The Black Maria is an international juried film competition. They have embraced their mission for 35 years by focusing on short films including those, which shine a light on struggles within contemporary society. The touring programs always include provocative works advancing and exhibiting the work of diverse filmmakers from across the US and around the world. These artists often represent an under-served constituency who might not otherwise have the opportunity for live public exhibition nationwide or abroad.
We welcome all genres including narrative, experimental, animation and documentary that push the boundaries of film. The festival's touring collection addresses topics such as the environment, public health, climate change, substance abuse, gun violence, sustainability, immigration, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ issues. Short films are celebrated as central to the festival - not as a sidebar to feature length films.
This free event is sponsored by the Fine Arts and Lecture Committee.