The fourth annual Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown launched its call for entries at the end of September. The festival Executive Director, Tracie Hovey said, “We are growing every year and very excited to see the filmmaker talent and the crowds that will attend the festival in 2015. We are very thankful for all the community support that we continue to receive and look forward to another successful event!”
The Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown (MDIFF-H) is scheduled to run March 26-28, 2015 and expects to screen over 50 films from around the globe. Tom Riford, MDIFF-H President said, “We will once again keep the festival in venues in downtown Hagerstown. We want visitors to see our beautiful city and give them a reason to return. Offering our screenings downtown will encourage festival attendees to explore all Hagerstown has to offer.”
This year MDIFF-H has changed the look and feel of the festival on several fronts. The board branched out with a new website at http://www.marylandiff.com and it has also updated the festival’s logo. The logo was chosen through a social media vote by the festival fans. MDIFF-H has also opened its yearly high school contest . This year the participating students will need to include a Maryland landmark while shooting their scenes as part of the contest.
The 2015 Board Members are as follows: Tom Riford, Tracie Hovey, Heather Guessford, Mary Anne Burke, Bob Bruchey, Bev David, Joseph Marschner, Dan Poyner, Karen Giffin, and Francine Donachie. Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is the Creative Director.
MDIFF-H is accepting films in several categories including: Feature, Documentary, Student, Short and Animation. The submission deadlines are as follows: October 17, 2014 Earlybird, November 28, 2014 Regular, December 19, 2014 Late, January 2, 2015 Extended Deadline. The MDIFF-H mission is to be a platform for independent filmmakers to engage audiences, collaborate with other filmmakers and educate the community with the celebration of film. For more information about MDIFF-H or the entry fees and submission guidelines please access the website http://www.marylandiff.com.