Nestled on the end of Long Island, Montauk juts out into the wild Atlantic with its rolling hills, natural beaches, and dunes to this day remain undisturbed from commercial development. We want to celebrate films that use the environment as not only a backdrop but an active character in the films selected for this category. Winners in this category will win a $250 cash prize.
Social & Cultural Documentary
Documentaries are intended to document some aspect of our reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education, or maintaining a historical record. They have been described as a "filmmaking practice, a cinematic tradition, and mode of audience reception" that is continually evolving and is without clear boundaries. MFF hopes to showcase some of the newest and cutting edge documentaries that cover leading social and cultural issues and ideas of our day that incorporate the environment. Winners in this category will win a $250 cash prize.
Films are serious presentations or stories with settings or life situations that portray realistic characters in conflict with either themselves, others, or forces of nature. A dramatic film shows us human beings at their best, their worst, and everything in-between. Each of the types of subject-matter themes have various kinds of dramatic plots. Dramatic films are probably the largest film genre because they include a broad spectrum of films. MFF hopes to showcase some of the newest U.S. based dramatic films that cover ideas of our day using the backdrop of the environment. Winners in this category will win $250 cash prize.
From the late 1990s to the present, there has been a revival of the independent “surf films” and “skate films." Artists, like The Malloys, Jack Johnson and Jason Baffa have reinvented the genre by shooting self-financed 16mm motion picture film and utilizing indy music bands like G. Love, Alexi Murdoch, Mojave 3, White Buffalo and Donavon Frankenreiter, creating what the surf media has called, "modern classics." Backed by grass roots screening tours, inspired by the surf film forefathers, stoked groms and now dads can once again see the newest flick on the big screen. MFF hopes to showcase some of the newest local and regional surf & skate films. Winners in this category will win a $250 cash prize.