The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), Western Maryland’s premiere film festival, is held each year in early Fall in Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in 2012, and currently in our sixth year, QCFF 2017 will be held October 5-8 at The Venue At Mezzos in Cumberland, Maryland. QCFF offers a four-day program of screenings and educational panels, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world. Located in Allegany County, Cumberland offers a delightful blend of hospitality and history; mingled with charming shops, delicious dining, arts and entertainment and lots of events and activities.

Previous festival favorites include Record Paradise, Led Zeppelin Played Here, Underbelly Blues, M Cream, Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz, Bounty Momma, How Sweet The Sound: The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Subterranea, Australiens, and CADES: Forestglade Of Death.

Our educational panels focus broadly on Appalachia, historic preservation, and redevelopment for the arts, and often include film presentations such as LowerTown Paducah, Farewell To Factory Towns?, and Through The Place.

Last year’s festival was our most successful to date, and presented 69 selections including such highlights as Better Half, Peelers, Nighthawks On The Blue Highway, and There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy.

Our categories for 2017 are Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, and Music, including the return of and our popular Happy Hour music video block.. We welcome eclectic fare and encourage submissions that qualify in as many categories as possible. QCFF also embraces and promotes films by Maryland filmmakers and films made in Maryland. We have been pleased to introduce visiting filmmakers to local media.

Submissions are being accepted via FilmFreeway. Volunteers for production crew, event staff, or screeners should contact for more information, or visit us on Facebook.

Awards & Prizes

Award Certificate for short and feature in each category plus Audience Award for short and feature.

Winners of the Audience Award will receive an InkTip Script Listing: A listing of your script on InkTip so that producers and reps can find you. InkTip: Where everyone goes for scripts and writers. Producers have made more than 200 films from scripts and writers they found through InkTip.

Rules & Terms

We are pleased to announce the categories for QCFF 2017:

Categories include: documentary, cult, lgbt, music, horror/scifi, appalachian, animation, and kids/family.

Here are the submission rules for QCFF 2017:

Films that have previously screened publicly in Cumberland, have aired publicly on US broadcast television, or are available for free online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible.

Films with distribution agreements which may require a screening fee may not be submitted without specific prior approval.

Films completed more than three years before the festival dates are NOT eligible. Works in progress are NOT eligible for a Category Award.

You may also submit by mail on NTSC DVD or Blu-ray disc, or on USB drive (.MP4 max 1920x1080). No other formats will be accepted by mail. Submissions will not be returned.

Please include a trailer (preview). Please include a press kit including full cast/crew credits. You may include a filmed introduction to the film, not to exceed 1/10th of the running length of the submission.

If your submission is not in English, English subtitles must be included (hard subs preferred).

You grant rights for royalty-free exhibition within the festival dates. You grant rights to royalty-free use of trailers.

12 Reviews

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    Michael Bojtos

    I had a great time at QCFF! Everyone there was lovely. The venue also contains a restaurant, so I was able to meet friends and family for a drink beforehand, and then we stayed there for dinner afterwards where I got to mingle with other filmmakers from my screening block. Great fest.

    October 2017
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    Francesco Bruno Sorrentino

    It was a great honor to be part of this film festival. The communication and professionalism were great.
    I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good contest with great contributions and a quality event!

    October 2017
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    velton lishke

    was happy our music video was selected and it seems like a great festival but i never heard anything after the selection so i was not sure who won what

    October 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Our apologies on the communication. You should have received at least two separate messages after selection, one via MailChimp and one via Gmail. At least one of these was received, as we exchanged messages regarding completion of the submission form. In addition, there was an additional Gmail message containing the category award winners, and that list can also be found here:

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    Arthur Mountaniol

    I won QCFF award for my music video "Serpent Street" in 2014 and official selection for my psychedelic rock film "Third Eye of The Shaman" in 2017. Good festival that has a future. Nice people, supportive, great communication. Unfortunately couldn't attend due to my busy schedule, but the overall impression is pretty good.

    October 2017
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    Kevin McGuiness

    I was fortunate enough to have my short film "The Cracker Jack Ring" screen at the Queen City Film Festival this year. Though I was unable to attend the event, the organizers provided terrific communication and were very kind.

    October 2017