5th Annual

Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown

April 01, 2016 to April 03, 2016

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36 South Potomac Street Suite 201
Hagerstown MD 21740
Phone: 916-712-2781

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50 minutes or longer
45 minutes or longer
Under 22 and must be enrolled in junior high, high school or college.
Under 45 minutes in length.
Films of any length under 30 min.
All films over 50 minutes produced outside the U.S.


To be a platform for independent filmmakers to engage audiences, collaborate with other filmmakers, and educate the community with the celebration of film.


Welcome filmmakers to the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. We are excited about our 5th year coming up in April 1-3, 2016. For 5 years, we've been bringing in the finest films from around the world. The film festival became a 501(c)3 and launched in 2009 and now screens more then 70 films each year! Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is our creative director. He has brought us such films as "The Grey" and "The A-Team" with Liam Neeson and now is slated for Bad Boys 3. He also directs some of the hottest television shows like "The Blacklist." He has been a powerful partner in our festival! Most of our previous winners of Best Feature have obtained distribution. Last year's winner BEREAVE just signed a distribution deal and said, " I wish to take a moment to tell you that your hospitality and your wonderful festival helped our film stand out for distribution. Thank you for that and we'll be sending you more of our work in the future.” So join us! We look forward to having you screen at our 5th year anniversary!

The festival is conveniently located downtown, we're in the middle of the arts and entertainment district. And after the films we host some of the best after parties with live bands and fantastic food and drinks!
About the city of Hagerstown, MD:

Hagerstown, Maryland was founded in 1762 by Jonathan Hager and quickly transformed into an avant-garde community. It is not only a beautiful and historical city, but it is also conveniently located near some of the most spectacular and historical monuments in the United States. Situated just outside of Washington D.C., Hagerstown boasts many recreational and cultural events. It is the truly the perfect location for the artistically inclined to celebrate their achievements, camaraderie and films.


Heather Guessford (Sponsorships); Tracie Hovey (Board Member); Tracie Hovey (Director/Board at Large); Tracie Hovey (Director/Board at Large); Tracie Hovey (Vice President)


Maryland International Film Festival - April 1-3 2016

Entries must be submitted on DVD Region 0,1 or via Withoutabox's online screener option. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

Checks or money orders must be made payable to Maryland International Film Festival.

Cost of shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. DVDs must be sent to the festival prepaid. C.O.D.'S will be refused. DVDs must be labeled with the title of the entry, run time and the name of the director. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. The festival is not responsible for sending back any DVDs to the filmmakers.



The festival will accept works in progress but the final screener must be received by the festival 30 days prior to the festival should you be selected.

All entry fees paid are non refundable. Checks returned due to NSF will be assessed a 25.00 return check fee and may be assigned to collections.

All entered films grant Maryland International Film Festival non exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival and film promotional use only including online, print or broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual Property.

Official selection films must provide their final exhibition copy to the festival programming department 20 days prior to the festival. DVD’s must be auto run and have NO trailers, menus or other features.

The Maryland International Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Maryland International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.