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2015 Salem Film Fest

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Salem Film Fest 2016 is coming soon!

The ninth annual all-documentary Salem Film Fest will be held March 3 – March 10, 2016, in Salem, Massachusetts. As in previous years, filmmakers are expected to be present for more than half of the screenings, providing audiences with a unique opportunity to learn more about the documentary filmmaking process.

A press release for last year’s festival can be found here: SFF 2015 Press Release

For more information about Salem Film Fest visit, follow Salem Film Fest on Facebook ( and Twitter (@_SalemFilmFest).


Salem Film Fest was founded in 2008 by filmmaker Joe Cultrera (HAND OF GOD), local businessman Paul Van Ness (CinemaSalem, Van Ness Creative), Executive Director of the Salem Chamber of Commerce Rinus Oosthoek and others from the community. Run and operated entirely by volunteers, the week-long festival has become a community-wide event with screenings at CinemaSalem, the Peabody Essex Museum and the National Park Service Salem Visitor Center with filmmaker parties and music events held at venues throughout downtown. Fueled by great films, dedicated volunteers and enthusiastic audiences, festival attendance has grown 15 to 25 percent each year.



The “Salem Film Fest” must be referred to as “Salem Film Fest,” “SFF 2016,” or “Salem Film Fest 2016.”  When naming the event, please use the word “fest” instead of “festival,” they are not interchangeable.
This is especially important because “Salem Film Festival” is the branded, established festival in Salem, Oregon.  We have worked hard to distinguish our fest from their festival.  Your cooperation and careful attention to this detail will help us better brand our fest.  Thanks!
Examples of incorrect usage:  “the Salem Film Fest,”  “Salem Film Festival,” or “SalemFilmFest”

The SFF 2016 Logo can be downloaded here: SFF 2016 Logo

Unique Points of Interest:

  • Largest All-Documentary Festival in New England
  • Two-thirds of filmmakers to attend and engage in post-screening dialogue
  • Unique financial model in which rather than pay submission fees, filmmakers are paid a screening commission sponsored by a business, individual, or organization from the regional community
  • Founded and organized each year by an all-volunteer organization of passionate film lovers