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John Waters and John Travolta
Image Credit: Frank Hamilton for the Maryland Film Festival
Filmaker Ben Lear at party
Image Credit: AFI DOCS
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1 Ocean City Film Festival

March 5-8, 2020
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 Image Credit: Annapolis Film Festival

2 Annapolis Film Festival

March 27-29, 2020

The Film Festival can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home via Virtual Presentation!

AAF is providing a good portion of the 2020 programming on a secure streaming platform, The Annapolis Film Festival Channel, in partnership with The Annapolis Film Festival Channel will include shorts, documentary features and narrative features, as well as discussions with filmmakers. Visit the website for a full listing of all films and showtimes.  View the film channel in advance to explore, plan, buy tickets and for sneak-peaks.  

Filmmakers take questions from the audience after screenings Image Credit: Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

3 Bethesda Film Fest

2020 Festival Schedule TBA
This Festival features short documentaries, local filmmakers and question and answer sessions with the filmmakers. The venue is Imagination Stage.
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4 Maryland Film Festival - Baltimore

April 29 - May 3, 2020
The Maryland Film Festival runs for five days in Baltimore every May.  It features top-notch film and video work from across the globe. The festival screens approximately 40 feature films and 10 shorts programs of all varieties -- narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid -- to thousands of audience members. For every North American feature film screened within the festival, a filmmaker attends the festival to present their work. 

Eric Chien at film fest Image Credit: AFI DOCS

5 AFI DOCS - Silver Spring

June 17-21, 2020
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. Join in conversations you won't experience at any other film festival, AFI DOCS harnesses the power of documentary film as an art form and its potential to inspire change. Screenings during this annual five-day event take place in landmark venues in DC and and Maryland, including the world-class AFI Silver Theatre.
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Nepal American International Film Festival poster Image Credit: Nepal America Film Society

6 Nepal America International Film Festival, Hyattsville

June 26-28, 2020
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 for the full schedule.

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7 North Beach American Film Festival, North Beach

June 26-28, 2020
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. More info...

Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown Logo Image Credit: Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown

8 Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown

August 28 through 30, 2020
Maryland International Film Festival features films from around the world with meet-and-greets with actors and filmmakers.  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.  For more info....

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9 The Annual 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 logo

10 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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