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 5-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.

Each submission category has a "Best of" award.

Award winners will all be notified (with instructions) via e-mail prior to the event.


1. One submission per filmmaker.

2. Only films completed between January 1st 2020, and October 31st 2021 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 2022 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.

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
  • Selket Kaufman

    Wonderful festival! Wish I could have been there in person, maybe next time. Thank you for supporting my film.

    June 2021
  • In Between

    OCFF is one of my favorite festivals! Even with COVID the online screening was awesome and I loved participating in the Q&A. It was so well well run and organized. The Drive-In was an awesome experience as well and wouldn't even mind if that continued post-pandemic. Thanks to all!

    April 2021
  • Miceal O'Donnell

    Looking forward to when things are back to in person. They did a great job with the virtual version, so I am confident the in person event will be stellar.

    March 2021
  • sheri ratick stroud

    Very well run festival. It was an honor to be part of it. They kept us well informed of what was going on. Due to the pandemic this open communication was very important. They are on my go-to list of film festivals and should be on yours too. Thank you Ocean City staff. You get 5 stars from us.

    March 2021
  • Samuel White

    Wonderful experience run by people who really care about both film and filmmakers!

    March 2021