The Ocean City Film Festival was founded in January, 2017. Hosted by the Art League of Ocean City, this festival is a regional affair that allows both community engagement and networking outlet for artists.

And the best excuse to visit the beach in March.

Each submission category has a "Best of" award, as well as honorable mentions.

Awards are announced at our closing reception of each season.


Filmmakers can only submit one project each. The same project cannot be submitted to multiple categories. Filmmakers that do not abide by this policy will only be considered for the first category that they selected.

Only films completed between May 1st 2018, and October 31st 2019 are eligible.

The Ocean City Film Fest allows submissions of all sorts from all over the world, but films from the Delmarva Peninsula and surrounding regions will gain priority, as will short films.

Upon being accepted, filmmakers must be prepared to deliver a hi-res MP4 or MOV file via e-mail.

Attending filmmakers will be required to RSVP, and information on the RSVP will be stated explicitly in the acceptance e-mail. Be sure to read carefully as our acceptance e-mail will also include details about hotel deals, file delivery, and artist admission.

The Ocean City Film Festival owes no explanation to applicants that were not accepted. Submission fees are NON-refundable. Submit at your own risk.

By submitting to the Ocean City Film Festival, filmmakers consent to the public screening of their work at any of our venues. Further, if your film is accepted to the Ocean City Film Festival, filmmakers consent to the screening of their work at any other event we may organize, sponsor, or program within a year of the 2020 Ocean City Film Festival event.

By participating, filmmakers acknowledge that unless stated otherwise by the festival administration through formal documentation, they are not entitled to any monetary compensation whatsoever for the screening of their projects at our main annual event or any event thereafter which features films from the Ocean City Film Festival selection.

Overall Rating
  • Jeffrey James Keyes

    Ocean City Film Festival is such a fun event, we loved participating! Thank you to the Ocean City FF Team!

    October 2019
  • Callie Harlan-O'Sullivan

    Wonderful festival! Kept us updated with all the info we needed for the festival. Great location too!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Callie! We hope to have you submit again!

  • Joe Kraemer

    Excellent staff, good-sized audiences and a unique setting in Ocean City during the off season. My film played to a packed house on a Saturday night, which was a lot of fun. The wrap party is worth sticking around for. Highly recommend, especially if you can make it out to the festival.

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Joe! Glad you had a great time :)

  • adielenah perez

    I was not able to attend this festival in person due to work conflicts but the communication via email was excellent. The organizers made sure to update me and keep me in the loop. I am so grateful that our film was able to participate in this festival!

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for being a part of the program Adielenah!

  • russell mcmahon

    We were delightfully surprised that our film "Los Mambises" was selected this year in the documentary short category. We were unable to attend but we must laud and applaud the organizers on the quality and timeliness of communication. Emails and texts were answered always in less that 24 hours. Bravo and we will most assuredly submit future films for consideration to the Ocean City Film Festival.

    April 2019
    Response from festival:

    Mr. McMahon,

    Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to lend you our platform and look forward to your future work.