Maryland Film Festival 2014 Call for Entries is Now Open!

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 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.

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.

  • The Maryland Film Festival is a non-competition festival.
  • Entries must be submitted on DVD or blu-ray and include a completed entry form and entry fee. We do not accept entries via links; a disc must be submitted.
  • DEADLINE: All entries must be postmarked by December 13, 2013 to be eligible for consideration.
  • As an alternative to using the entry form on this page, we strongly encourage entries to be submitted via Without A Box; the benefits of doing so include an extended entry deadline and reduced entry fees.


  • $50 (50 minutes or longer)
  • $30 (21 – 49 minutes)
  • $20 (6 – 20 minutes)
  • $15 (5 minutes or shorter)
  • LOCAL FEATURES –$20 for any film 50 minutes or longer that was produced more than 50% in Maryland.
  • LOCAL SHORTS –$15 for any film 49 minutes or shorter that was produced more than 50% in Maryland.
  • Do not send cash! Payment may be via check or money order made payable to “The Maryland Film Festival,” or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express) or PayPal (include a print-out of your PayPal receipt with your entry form).

The Maryland Film Festival will not return entries or refund entry fees.

In an effort to reduce paper waste, we ask that you DO NOT send press kits or other promotional materials with your entry. We will request them if needed.

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 screening(s). The Maryland Film Festival will be able to help defray the costs of travel and lodging.

By submitting this film the entrant guarantees that they have obtained all appropriate rights and clearances, and that they have legal right to publicly screen and enter their entry into The Maryland Film Festival.


  • Entry, clearly labeled, on DVD or blu-ray. Please check the disc to confirm it plays before sending!
  • Completed Entry Form (DOWNLOAD)
  • Entry Fee (payable to The Maryland Film Festival)
  • Please DO NOT send Press materials. We will request them if we need them.

Send all materials to:

  • The Maryland Film Festival
  • 107 E. Read Street
  • Baltimore, Maryland 21202 USA

CLICK HERE for an entry form, or (preferred) submit through Withoutabox.

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