big Cheat short

Every young filmmaker has to start somewhere. We'll screen Big Cheat (2014), the first short of Directors Nick Weiss-Richmond (currently an MFA Candidate in Directing at Columbia) and Rachel Cole, who will discuss the many fits and starts, twists and turns, and ups and downs of beginning filmmaking. Trying
After The Hurricane, A Dance for the Camera, Later Barry

A Drama, a Dance, and a Comedy from a Local Filmmaker

Join director/actor Will Cart, who as a youth spent summers in the Hawley and Milford areas, and his colleagues from Angler Films for three entirely different short films. After The Hurricane – An artful drama starring Paige Spara that traces the steps of a young woman when she is confronted
Tomorrow is Today, Vandal, Game Land, Vacation Face

Young Filmmakers Showcase

Four young filmmakers present four great films. Come meet the directors, screenwriters, editors, and actors! Sundar Pratt, Katya Martin, Abhish Raghavan, Nick Weiss-Richmond - short films and discussions - Tomorrow is Today (6:15), Vandal (15:00), Game Land (28:45) Vacation Face (15:42) Tomorrow is Today, from 16-year-old director/screenwriter Sundar Pratt, tells the
Prisoner, What Future?, Ghosts in the Mountain

Two Dramas and a Pennsylvania Documentary

Prisoner - A prisoner waits for execution alone in his cell, mentally struggling to avoid his own guilt. He is pushed into his own realization of his crime and the acceptance of his death as the only way to his redemption. On hand will be Daria Nazarova, the film’s
Alone with People, January, Sitter

Three Dramas with a Comedic Touch

Come explore the world of dramedy, a skillful combination of drama and comedy, with the directors, producers and stars of three serious yet comical short films. Adult themes and language. Alone with People Meet Andie, a high school girl growing up gay in Georgia. Too afraid to confide in anyone
The Gift

Cheezy Chiller Classics

Clip compilations from 40 of the campiest and most outrageous “B” thriller movies ever made – plus The Gift, a new horror short by filmmaker/director/writer Scott Bekisz that pays tribute to Italian Giallo “spaghetti thrillers” of the 1960s and 70s. Zombies, vampires, ghouls, monsters, castles, hysteria, thrills, goose bumps,

Chiller Part 2: Sobrevivo

Sobrevivo, directed by Matt Sullivan, chronicles the struggles of a woman in a post-apocalyptic world in which she must overcome her fears in order to survive. After nearly losing her fight for survival, April is saved and taken in by a trio of strangers whose intentions are questionable. Director/producer
Middletown Community Health Center

Under Our Skin 2: Emergence

Academy Award semifinalist UNDER OUR SKIN brought unprecedented awareness to the shocking story of Lyme disease, an often-chronic condition many doctors claimed was “all in your head." Since then, the CDC has upped its estimate of annual cases by ten times, making Lyme disease more prevalent than HIV and
Bill Pohlad

Love & Mercy

An impressive cast, including John Cusack, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and Elizabeth Banks, brings the artistic genius of Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson to life in Love & Mercy, a film The Chicago Tribune calls the best rock biopic in decades. Dano plays Wilson in his heyday, when he defines an
Albert Maysles


Iris Apfel is having the time of her life. Photographed on red carpets, courted by fashion's elite and seen in the company of celebrities like Kanye West, she is finally achieved fashion icon status after decades as a beloved style maven in NYC fashion circles. Legendary Director Albert Maysles turns
Robert Gordon, Morgan Neville

Best of Enemies

A film hardly ever has this much brilliance both on and off screen. Director/Producer Morgan Neville, fresh off his Oscar win for 20 Feet From Stardom, brings his cinematic dexterity to bear on the explosive political debates between intellectual giants William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal in 1968. It’s a
Sean Baker


Shot completely on an iPhone 5, the gritty immediacy and high-octane vitality of its inventive cinematography, Tangerine is indie-comedy at its best. This modern-day buddy movie follows Sin dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) and her best friend (Mya Taylor) on a madcap romp through sketchy stretches of downtown Los Angeles
Alex Garland

Ex Machina

It’s rare for a science fiction film to receive the critical acclaim of a Kubrick masterpiece. Ex Machina is that kind of exquisite jewel. With visually arresting design, electrifying performances and an impressive directorial debut by Alex Garland, the film is a futuristic ride to the new frontier of Artificial
John DiLeo

The Best of John DiLeo – Highlights from 15 years of BBFF Salon Presentations

From his annual celebrations of our cinematic past, author/critic/historian John DiLeo creates a medley of audience-favorite film clips showcasing Hollywood’s Golden Age, with a cast of legends including Cary Grant, Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, both Hepburns, and many more, featured in a mix
Shira Levin

Upside Down

Filmmaker Shira Levin returns to the BBFF Salon with her latest film which takes place in the same Greenwich Village apartment building as her two films screened in 2014. In Upside Down, a 10-year-old tenant whose parents recently divorced befriends a transgender woman in her building, despite her mother’s
Diane Maglio

Ivy Style with a Twist: Italian Menswear in Beverly Hills Fashion and Film of the 1980s

Armani, Cerruti, and Zegna were among the Italian designers who infused Ivy style with luxurious elegance and a nonchalant attitude for those Hollywood celebrities and innovative filmmakers wanting traditional menswear with an Italian “twist.” Stars with Ivy League roots included Jack Lemmon, Wayne Rogers, and Tommy Lee Jones. The success

Local Artists on Film

Peters Valley and Luna Parc artists will be featured in this special segment and panel discussion showcasing documentary shorts about some of our premier local artists. Kristin Muller, Executive Director of Peters Valley School of Craft, the films' directors, and the artists are scheduled to attend and will showcase

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TICKETS / available in September!



Gala Information Coming Soon!

o Admission to Gala (Food, Filmmakers, and Wine & 2 free drink tickets)

o Admission to Opening Night Film



o For Saturday & Sunday Films ($12 at the box office)

VOLUNTEERS / make it happen

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! No Experience is Necessary, and all ages are welcome!

Volunteers are needed for these activities, among others:

  • Event Planning
  • Publicity Distribution
  • Office Assistance
  • Box Office Staffing
  • Ushers
  • Theater Maintenance
  • Concessions and Merchandise Vendors
  • Silent Auction Collectors and Monitors during the event
  • Gala Bartenders, Hosts and Wait Staff
  • Film Salon Greeters and Audience “Traffic”
  • Whatever you have a knack for and enjoy doing!

FILM SUBMISSIONS / be part of the festival

The Black Bear Film Festival is accepting film submissions NOW. The festival will be held October 14, 15 & 16, 2016 in Milford, Pennsylvania.


OUR SPONSORS / thank you