MFF 2016 ALL-ACCESS PASSES — $325 MEMBERS ONLY EARLY BIRD SALE! REGULAR PRICE $375! Friends of the Festival Save $50 on MFF 2016 All-Access Passes!

We’re excited to announce that the extremely popular MFF 2016 All-Access passes are on sale for members only at the discounted rate of $325 (regular price $375) beginning Monday, January 18th at 10:00AM! Call our office at 410-752-8083 to order your All-Access pass today; this offer is not available online. 
Maryland Film Festival returns to the Station North Arts District this May 4-8, 2016 for five days of incredible film, filmmakers, workshops, parties, and more, and the All-Access pass is the best way to experience everything Maryland Film Festival has to offer!
Pass holders get:
  • Priority seating at all screenings (including the John Waters and Alloy Orchestra screenings) without a ticket and ahead of regular ticket holders;
  • Access to our Opening Night Shorts Program and Gala at the MICA Brown Center, Closing Night Screening and Party, and the Filmmakers Lounge!
  • DUE TO LIMITED SUPPLY, WE SELL OUT EVERY YEAR!  CALL NOW TO ORDER YOURS TODAY!
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT PRICE (1/18-1/25): $325
Click here to join Friends of the Festival and take advantage of this special early bird discount, plus get access to FREE movies all year-round, invitations to special events, and many more great benefits!
Call us at 410-752-8083 M-F, 10am-6pm to order yours today!  Don’t miss this rare opportunity!
All-Access Passes are NOT available online. Supplies are limited, so act now!

Your chance to win a pair of tickets to A John Waters Christmas! Now through Dec 10th!

Maryland Film Festival is giving away two pairs of tickets to A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier and a signed John Waters MFF 2015 poster! 
One pair will be awarded to a new or renewing Friends of the Festival member!
One pair will be awarded to any current Friends of the Festival member who gives a gift membership to a family member or friend!
To join or renew your FOF membership, click here!
 
Act before 12/10 to be entered to win. More details will be announced soon!

John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) is to perform an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one man show, A John Waters Christmas. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor, effectively “putting the X in Xmas,” developing a show for the open minded and slightly left-of-center audience. The cult classic, Baltimore-born filmmaker began his Hollywood success with now Broadway classic, Hairspray in 1988. Claiming his playful nicknames “Pope of Trash” and “Prince of Puke,” he maintains his image through his film-making and his personal presentation. Regarded as a shocking entertainer, John Waters carefully chooses his material and exploits it through a dirty lens. “It’s my obsession with Christmas: what I want for Christmas, what you should want, how to handle every holiday disaster,” Waters says. His rapid-fire monologue explores and explodes the traditional holiday rituals and traditions as he shares his religious fanaticism for Santa Claus, and an unhealthy love of real life holiday horror stories. Delving into his passion for lunatic exploitation Christmas movies and the unhealthy urge to remake all his own films into seasonal children’s classics, “The Pope of Trash” will give you a Joyeaux Noel like no other.”

Treat that special someone to a Friends of the Festival membership this holiday season!

Friends of the Festival membership makes the perfect gift for the film lover in your life!  Friends of the Festival not only enjoy our growing annual five-day festival, they get so much more throughout the year with several events each month. We bring films, filmmakers and audiences together in an atmosphere that’s both comfortable and totally fun. Groundbreaking films. Independent films. Classic films. Big studio prerelease films. You’ll experience them all year long and see something that’s truly different. Friends of the Festival screenings present the art of film making the way it’s meant to be – entertaining and enlightening.
 
 
What’s in it for your gift recipient?
– Access to DOZENS of FREE movies year-round!
– See FREE movies before 6pm on Friday of our Festival!
– Members Only Festival Preview!
– VIP Ticketing at MFF!
– Discounts on MFF merchandise!
– Email with film industry news and updates!
– And more…
To give a gift membership, simply purchase a membership by clicking one of the links to the right, then send an email with your gift recipient’s full name, address and email address to Kelly Sniffen at the Maryland Film Festival office (mffmembership@gmail.com). Your recipient will receive a welcome email and and confirmation of your gift, and you will receive an acknowledgement of your tax-deductible donation by mail.

CHRISTMAS, AGAIN is now available online and in select theaters!

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Join us for the 4th Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational!

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The 4th Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational returns to the MICA Brown Center with a radical variety of international, independent short animations. Curated by Phil Davis (Towson University) and Max Porter (Maryland Institute College of Art); including narrative, experimental, and music video work made with a variety of techniques ranging from stop motion, hand drawn, to CGI. Come out for a night of weird and beautiful animation and cast your vote for the audience choice award!

Check out the 2015 lineup of animators here.

Sweaty Eyeballs is brought to you by the Animation Department of the Maryland Institute College of Art, the department of Art + Design, Art History, and Art Education at Towson University, and the Maryland Film Festival.

4th Annual Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Invitational Screening
Friday November 20th, 2014
7:30 PM
Falvey Hall Auditorium – MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. Baltimore, MD
$5 ticket price
FREE for students (with valid student ID), University faculty/staff, and
Friends of the Maryland Film Festival

TUES NOV 17, UNEXPECTED (MFF 2015) returns w/ director Kris Swanberg!

Maryland Film Festival presented in conjunction with the MICA and JHU film departments is proud to bring back to Baltimore director Kris Swanberg and her warm and moving character study UNEXPECTED!

Starring Gail Bean, Cobie Smulders, Anders Holm and Elizabeth McGovern, Unexpected is the nuanced and beautifully acted story of an inner-city high-school teacher who develops a new closeness with her favorite student when both experience the new challenges of pregnancy at the same time.

Director Kris Swanberg will introduce the film and answer your questions after the screening!

Tickets are $10 general public, and free to Maryland Film Festival Friends of the Festival members, as well as MICA+JHU students and staff (w/ ID)!                         

Screening Details:                         Unexpected

UNEXPECTED

Tues, Nov 17

7:30pm

MICA Brown Center- 1300 Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217

ARCHIE’S BETTY- screening and discussion

Archie's Betty

2640docs proudly presents ARCHIE’S BETTY: screening and discussion with director Gerald Perry.

ARCHIE’S BETTY is an independent documentary search by journalist and filmmaker Gerald Peary to determine if the characters in Archie comics—Archie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, Jughead. etc.—were modeled on real-life people. As an Archie-obsessed child, Peary believed that somewhere in America there was a real town of Riverdale, where Archie and his teen friends went to school. As an adult, he found that his fantasy might have basis in fact.

Screening Details:

ARCHIE’S BETTY

Sun, Nov 8

7:00pm

Space 2640- 2640 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

$5-10 sliding scale suggested donation

ARCHIE’S BETTY | USA | ENGLISH | 79MINS | 2015

STINKING HEAVEN TONIGHT with director Nathan Silver!

Tuesday, November 3
MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
7:30pm
“A superb work… Silver assembles an extraordinary cast.”-Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Maryland Film Festival, in conjunction with the MICA and JHU film programs, is thrilled to bring back to Baltimore one of the most daring and rewarding films of our 2015 festival, Nathan Silver‘s STINKING HEAVEN!
Director Nathan Silver will introduce the screening and answer your questions after the film! Tickets are $10 general public, free to Friends of the Festival members as well as JHU/MICA students/staff (w/ ID).
 
Don’t miss the other films screening this Fall in the MDFF/MICA/JHU film series:
November 3: STINKING HEAVEN w/ Nathan Silver
November 17: UNEXPECTED w/ Kris Swanberg
December 1: WELCOME TO LEITH w/ Michael Beach Nichols

Submit your film to the 2016 Maryland Film Festival by January 4th!

Attention, filmmakers: the 2016 Maryland Film Festival Call For Submissions is now open! Please help us spread the word! The deadline to submit a film is January 4th–and while we’ll be accepting submissions until then, sending your films and videos to us well before the deadline is a great way to call attention to your work. Act now, don’t wait!
We are 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, and/or 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.
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.
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.
Due to the number of entries we receive, we require that all Maryland Film Festival entries be processed through Withoutabox. This enables us to keep accurate, complete information on all films submitted to us.
For more information, please visit http://www.mdfilmfest.com/submissions

STINKING HEAVEN (MFF 2015) w/ director Nathan Silver returns on Tuesday Nov 3!

STINKING HEAVEN with director Nathan Silver, Tuesday Nov 3!

Tuesday, November 3
MICA Brown Center
1300 W. Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217
7:30pm
“A superb work… Silver assembles an extraordinary cast.”-Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Maryland Film Festival, in conjunction with the MICA and JHU film programs, is thrilled to bring back to Baltimore one of the most daring and rewarding films of our 2015 festival, Nathan Silver‘s STINKING HEAVEN!
Director Nathan Silver will introduce the screening and answer your questions after the film! Tickets are $10 general public, free to Friends of the Festival members as well as JHU/MICA students/staff (w/ ID).
 
Don’t miss the other films screening this Fall in the MDFF/MICA/JHU film series:
November 3: STINKING HEAVEN w/ Nathan Silver
November 17: UNEXPECTED w/ Kris Swanberg
December 1: WELCOME TO LEITH w/ Michael Beach Nichols

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