The Contenders 2017

The Museum of Modern Art announces its selection of the boldest films of 2017 for the 10th year of The Contenders—and the fourth year of MoMA’s bicoastal collaboration with the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles—running November 9, 2017, through January 12, 2018. MoMA’s annual end-of-year series offers audiences the unique opportunity to peer behind the industry curtain, with special presentations that often feature revealing post-screening conversations with filmmakers and actors. Tickets for the MoMA screenings go on sale two weeks prior to each screening at 9:30 a.m. at The Museum of Modern Art and online at

Opening the series at the Museum on November 9 is Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, featuring a post-screening tribute to actor Sam Rockwell, followed by a post-screening conversation with McDonagh and actor Sam Rockwell. This darkly comic drama also stars Oscar-winner Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes, who commissions three controversial billboards aimed at local law enforcement (Rockwell and Woody Harrelson) after her daughter’s murder case remains unsolved for months.

Organized by the Department of Film.

The presentation is supported by the Annual Film Fund.

Media sponsorship is provided by Variety.