Regional Film Festivals

By no means is this a full list. We continue to update and add as necessary!

48 HOURS FILM FESTIVAL
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The 48 Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie – write, shoot, and edit – in just 48 hours. On Friday night, teams draw a genre from a hat. They are then given a character, prop and line to include in their films. On Sunday night, in a wild dash to the drop off event, the film is turned in – and teams celebrate. The film is then screened at a local theater in front of an audience of filmmakers, friends and families.

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72 FILM FEST
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The 72 Film Fest is an annual time based film competition where teams have 72 hours to make a movie. Based just outside the DC/Baltimore metropolitan area in Frederick, MD- 72 Film Fest inspires and challenges filmmakers to create a movie based around a specific annual theme.

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AFIDOCS
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AFI DOCS is also the only film festival in the United States that offers the unique opportunity to connect film audiences with national opinion leaders, filmmakers and intriguing film subjects. With conversations and experiences you won’t experience at any other film festival, AFI DOCS harnesses the power of this important art form and its potential to inspire change.

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ALEXANDRIA FILM FESTIVAL
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The Alexandria Film Festival brings high-quality short and feature length films, documentaries, filmmaker panels, and arts presentations to the historic port city of Alexandria, Virginia. The festival is an intimate four-day celebration of film in Old Town Alexandria, located a few miles from Washington, DC. The Festival highlights the talents of local, national, and international filmmakers. Alexandria is home to a diverse group of film producers and enthusiasts, arts patrons, members of Congress and their staff, corporate executives, and a large number of culturally-minded individuals. The city attracts many visitors and residents of the Washington metropolitan area who value its arts and history community. The Alexandria Film Festival proudly promotes and supports the artistry of filmmakers to provide an engaging viewer experience.

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ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL
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OUR VISION / The vision for the Annapolis film festival is to establish Annapolis as a center for filmmakers to showcase different global perspectives and independent thought to a variety of audiences through their work. The long-term goal is to enhance growth both culturally and economically to the Annapolis area and throughout the region. OUR MISSION / The mission of the Annapolis Film Festival is to encourage and grant the development of all aspects of the creative arts in and around Annapolis through the cinema experience. With independent films, panels and special showcases that will inspire, enlighten and entertain diverse audiences on a variety of topics, the festival will ensure the promotion of Annapolis as a cultural arts center. It will also define the economic impact on the town as community engagement broadens.

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ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
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The mission of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival is to bring attention to the creative output from Asian Pacific American (APA) communities and encourage the artistic development of APA talent, arts, and films in the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Region.

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BALTIMORE INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
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The Baltimore International Black Film Festival (BIBFF) promotes and celebrates culturally significant films directed, produced, and staring African American and members of the African Diaspora. We also prominently feature and celebrate films with content of interest to the Same Gender Loving – Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (SGL-LGBT) community. Our mission is to couple the film festival with education, health and exhibition programs that enrich the life of Baltimore City and the greater Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia communities. 

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BALTIMORE NEXT MEDIA WEBFEST
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Baltimore’s first New Media Web Fest #BNMWEBFEST. Baltimore’s New Media Web Festival! Celebrating New Media Content and community. Featuring celebrity judges, panel discussions.

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BETHESDA FILM FESTIVAL
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The annual Bethesda Film Fest will feature five short documentaries made by local filmmakers at screenings.

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CAPITAL IRISH FILM FESTIVAL
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CIFF showcases films about subjects pertaining to all of Ireland, Irish identity and culture or that are examples of Irish artistry. Entries are invited for feature-length or short films, including comedy, drama, documentary, animation, experimental and musical. CIFF welcomes Irish language films, which must contain English subtitles.

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CHESAPEAKE FILM FESTIVAL
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It is the mission of the Chesapeake Film Festival to entertain, enrich and inspire by bringing the finest in film to the Chesapeake Bay area.

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DC ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL
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The DC Adventure Film Festival is a 2-day festival held in Washington, DC every Fall. We accept and showcase feature length and short films from all genres of adventure and actions sports. This is what makes us unique. From the mountains to the sea, and through the urban landscapes in between, our films highlight people experiencing the natural and man-made landscapes of our planet. We focus on films that leave our audiences with an itch to get outside and push their own limits!

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DC BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
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The DC Black Film Festival (DCBFF) is dedicated to showcasing quality film, web series and television content by and about people of African descent. We support emerging artists striving to add diversity to the images and storytellers working in the entertainment industry. The DCBFF is committed to playing an integral role in discovering, celebrating and helping films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, media and public.

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DC CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL
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Founded in 2011, DCCFF bring together artists, film professionals, film lovers, and scholars to Washington DC, the capital of documentary and independent filmmaking, for rare screenings, cutting-edge panel discussions, and networking events.

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DC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL
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The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films. Since 1993 our mission has been to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film.

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DC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
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We’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary as the oldest independent film festival in Washington, DC. Throughout 2019, we’ll spotlight the incredible talent of our alumni, the craft of independent filmmaking, and DC’s rise as a national center for film. Since 1999, DCIFF has been nurturing filmmakers and their films, and keeping the independent spirit alive in our nation’s capitol. We have showcased cutting edge features, shorts and documentaries on every subject from every country with every budget and subject imaginable.

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DC LABORFEST
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The annual DC Labor FilmFest brings an array of new films and beloved classics about work and workers across the globe to the nation’s capital.

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DC PALESTINIAN FILM AND ARTS FESTIVAL
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DCPFAF is a non-profit, volunteer-run annual festival that showcases the work of Palestinian filmmakers and artists in Washington, DC + surrounding areas.

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DC SHORTS
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DC SHORTS CHAMPIONS SHORT FILMMAKING!Through a series of regularly scheduled educational programs, screening opportunities, sharing resources via online tools, partnering with film, arts and business organizations, and our annual DC Shorts Film Festival, DC Shorts provides opportunities for filmmakers of every skill level to explore and learn their craft — while entertaining and expanding the horizons of audience members.

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DC SOUTHEAST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
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Hosted by DC South Asian Arts Council Inc, a non profit 501 (c) (3) organization, the Washington DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) is one of the most celebrated screen events on the Washington, D.C. cultural calendar. The festival takes place annually in the heart of America’s capitol, showcasing the best in alternative cinema from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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DC WEBFEST
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The Washington, DC Web & Digital Media Festival is the first festival that concentrates on future technology and entrepreneurship.

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DOUBLE EXPOSURE FILM FESTIVAL
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In recent years, the creative landscape of films inspired by investigative reporting has flowered in unexpected and exciting ways, and across a variety of genres and platforms. Yet this flourishing of creativity comes just as the rights of journalists and visual storytellers are challenged on nearly every level—legally, financially, logistically and in terms of safety. And despite their common ground, journalists and filmmakers often remain strangers to each other. They tend to operate in distinct silos within their own ecosystems, missing out on the critical opportunity to interact and engage in an exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices.

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EUROASIA SHORTS
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EuroAsia Shorts proudly presents an annual week of short films from Europe, Asia, and the United States screened at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington, D.C. Every night includes a cultural Q&A and discussion with experts, and several nights include special reception events! Join an international cinematic dialogue that is uniquely Washingtonian.

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FILM NEU
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The newest films from Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

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FILMFEST DC
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Filmfest DC is an 11-day annual festival presenting more than 70 feature premieres, restored classics and special events to the general public. The majority of Filmfest DC presentations are Washington, DC premieres.

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GI FILM FESTIVAL
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GIFF transcends the world of film festivals by creating a true community where passionate filmmakers, our veterans and those who support them can gather for a few magical days to educate, heal and preserve the legacies of our veterans.  Every city in America should experience what you have built. Gary Mortensen, Director, Shepherds of Helmand The GI Film Festival (GIFF), a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Army veteran Laura Law-Millett and her husband Brandon Millett, is dedicated to preserving the stories of American veterans past and present through film, television and live special events.

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GLOBAL IMPACT FILM FESTIVAL
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Who We Are: Global Impact DC, brought to you by DCBX, is a socially- minded film festival that focuses on cultivating global outreach, celebrating culture and supporting non-profit organizations. Our Mission: Our mission is to empower lives by celebrating the power of media for social justice. Our Promise: We promise to bring audiences crucial “must see” documentaries and powerful narratives that provoke and inspire social change. Our goal is to bring together socially minded filmmakers, digital media professionals, social entrepreneurs and the like to create a social impact through film.

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GO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
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Nestled in the heart of Washington D.C. the GO Independent International Film Festival is a part of the NOVA Networks family. Our goal is to give more opportunities for independent filmmakers and screenwriters to showcase and promote their art.

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IMMIGRATION FILM FESTIVAL
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We are a group of unpaid volunteers working year-round to produce an annual film festival bringing stories of immigrants and refugees to Capital area audiences. The Immigration Film Festival is under the wing of the Washington Ethical Society, a nonprofit, humanistic religious congregation. Since it serves as the Festival’s fiscal sponsor, all donations are 100% tax free and dedicated exclusively to the Festival. Our goal is to put faces on immigrants and tell the stories of global immigration through film, the most popular of media. We do this not only to entertain but also to inform and inspire action. We live in an interconnected web of being. Recognizing this, we aim to motivate viewers to take action to correct the injustices that lead to migration and the dislocations that result from immigration.

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INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
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International Shorts is a unique film festival which aims to connect filmmakers and fans. We removed the red carpet, expensive venues, high price tickets and other expenses to save thousands of dollars for filmmakers and fans!

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MAKE A MOVIE IN A MONTH
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“Make A Movie In A Month” is a project in coordination with the Wheaton Film Festival. Details are listed below. Our collaborative production challenge returns with “Make a Movie in a Month”! Make a short film in about 30 days. Get experience, meet new friends, and have some fun.

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MARCH ON WASHINGTON FILM FESTIVAL
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“The focus of the entire film festival is the untold or lesser told stories of the civil rights movement. A focus on the thousands of men and women who courageously worked to make this nation whole.” -Robert Raben, festival founder. The March on Washington Film Festival strives to increase awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspire renewed passion for activism. The festival leverages the broad appeal of film, music, and the arts to tell these important stories to a wide audience. This year’s festival will span three cities—Atlanta, Washington, and New York—where we will host several film screenings. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion. These intimate and meaningful conversations made the inaugural festival a runaway success. We will once again pair films with live musical performances that reflect the songs and spirit of the era.

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MARYLAND FILM FESTIVAL
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The Maryland Film Festival is an annual five-day international film festival taking place each May in Baltimore, Maryland. The festival was launched in 1999, and presents international film and video work of all lengths and genres.

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MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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We are a platform for independent filmmakers to engage audiences, collaborate with other filmmakers, and educate the community.

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NORTH BEACH AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
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The North Beach American Film Festival showcases the best in American Independent Film, spotlighting national films that exhibit the vast multi-cultural and diverse aspects of American Life.

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NORTHERN VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
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Great expansion has come to The Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival (The NOVA Fest) in its fifth season! After hosting several hundred films from over 30 countries, branching out into two satellite film festivals in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and adding a Music Festival, we are continuing our highly successful film market!

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REEL AFFIRMATIONS
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Reel Affirmations Film Festival is Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival and Monthly Film Series. Our Annual film festival brings several days of NEW AND EXCITING international, documentary, short and feature films from all over the world to Washington as well as panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A and celebrations. Our Monthly Film Series: Reel Affirmations XTRA keeps LGBTQ images and lifestories on the foreground of the Arts and Culture scene in Washington DC.

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REEL INDEPENDENT FILM EXTRAVAGANZA
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The Annual Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (RIFE) – “More than a festival” – is an event created by filmmakers FOR filmmakers. The event strives to present the best of independent films in a variety of categories from around the world in an environment designed to provide unique opportunities for participants to interact with one another while networking with film professionals of the like. The Reel Independent Film Extravaganza is more than a festival—it is a cinema lover’s experience!

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REEL UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
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The Reel Underground Film Festival gives truly independent filmmakers a platform to engage and inspire. Our intention is to screen films that are original, creative, and are truly independent.

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RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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RIFF, one of the largest international competitive film festivals in the Mid-Atlantic brings more than 150 cutting edge films to RVA, plus nightly local, national and international music, industry panels, Q&As, red carpet awards, and entertainment mixers that usher the spirit of Hollywood into Virginia’s Bowtie Cinemas, various music venues, and the historic Byrd Theater, a venue touted by USA Today as “one of the top 10 places to still see a movie in splendor in the United States.”

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ROSEBUD FILM FESTIVAL
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Since 1990 the Rosebud Film Festival has worked to recognize and honor the innovative, unusual, experimental, and deeply personal in regional film and video making, and to offer audiences with the finest in locally produced, contemporary work. For over 20 years, the competition has recognized and honored the innovative, unusual, experimental, and deeply personal in regional film and video making. All film types are welcome, including features, shorts, fiction, documentary, experimental, animated, and music videos. The competition is open exclusively to DC, Maryland, and Virginia filmmakers.

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SMART PHILM FEST
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The SmartPhilm Festival brings to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region the first film festival with films shot exclusively with smartphones and other mobile devices. With the rise of smartphones and the proliferation of apps, the ways creatives represent the world around us in digital media is rapidly changing. SmartPhilm will level the playing field for all aspiring and professional filmmakers. Creative minds no longer need expensive cameras and equipment to bring their stories to life. All one needs is a smartphone that shoots video, write a script, make a movie, see it on the big screen.

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UTOPIA FILM FESTIVAL
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The Utopia Film Festival searches for and presents films that explore utopian visions in a multitude of forms: cultural, social, political, and environmental to name but a few. From its inception, Utopia has sought quality independent films which reflect the utopian spirit of better living through film: works that entertain, enlighten, and address such themes as community building, cultural diversity, social and economic concerns, and environmental issues. The Utopia Film Festival is also a dedicated supporter of locally produced films and films that focus on local subjects. In addition to these two primary thematic programs, the festival also has several other specialty programs that include experimental films, animated films for the young, and films to celebrate the Halloween season. 

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VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL
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 The Virginia Film Festival at the University of Virginia has been celebrating the magic of the movies and inspiring audiences for over 29 years in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Virginia Film Festival is about far more than what happens on our screens. The power of the movies to entertain, enlighten, inspire, and challenge us provides a jumping off point for important discourse that is informed by and enriches the community here and beyond. Join the conversation!

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WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
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One of the largest and most respected Jewish film festivals in North America, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) is an international exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image. In addition to the annual festival, the WJFF presents an ongoing, year-round film series, in our home venue at the Edlavitch DCJCC. The WJFF annually serves over 15,000 people through 80+ screenings, nearly all of which are regional, US or world premieres. Most screenings are followed by discussions with guest filmmakers and subject matter experts.

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WASHINGTON WEST FILM FESTIVAL
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Intelligent story not only entertains, but it truly can change the world. A well-told story captures our imagination, makes us laugh, forces us to reflect, and inspires transformation. And so the purpose of the Washington West Film Festival is to celebrate innovative and impassioned film that will both comfort and challenge our audiences who, in turn, can make lasting, tangible differences in our world. At Washington West, we will screen and, in many cases, premiere some of the finest independent films from all around the world in three in-competition categories: dramatic features, documentary features, and short films. As we mature, we will expand our programming to include major Hollywood studio releases, giving established filmmakers the opportunity to unveil their story before a conscientious audience in one of the world’s most influential cities. We want to connect artists – emerging and renowned – with audiences who are eager for a unique cinematic experience, and together, make the world a little bit brighter.

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WEST VIRGINIA FILMmakers FESTIVAL
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The first West Virginia FILMmakers Festival was held in the spring of 2001 at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in historic Sutton, West Virginia. Co-founded by Kevin Carpenter and Steve Fesenmaier to showcase West Virginia’s best filmmakers. Films are now shown primarily at the Elk Theatre, a Historic 1930s one-screen theater on Main Street in downtown Sutton. Filmmaking seminars, other festival activities, and after-parties with live music are held at the Landmark Studio for the Arts.  Hosted every October, the festival has become the singular celebration of West Virginia Filmmakers. The festival is characterized by enlightening films, networking opportunities, live music, and great parties. The West Virginia FILMmakers Festival is a wonderful venue for meeting filmmakers, actors, and industry contacts, while experiencing the latest produced films reflecting trends, techniques, and technology.

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WEST VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
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The WVIFF’s mission is to encourage, support, and promote the Film Arts; to plan, organize, and present an annual Fall Film Festival of critically acclaimed and culturally diverse domestic and foreign language feature films unlikely to be exhibited theatrically in West Virginia; to plan, organize, and present an annual Spring Film Festival of critically acclaimed and culturally diverse domestic and foreign language feature films and documentaries, West Virginia-produced/related films, and educational programming; to conduct these activities for entertainment, educational, and audience-development purposes; to encourage local and statewide film and video production; and to carry on any business connected therewith.

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WHEATON FILM FESTIVAL
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With film screenings, panel discussions, and networking, the Annual Wheaton Film Festival is a great showcase for filmmakers from the mid-Atlantic region and for films that involve the mid-Atlantic region.

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