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Full slate of films released for the 8th Annual Annapolis Film Festival

The 8th Annual Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) reveals its full slate of more than 70 films from over 25 countries. The festival will be held March 26-29, 2020, with screenings at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis Elementary School, St John’s College and Asbury United Methodist Church. This year’s festival theme: Focus Forward, is threaded throughout the four-day, extraordinary program of films, parties, panels, coffee talks and Q&As with filmmakers.

The theme of this year’s festival is Focus Forward and the organizers have spend months curating the finest films to highlight the theme! Films have been selected from all over the world including the best of independent American cinema as well as local films from Maryland.

The 2020 Annapolis Film Festival will kick on with the Red Carpet at Maryland Hall screening the Opening Night Film, Military Wives.

Director of Programming Derek Horne says “ To bring the most engaging slate to this year’s festival, we spent a lot of time scouting for films that represent this year’s theme. We have selected the best from a huge pool of submissions from new and established filmmakers.”

Categories of this year’s AFF include – narrative features, documentaries and shorts films, student films, as well as films with a local focus.  Showcases will include Environmental, African American Experience, Jewish Experience and a Boating Experience. Festival-goers may also participate in panel discussions as well.

Narrative Features

  • The Climb​ by Michael Angelo Covino (USA)
  • Dream Horse​ by Euros Lyn (USA)
  • The Evening Hour​ by Braden King (USA)
  • Military Wives​ by Peter Cattaneo (USA)
  • My Name is Sara​ by Steven Oritt (Hungary)
  • On a Magical Night​ by Christophe Honoré (France)
  • The Pencil​ by Natalya Nazarova (Russia)
  • The Perfect Candidate​ by Haifaa Al-Mansour (Saudi Arabia)
  • Sell By​ by Mike Doyle (USA)
  • SHEPHERD: The Story of a Jewish Dog​ by Lynn Roth (USA, Hungary)
  • Sibyl b​y Justine Triet (France)
  • Standing Up, Falling Down​ by Matt Ratner (USA)
  • Test Pattern​ by Shatara Michelle Ford (USA)
  • VHYes by Jack Henry Robbins (USA)

Documentary Features​

  • Alan Magee: art is not a solace​ by David Wright (USA)
  • Beyond The Bolex​ by Alyssa Bolsey (USA)
  • Changing The Game by Michael Barnett (USA)
  • Latter Day Jew​ by Aliza Rosen (USA)
  • Lovemobil​ by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss (Germany)
  • Maurice Hines: Bring Them Back​ by John Carluccio (USA)
  • My Darling Vivian​ by Matt Riddlehoover (USA)
  • No Fear No Favor​ by Mirra Bank (Zambia)
  • The Painter and The Thief​ by Benjamin Ree (Norway)
  • Ringside ​by Andre Hormann (USA)
  • Scattering CJ​ by Andrea Kalin (USA)
  • Spaceship Earth​ by Matt Wolf (USA)
  • The Story of Plastic​ by Deia Schlosberg (USA)
  • A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem​ by Yu Gu (USA)

Short Films​

  • An Anomalous Love ​by​ ​Reggie Williams (USA)
  • Anna ​by​ ​Dekel Berenson (Ukraine, Israel, UK)
  • Bad Assistan​t​ by Kyle Cogan (USA)
  • Bavure​ ​by Donato Sansone (France)
  • The Bird and The Whale​ ​by Carol Freeman (Ireland)
  • Broken Bird​ by Rachel Harrison Gordon (USA)
  • Brotherhood​ ​by Meryam Joobeur (Tunisia)
  • Casting Couch​ by Justin Lee, Matt Thiesen (USA)
  • Charon ​by Cullen Parr (USA)
  • The Chase​ by Mike Doyle (USA)
  • The Christmas Gift​ by Bogdan Muresanu (Romania)
  • Closed Loop by Daniel M. Cashdan III (USA)
  • Connections by Kevin P. Alexander (USA)
  • Crisis on the Half Shell: The Chesapeake Bay​ by Michael Watts (USA)
  • Enforcement Hours​ by Paloma Martinez (USA)
  • Exam by Sonia K. Hadad (Iran)
  • Former Cult Member Hears Music For the First Time​ by Kristoffer Borgli (USA)
  • Frida​ by Laura Tejero Núñez (USA)
  • Ghost in Context​ by Mason Standish (USA)
  • Hayseeds​ by Tyler Graham Pavey, Martha Magruder (USA)
  • Hearth ​by Sophie B. Jacques (Canada)
  • I Love Lisha by Dan Robert, Lisha Brooks (USA)
  • Influenced ​by Ari Halevy (USA)
  • Judas Collar by Alison James (Australia)
  • Just a Drill​ by Julianne Donelle (USA)
  • Just Me and You​ by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers (Canada)
  • K.I.N.G​ by Rashad Frett (USA)
  • Kindred Spirit​ by Caroline Lindy (USA)
  • Knocking Down The Fences​ by Meg Shutzer (USA)
  • Lady Parts​ by Erin Rye, Jessica Sherif (USA)
  • Lefty/Righty​ by Max Walker-Silverman (USA)
  • Let’s Talk​ by Barna Szasz (USA)
  • Marsha! ​by Rowen Kahn (USA)
  • The Million​ by Ryan Mayers (USA)
  • Moon Eyes​ by Sallie Keena (USA)
  • Motherland​ by Emily Mkrtichian, Jesse Soursourian (Armenia)
  • The Neighbors’ Window​ by Marshall Curry (USA)
  • Pearl b​y Yuchao Feng (China/ USA)
  • Personal Best by Kevin Alexander (USA)
  • Real Talk​ by Artemis Shaw (USA)
  • Selfies by Claudius Gentinetta (Switzerland)
  • Ship: A Visual Poem by Terrance Daye (USA)
  • Skin ​by Guy Nattiv (USA)
  • St. Louis Superman​ by Smriti Mundhra, Sami Khan (USA)
  • This Time Away by Magali Barbé (UK)
  • Trashy ​by Kevin P. Alexander (USA)
  • True Believer by Sarah Colt, Josh Gleason (USA)
  • Turtle by Matt Kenchington (USA)
  • Two b​y Emre Okten (USA)
  • Upload to Story​ by Emma Pål Brunzell (Sweden)
  • USA V Scott by​ O​ra Dekornfeld (USA)
  • Utopia by Kosta Nikas (Australia)
  • Westfalia b​y Haley Finnegan (USA)
  • Why Slugs Have No Legs​ by Aline Höchli (Switzerland)
  • Your Last Day on Earth​ by Marc Martínez Jordán (Spain)

Festival Director, Lee Anderson said, “The festival has grown from a small group of organizers meeting over coffee to a small staff of 9, a core group of team leaders and over 300+ volunteers. This event brings in over $7 million dollars and 20,000 visitors to our community over the 4 days.”

All films in the slate will compete for the Best of the Fest, held Sunday, March 29 where awards are given out to the top narrative and documentary feature films, as well as the top narrative and documentary shorts. The audience favorite films will be re-screened for audiences on Sunday evening.

Passes are on sale now (the way to go), and individual tickets will be on sale tomorrow (March 3, 2020).

For more information about the 2020 Annapolis Film Festival or to volunteer, visit www.annapolisfilmfestival.com.

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