Get ready for four days of more than 70 films as the Annapolis Film Festival starts rolling March 26-29 with many family-friendly films in the mix.
“This year’s Annapolis Film Festival promises to be a banner year for powerful independent films and some great family viewing with several youth-oriented narratives and documentaries,” says festival director Patti White. “The films will explore everything from Harry Potter’s Quidditch games to a boy’s love affair with a polar bear in the Arctic. To top it off, our student shorts showcase is a great way to see how young emerging filmmakers are making their mark through the creative medium of film.”
Loews Annapolis Hotel will be the film festival central with O’Callaghan’s Hotel the main venue for panels and workshops. Film screening venues include Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Key Auditorium at St. John’s College, Asbury United Methodist Church on West Street, St. Anne’s Parish Hall and Annapolis Elementary School.
Films that might appeal to youth include:
- “Mudbloods,” a documentary following the UCLA Quidditch team as they transform Harry Potter’s fictional sport into a real-life phenomenon.
- “Secrets of War,” a tale of young friends in a Nazi-occupied Dutch village and how the realities of war reveal secrets that threaten to tear the friends apart;
- “Midnight Sun,” the story of a young boy in Northern Canada who defies nature to reunite an abandoned polar bear cub with its mother.
- “Wildlike” a narrative feature about a 14-year-old girl who is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska, and ends up fleeing to the Alaskan wilderness where she takes up with a loner backpacker who offers the key to her survival.
A Student Showcase of featuring 13 short films from students all over the country will be shown Sunday, March 29. The films were chosen from 60 submissions and include two films by Anne Arundel County residents — “Tangents of My Mind” by Annapolis High School junior Katerina Korbelak and “Tyesha” by Ora DeKornfeld, an Annapolis resident and recent graduate of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
A festival pass for all four days for students is $40; adult passes are $105. A student ticket for a single film is $8 or $12 for adults. For details and to purchase tickets, visit annapolisfilmfestival.com.