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.

Our 2021 OCFF will be virtual via!

Each submission category has a "Best of" award.

Local filmmakers to the lower Delmarva region are eligible for the "From Here" 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 2019, and October 31st 2020 are eligible.

3. Upon being accepted, filmmakers must be prepared to deliver a hi-res MP4 or MOV file via e-mail.

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 2021 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.

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 identify as 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.

If you are a filmmaker who has been financially impacted by COVID-19, please inquire about fee rates, and we will work with your financial circumstances.

Overall Rating
  • Jim Baugh

    This was a GREAT festival! They really put on a good show and had LOTS of socials, and art show, awards dinner, happy hours everyday, it was great. Also 3 theaters plus screenings at other venues. I thought it was first rate all the way. Really impressed. Good job folks!

    April 2020
    Response from festival:

    Jim, thanks so much for the review! We look forward to seeing more of your work.

  • 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
    Response from festival:

    Justin, thanks for coming out! Your film was a great addition to our program.

  • 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
    Response from festival:

    Kenny, it was great meeting you and hosting your film! We hope to see more of your work in the future.

  • 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
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Daniel! We are so happy to celebrate films from near and far in Ocean City.

  • 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
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the review Derek! It was great meeting you and sharing your film. Hope to see you at future festivals!