The 2016 Annapolis Film Festival will light up screens and spark conversation at seven venues around downtown Annapolis March 31-April 3. More than 70 films will explore topics as varied as growing up with a transgender parent, climate change, disability and stigma, goldfish, the politics of hair and rock stars. A special four-day festival pass in available at a discounted price until March 1.
The slate of films includes documentary and narrative works, feature-length and short films, from 22 countries. Popular categories returning this year are the African-American and Environmental Showcases and films about the Jewish, Hispanic and LGBT experiences. High school and college students’ work will also be showcased, including documentary and narrative films that usually run 10 minutes or less.
While the program doesn’t include films specifically for families, selections may interest older tweens and teens. Short summaries of the films will be on the festival website and in the printed program so festival-goers can check out the selections’ topics before the screenings.
Two categories are new this year: Local Focus, which are films with a local connection, and a juried shorts program with a cash award of $500 underwritten with a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County.
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