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
  • My short film "Take Me to the Stars" was shown in two blocks to two different audiences (each of about 45 viewers)! Great exposure, great location, and great networking!

    March 2020
  • Kenny Wooten

    This was such a great event! It was very well organized and the staff made sure to communicate everything clearly so there was no confusion throughout the event. I would definitely recommend submitting here.

    March 2020
  • Great group of folks running the festival, always felt informed of everything and the venues for each screening were great. Had a fun time for sure. Really recommend looking into this festival to submit your project to. Also they show so much love to local filmmakers it is great!

    March 2020
  • Derek Silver

    The Ocean City Film Festival is a complete take over of Ocean City. They really have something special here with the involvement of the mayor and MD Film Office. They pull out all the stops to make sure all films have a spectacular screening. They also have a networking cocktail party every night! Make sure you attend in person, it's a real treat.

    March 2020
  • Kevin Hogan

    Fantastic event with great communication.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Kevin, thank you for being a part of our 2020 program! There will always be a place for Maryland animators at our festival.