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, tapas, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, entertainment and a specially chosen film.
  • The Main Stage 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”


Johnny Greenlaw

Mommy’s Box

Please note that tickets for Mommy's Box is only available with a Gold or Gala Pass. The sweet, must-see film is fresh from the Toronto, Tribeca and Soho International Film Festivals.  A 30-year-old man denying his past is forced to confront the lingering
Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Breckin Meyer, Ryan Phillippe

54 – Director’s Cut

Drama / Not Rated - For Mature Audiences / 106 Minutes A Director’s Cut is a movie that has not been altered by a studio and over which its director has complete artistic control. This presentation with director Mark Christopher will provide a fascinating and rare peek inside Hollywood with a
Jon Bowermaster, Director

Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution Is Now

Documentary / Not Rated / 90 minutes Narrated by acclaimed actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, this film journeys through more than 20 states to examine the impact of oil and gas drilling on our land and water.  Under Mr. Obama’s presidency, drilling and fracking have boomed across the U.S., following
Adaption of the Philip Roth Novel


Drama / Rated R / 110 Minutes A critically acclaimed adaption of the Philip Roth novel about a brilliant young Jewish man who leaves Newark to attend a small college in Ohio.  There, he experiences a sexual awakening with an elegant and wealthy young woman and confronts the school’s dean
Rex Reed, Film Critic

Inside Hollywood with Rex Reed

Live Interview / 75 Minutes Rex Reed, one of the most renowned film critics in American history, will be sharing his personal anecdotes and observations about life as a film critic, amusing and revealing Hollywood stories, and tales of his early days as a Hollywood journalist covering celebrities in this
Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle

Little Men

Drama / Rated PG / 85 Minutes Little Men is a charmer that follows a pair of 13-year-old boys fighting to preserve a friendship torn apart by a bad family business deal, one that challenges their definition of loyalty, friendship and love. When Jake’s family
Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach, Martin Sheen, Paul Sorvino, Robert Mitchum

That Championship Season

Drama / Rated R / 110 Minutes Black Bear presents a unique opportunity to screen this classic 1982 film based on the acclaimed and powerful Pulitzer-prize winning play, and to interact with Bob Levine, its executive producer.  We’ll screen the provocative movie and hear insider stories from Mr. Levine about

Vince Giordano – There’s a Future in the Past

Documentary Drama / Not Rated / 90 Minutes Vince Giordano is Hollywood’s go-to guy for authentic period soundtracks, creating the music for Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club, Woody Allen films including his latest Café Society, HBO’s Grammy-winning Boardwalk Empire, and countless others. For 40
Award-winning Filmmaker, William J. Stribling

Bear With Us

Comedy / NR / Adult language and situations and a comical bear scene that some may find disturbing A modern farce about a neurotic guy (Mark Sullivan) who attempts to propose to his girlfriend (Christy Carlson Romano) in the most romantic way possible. His plan starts to fall apart when
A Film by Richard Press

Bill Cunningham New York

Fashion Documentary / NR / 84 Minutes A loving and sometimes humorous profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, who died earlier this year. Mr. Cunningham was one of the mainstays of the New York Times and an incurable and eccentric chronicler of
Executive Producer, Suzanne Braun Levine; Actress/Screenwriter Mandy Bruno; Screenwriter, Amy Ferris; Production Designer, Karen Gropman; Costume Designer, Ingrid Price; Screenwriter/Producer, Judy White

Celebrating Women Filmmakers – Panel Discussion and Film

They name hurricanes, storms, and awards after them. Now the women are coming to Milford as Black Bear celebrates women in film with a screening of She’s Nobody’s Baby and a panel scheduled to include executive producer Suzanne Braun Levine, actress/screenwriter Mandy Bruno, screenwriter Amy Ferris, production designer Karen Gropman,
Toni Thompson and Tamara Chant

What It Takes To Be Extraordinary

Documentary / Not Rated / 52 Minutes Nepal is a difficult place to be a child. The people of Nepal have endured decades of political instability, and thousands of children are displaced and living in desperate situations. Children sold into child slavery are as young as 6 years of age;

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TICKETS / available in September!



Gala, 6 PM  / Opening Night Film, 8:00 PM

o Admission to Gala Reception (1 free drink ticket)

o Admission to Opening Night Film – Mommy’s Box



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