Due to the number of entries we receive, we require that all Maryland Film Festival entries be processed through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway. This enables us to keep accurate, complete information on all films submitted to us. The below submissions information repeats on Withoutabox and FilmFreeway. Note that we offer reduced entry fees for filmmakers who submit by our earlier deadlines. Please feel free to proceed directly to Withoutabox or Film Freeway to submit your work to Maryland Film Festival: Maryland Film Festival 2017 Submission Details on Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.

The 19th annual Maryland Film Festival (May 3-7, 2017 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 consider 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, VOD, and/or physical home-video availability/exposure prior to the festival. Feature films that have already screened in Baltimore prior to our festival dates may be disqualified.

Please note that the Maryland Film Festival is a general-interest festival located in Maryland that screens film and video work from all over the world, and NOT solely devoted to films made in Maryland. That said, we do encourage local filmmakers to enter, and have screened some made-in-Maryland films each year.

The Maryland Film Festival has showcased short films in many unique ways, including devoting our Opening Night to a short-film program, and offering potential screening opportunities beyond the festival.

We are open to films of all varieties and lengths; unique voices and viewpoints are always a plus, as are humor, innovation, and psychotronic content.

Maryland Film Festival is a non-competition festival.

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.

We welcome work from filmmakers who hope to premiere their films at prominent early 2017 festivals such as Sundance and SXSW, but please note both our final deadline of January 6, 2017 and our expectation of the Baltimore-area premieres of the films we program.

  • Our preferred formats for entries is a secure online screener via a Vimeo link. Please be certain to submit a Vimeo link and password that remains active through April 2017. Failure to submit a link that our screening committee can access throughout our screening process may be grounds for rejection.
  • We do accept Blu-ray discs as an entry evaluation format; however, if you choose this method, please be sure to package your disc carefully and mark your disc and your packaging materails with the tracking number assigned to you via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway
  • All entries, whether submitted via blu-ray, or Vimeo link, must go through or and be processed by our extended deadline of January 6, 2017. Don't pay for expedited shipping--all entries postmarked by that date will be considered. Follow this link to enter your work: Maryland Film Festival 2017 Submission Details on Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.

NOTE: The below dropbox is for files requested by Maryland Film Festival ONLY. Submissions must be entered via Withoutabox per the instructions on our Withoutabox listing. Other unsolicited files will not be considered.