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Friday, May 7, 2010, 9am – 5pm

The Maryland Film Festival is pleased to announce a new filmmaker-focused event to take place the first full day of MFF 2010, May 7, in the Filmmaker Tent Village. This intimate conference is a daylong set of case study roundtables and networking opportunities focused on identifying methods to connect audiences and filmmakers in an increasingly overpopulated (and tech-savvy) market. More personal and interactive than big festival panels, attendees will receive a thorough understanding of how to navigate and take charge of the current climate of film distribution and promotion.

Sponsored by MFF Board member Stephanie Carter, and using funding from a two -year Warhol Foundation grant, the day long event will bring visiting and local filmmakers & aficionados together with a variety of distributors, critics, and exhibitors in a spirit of mutual support and cooperation that the festival was founded upon.

Passes for FILMMAKERS TAKING CHARGE are on sale today!
Call (410)752-8083 or visit our website to order!

General Admission: $75
Students/Creative Alliance Members: $50
MFF Filmmakers: Free

$25 off all passes before April 30th!

Scholarships & Group Rates are also available – Contact Kate Ewald at (410)752-8083 or to apply.



Aaron Katz (Director, Dance Party, USA, Quiet City)
Andrew O’Hehir (
Benny Safdie (Director, Daddy Longlegs)
Casey Rae-Hunter (Communications Director, Future of Music Coalition)
Christopher Horton (Head of Acquisitions, Cinetic Rights Management/ FilmBuff)
Ed Sanchez (Director/Writer, The Blair Witch Project)

Ira Deutchman (President/CEO, Emerging Pictures)
Janet Pierson (Head, SXSW Film Festival)
Jason Foster (Head, We Are Free Records; Manager, Beach House, Yeasayer, & Ponytail)
Joe Swanberg (Director, LOL, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Nights and Weekends)
Josh Safdie (Director, Daddy Longlegs)
Lena Dunham (Director, Tiny Furniture)

Linas Phillips (Director, Bass Ackwards)

Dan Geva (Filmmaker-in-Residence, MICA)

Noit Geva (Filmmaker-in-Residence, MICA)

Michael Tully (Writer – IndieWire, Hammer to Nail)
Ruby Lerner (President, Creative Capital)
Scott Kirsner (Author, Journalist)
Scott Macaulay (Editor, Filmmaker Magazine)
Tom Cunha (Mammoth, Movieline)


The Maryland Film Festival seeks volunteers! Have fun, earn free screening vouchers and be part of the excitement in Downtown, Baltimore May 6-9, 2010. At the 12th Annual Festival, we hope to have more volunteers than ever to reflect the diverse, eclectic community of film lovers in Baltimore and Maryland. There are many positions available: Box Office, Tent Village, Filmmakers Lounge, Theatre Ushers, and more! At every turn guests from around the world will be greeted by you, our front line ambassadors. Please also recruit your friends and family! As incentive, each four (4) hour shift worked (and you can work as much as you’d like), you earn a free screening voucher or $5 toward merchandise. You are invited to a special “Volunteers Only” screening of one of the most popular movies and at your shift, we’ll provide MFF T-shirts, water and light snacks. Please contact us today!

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already emailed us to sign up, you will be contacted this week.


Street Team Volunteers
Come to the Festival offices and pick up posters to distribute in Baltimore City and other areas. Earn screening vouchers early.

Tech Checks
Report to Tech Supervisor. Sit with Filmmakers during screenings to ensure quality sound/tech. On walkie with projectionist. See some movies during shift.

Filmmakers Lounge Crew
Help with Filmmaker Hospitality, answering questions, etc. Keep areas clean and tidy. Assist MFF staff as necessary.

Tent Village Staff
Work with the public, answering questions, directing foot traffic. Trash duty. Be near filmmakers. Keep areas tidy, organized. Take snack breaks in the shade.

Box Office Cashiers
Sell tickets to the public.

Merchandise Table Staff
Sell Merchandise. Interact with the public, answer questions, etc.

“Friends of the Festival” (FOF) Table Staff
Help sell Memberships to become a “Friend of the Festival”. Interact with the public, answer questions, etc.

UB/MICA Location Support
Answer questions, direct patron foot traffic, help sell tickets and usher at very low-key and laid back satellite locations MICA Brown Center and Univ. of Baltimore.

MD Film Fest Office Admin Support
Answer phones, answer questions, provide driving/walking directions, venue information. Provide light administrative support. Report to Film Festival Staff, who will provide training.

Theatre Ushers
Report to Theatre Captain on duty. Greet public, answer questions. Tear Tickets, help usher as needed. Help tidy between screenings.

Survey Team
Assist MFF in gathering information about our patrons, by conducting walking surveys of our clientele.

Opening Night Crew
May 7st. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out earlier) Help load in and set up. Enjoy yourself at the gala affair while still helping to keep things running smoothly during the festivities. Help break down.

Closing Night Crew
May 10th. 6:30pm – 12am (probably get out earlier) Help load in and set up, enjoy yourself while providing part support, break down (not entirely).

Monday Clean Up
After the festival, help with the clean up. Traditionally understaffed, yet very important we will offer extra rewards to those who sign up early.

Shuttle Drivers**
Drive filmmakers and visitors in large passenger vans while in full communication with other drivers and with the Travel and Transportation Coordinator

** TO SIGN UP AS A SHUTTLE DRIVER contact Rahne Alexander: Travel & Transportation Coordinator

Only ONE WEEK LEFT to get tickets for our intimate conversation with Barry Levinson, David Simon and John Waters!


Tent Village Panel Series Announced!

The schedule for the Maryland Film Office Discussion Panel Series is now up on our website!

This year we are offering ten engaging panels over the course of the weekend. The titles range  from “First Encounters: Films That Influenced Us” to “Social Justice Filmmaking: Social Issues Brought to the Screen,” and other topics like the collaboration between directors and editors, shorts filmmaking, and film criticism. Highlights include a panel with MFF Alums Matt Porterfield, Ramona Diaz, and Kurt Kolaja, who are currently working on new films, and a conversation with Matthew Modine!

Plus the Creative Alliance Movie Makers program brings us “B-more Indie Horror Movie Makers” feature guest filmmakers from Baltimore’s booming youthful underground horror scene!

All panels are FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise noted, and located in the Tent Village across the street from The Charles Theatre!

Click here to view the Maryland Film Office Discussion Panel schedule!