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
  • Samuel White

    Fantastic festival! Whether you have a movie screening there or are just an audience member it's a really great time with a very diverse selection of films.

    January 2024
  • Thank you so much for the award!

    January 2024
  • Carlos Trindade

    Thank you very much for including my short film Degradation (experiment 1) in the Official Selection of your festival. It was a pleasure to be able to take part in your festival, to which I hope to return at the next opportunity, and to which I wish the best of luck for the future.

    December 2023
  • what an amazing opportunity .
    Thank you soo much for having our film in your festival this year ,
    We will keep up the work .

    November 2023
  • Jack Foley

    The Cecil County Independent Film Festival is a great addition to the list of East Coast Festivals. Held in the beautiful Milburn Stone Theater, it's a festival with first class communication and attention to detail from start to finish. A visit to nearby North East, Maryland was an unexpected delight. I highly recommend this festival.

    November 2023