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The 9th Annual Annapolis Film Festival returns this year virtually April 8th – April 18th, 2021 with a full slate of more than 100 films from over 35 countries. The festival includes days of films, virtual panels, showcases, coffee talks, and more. Locals and visitors to Annapolis are encouraged to carryout at one of downtown Annapolis' many restaurants for the full film festival experience. Local restaurants will be offering film festival specials, plus cocktails to-go.

View their website for a complete list of all narrative features, documentary features, and shorts films.

Opening Night Film: Marvelous and the Black Hole


Marvelous and the Black Hole, courtesy of Annapolis Film Festival
Image courtesy of the Annapolis Film Festival


“This year’s opening night film Marvelous and the Black Hole brings a bit of magic to our program (literally),” says Patti White, festival director.

With heart and humor, it tells the story of a rebellious teenage girl (played by Miya Cech from the current tv show The Astronauts) dealing with the loss of her mother and then bonding with an eccentric magician (“Marvelous Margot” played by Rhea Perlman, the Emmy-winning actress from the classic tv show Cheers) who helps her to reconnect with life and joy. It’s a story of being lost and found.

“This was easily one of our favorite films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival,” says Derek Horne, director of programming. “And it is exactly the type of marvelous and uplifting film that can help all of us to heal after the black hole of 2020”

Film Showcases

The Annapolis Film Festival presents annual curated film showcases that take a deeper dive into topics that are of special interest to the Annapolis community. Covering the environment, the African American experience, the Jewish experience and boating.

The Race to Alaska Official Trailer, courtesy of Annapolis Film Festival


End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock | Fish & Men | Kiss Me Kosher | The Race to Alaska | River City Drumbeat | Thou Shalt Not Hate

How to Fest


Annapolis Film Festival 2021

This ten-day festival attracts film lovers near and far. Usually taking place in Annapolis, Maryland, this year you can participate in the Annapolis Film Festival virtually using the Eventive platform. Available on Roku, AppleTV and AmazonFire - read everything you need to know on How to Fest 2021 here.

Event Sponsors

Annapolis Film Festival Sponsors
Annapolis Arts Council of Anne Arundel County
Maryland Hall
Maryland State Arts Council