For Host SitesThe Black Maria advances and publicly exhibits the work of diverse, passionate, exceptional, independent, non-commercial film and video makers. We focus on short films including those that address issues and struggles within contemporary society. We travel to 60 or more host venues across the United States each season.
The Festival's artistic vision includes our commitment to present the vast majority of programs in person, hosted by either the Festival Directors or associates of the Festival, such as highly qualified trustees, film scholars, and jurors. The purpose of in-person presentation is to facilitate the full appreciation of the work through interactive dialogue with the audience.
Most tour programs are approximately 90 minutes long and are curated from the award winners by the Artistic Director/Founder and Co-Directors in conjunction with representatives from the host institution. Comprehensive program booklets with descriptions of all the works in the annual collection are provided to each host venue to accompany screenings.
To renew your program reservation with us, or to become a new host site, please fill out the forms linked here and email them to Executive Director, Jane Steuerwald, at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to: