For four days, from Thursday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 26, 2023, downtown historic Annapolis becomes a place to screen 70-plus films from more than twenty countries worldwide during the 11th Annual Annapolis Film Festival.
Moviegoers will stroll from venue to venue seeing some of the world’s smartest and edgiest new films. Meet visiting directors, actors, and producers at parties and Q&As throughout the four-day festival.
Screening venues include; Maryland Hall, Asbury United Methodist Church, Annapolis Elementary School, the Boys & Girls Club, and some soon-to-be-announced venues.
Special showcases include; the Environmental Showcase, the African-American Experience, the Student Showcase, and the Sunday morning Jewish Experience with bagels and lox.
There will be feature films, documentaries and six incredible shorts programs; some films will even have a local focus. You can buy tickets to the “Coffee Talks With…” and listen to actors and directors talk shop about the film biz. For four days, you can experience red-carpet events and parties each night.
This year’s theme “Looking Beyond” is a call to explore beyond our own perspectives and to gain a deeper understanding of the world around us. The theme encourages festival-goers to look beyond their own experiences and to consider the perspectives of others. The films being screened at the festival have been carefully curated to reflect this theme, highlighting stories that challenge viewers to question their assumptions, expand their understanding, look beyond the obvious, go beyond traditional boundaries, imagine into the future and to see the world from new and different perspectives.
The annual AFF poster has been designed by Festival Art Director and renowned local artist Comacell “Cell Spitfire” Brown.
AFF also will encourage all attendees to tell their “festival story” on social media through the images gathered as they celebrate the long weekend. These images will be viewed as new ones are added to the AFF “digital scrapbook,” seen on the website, and on display in all screening venues during the film festival. This will enable attendees to share their favorite festival moments with one another.
Passes will be limited in number and are available right now. Filmgoers can get a full festival pass for $195 allowing them access to the Opening Night film and After Party, Shorts Competition, and unlimited films and panels throughout the entire festival. Discounted student passes are only $100 for all four days. Individual tickets are not yet on sale. Only a limited number of festival passes will be issued and are available online now at www.annapolisfilmfestival.org.
In late February, the entire film festival slate will be released.