The Maryland Film Festival

The Maryland Film Festival

Type: Dedicated shortfilm festival
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Start Month: May


Maryland Film Festival is an annual five-day event that takes place in beautiful downtown Baltimore each May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties—narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid—to tens of thousands of audience members. For every North American feature film screened within the festival, a filmmaker attends the festival to present their work. The festival prides itself on creating a unique, accessible, and competition-free atmosphere. Each year since 2004, the festival has dedicated its opening night to a collection of short films.

Submission Requirements:

Please note that the Maryland Film Festival programs work from all over the world—we do NOT solely or even primarily program films made in or about Maryland. That said, we do encourage local filmmakers to enter, and have programmed multiple made-in-Maryland titles each year.

Stronger consideration is given to films that have NOT had significant prior exposure in the Baltimore market; prior screening(s) in the Baltimore area may be grounds for rejection, as may certain forms of television, cable, home-video, internet, and/or VOD availability prior to the festival. This is a particular concern for feature-length work.

For feature films (40 minutes or longer) please note that it is understood that if accepted, the director will be able to attend the festival (May 3-7, 2017) to host their film’s screenings. The Maryland Film Festival will be able to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.

Browse our festival archives at or read more about our festival on Wikipedia to get a better idea of the varieties of films and videos we program.

Submission Deadline: January


The Maryland Film Festival is a non-competition festival.

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The Maryland Film Festival is a non-competition festival.

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