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Although recently founded in 2013, some think of the Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) as an emerging Sundance Film Festival on the Chesapeake Bay because of its outstanding slate of independent feature, shorts and documentary films year after year. Enthusiastic film lovers will hurry from theater to theater to catch screenings in downtown Annapolis. Moviegoers can also hitch a free ride on the City Circulator trolley. You will get the picture from March 30 to April 2, 2017 in Annapolis.

Endeavoring to reflect America’s 21st Century diversity, AFF showcases outstanding films about the African-American, Jewish, and LGBT experience. The festival is also global, hosting pictures Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. In addition, there will be a Student Showcase highlighting 12 short films by young filmmakers.

Far from being staid, AFF premieres side-splitting comedies as well. The festival will also screen documentary films illustrating a great variety of topical subjects, including mental illness, war veterans, international politics, and sailing, which is the favorite sport of Maryland’s historic maritime capital. To spice up the festival, prominent figures of the film industry will give fascinating talks regarding their craft.

St. John College’s Key Auditorium will host AFF’s Opening Night, and Festival Central will be found at the Loews Annapolis Hotel. The primary location for workshops and panels will be O’Callaghan’s Hotel. Below are the event’s details.

Dates: Thursday, March 30, 2017 to Sunday, April 2, 2017

Annapolis Festival Locations:

  • Annapolis Elementary School – 180 Green Street
  • Asbury United Methodist Church – 87 West Street
  • Loews Annapolis Hotel – 126 West Street (Festival Central)
  • Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts – 801 Chase Street
  • O’Callaghan’s Hotel – 174 West Street
  • St. Anne’s Parish Hall – 199 Duke of Gloucester Street
  • St. John’s College – 60 College Avenue

Admission: Adults, $12.50; seniors and students, $10 per screening.

AFF 2017 General Passes: Now available for $125 each until March 30, 2017 or until selling out. Permits entry into Opening Night, the Opening Night after Party, and Best of the Fest on Sunday.

For More Information: ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL

Your Inn Near Festival Central

The Loews Annapolis Hotel is less than a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. 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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