The Ocean City Film Festival was founded in January, 2017. Hosted by the Art League of Ocean City, the festival is an annual event that attracts international, national, and regional artists working in film. The 4-day festival creates both community engagement and networking opportunities for filmmakers at all levels in their careers.

And it's the best excuse to visit the beach in March.

Award winners will be notified via e-mail prior to the event.


1. 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 (virtual or otherwise) which features films from the Ocean City Film Festival selection. We do not pay screening fees.

2. Only films completed between January 1st 2022, and September 30th 2023 are eligible.

3. Upon being accepted, filmmakers must be prepared to deliver a hi-res MP4 or MOV file via e-mail, cloud transfer, or FilmFreeway WITHIN 30 DAYS OF ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION.

4. 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.

5. 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 inclusion of their film at any other event we may organize, sponsor, or program within a year of the 2024 Ocean City Film Festival event. This includes but is not limited to internet streaming, in-person screenings (ticketed or otherwise), and educational purposes.

6. 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.

7. Filmmakers who do not deliver their playable screener files will be removed from the program with or without notification.

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

9. The OCFF serves to unite filmmakers and audiences and in doing so, the festival will prioritize submissions from filmmakers most likely to attend the event in-person.

At the Ocean City Film Festival, we highly encourage submissions from emerging filmmakers who are women, people of color, non-binary, LGBTQ+, indigenous, immigrants, and/or members of historically resilient ethnic, religious, and cultural communities. We offer a significantly reduced submission fee to filmmakers who self-identify as members of these communities. We seek to make the independent film industry, and our community, an equitable and accessible place for these filmmakers looking to showcase their work.

Overall Rating
  • Christopher Swann

    Fantastic festival. The whole community gets involved in rare fashion. Packed venues with people sitting/standing in the aisles. OCFF goes out of their way to make filmmakers feel special.

    Highly recommend.

    March 2023
  • Zach Keast

    A fantastic festival!! Can't wait to submit more work to them in the future!

    March 2023
  • From top to bottom, this was a great festival and a wonderful experience. This festival has fantastic community support, great venues, and outstanding audience participation—excellent communication before and throughout the event. Lots of filmmakers in attendance, and opportunities to network.

    March 2023
  • Ocean City Film Festival was fantastic. Highly recommend.

    March 2023
  • Sri Mirajkar

    One of the best festivals!!

    March 2023