Top 3 Baltimore Film Festivals

3 Baltimore Film Festivals You Have to Catch.

If you’re a film fan in the Baltimore area, applaud! There are 3 film festivals you have to catch. When it comes to the Baltimore video production community, festivals are essential, so here are our top picks:

1. Not a Film Fest: Anticolonial Conversations in Baltimore

Baltimore Film Festivals - Not A Film Fest Anti-Colonial Conversations


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Although the title of this film festival says it isn’t a film festival, that’s exactly what it is, but it’s only the least that this event has to offer. What do we mean? Grounded in social justice, this event seeks to bring together the community of Baltimore by offering conversation, debate, and retrospection on where social justice got its roots and how it has evolved over the years. Broken barriers, progression, and success for immigrants and minorities are just some of the themes. Conversations are held after the film screenings. What’s even better is that the event is free, but is supported by donations, so read the website for more details on how you can help this local, but global venture.

2. Maryland Film Festival

Baltimore Film Festivals - Maryland Film Festival


Station North

Baltimore, Maryland 21201/21202


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If you’re looking for a more traditional film festival in Maryland, this is it. Screening over 100 independent films in various genres, there is something here that’s bound to please you, especially if you’re into art-house film, a staple that film festivals are famous for. You’ll have the chance to mingle with the filmmakers and stars at meet-and-greets. Some notable attendees from the past include Kathryn Bigelow, Lena Dunham, and Barry Levinson. The board’s director is John Waters of Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cry-Baby fame.

3. Watch on the Water

Baltimore Film Festivals - Watch on the Water


National Aquarium

501 E Pratt St

Baltimore, MD 21202


(410) 576-3800

If you’re into niche films and have a love affair with nature and protecting the environment—particularly the ocean—you’ll love this film festival! It takes place at The National Aquarium, where a series of ocean-themed shorts will be presented. Blue Carbon, Plankton, and Plastic is Forever are just three of their offerings.

The city film festivals in Baltimore take film seriously, and invite you to enjoy and participate in all the film events they have to offer.

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