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Margaret Mead Film Festival

Submissions to the 2019 Margaret Mead Film Festival are now open. Please visit our page on FilmFreeway to submit your film.

About the Mead

The American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival, occurring October 17–20, 2019, screens documentaries that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet. The festival has evolved with the times while maintaining its important history and has grown steadily to reflect the ever-evolving incarnations of storytelling, technology and growing access to communities near and far. The Mead presents the best in documentary, experimental films, animation, hybrid works, and more. 

The Mead aims to connect viewers to cultures and communities around the world, creating empathy and understanding through visual media. Hundreds of filmmakers and scholars, thousands of moviegoers, and over 40 international nonfiction films and media converge over four thrilling days of screenings, conversations, and parties.

See you at the Mead!


2018 Festival Highlights 

The Margaret Mead Film Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Special Support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 

Support for the Margaret Mead Film Festival is provided, in part, by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. and the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt. 

Contact Us

Phone and Email

Phone: 212.769.5305
Fax: 212.769.5329


Mead Festival Location

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St
New York, NY 10024


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Mailing List

Sign up for the Mead mailing list on our Newsletter page - select "Film at the Museum" to receive film details, event updates, and special promos.