Welcome, filmmakers, to the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. We are excited about our 11th year coming up on March 23rd-26th, 2023. We are Movie Magazine's top 50 festival worth their entry fee. For 10 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 100 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'. So join us! We look forward to having you screen at our 11th 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.


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 $35 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
  • A.Hassan Keivan

    It is an honor to be a part of this wonderful film festival. I am so excited and happy that my film ON THE BEACH has been selected as an Official selection at the Maryland International Film Festival 2022. Many thanks to the festival director, judges and all of the Members at the Maryland International Film Festival. I am so grateful for their decision. I hope to be a part of the festival in person next time.

    April 2022
  • Mary OLeary

    I was proud to have my film selected for the Maryland International Film Festival in Hagerstown. Given the uncertainty due to COVID, filmmakers received a final confirmation that there would be an in-person festival only a month in advance. I decided to attend in order to experience my first live film festival. Communication was good and the program schedule was clear. The all volunteer festival staff was extremely helpful and hard working. The opening night ceremony was engaging, but ran 45 minutes overtime, which impacted the after party at a nearby restaurant. The kitchen was closed, so there were only a few appetizers available, but my group was able to locate a late night diner that was still open. There were 92 diverse films shown concurrently in five different venues. All these spaces were within walking distance, which was a great benefit, but the signage at most locations was lacking. There were only about 200 participants, so most of the screenings had very small audiences on average 10 - 15 people, although they were an appreciative crowd. Filmmakers enjoyed chatting with one another. All in all it was enjoyable weekend.

    April 2022
  • Pete Ferraro

    Nice festival. Fun, relaxed atmosphere with great films and good opportunity to speak with other filmmakers. Nice venues.

    April 2022
  • Hique Montanari

    My feature film YONLU was selected for the 2022 edition of the Festival and we were very happy to be among the films in the wonderful program of this great cinematographic event. Best of luck and success to the Maryland International Film Festival Hagerstown. Cheers!

    April 2022
  • Really enjoyed the festival! Will definitely be back next year!

    April 2022