Live Festival Sept 30 – Oct 1, 2023

Virtual Festival Oct 2 – Oct 8, 2023


Photo credit: Martin Zell, President, Chesapeake Film Festival Image: On the Set of “Iceman” directed by Harold Jackson, III and Board Member of the Chesapeake Film Festival

Call for Submissions for 2023 Chesapeake Film Festival
We Want Your Work for the Best Film Fest on the Eastern Shore!

In 2023 our LIVE Festival events will premiere on Saturday, September 30 at the historic Avalon Theatre with a second LIVE day at the Ebenezer Theater on Sunday, October 1 in downtown Easton.  A 7-day Virtual Festival will follow from Monday, October 2 through Sunday, October 8.

We have just launched an Open Call for film submissions on Film Freeway! The CFF will be honoring Student Films this year with a $500 scholarship to the student awarded Best Student Short, which is an exciting new scholarship opportunity for emerging filmmakers. Also
central to our message is to highlight both environmental films, women’s achievement and social activism in independent cinema. For balance, we are also seeking films that are light-hearted and upbeat with comedic themes.

To submit your film and learn more about our festival, visit our FilmFreeway webpage, by clicking on the button below:

This year we are inaugurating our NEW 2023 branding including Journeys Into the Imagination featuring a striking image and storyboard of our Featured Filmmaker: Harold Jackson, III, Director/Producer on the set of his new film “Iceman”. Harold is also a Board Member of the Chesapeake Film Festival. Become one of our new filmmakers, join our devoted audience, or become a sponsor this year!!! And be sure to sign up for our mailing list, so you can follow us and learn about all of the great new artists and films we will present throughout the year.

For additional information, please contact our Executive Director, Nancy Tabor, at 443-955-9144.

Journeys Into the Imagination

Deadline for Submissions May 15, 2023

Selections fROM our 2022 Festival

The Chesapeake Film Festival presents our annual curated film showcases that
take a deeper dive into topics that are of special interest to the community.

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The Chesapeake Film Festival is generously supported by the Shared Earth Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Prager on behalf of Bluepoint Hospitality, Enel Green Power, Maryland Film Office, Choptank Electric, Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot Arts, Talbot County Department of Tourism, Artistic Insights Fund, Richard and Beverly Tilghman, U.S. Small Business Administration, and The Ravenal Foundation.