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The Maryland International Film Festival is organized by filmmakers and marketing executives who understand the power of film and support the talent of the independent filmmaker. Our goal is to fill theaters to capacity, encourage the development of filmmaker networks including media, distribution and the association with other artists. MDIFF believes in the importance of giving back to the community and will be donating a portion of the proceeds to charities around the globe. - See more at: http://www.marylandiff.com/

 

 


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Welcome filmmakers to the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. We are excited about our 5th year coming up in April 1-3, 2016. For 5 years, we've been bringing in the finest films from around the world. The film festival became a 501(c)3 and launched in 2009 and now screens more then 70 films each year! Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is our creative director. He has brought us such films as "The Grey" and "The A-Team" with Liam Neeson and now has Bad Boys 3 in pre-production. He also directs some of the hottest television shows like "The Blacklist." He has been a powerful partner in our festival! Most of our previous winners of Best Feature have obtained distribution. Last year's winner BEREAVE just signed a distribution deal and said, " I wish to take a moment to tell you that your hospitality and your wonderful festival helped our film stand out for distribution. Thank you for that and we'll be sending you more of our work in the future.” So join us! We look forward to having you screen at our 5th year anniversary!

The festival is conveniently located downtown, we're in the middle of the arts and entertainment district. And after the films we host some of the best after parties with live bands and fantastic food and drinks!


Submission Rules for MDIFF 2016

Submission Guidelines: Entries must be submitted on DVD Region 0,1 mailed to the festival directly or filmfreeway.com's or Withoutabox's online screener option. We prefer online screeners.
 
Entry Fees: Checks or money orders must be made payable to Maryland International Film Festival. Shipping is the responsibility of the entrant. DVDs must be sent to the festival prepaid. C.O.D.'s will be refused. DVDs must be labeled with the title of the entry, run time and the name of the director. The festival cannot accept responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. The festival is not responsible for sending back any DVDs to the filmmakers. 
 

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Terms and conditions: The festival will accept works in progress but the final screener must be received 30 days prior to the festival should your film be selected. All entry fees paid are non refundable. Checks returned due to NSF will be assessed a $25 return check fee and may be assigned to collections. All entered films grant MDIFF non exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival promotional use only including online, print, broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual property. Official selection films must provide their final exhibition copy to the festival programming department 20 days prior to the festival. The Maryland International Film festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Any submitters shall indemnify and hold harmless the Maryland International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos. 

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue on Withoutabox.

Feature
50 minutes or longer
Documentary
45 minutes or longer
Student
Under 22 and must be enrolled in junior high, high school or college.
Short
Under 45 minutes in length.
Animation
Films of any length under 30 min.
Foreign
All films over 50 minutes produced outside the U.S.

Feature:

September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline  Fee 30.00 

November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 40.00

January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 50.00

February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline ​Fee 65.00

 

Documentary ​​

September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline Fee 30.00 

November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 40.00

January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 50.00

February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline ​Fee 65.00

 

Short 

September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline Fee 25.00

​November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 30.00

January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 40.00

February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline Fee 45.00

 

Animation 

September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline Fee 25.00

​November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 30.00

​January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 40.00

February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline Fee 45.00

Student

September 30, 2015 Earlybird Deadline Fee 25.00

​November 27, 2015 Regular Deadline Fee 30.00

January 8, 2016 Late Deadline Fee 40.00

February 5, 2016 Extended Deadline Fee 45.00

High School Contest:

Theme: Produce a film of any subject with a Maryland landmark in a scene

Scene selection requires teacher approval

Length: 3-7 minutes / Entry Deadline March 5, 2016

No excessive or gratuitous profanity, violence, or nudity

No racial, cultural, religious, or gender discrimination

To download an application click here.

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