7th Annual

Annapolis Film Festival

March 21, 2019 to March 24, 2019

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Annapolis MD 21401
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DECISIONS ALREADY MADE • This event has already made decisions and notified submitters for the current cycle. Submissions are no longer being accepted.

Narrative Feature Film
A narrative feature is any narrative film running 40 minutes or longer. Premieres are welcome.

Please clearly label any a works-in-progress or fine cut versions with anticipated dates of release/completion when submitting, No incomplete films may be submitted after the Extended Deadline.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance no later than 1/10/18.
Narrative Short Film
A narrative short is any narrative film running under 40 minutes.

Please do not submit a work-in-progress, rough cut, or incomplete version.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance no later than 1/10/2018.
Documentary Feature Film
A documentary feature is any documentary film running 40 minutes or longer.

Please do not submit a work-in-progress, rough cut, or incomplete version.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance no later than 1/10/2018.
Documentary Short Film
A documentary short is any documentary film running under 40 minutes.

Please do not submit a work-in-progress, rough cut, or incomplete version.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance no later than 1/10/2018.
Shorts Challenge
For the inaugural year, the topic is women/girls stories at home & around the globe.
Please submit a synopsis of your short film concept that meets this theme. No more than one page is allowed. Both narrative and documentary concepts are accepted. Please send a photo deck of prospective film subjects and/or a written description. Video clips allowed, but not required. Send a personal bio/resume as well as a short preliminary budget. Email to programming@annapolisfilmfestival.net by Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Five film projects will be chosen for a live pitch session to be held in front of a festival audience. Filmmakers will be flown in and will have 5 - 7 minutes to pitch their stories and show optional short clips to 3 industry judges on the stage who will critique the pitches in front of the audience.

The prize-winner will receive camera, lighting, and post-production packages. The short film will premiere at the 2019 Annapolis Film Festival, should it meet our usual standards.


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.


Having just completed its sixth year, the Annapolis Film Festival has become a highly anticipated and well-attended event embraced by the City of Annapolis. Nestled on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is best known for its rich colonial, African-American, and naval history. As a vacation destination, it charms its tourists with many restaurants, museums, and galleries.

The film festival has had an extraordinary first five years screening at
unique venues in the town's historic district. All venues are walkable within the city center and provide filmmakers with a high-quality digital presentation. Attendance last year exceeded over 15,000.

The Annapolis Film Festival is seeking a total of 70+ films to be shown. The festival is known for its quality slate and a strong line-up of both documentary and narrative films (both short and feature-length) from emerging and established filmmakers. We present a balanced program consisting of films with a common emphasis on storytelling excellence and/or innovative vision and cinematic artistry.

In addition to our commitment to screen the newest acclaimed films and premieres, we are also interested in films with nautical and environmental themes, films highlighting diverse cultures including African American, Latino, Asian and Jewish experiences as well as LGBTQ and women-centric perspectives.

We will present Jury Awards for our Best Narrative Feature and our Best Documentary Feature. Returning will be the Short Film Juried Competition with awards presented for Best Narrative Short and the Best Documentary Short. All films will be awarded for displaying exceptional creativity, originality, and skill in script, direction, acting and high-quality production values. A select number of films in each category will be nominated and judged by a jury of industry professionals. The Audience Awards in all categories will be presented as well.

The 2019 Annapolis Film Festival will bring back our "Shorts Challenge" with a live pitch competition during a programming block. The winner will receive a camera/sound/post-production package to help get their short film made. For more details on this exciting new opportunity please see our website at annapolisfilmfestival.com.

Beyond the screenings, the festival offers ample networking opportunities with industry and filmmaker guests, as well as top-notch panels which cover current industry topics, a Tech Talk and our popular Coffee Talks all with leading industry professionals. Filmmakers will have an opportunity to participate in these events, as well as numerous parties and receptions that provide a fun and relaxed environment to meet and discuss your work with industry colleagues.

Past season guests have included iconic director, Rob Reiner (LBJ), esteemed documentarian Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), Oscar-nominated Director, Sam Pollard (Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me, Acron and the Firestorm), Director Sean McNamara (A Miracle Season, Soul Surfer), Waldo Salt award-winning filmmaker Matt Spicer (Ingrid Goes West), Oscar-winning screenwriter David S. Ward (The Sting), actor/director S. Epatha Merkerson (Law and Order & Lincoln), actor Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, A Crooked Somebody), actor Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice), Rory Culkin (Gabriel) and noted speaker/writer/producer Ambassador Shabazz.

As a relatively new and rapidly growing festival, the AFF plans to
continue to strengthen the reputation of our festival by bringing top
films to this beautiful city and to invite filmmakers to showcase global
perspectives and independent thought to a community that truly embraces the art of filmmaking. Visiting filmmakers have been thrilled with the community's response. One filmmaker claimed, "this festival has the smartest audiences and the most community engagement we have seen on the festival circuit".


Derek Horne; Lee Anderson; Lee Anderson (Festival Director); Patti White (Festival Director)


Submissions to the Annapolis Film Festival must not be scheduled for theatrical release prior to March 24, 2019.

Submissions must not be scheduled for broadcast on television prior to April, 2019.

Submissions must not have had prior screenings in Annapolis.

Submissions must be in English or subtitled in English.

Narrative and documentary feature films must have a run time of a minimum of 40 minutes.

Narrative and documentary short films must have a run time of under 40 minutes.

DVD and BluRays must be clearly labeled with title, running time, completion date and contact information. Please include name, address, phone number, email address and WAB tracking number.

Entry Fee is non-refundable.

All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and third-party claims and filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music and public exhibition.

Filmmakers will be notified by approximately January 7, 2019, if their film has been accepted to the Annapolis Film Festival.

Selected films will be screened in the following exhibition formats: Blu-ray, digital files, and DCP (for select venues).

Selected films must be delivered NO LATER THAN February 7, 2019. Please notify us in writing about any exceptions to this delivery date, otherwise you may forfeit your place in the program and the Annapolis Film Festival is under no obligation to screen a selected film.


I agree to the terms outlined in the General Festival Rules for the Annapolis Film Festival. The General Rules are as follows:

1.) Entries must have a completion date after June 30, 2017.

2.) Please note that the festival accepts secured online screeners or DVD screeners. If submitting DVD screeners, send two (2) copies of your submission in NTSC DVD format or upload an NTSC digital .mov or .mpg file.

3.) Entries should be accompanied by any required materials (e.g. student IDs, fees, pre-paid mailers and press kits).

4.) Filmmakers will be notified by approximately January 7, 2019, if their film has been accepted to the Annapolis Film Festival.

5.) Upon acceptance, exhibition copies and additional press materials will be requested. Selected films will be screened in the following exhibition formats: Blu-ray, digital files, and DCP (for select venues). Exhibition material must be received no later than February 7, 2019.

I agree to donate my submitted DVD preview screeners to the Annapolis Film Festival archive, where Annapolis Film Festival staff may continue to review them after the conclusion of the festival. If I wish to opt out of this donation, I will send an email to programming@annapolisfilmfestival.net and provide the festival with a prepaid mailer along with my submission.

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 Annapolis Film Festival, Inc. from and against any and all disputes, arbitration, 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, including but not limited to third party claims involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.