The Heritage Film Festival is a community based, volunteer driven, event that brings together short films of all genre from novice and seasoned filmmakers, to celebrate independent media. This year Heritage will be a hybrid event, with online & in person screenings. The 2023 Heritage Film Festival is scheduled for November.

Selected works may be included in publicity packages, on social media, in various venues and streamed online and on local cable. Continue to check our website for updated information ( The Heritage Film Festival does not pay to screen selected work.

ALL submitted films MUST indicate 2 working contact phone numbers and 2 working email addresses. We will not share this information outside of the Festival without your permission.

ALL submitted work MUST be easily accessed through this FilmFreeway site. We will NOT accept work through other submission platforms.

Selected work may be screened online for 1 week or more.

When you submit your work to Heritage Film Festival, you accept full responsibility for the content and for obtaining proper rights to all content in your submitted work. We do not give entry fee refunds for submitted work.

ALL submitted work MUST also include closed captions in English. This allows more audience members to enjoy your work!

We accept work in all languages, but if the languae used is not English, then English subtitles/closed captions are required. Exceptions to this rule can only be made with the approval of the Executive Director.

Overall Rating
  • Heritage Film Festival was a joy to be a part of. The staff is extremely friendly and talented. Looking forward to next year's festival!

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind response. It was WONDERFUL having Saltare In Elementis Dance Collective as a part of this year's Heritage. We have had many great comments about your film and about the lovely interview with Director Fiona O'Brien. We are all very happy that you are now a part of the Heritage Film Festival and we are looking forward to continue to feature your work in Heritage in the years to come!

  • Abdul Sesay

    The Heritage Film Festival is one of the best I've been a part of. It was great to see "A Good Night's Rest" Screened on such a wonderful platform. I'd like to thank O.Funmilayo and the wonderful staff for putting on such a unforgettable event.

    December 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Abdul, for your kind words. "A Good Night's Rest" was a hightlight of this year's Heritage and bought a smile to many faces! Thank you for being a being a part of the Heritage Family. We look forward to viewing even more of your wonderful work and including it in future Heritage Film Festivals!!!

  • Danielle Chu

    So appreciative of this film festival and all of the people who put it together, from the thoughtful, eclectic mix of films selected to the communication between filmmakers and staff. The executive director, O.Funmilayo Makarah, is a talented filmmaker herself, and the care she puts into the festival and connecting community to films really shows. During the pandemic, since the festival has been online, it created new opportunities for loved ones to see my film in an accessible way: my mom said she noticed details this time around that she hadn't seen before. Details that made us feel closer despite the time we'd spent apart. Thank you so much, Heritage FF!

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words. We also learned from your comments just how important it is to be able to view films if you cannot attend an in person screening. Your experimental film was a real hit and we feel honored that you shared it with us and our audience. We look forward to screening even more of your work in the future! Welcome to the Heritage family!

  • Margaret Chmiel

    Very caring and hands-on management and communication from the organizers. I was thrilled to be a part of this festival and value the connections that I've made with the organizers and the Prince Georges film community.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Your film and your Q & A are WONDERFUL! We look forward to viewing your next film, and we are glad you are now a part of the Heritage family. Welcome!

  • I really wish I was able to physically attend the 2020 Heritage film festival but do to the Pandemic no one was able to however the virtual experience was wonderful. Its like I received a front row vip seat on line. Their presentation was very professional and easy to register for other to watch. I thank you for choosing my film The Curator to be ran among the other films in your 2020 festival. I watched every fim from the first day up until Saturday. It was truly a great experience. Thank you.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    We also wish we could have experienced your film with you! But now we have that to look forward to in the future, as we certainly hope you continue to submit your films to Heritage. Very happy that you enjoyed the programs - we enjoyed your film and look forward to seeing much, much more of your work. Welcome to the Heritage Film Festival family!