Maryland Film Festival is an annual four-day event that takes place the first weekend of each May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties — narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid — to tens of thousands of audience members.
The festival itself takes place on screens in and around Baltimore’s burgeoning Station North Arts District, all within short walking distance of each other, including the 5-screen, independent art-house Charles Theater and the state-of-the-art campus auditorium of Maryland Institute College of Art. Workshops, panels, and parties open to the public take place concurrent with the festival in the Filmmakers’ Tent Village neighboring the Charles Theatre.
Year-round, the MFF maintains a membership support program, Friends of the Festival: 800 members and counting for whom MFF presents an average of 5 screenings each month in a variety of Baltimore venues. These include advance screenings of upcoming theatrical releases, as well as special events ranging from 3-D film festivals, outdoor family screenings, repertory screenings, and the popular “Gunky’s Basement” series curated and hosted by Baltimore cultural luminaries Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche.