Annapolis Film Festival movies, events explore a range of topics

Watching moviesThe 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.

Click next below for event and ticket information.

Annapolis Film Festival special events

Annapolis film festival logoSpecial events include Opening Night After Party at the temporary home of the Annapolis Yacht Club and the Saturday Night BASH at Baroak in Loews Annapolis Hotel. Saturday evening's event is part of VIP and Industry passes. General pass holders and others can purchase tickets. VIP ticket holders can also join Coffee Talks With ..., an an early-morning Q&A session.

Festival-goers can also meet up-and-coming young stars in “Meet Young Hollywood.” Logan Miller, who appears in two films this year (The Waiting and Take Me to the River), Keir Gilchrist (The Waiting) and Karlee Roberts (Little Miss Perfect) will participate in the panel, which will be co-moderated by SAGindie and co-moderator Kimberly Skyrme-CSA, regional casting director for House of Cards, seasons 1-3, and Darrien Michelle Gipson, SAGindie national sales director.

Workshops and panels are planned for O'Callaghan's Hotel and Ram's Head on Stage. is the site for workshops and panels. Panel subjects include “The Doc World,” “The Director's Chair,” “The Tools of the Trade” and “The Sizzle Reel.”

Films will be shown at Mitscher Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy for opening night, St. John's College, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Asbury United Methodist Church, St. Anne's Parish Hall and Annapolis Elementary School.

Ticket information

A four-day festival pass is $50 for students with student ID and $105 before March 1 for the general public. After March 1, a four-day general pass is $115. Individual tickets are $12.50 each or $10 for students. A $40 day pass also is available.

Volunteers are needed to help with the festival. Volunteers receive a special pass after working six hours that allows entry into any screening via a “stand-by” line.
For festival details, to sign up to volunteer or to purchase tickets, visit the Annapolis Film Festival website.

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