The call for entries for Maryland Film Festival 2017 opens August 1st, 2017 and closes December 29, 2017.
Call For Entries Opens
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.
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.
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