Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival tickets on sale now

Viewers got comfy on couches at last year's festival. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The 13th annual Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival begins next week on Friday, March 15, and ends on Sunday, March 17. Weekend passes, memberships, and tickets are on sale now at or by calling 508-645-9599. If you would like to reserve a couch for the weekend, email

This year’s guests include film subjects, Oscar-nominated directors, producers, writers, an MIT historian, and local musicians. New this year, live theater performances will precede selected films.

All weekend long, hear live music in the Hay Cafe featuring Alysse Fischer, Caitlin Cooke Martin, David Stanwood, Justen Ahren, and Dana Edelman. And enjoy locally-sourced meals prepared by farmer and chef Chris Fischer.

Tickets are $15; $7 for members; couch seating is an additional $5. Weekend passes are $150; $250 for couch seating. Passes are available only to members, and memberships can be bought at the door.

“The Sapphires” this weekend

With the festival a weekend away, MVFF is hosting a free member screening ($7 for non-members) of “The Sapphires” at the Capawock Theatre in Vineyard Haven this Friday, March 8 at 7 pm.

The film is an inspirational tale set in the late 60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. According to a press release, the film received a 10 minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival and is said to be a crowd-pleasing combination of comedy, heart and romance, with an unbeatable soul music soundtrack.