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The Maryland Film Fest you know and love is now accepting submissions for our 23rd annual festival in 2021! We’re seeking top-notch film and video work from all over the world – narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid – in short and feature-length format.

Join hundreds of fellow filmmakers – including Stanley Nelson, Barry Jenkins,
Greta Gerwig, Kathryn Bigelow,
and more – in a unique, accessible, competition-free atmosphere created solely for the love and enjoyment of film.


September 20, 2020 – Submissions Open

October 30, 2020 – Earlybird Deadline

November 30, 2020 – Regular Deadline

January 4, 2021 – Late Deadline

January 15, 2021 – Extended Deadline

March 1, 2021 – Notification Date

May 19–23, 2021 – Festival Dates

Following great success with our first-ever virtual festival in 2020, we’re currently planning our 2021 fest as a hybrid featuring in-person and virtual events in accordance with public health guidelines. Accepted filmmakers will be kept abreast of our in-person festival plans as they develop.

SEE YOU IN 2021!

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