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The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2019

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Maryland Film Fest 

April 29–May 3, 2020 / Baltimore, Maryland /

Organized by The Producer’s Club, a non-profit founded at a pre-release screening of (the partially Baltimore-shot) Sleepless in Seattle in 1993, the Maryland Film Fest continues to attract reams of sleepless moviegoers in its 21st year of programming. In downtown Baltimore’s arts district and primarily housed in a renovated 1915-era movie house, the fest has a reputation for supporting emerging talent, offering closed-door filmmaker conferences, a first-class filmmaker lounge and travel accommodations. Its events lineup includes Balti-shorts, a program of Baltimore-based short films, an annual pick chosen by local legend John Waters, acting classes and pitch seminars. Says one panelist: “My favorite festival in the world. They do everything right. MFF combines amazing programming with being the most filmmaker-focused festival around.”

Festival goers, including “Goings On About Time” New Yorker movie editor, Richard Brody (Center R), anxiously await entry to the opening night film at Maryland Film Festival. Photograph by Jason Putsche Photography

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    Maria Santagati

    August 1, 2019 at 5:28 am

    The Artis Center in Naples, Fl is really extraordinary. It’s the hub of performing arts, music, and film in Southwest Florida. It’s the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Boston Symphony all in one – with art and entertainment for all ages. One of the things that impressed me most was the cultural campus for children, with programs for art and music in the form of summer camps, infusing art and music (and the importance of it) at a young age.

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