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. One submission per filmmaker.

2. Only films completed between January 1st 2021, and October 31st 2022 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.

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 2023 Ocean City Film Festival event. This includes but is not limited to internet streaming, in-person screenings (ticketed or otherwise), and educational purposes.

6. 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.

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

8. 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.

9. Filmmakers who do not deliver their files within one-month prior to the event date will be removed from the program with or without notification.

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
  • Awesome festival! Had a great time meeting tons of amazing filmmakers, great screening venues & after parties. Enjoyed the Q&A sessions as well

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you JB! We are happy to have hosted your film.

  • The Ocean City Film Festival was a great experience. B.L. and the whole team can be proud of how they have grown this festival and of all the fantastic, eclectic films they showcase.

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks David! Please keep us in the loop on future projects.

  • Melissa Jo Peltier

    What a wonderful event we had the opportunity to attend in Ocean City, MD. The festival director and personnel, in addition to their sponsors, hosted an extraordinary event at the lovely beachfront town of Ocean City, Maryland. Organized, detail oriented and beautifully scheduled, this was a gem in our festival journey. Thank you!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Melissa! It was wonderful sharing your film with our audience!


    excellent festival with great communication from the organizers. Wish I could have attended!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Nikita! You'll have to come to town for one of our future events!

  • Loring Murtha

    Amazing Fest! Will definitely be submitting again and can only hope they’ll have us back! Excellent all around, films, communication, venues etc…
    Do yourself a favor and submit to this - you won’t be sorry!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Loring! We appreciate your involvement.