The NBAFF spotlights the best in American Independent Films that exhibit the multi-cultural and diverse aspects of American life. The three day festival takes place in North Beach Maryland with special waterfront screenings, area events, live entertainment and more.

Jury Prizes:
Best Feature
Best Documentary
Best Short
Best Animated/Experimental
Best Student Film
Best Music Video

Audience Award
Founders Award

SELECTION OF WINNERS & PRIZES

FILMS WILL BE SELECTED BY THE NBAFF JURY ALONG WITH THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMMER & PRODUCER. FROM THESE SELECTED FILMS THE NBAFF AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED.
THE NBAFF ARE NOT LIABLE NOR WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF COPYRIGHTED MATERIALS OR UNAUTHORIZED MATERIALS ARE INCLUDED IN THE FILM. IT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO SECURE PROPER PERMISSION FROM THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER OF MUSIC, STOCK FOOTAGE OR ANY OTHER MATERIAL WHICH COULD VIOLATE ANOTHER ENTITY’S COPYRIGHT OR EXCLUSIVE USE OF THE MATERIAL.

FILM SUBMISSION NOTES

 FILMS MUST HAVE BEEN COMPLETED WITHIN THE LAST THREE (3) YEARS
 IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED, YOU MUST PROVIDE A HIGH RES MP4
 ALL NON-ENGLISH FILMS MUST HAVE ENGLISH SUBTITLES
 NO EDITS OR CHANGES WILL BE MADE IN FILMS BY NBAFF FOR ANY REASON
 NBAFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO INVITE FILMS
 THE SUBMISSION OF ALL FILMS REPRESENTS AN AGREEMENT TO THE POLICIES SET FORTH IN THE RELEASE FORM AND THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

I hereby agree to permit my film to be screened at the NBAFF. I am the sole owner of all legal rights and title and have the authority to submit the enclosed materials to the NBAFF. I guarantee that all rights necessary for a film festival screening have been obtained.

I will indemnify and hold harmless the NBAFF, individually and collectively, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, judgments, liabilities 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, publicity, screening, credits, and loss of or damage to the screening materials entered.

I understand that, unless otherwise specified, the NBAFF provides no financial compensation for any exhibition of my work.

The NBAFF reserves the right to use the submitted publicity information, photos, and excerpts in its marketing and publicity, including online formats, for the festival and any other uses related to the promotion of the festival.

I understand, am authorized to accept, and agree to abide by all terms listed in this release and in the submission guidelines.

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  • Petya Angelova

    The Best Festival. I won the Best Experimental Film Award. Thanks!
    I'm very happy!

    July 2019
  • I was very happy and honored to be selected and nominated in North Beach American Film Festival. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend the events. Hopefully, I will be back soon for the festival. Highly recommended and will return in the future!

    April 2019
  • Chad Eric Smith

    The North Beach American Film Festival was one of the most enjoyable film festivals I've ever attended! First of all, I fell in love with the quaint town of North Beach, MD, which they affectionately call “The Jewel of the Chesapeake Bay". As a native of Washington, DC, which is just about an hour away, I’m surprised that I’ve never been to North Beach, MD before but am happy to now know it exists. Coinciding with the festival was a free premier local craft beverage event called “DrinkMaryland,” which made for such a fun experience in between screenings. I loved walking along the boardwalk, taking in the beautiful sights and sounds, trying locally made wine, cider, beer, and spirits! At NBAFF, I also had the pleasure of being associated with a film screening in one way or another each day of the festival (as an actor in both the opening night feature film and closing feature film, as well as a director of one of the Waterfront Shorts Selections). So, needless to say, that made for a uniquely unforgettable experience. To top everything off, my short film Rumination won "Best Narrative Short"! So, yes! I highly recommend filmmakers to submit to NBAFF. From the friendly festival organizers to the high quality and diverse films selected to the charming town that hosts it, this is one festival you don’t want to miss!

    July 2018
  • Mike Kravinsky

    Really enjoyed having our film screened at North Beach American Film Festival! Screenings during the day are indoors, but the evening films are shown on the Chesapeake Bay waterfront. Communication, is great. The town of North Beach, Maryland is charming and the audiences are engaged and welcoming. Thanks for choosing us!

    July 2018
  • Shari Hamrick-Grewal

    From beginning to end. 5 Stars! Great communication and they made sure we were up to date on everything through out. Huge Fan of this festival we can’t thank them
    enough.

    July 2018