Ocean City Film Festival

ocean city film festival

The Ocean City Film Festival takes place during the second weekend of every March

Founded in 2017, the Ocean City Film Festival is a collaboration with the Art League of Ocean City to integrate visual media into the artistic community of Ocean City and surrounding regions. The four-day event provides an invaluable networking opportunity and cultural exchange as filmmakers from all around the region and the world are invited to share their work with each other and the public in a very intimate environment. The Ocean City Film Festival promotes and prioritizes uniqueness and diversity in its annual selection.

The 4th annual Ocean City Film Festival will take place March 5-8, 2020. For full Film_Festival Info Click here.

Locations of Screenings and Events


During the festival weekend, screenings take place in venues all over Ocean City. Genres include horror, social commentary, documentary, drama, animation, and youth films, ranging in length from short to feature-length.

Panel Discussion

Maryland Film Office director Jack Gerbes hosts a panel of Delmarva filmmakers featuring local filmmakers Rob Waters of W Films, Dave Messick of Unscene Productions, Emmi Shockley, and Chelsea Thaler. All will share their experience in making films on the Lower Eastern Shore.


The annual film festival kicks off with an opening party, where filmmakers have the opportunity to meet fellow filmmakers and film lovers can mingle with many of the producers, directors, and actors in the films. An awards ceremony also takes place on the last day of the festival.

Three awards are given at the festival’s end, including Judge’s Choice, the People’s Choice, and the Pink Flamingo, which is the film deemed most reflective of Maryland life.

$5 Film Nights

Every month (except Film Fest month), there’s a $5 Film Night on the third Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Center for the Arts. These film nights showcase local filmmakers and are followed by a Q&A session with the film’s cast and crew.


Ticket prices to the 2020 film festival are as follows:

$20 one-day film pass includes one day of films.

$69 four-day film pass includes unlimited entry into all four days of films.

$99 all-access pass (best value!) includes four days of unlimited films, opening party, and award ceremony/party.

Filmmaker panel ($10 each) and parties ($25 each) can be purchased separately.


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