The Black Bear Film Festival is One of the Best Events in the Poconos

Black Bear Film FestivalFall is just around the corner! Along with it comes all sorts of fun seasonal activities. One such activity that residents and visitors alike await with anticipation is the Black Bear Film Festival. This year marks the 17th year of the Black Bear Film Festival. All of us at Ledges Hotel love supporting and attending the festival every year. Not familiar with the Black Bear Festival? Let us show you why this festival has quickly become a beloved event every fall.

About the Black Bear Film Festival

This year’s Black Bear Film Festival is October 18-20 in Milford, PA. The mission of the film festival is to appreciate and support independent film-makers. This festival is not a competition, just a showing of amazing films. The creators of the festival wanted a way to not only showcase independent films but also celebrate Milford as a place that has been used a countless number of times as a filming location. Lastly, they want to preserve it for future film lovers. 

Films at the Black Bear Film Festival

The board that runs the festival is still accepting submissions for this year’s festival. The Black Bear Film Festival accepts submissions from artists all over the world. As always, the board encourages locals to also submit films. When applying, there are a few categories to choose from. First is age. These would be youth and college. Next is location. A local film must be produced in Pennsylvania. If not, it is a Feature Length/ Short. This is determined by running time. Anything 49 minutes and under is a short. Anything 50 minutes and over is a Feature Length. 

Since the board is still accepting submissions, the calendar of events has not yet been released.  The Black Bear Film Festival showings are held in twp theaters. The main stage showings are held at the Milford Theater and the others are held at The Salon at the New Milford Branch of the Pike County Library.


Buying tickets for the Black Bear Festival is a breeze. You can either buy online or buy in person at the Milford Theater at 114 E Catherine St. You can buy  individual show tickets, Gold Passes, or Gala Tickets. A Gold Pass is $150, Gala Tickets are $75, and Single Tickets are $10. 

Other Activities in Milford, PA

Between showings, be sure to take some time to enjoy the beautiful town of Milford. No matter what you are in the mood for, Milford has it. There are two sets of activities that are popular, outdoors and arts.

  • Outdoor- Since this is the birthplace of the conservation movement, you will find a lot of green spaces. There is the Pinchot Greenway Trail. It takes you through town and to the famous Grey Towers. There are also several other trails that start in Milford too. If you are looking to see some of the local waterfalls, be sure to check out our blog about them.
  • Art- Milford has beautiful art that is in galleries and museums. While on the Pinchot Greenway Trail, have a stop at the galleries. Each of them is unique and offer many different styles of arts.

While thinking about which films you would like to see, be sure to keep our properties in mind for where you plan to stay. We have three to choose from and each offer something special. Ledges is a beautiful, boutique and modern hotel nestled in the Pocono Mountains about 30 minutes away from Milford in Hawley, PA. We also have Settlers Inn. This is a cozy B&B located in the heart of Hawley. Our last property is Silver Birches. It is on Lake Wallenpaupack. Each morning gives you stunning views of the lake.  After a long day of enjoying films, our staff will ensure that you have a relaxing evening at any of our properties. Contact us today and book a room for this fantastic film filled weekend! 

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