The Montclair Film Festival began today seeking submissions in three competitive categories — fiction, documentary, and low-budget independent filmmaking — as well as for programs in six non-competitive categories including fiction, documentary, world cinema, short films, New Jersey film, and student filmmaking. The fifth edition of the Festival, set to run April 29 through May 8, 2016, is seeking diverse films that represent a wide-range of stories, styles, and experiences.

The festival’s early bird deadline is November 20th; the regular deadline is December 14th and the late deadline is January 8th, 2016 and the extended deadline is January 15th, 2016.  “We are excited to begin our annual programming process,” said MFF Executive Director Tom Hall. “As the Montclair Film Festival continues to grow, we remain dedicated to our mission of introducing our audiences, press, and industry guests to the work of great filmmakers from around the world.”

Interested filmmakers should see http://montclairfilmfest.org for guidelines.