Welcome, filmmakers, to the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. We are excited about our 7th year coming up on April 27-April 29. We are Movie Magazine's top 50 festival worth their entry fee. Last year, Maryland Filmmaker and director Jason Slawson scooped up a million dollar deal from a local investor at the festival. For 7 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 than 90 films each year! Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is our creative director, and has been a powerful partner with our festival! He has brought us such films as "The Grey" and "The A-Team" with Liam Neeson and just released Wheelman to Netflix which is getting RAVE reviews. He now has his own production company with Frank Grillo, and has recently signed a deal with Sony Entertainment to work on their Adaptation of 'UNCHARTED'. Most of our previous winners of 'Best Feature' have obtained distribution. Our winner two years ago, 'BEREAVE', signed a distribution deal last year 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 7th 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!

Below is a recent article about the festival! Copy and paste the link or read parts of the article below.


This year Maryland Filmmaker and director Jason Slawson scooped up a million dollar deal from a local investor at the festival.

It was my first time attending and sponsoring the festival.” Said Troy Lowman, CEO of SNM Global Holdings. “This is a very high-end event that is talent rich, so kudos to Tracie for running such a successful festival. We found one of our prized upcoming movie projects at the festival after an introduction with Jason Slawson. We start production on “Potential” in March 2018. I will continue to attend and sponsor the festival to support this plethora of upcoming directors and filmmakers. SNM is proud to be associated with this festival.” Said Lowman.

Hollywood director Joe Carnahan is the creative director for the festival. “It’s a great opportunity for directors and producers to get their work showcased. There are investors and production companies who attend the festival looking for new talent and we have seen many of the movies screened in 2017 go on to be hugely successful,” Says Carnahan.

“Embrace,” “Equal Means Equal,” “Last Call at Murray’s” are just some of the movies that have gone on to receive accolades nationally and internationally following the festival.

“It is such a tremendous honor to have Joe as part of our festival team. He always makes a big impression on the filmmakers that come into town. He is a wealth of information, and he takes time to talk to as many of the filmmakers and film festival attendees as possible. I believe because he is so generous with his time and accessible it makes our festival more popular than other festivals, which is another reason why Movie Maker Magazine recognized us.” Says Hovey.

We offer to the winners some OUTSTANDING trophies for Best Feature, Best Short, Best Animation, Best Student, Best Documentary, Best Local Film, and Best Foreign Film!

Submission Guidelines: Entries must be submitted online, through FilmFreeway's online screener option.

Entry Fees: Checks or money orders must be made payable to Maryland International Film Festival.

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.

Overall Rating
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    David A. Melendez

    I've been to MIFF many times and it's a wonderful program. This year our feature was an official selection and the MIFF team took great care of us. Executive Director Tracie Hovey knows what she's doing and I'm not surprised they made MovieMaker Magazine's 50 Festivals Worth the Fee this year. Totally recommend!

    April 2017
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    Rick Kain

    This was my second time to the Maryland International Film Festival and the first time as a film maker. It is clear why Movie Maker magazine included this festival in their list "50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2017 (April 2017). From the welcome email to, opening night festivities,three days of film screenings at three convenient venues, awards ceremony, and closing night party. This festival is top notch. The city of Hagerstown is charming and welcoming with ample parking and easy walking between venues and all of the awesome parties that proceeded each day of screenings. Most valued to me was the opportunity to sit and talk to so many fine film makers after viewing their films. I can't gush enough about this fine festival and I look forward to next year already.

    April 2017
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    Michael Boulter

    They listed my film's title incorrectly on all of their materials. I emailed them twice about it but nothing way done. Once I got to the festival the people couldn't be any nicer.

    April 2017
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    Ryan Weaver

    I had a wonderful experience at the MarylandIFF, I highly recommend it to new and experienced filmmakers. Can't wait to come back.

    April 2017
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    Festival Formula Ltd

    The one thing we love and definitely appreciate about Maryland International Film Festival is the communication we have with them - they keep us in the loop and up-to-date when our clients films screen with them. They're a homegrown, grassroots audience led festival and we love that. Keep at it!

    April 2017