Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival opens new movie theater

The seventh annual Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival opened last Thursday, Sept. 6, in Vineyard Haven to a brand-new, full house, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center. The event, produced by the Martha’s Vineyard Film Society, inaugurated its new movie theater at the Tisbury Marketplace.

The 185-seat theater was, “Almost sold out every night,” according to event organizer Richard Paradise. He said that the “box office went up 45 percent over 2011 without a price increase.” He attributed the increase in interest to the new film center and a tighter program of films that resonated with the Vineyard audiences. Ben Taylor provided music at the opening.

Films were also screened at the Capawock Theatre and the Katharine Cornell Theatre, both in Vineyard Haven.

Mr. Paradise said that 14 of the 22 feature films from around the world sold out in the three theatres. The two short film programs, short live action films and animated films, also sold out. The short film “The Runner,” a Serbian movie, was the winning short film in the only juried category.

There were a number of related events over the four-day festival, all in Vineyard Haven. An opening night reception at Saltwater Restaurant was followed by a late Friday night party. A Reel Food MV dinner Saturday, Sept. 8, also at Saltwater. preceded a Scandinavia celebration following the Norwegian film “Headhunter” at the Stina Sayre Studio later in the evening.

Sunday afternoon featured music by the band Good Night Louise, and there was a closing party at the Vineyard Haven Marina on Sunday evening.

For more information on upcoming screenings, visit mvfilmsociety.com.