The Milburn Stone Theatre is proud to present a film festival for those independently minded.

​The Cecil County Independent Film Festival is a three day celebration for filmmakers and film lovers in the greater Cecil county area. We aim to bring new voices and bold choices to the community with selections from this festival, be it in narrative, short form, documentarian and everything in between. The festival runs November 11th, 12th & 13th.

Please note: we are taking submissions and presenting films from all over the world, not just Cecil county, however we are looking to give local filmmakers in the four state area (Maryland, Delaware, Pennslyvania and New Jersey) a platform with this festival and will offer those who attend a opportunity to talk about their films at the festival. In addition we are looking to create a series of awards that provide recognition for local filmmakers, as well as prizes awarded for film makers from outside of the area as well.

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About the Milburn Stone Theatre:

Theater, music, dance, film and art are proudly brought to Cecil County by the Milburn Stone Theatre. The Milburn Stone is the leading performing arts venue serving the northeast region of Maryland, conveniently located off exit 100B of I-95.

A comprehensive organization, the Milburn Stone is accountable for a variety of missions within the theater facility including college, community, and public activities. The Milburn Stone staff is responsible for assisting the College in presenting activities that require use of the theater and affords community organizations the opportunity to present their offerings in a quality rental facility.

The theatre is named after the late actor, Milburn Stone, who starred as "Doc Adams" in the long running TV Western Gun Smoke. His wife and daughter have been long time benefactors of the theatre.

How will films be awarded?

There are two different type of awards: committee selections and audience choice. the committee will make selections in advance and during the festival, while the audience will be allowed to vote during the blocks that they attend.

A full list of rules, terms and frequently asked questions can be found at:

Overall Rating
  • Brian Smith

    Had a wonderful weekend at the festival! Can’t wait to be apart of it again.

    November 2022
  • Abdul Sesay

    I really enjoyed the Film Festival. I was honored to be apart of such a well-organized event. It's great that they shine a line light on local talent as well as those that are abroad.

    November 2022
  • Debbie Camper

    I enjoyed my time at the festival! The theater where the films screened was a great size, and every film had its time on the screen! It was a festival where all quality of films were welcome so all levels of filmmakers could show their work! While I wish more people were in attendance, I was grateful to spend the weekend viewing films! Honored that "It's Still Not About Me" was a part of the festival and won Best Local Short! Hope to see the festival grow!

    November 2022
  • Bülent Boral

    Happy to be a part of this, great communication. Thank you for the best short documentary award...

    November 2022
  • Andrew and everyone are very welcoming, they program a very special festival and I was honored to take part this year.

    November 2022