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18-Apr-2014 3:46am PDT  

 

Maryland Film Festival

16 Annual May 07, 2014 to May 11, 2014

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107 East Read Street
Baltimore MD 21202
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Phone: 410-752-8083
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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.

Feature
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 to host their screening(s). The Maryland Film Festival will be able to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.
Short 21 – 49 minutes
Short films with running times of 21 - 49 minutes.

PLEASE NOTE: While Maryland Film Festival considers films of all running times, we feel filmmakers should know that films running between 30 and 45 minutes pose a particular challenge for festival programmers; the majority of films programmed by Maryland Film Festival have run either less than 25 minutes or more than 50.
Short 6 – 20 minutes
Short films with running times of 6 - 20 minutes.
Short 5 minutes or shorter
Short films with running times of 5 minutes or under.
LOCAL FEATURES - 50 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.
LOCAL SHORTS - 49 minutes or less produced 50% in Maryland
This 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 shot 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
The Maryland Film Festival (May 7-11, 2014 in downtown Baltimore, Maryland) is looking for high-quality films and videos of all types: feature length and shorts; narratives and documentaries; domestic and foreign; genre work and the unclassifiable. And while we are a general-audience festival, we do welcome animation, experimental, underground, music video, and other forms overlooked or marginalized by some festivals.

Stronger consideration is given to films that have NOT had significant prior exposure in the Baltimore market. Screenings in the Baltimore area prior to Maryland Film Festival may result in a film's rejection, as may certain forms of television, cable, internet, and/or home-video availability/exposure prior to the festival. This becomes particularly important for feature-length works.

Please note that the Maryland Film Festival shows film and video work from all over the world, and is NOT solely devoted to films made in or about Maryland. That said, we do encourage local filmmakers to enter, we offer discounted entry fees for Maryland-based filmmakers, and have screened some made-in-Maryland films each year.

We are actively working to increase the presence of international films at the festival, and encourage filmmakers from all over the world to send us their work.

PLEASE NOTE: For U.S.-made 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 7-11, 2014) to host their film's screening(s). The Maryland Film Festival will be able to help defray the costs of travel and lodging. Directors of accepted short films are not required to attend.

ORGANIZERS
Eric Allen Hatch (Director of Programming) ; J. Scott Braid (Programming Administrator) ; Jed Dietz (President)

GENERAL RULES
The Maryland Film Festival (May 7-11, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland) 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.

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 ground for rejection, as may certain forms of television/cable/home-video/internet 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 7-11, 2014) 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 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.

IMPORTANT: Maryland Film Festival requires a DVD or blu-ray submission copy for ALL entries. Please confirm that the DVD or blu-ray copy of your film works before sending it to us. Please do not send us press kits or promotional materials unless requested.

Send your the evaluation disc for your entry, clearly marked with its title and WAB tracking number, to: The Maryland Film Festival, 107 E. Read St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

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.