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|For feature films (50 minutes or longer) please note that it is understood that if their feature is selected, the director will be able to attend MDFF in Baltimore May 2-6, 2018 to host their screening(s). The Maryland Film Festival will be able to help defray the costs of travel and lodging. Also note that, while Maryland Film Festival considers films of all running times, we feel filmmakers should know that films running between 26 and 49 minutes pose a particular challenge for festival programmers; the overwhelming majority of films programmed by Maryland Film Festival have run either less than 25 minutes or more than 50.
|Short 26 – 49 minutes
|Short films with running times of 26 - 49 minutes. PLEASE NOTE: While Maryland Film Festival considers films of all running times, we feel filmmakers should know that films running between 26 and 49 minutes pose a particular challenge for festival programmers; the overwhelming majority of films programmed by Maryland Film Festival have run either less than 25 minutes or more than 50.
|Short 25 minutes and under
|Short films with running times 25 minutes or under.
|LOCAL FEATURES - 40 minutes or longer produced 50% in Maryland
|This discounted category is ONLY for submissions that have 50% or more of the film shot in Maryland. Please include in the Withoutabox cover letter section a few sentences about what cities in Maryland the films was produced in. Proof may be required.
Please remember that while we encourage MD-made films to submit with discounted fees, MD Film Festival is NOT a festival dedicated to MD-made films, but rather a general-interest festival located in Maryland that shows films from all over the world.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Since 1999, Maryland Film Festival has dedicated itself to presenting a top-notch selection of film and video work from all over the world in a relaxed, non-competition atmosphere that reflects the unique flavor of beautiful downtown Baltimore. We pride ourselves on linking filmmakers and audiences, offering unforgettable experiences to both.
In addition to 40+ new feature films and 50+ new short films, each Maryland Film Festival includes a film selected and hosted by John Waters and a silent film with live music by Alloy Orchestra.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
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.
The hundreds of filmmakers who have hosted screenings with Maryland Film Festival include such names as John Waters, Barry Levinson, David Simon, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme, Melvin Van Peebles, Alex Gibney, Matt Porterfield, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz, Lisandro Alonso, Todd Solondz, Barry Jenkins, Greta Gerwig, Bobcat Goldthwait, Alex Ross Perry, and Lena Dunham.
In addition to a wide range of contemporary North American films, each festival also includes a sampling of cutting-edge international features (including such titles as Dogtooth, Post Tenebras Lux, and Syndromes and a Century); a vintage silent film with live musical accompaniment; and a feature selected and hosted by legendary filmmaker John Waters (whose choices have ranged from Joseph Losey's Boom! to Gaspar Noé's I Stand Alone). Celebrity guest hosts from outside the world of film are also invited to present favorite films, including musicians such as Ian MacKaye, Branford Marsalis, Will Oldham, Jonathan Richman, Marin Alsop, Harry Belafonte, Dan Deacon, Bill Callahan, Abdu Ali, and members of Animal Collective.
The Maryland Film Festival has been named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "25 Coolest Film Festivals In the World" 3 times in recent years (2014, 2015 and 2017), as well as earning repeated praise from national cultural publications such as The New Yorker, and ArtForum.
Eric Allen Hatch (Director of Programming); J. Scott Braid (Associate Director); Jed Dietz (Founder)
The 20th annual Maryland Film Festival is looking for all types of film and video work of exceptional quality: feature length and shorts; narratives and documentaries; domestic and foreign; genre work and the unclassifiable; and while we are a general-interest festival, we do frequently program animation, experimental, and underground content. Unique voices and viewpoints are always a plus.
We are actively working to increase the number of foreign titles we screen; filmmakers from all over the world are encouraged to submit their work.
We encourage filmmakers that hope to premiere their work at prominent early festivals such as Sundance and SXSW to submit these films to us; however, please do be aware of and submit by our final deadline of December 29, 2017.
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 (50 minutes or longer) please note that it is understood that if accepted, the director will be able to attend the festival (May 2-7, 2018) 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 www.mdfilmfest.com or read more about our festival on Wikipedia to get a better idea of the varieties of films and videos we program.
The Maryland Film Festival is a non-competition festival.
The Maryland Film Festival will not return entries or refund entry fees.
NOTE: When submitting via online screener, please be certain to submit a Vimeo link and password that will remain active and unchanged through April, 2018. Failure to submit a link that our screening committee can access throughout our screening process may be grounds for rejection. Maryland Film Festival strongly prefers secure online Vimeo screeners. Please do not send us press kits or promotional materials unless requested.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
By submitting a film the entrant guarantees that they have obtained all appropriate rights and clearance, and that they have legal right to publicly screen and enter their entry into The Maryland Film Festival.