* Named as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” - Spring 2010 edition *
BackgroundSince 1981, the annual Black Maria Film + Video Festival has taken its (no hyphen) name from that of the world?s first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison in 1893. The Festival and its tour operate as an independent non-profit organization and is the primary endeavor of Thomas Edison Media Arts. For over 30 years the Festival has been acclaimed for advocating, supporting and widely exhibiting fresh short works up to an hour in length by emerging as well as by veteran independent film and videomakers. The festival's annual competition is juried by noted exponents of independent work and results in 40 to 60 works chosen for the festival's annual tour. The tour visits 65 or more diverse institutions in 20 or more states starting with the premiere each season at New Jersey City University, in Jersey City, NJ. 20 or more states starting with the premiere each season at New Jersey City University, in Jersey City, NJ.
Some notable points differentiating the Black Maria:
It is the policy of Edison Media Arts Consortium/Black Maria Film and Video Festival to maintain a working and program exhibition environment free of all forms of unlawful discrimination. In recognition of the importance of good employee relations, all applicants are extended an equal opportunity to gain access to our office and employment. All employees are extended an equal opportunity to progress in their field of endeavor. Tour program hosts are required to be in compliance with ADA guidelines with impediment free access to exhibition spaces. Edison Media Arts /Black Maria Film Festival will not tolerate any form of discrimination or lack of access to programmatic spaces and will take appropriate action as determined appropriate by the ADA Committee in order to resolve and rectify any shortcomings including those of host venues as may be determined to have tolerated descrimination or to have engaged in unlawful conduct under this policy. Our Grievance Procedure will be posted under the ADA/Global Insights banner on the heading of the Festival home page and will also be available by e mailing the office ADA liaison at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning: 201-200-2043.
The Black Maria Film + Video Festival which is the primary program of Thomas Edison Media Arts, a non-profit organization, is supported by operating grants and / or the in-kind support of the following organizations:
- New Jersey City University
- The William H. Donner Foundation
- The Donner Philanthropic Fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation
- The Charles Edison Fund
- The National Endowment for the Arts
- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
- The New Jersey State Council on the Arts
- New Jersey Network-NJN Public Television
- NFL Film & Video