Margaret Mead Film Festival

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About the Mead

The American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival, occurring October 18–21, 2018, 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 is no longer accepting submissions. 

The Margaret Mead Film Festival considers a range of non-narrative films and videos including feature length documentaries, hybrid works, shorts, experimental films, essay films, animation, and new media. Productions must have been completed within the last three years. Works in any language other than English must have English subtitles or English voiceover narration.


Festival Highlights 


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

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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