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.

Our festival stands to unite artists with their audiences and allow for an intimate and incredibly unique festival experience that can only be found in Ocean City Maryland. Our third year will feature over 100 films from a variety of filmmakers whether they are locals or from the other side of the planet. (And if any extra-terrestrials care to submit, those are allowed too.)

The Pink Flamingo: The Pink Flamingo Film Award goes out to the film that is most uniquely reflective of Maryland life.

The People's Film: The People's Film Award is the audience choice award- polls in person.

The Damn Fine Film: The Damn Fine Film Award is the judge's choice award.

And a "Best of" award to each respective category.

Awards will be announced at our closing reception, during which the award winners will receive a charming gift basket, courtesy of our sponsors, and an award laurel via e-mail.

The OCFF asks that all submissions are conducted professionally.

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

Filmmakers are entitled to 2 admission passes.

We simply ask that applicants, if selected, maintain steady and clear communication with us so that we can plan our event as efficiently as possible.

The Ocean City Film Festival owes no explanation to applicants that were not accepted. By submitting to the Ocean City Film Festival, filmmakers consent to the public screening of their work at any of our venues.

Overall Rating
  • Michael Healy

    What a wonderful film festival event! It was a real treat attending the 2018 Ocean City Film Festival, both as a filmmaker and as an audience member. I was impressed with the very professional organization, promotion, production, and operation of the event. The organizers, William and Kristin, and volunteers were very helpful in their support of the filmmakers and audiences during the film festival weekend. The film instructional workshops conducted at the festival were very informative, enlightening and educational. I look forward to returning to the Ocean City Film Festival in 2019. Michael Healy

    December 2018
  • Jasmin Al-Kattib

    We were very happy that our documentary had its US premiere at the festival and the communication with the festival team was perfect. Unfortunately we couldn't attend, but some of our protagonists were at the screening and told us everything was great!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review! We are always happy to support our foreign filmmakers!

  • Wasn't able to make it as I was out of the country, but OCFF still gave VIP passes to my grandparents so that they could go enjoy the festival. They said they had a great time and were blown away by the films and the hospitality of the staff. Hope to go next year!

    April 2018
    Response from festival:

    Soraya, we are very happy to have featured your work!

  • Sean Danganan

    Great first time experience as an audience member and a filmmaker. Thank you for the opportunity and can't wait to make this annual trip.

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Sean, it was great meeting you and having you in the program. Looking forward to more of your work in the future!

  • They are creating something very special not only for Ocean City but for filmmakers of every genre. I'm honored to have been a part of it and look forward to supporting the festival for years to come. Definitely check it out!

    March 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review! We were happy to share your film, and we appreciate you attending!