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 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.

Overall Rating
  • Happy that my award-winning film, "The Truth: Lost at Sea", was selected for the Social Justice Features category of the 2019 festival edition. David was super efficient in his communications. I wish I could have attended in person. Will keep this bold festival in mind for any future projects too.

    December 2020
  • We loved this festival - we had so much fun and met many great people. The films themselves were also all a cut above. Had a blast!

    October 2019
  • Such an amazing experience to be a part of this festival. Thank you for the honor.

    October 2019
  • Thanks for all the communication and for considering my movie "Paradise Hotel"!

    October 2019
  • I couldn't attend to the festival, but the followup by mail was better than most of the festival my film got selected to.
    Thanks a lot to the organizer team!

    October 2019