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 ninth year, QCFF 2020 will be postponed until April 1-4, 2021 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, How Sweet The Sound: The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Subterranea, Peelers, Pigheaded, Under The Apple Tree, Nighthawks On The Blue Highway, MUXE, There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy, The Mountain Minor and Crownsville Hospital: From Lunacy to Legacy.

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 included such award winners as the shorts POCCON and Beacon, and the features Jay’s Longhorn and The Nuclear Nightmare Cover-Up.

Our categories for 2020 are Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, Music and Social Justice. 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 info@alleganyalliedarts.org for more information, or visit us on Facebook.

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

We are pleased to announce the categories for QCFF 2020:

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

Here are the submission rules for QCFF 2020:

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. (Online access commonly waived for short films.)

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 October 1, 2020, 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). (Waived for Music Video category.)

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

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  • Joe Chang

    Wonderful film festival! Thank you for choosing my film.

    May 2021
  • Outstanding Film Festival. Thanks for the selection and hospitality! JD Barth

    April 2021
  • FABRIZIO GAMMARDELLA

    Amazing experience. Loved this Festival. Highly recommended.

    April 2021
  • Great communication, the people organizing it were extremely friendly, and beautiful venue. My only complaint was that I wasn’t able to attend in person due to personal reasons. I will definitely be submitting future projects so hopefully I’ll be able to attend in person one day!

    April 2021
  • Clive Jackson

    Great festival, good, friendly communication and very in tune with Filmmakers.

    April 2021