The Artful Bear tradition is a favorite among Milford’s residents, businesses of and around Milford and festival-goers alike! It’s hard not to love the Artful Bears- so much care, creativity and work goes into them! Each Artful Bear is lovingly crafted from a foam hunting target into a piece of original artwork to be enjoyed around town for the weeks leading up to the festival. The Artful Bears are a cherished part of the Black Bear Film Festival’s legacy and bring an additional layer of fun to the event.

Applications for the 2019 season are now closed. Thank you for all of your submissions.

The 2019 Artful Bears will be revealed at the Artful Bear Debut and Picnic on August 10th at the Community House in Milford. Local artist Jesse Clemente will be painting a bear live for onlookers and fans. Ernie Kara will be playing music too! Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the bears, music and painting. Light refreshments will be provided and this event will happen rain or shine. More into on our Events page!

Please see some of the Artful Bears from past festivals below.