Maryland Based Film Festivals

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

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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ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL
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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. 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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BALTIMORE INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL
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The Baltimore International Black Film Festival 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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** Doesn’t have a web page devoted to Volunteering.