For its fourth consecutive year, the Anapolis Film Festival (AFF) brings great cinema to the Chesapeake with an incredible line-up of independent films. Building on the success of last year's event, the city-wide Annapolis Film Festival (AFF) will once again attract thousands of guests to enjoy 70-plus films, documentaries, narratives and shorts, from around the world from March 31st through April 3rd, 2016. Moviegoers can stroll from venue to venue or catch a free City Circulator trolley to see some of the world's smartest and edgiest just-released films.
Annapolis Film Festival adult tickets are $12; senior and student tickets are $8. The four-day Festival Passes are currently $95 but will increase to $105 March 1. Four-day student passes are $40. All four-day passes include the Opening Night film, the After Party and unlimited films and panel discussions. One-day festival passes are available for $40. Festival Passes can be purchased at www.annapolisfilmfestival.com. There are a limited number of passes available, once sold out, they are gone. Tickets will be available online after March 1 when the full schedule is released on the website. Visit the website for times and locations of all events. Up-to-the-minute changes in schedule can be followed on the AFF Facebook Fanpage and Twitter. For more information, subscribe to our weekly e-blast by signing up on the website.
The area's demographic and interest in film inspired the AFF Board of Directors—comprised of local film enthusiasts, writers, and directors—to bring the festival to Annapolis. The organization's long-term goal is to make the festival as much of a fixture in Annapolis as the area's long-standing boat shows. Together, the organization selected a diverse array of films (from over 400 submitted films) that cover a wide variety of topics including Maritime shorts, LGBT films, African American features, and local productions.
The non-profit organization aims to present quality, thought-provoking films in hopes of creating a sense of understanding that transcends community divides such as background, color, and social issues. The selected films are often independent films that receive limited or foreign distribution only, or go straight to DVD or cable. A Film Festival gives movie-goers a chance to see some incredible films they might otherwise never have a chance to see.
Opening Night at St. John's Key Auditorium kicks off the Festival with the After Party hosted by Phillips Seafood on City Dock. With Loews Annapolis Hotel as Festival Central and O'Callaghan's Hotel as the main venue for Panels and Workshops, the Festival screening venues include Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, St. John's College - Key Auditorium, Asbury United Methodist Church on West Street, St. Anne's Parish Hall, and Annapolis Elementary School. All venues seat a minimum of 225 people. Special Showcases include films by and about the African-American, Jewish and LGBT experience. The Student Showcase featuring 12 shorts.
"Coffee Talks with..." is an intimate opportunity for VIP pass holders to hear behind-the-scenes talk about the business of directing, acting and producing. These breakfasts with muffins and coffee take place at Crush Winehouse, 9-10 am, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will also be a Comedy Workshop on Sunday, March 29th, from 1 - 2:30 p.m. at Ramshead on West Street.
For more information about the AFF, lists of films, show times, panelists, ways to get involved, and to purchase tickets visit the Annapolis Film Festival online.