The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival in partnership with the Hoboken Historical Museum, presents the Black Maria Virtual Film Festival showcasing award-winning selected shorts from the 2020 season and the Festival's vast archive. Filmmakers from all over the world, who have been Black Maria Film Festival award-winners agreed to have their films screened for free – no strings attached – for as long as the pandemic lasts. 

The collection features two Montclair filmmakers: Ed Kashi and Julie Winokur. 

For 39 years the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival has been advancing the unique creativity and power of the short form.  The Festival was founded in 1981 and is named for Thomas Edison’s original West Orange, NJ, film studio, whose resemblance to the familiar black-box shaped police paddy wagons sparked the nickname “Black Maria.”  The Festival is an international juried competition open to all genres and filmmakers across the globe. 

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We are most grateful for the generosity of Princeton University and The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton, NJ State Council on the Arts, the Charles Edison Fund, the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and Tourism, the Hoboken Historical Museum, the Puffin Foundation, WithumSmith+Brown, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Monster Remotes, Big Sky Edit, the NBA, Citrin Cooperman, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, Fairleigh Dickinson University, corporations and private donors.

To view the winning short films or to learn more about the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival and Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium visit