Woods Hole is perhaps best known as the point of departure for vacationers heading to Martha’s Vineyard, not to mention scientists heading out to do research at sea. But each summer, the community becomes a major destination for filmmakers and film lovers alike during the Woods Hole Film Festival, the oldest film festival on the Cape and Islands and one of the longest running festivals in New England. This year, from Saturday, July 27 to Saturday, August 3, the sidewalks, restaurants, and auditoriums transform into a place where films, music, science and summer meet.

Now in its 28th year, the Woods Hole Film Festival continues its proud tradition, promoting the work of independent, emerging filmmakers, particularly those with connections to the region. Over the course of eight days, the festival will showcase 54 narrative and documentary feature-length films, nearly 110 short films. The festival also includes workshops, panel discussions and master classes with filmmakers-in-residence.

Besides screening films and holding discussions with filmmakers, Woods Hole Film Festival spotlights local music as well, with inclusion of live music at special screening events and festival parties held almost every night at local restaurants The Captain Kidd Restaurant and Bar, Quicks Hole Tavern, the 41-70, and Liam Maguire’s. Audiences mingle with filmmakers while listening to some of the Cape’s best live bands, such as The Chandler Travis Three-O, Cla Da Bossa Nova, Sam Woolf and Jordan Renzi. With over 150 films in the program, the Woods Hole Film Festival features something for everyone – including children.

Each year, the festival includes a special Kids Day program, which will be held this year on Sunday, July 28th in the Simon Center at Falmouth Academy. In a nod to Woods Hole’s scientific heritage, science also plays an important role in the Festival. As part of the “Bringing Science to the Screen,” series, funded in part by grants from the Falmouth Fund of the Cape Cod Foundation, the festival will screen 20 films as part of this program. Screenings sell out, so get your tickets early either online at www.woodsholefilmfestival.org or in person at the Box Office at the Old Woods Hole Fire Station, 72 Water Street, Woods Hole.