The Heritage Film Festival is a community based, volunteer driven, free event that brings together short films of all genre from novice and seasoned filmmakers, to celebrate independent media. Screenings, which are usually in Prince George's County Maryland, are now virtual. The 2022 Heritage Film Festival is October 20 to November 16, 2022, with possible Pre-Festival TEASERS (films from our 2021 Festival) screening on August 11, September 8, and October 13, 2022.

This year's Heritage Film Festival is online October 20 to November 16, 2022. Selected works may be included in publicity packages, on social media, and streamed online and on local cable. Continue to check our website for updated information (www.heritgefilmfestival.org). 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 will 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.

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

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  • 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
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    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
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    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
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    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!

  • Lani Cupchoy

    Grateful that Food Medicine was selected to participate in this year’s virtual film festival. Great communication with the executive director. This is a “must do” space to participate in, especially for community-based filmmakers and artivists.

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    We are very happy that you submitted Food Medicine to Heritage Film Festival and we look forward to viewing and screening more of your work in the years to come! Food Medicine was the perfect film to close out our Festival this year. Welcome to the Heritage Film Festival family!

  • SylviaWong Lewis

    Thank you for selecting my film 'From Shanghai to Harlem'! I was honored to be among the amazing line-up. You're my new, favorite film festival I enjoyed the tasty gift too! Continued success!

    November 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank YOU! We were honored to have such a wonderful, insightful film in Heritage! Now we are looking forward to viewing more of your work! Welcome to the Heritage Family!