Montclair Film Festival


Montclair Film Announces Winners of 
Inaugural Emerging Screenwriter Competition 


Montclair, NJ— Montclair Film announced the winners Saturday of the inaugural Emerging Screenwriter Competition (ESC), a screenwriting competition open to students from around the world working on screenplays in the Drama, Comedy, Horror,...

The Clairidge Presents 50th Anniversary Screenings of ‘The Godfather’

Fifty years ago today -- March 14, 1972 -- 'The Godfather' premiered. It quickly became a blockbuster and ultimately regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. It's hard to imagine the...

Montclair Film Names Beth Gottung As New Co-Head/Executive Director

MONTCLAIR, NJ- Montclair Film announced today that Beth Gottung will join the organization as Co-Head/ Executive Director on February 22, 2022. She will serve alongside Tom Hall, who has worked as Montclair Film’s Executive...

The Clairidge Launches ‘For Your Consideration’

Montclair, NJ- The Clairidge, Montclair Film’s six-screen non-profit art house cinema, announced Friday the launch of "For Your Consideration," a new program that brings the most talked about films of the year back to...

Montclair Film Launches Emerging Screenwriter Competition, Opens 11th Annual Emerging Filmmaker Competition

Montclair, NJ— Montclair Film announced the launch of the first annual Emerging Screenwriter Competition (ESC) for students in Grades 8 through 12. Screenwriters are invited to submit a wide range of original...

JULIA Doc Opens at The Clairidge; Montclair’s Carla Gutierrez Gives Us a Taste

Be sure to enjoy a delicious meal, preferably French, before (or after!) sitting down to devour the new documentary JULIA, which is showing at The Clairidge starting November 19th. The slow-motion cooking shots sprinkled...

Montclair’s The Clairidge Screens ‘Chess of the Wind’ Friday

Montclair Film's Clairidge Cinema brings you CHESS OF THE WIND starting on Friday, November 5. The gothic drama, made by Iranian director Mohammad Reza Aslani's in 1976 was banned during the years following the...

Montclair Film Festival 2021 Wraps, But Montclair Film Is Just Getting Started

Montclair had 10 glorious days of movies, popcorn, conversations and more thanks to the return of Montclair Film Festival in person. There were so many magic moments during the festival. First there was the euphoric...

Montclair Film Festival Announces 2021 Award Winners

The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced the winners of the festival’s 2021 film competitions. This year’s festival featured four competitive categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Future/Now, and New Jersey Filmmaking. Additionally, the Fiction and Documentary juries...

Adult Film Star and Real People Make Red Rocket Soar #MFF21

Ethan Darbone was a cook at a Cajun restaurant that Florida Project director Sean Baker once visited. A couple of months later he's cutting across three lanes of traffic with a former porn star...

Maggie Gyllenhaal Talks ‘Lost Daughter’ and Motherhood Truths at Montclair Film Festival

When talking to Stephen Colbert at the Montclair Film Festival Sunday afternoon, Maggie Gyllenhaal recounted a nightly ritual that took place while filming her directorial debut THE LOST DAUGHTER in Greece last year. After...

Grammy Winner, Queen of Twitter Dionne Warwick Dazzles In ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ #MFF21

Call them songs in the key of joy, but there's something inherently uplifting about the music of Dionne Warwick. It's almost impossible not to smile, hum or break into song, when you hear "I...

Montclair Film Festival Turns 10 With Euphoric Opening Night #MFF21

“Let’s build a home for film and make sure we never lose a theater again in Montclair.” Montclair Film's Executive Director Tom Hall said these fitting words to a sold-out crowd at The Wellmont...

Extreme Makeover, Cinema Edition: Montclair Film Opens The Clairidge

Montclair has been missing movies for way too long. All that changes this weekend as The Clairidge, a newly renovated six-screen cinema revitalized by RHG Architecture and Design, opens for the Montclair Film Festival....

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