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Image Credit: Frank Hamilton for the Maryland Film Festival
Filmaker Ben Lear at party
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Ocean City Film Festival

March 2021
The annual film festival, hosted by the Art League of Ocean City,  features 100 films by local and international filmmakers of every background and genre. Venues are all around Ocean City, including the Fox Gold Coast Theater, several well-known hotels and Seacrets. 
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Annapolis Film Festival

March 2021

The Annapolis Film Festival includes shorts, documentary features and narrative features, as well as discussions with filmmakers. 
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Maryland Film Festival Goes Virtual

Spring 2021
The Maryland Film Festival usually runs for five days in Baltimore every May featuring top-notch film and video work from across the globe. The festival was launched in 1999, and presents international film and video work of all lengths and genres.

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AFI DOCS Festival

June 2021
AFI DOCS is the nation's premier documentary film festival known for showcasing the best in documentary filmmaking from the US and around the world.  AFI DOCS harnesses the power of documentary film as an art form and its potential to inspire change. 

Columbia Film Festival

Columbia Festival of the Arts

June 2021
The Columbia Festival of the Arts presents a world class celebration of the arts and entertainment that attracts, engages, and inspires the
broad and diverse community it serves.
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Filmmakers take questions from the audience after screenings Image Credit: Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

Bethesda Film Fest

June 2021
The shorts docs of the Bethesda Film Fest feature regional filmakers who are available for discussion after screenings.
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North Beach American Film Festival, North Beach

August, 2020 - Dates TBA
NBAFF spotlights films that exhibit multi-cultural and diverse aspects of American life. The festival is organized around screening blocks, and offers seminars. At sunset, weather permitting, there are screenings on the waterfront as well.

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Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown

August 28- 30, 2020
Maryland International Film Festival features films from around the world.  In March 2019 the Festival  presented the Mendez Award to Governor Larry Hogan due to the Governor's support of the expansion of the historic Maryland Theatre, the expansion of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and the University System of Maryland Hagerstown. The award itself was named for CIA operative and Frederick resident Tony Mendez whose story was told in the 2012 film, Argo with Ben Affleck.  

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Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) - Cumberland

October 1-4,  2020
QCFF offers four-days of screenings and educational panels, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world. Located in Allegany County, Cumberland provides a delightful blend of hospitality and history; mingled with charming shops, delicious dining and a vibrant  Arts & Entertainment district. Film categories  include Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, and Music.
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Chesapeake Film Festival - Easton

October 1-4  2020
The only film festival on the Eastern Shore curated by industry insiders highlighting films and documentaries that inspire, enlighten and entertain. Five exceptional venues include the Avalon Theatre.

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Nepal American International Film Festival poster Image Credit: Nepal America Film Society

Nepal America International Film Festival, Hyattsville

Returns in 2021 
The Maryland Nepal America International Film Festival is organized every year by the Nepal America Film Society.  The majority of screenings take place at the Regal Cinemas in Hyattsville.  Films from Nepal, America, Asia, South Asia and all over including films from the Global Peace Film Festival Florida along with films from DC, Maryland, and Virginia are screened.  Please see Festival Website.

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