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 ELEVENTH year, QCFF 2023 will be held October 5-8, 2023 at The Venue At Mezzos in Cumberland, Maryland. QCFF offers a four-day program of screenings, 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.

Our categories for 2023 are Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, 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.

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 2023:

Categories include: documentary, cult, lgbt, music, horror/scifi, appalachian, animation, and social justice.

Here are the submission rules for QCFF 2023:

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, 2023, 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

    Enormous thanks to David and his team for selecting our feature. It's an honour to be a part of a festival fun by passionate people - and communication was great right from the start. Sadly I was unable to attend in person, but highly recommended fest. Thanks QCFF!

    October 2022
  • Michael Streissguth

    Queen City has now screened three of my films. So happy to be able to connect with the festival's enthusiastic audience and work with the pros who are at the helm. Thank you!

    October 2022
  • Patrick A Riviere

    While we were unable to attend we were grateful for the amazing communication and support QCFF gave our Short Documentary Film, Just a Broadway Baby: Mary Ellen Ashley, which screened twice during the festival! Thank you for including our film among so many incredible films and for making us feel supported for the work we've done. We were honored that the film made its Maryland Premiere at QCFF!

    October 2022
  • Mark L. Mazzeo

    I wasn't able to make it to the festival this year unfortunately, but I've gone in the past, and it's a great event, run by really nice people. Will definitely be submitting again, and hope to be able to attend next time!

    October 2022
  • Joe Chang

    Wonderful film festival! Thank you for choosing my film.

    May 2021