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The Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) has gradually become more prominent as an American showcase of cinema due to its excellent lineup of both independent and mainstream feature films, documentaries, and shorts every year since it debuted in 2013. Screening more than 70 titles, the 7th annual edition of AFF will be held from March 21 to March 24, 2019 in the scenic seaside capital of Maryland.

The festival’s motto is “Voices Strong Minds Open.” Much of AFF’s success has been attributed to successfully reflecting the diversity of America in the 21st century. The Annapolis Film Festival ensures that titles that depict LGBT and multicultural lives are featured. AFF has worldwide scope, and work from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe will play during the festival. In addition, a Student Showcase will debut 12 short films by young filmmakers.

2018 Review

2018’s AFF Opening Night Film was “Beirut”, a political thriller based on the 1984 kidnapping of William Buckley, the CIA’s Lebanon station chief. Directed by Brad Anderson and starring Jon Hamm and Rosamund Pike, the film was a smash for the festival.

The African-American Experience Showcase premiered “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Got To Be Me”. Directed by Samuel J. Pollard, the documentary tells the story of the singer and movie star who was a member of the Rat Pack.

The most inspiring film of the festival was “The Miracle Season”. Starring Helen Hunt, the story revolves around a high-school volleyball coach who must pull together her team after they are devastated by the sudden passing of their star player.

2019 Shorts Challenge

The AFF holds a pitch competition every year for emerging directors who want to make their short film. The theme for 2019 is “#Truth in Storytelling”, and the Annapolis Film Festival is asking for pitches for short films that will illustrate the techniques current filmmakers use to remain truthful in their storytelling.

Event Details

Dates: Thursday, March 21, 2019 to Sunday, March 24, 2019

For More Information, Tickets, and Passes: Annapolis Film Festival

Your Inn Near the Annapolis Film Festival

All the Annapolis Film Festival venues are near Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis offering superb accommodations and free parking for guests.

Gibson’s three houses host 20 fully-furnished guest rooms, with three 19th-century parlors, a dining room, conference room, and a beautiful central courtyard. See the photos of our elegant rooms by clicking on the link for each house below.

Berman House

Lauer House

Patterson House

Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number (877) 330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.

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