How To Fest

Getting There


There are a few options for flying to town. The three closest airports are Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). All are within a reasonable drive!


Amtrak's rail passenger services can be accessed at the New Carrolton Metro Station, Baltimore's Penn Station, or in downtown Washington D.C. at Union Station.


Annapolis, Maryland is easily accessible and traversable via car. It takes approximately 40 minutes to get to Annapolis from Baltimore and approximately 50 minutes to get to Annapolis from Washington D.C.

Once You Are Here

Our four-day festival attracts local film lovers and welcomes visitors to its home of Annapolis, Maryland each year.  Situated along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is home to an impressive historic district, the United States Naval Academy, and the Capital of Maryland.


There are many options when it comes to finding a place to stay in Annapolis!  Here are some of our hotel partners who help make the film festival possible each year.

Getting Around

Hosting a film festival in Annapolis affords our guests the luxury of walkability!  Our venues and theaters, as well as shops and restaurants, are close enough to walk between. There are also two complimentary Annapolis Circulators that will travel between all five screening locations.The Circulators will be available from 9:00 am – 12:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The Festival

Filmmaker Lounge

Filmmaker, Industry & All Access Pass holders admitted only. Location to be determined.

Industry Panels

Join industry leaders in engaging conversations. Hear directors and producers from this year’s films share their stories and experiences.

Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks With…will be held at The Lightbox Studio at 209 West St #101, Annapolis, MD 21401. Priority is given to All Access Pass Holders, however, if seats are available they are $20 cash at the door.

Box Office

Tickets & Pass Central will be located at Maryland Hall 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland in room 211. Space permitting, day-of tickets may also be purchased at each venue. Arrive early for day-of purchase. Please note, all passes, other than Filmmakers Passes must be picked up at Ticket & Pass Central. Please bring photo ID to pick up tickets and passes.

Please note that online ticket sales close at midnight the night before the next day's screening. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Pre-printed tickets and mobile tickets must be presented at the door. Ticket will call will be available at all venues.

Opening Night

Opening night is our most in demand screening! All pass holders will receive an RSVP email from our box office to secure their spot. If you do not receive an email or have not RSVP'd by March 20th, please contact the Box Office Manager Directly about seating availability: Please note that this RSVP request only applies to Opening Night. You do not need to RSVP for additional films, panels, or programs. (This RSVP does not entitle you to a “reserved seat” inside of the auditorium. The RSVP system is AFF’S internal tracking to ensure that all pass holders have the opportunity to utilize their pass benefit of attending the Opening Night film. Seating will be general admission once inside the auditorium. If you do not RSVP, there is no guarantee that you will be entitled to a seat at the event.)

For Opening Night, doors will open 45 minutes prior to scheduled program start time for priority pass holder seating. 30 minutes prior to scheduled programed start time, general passholders will be invited to sit. Once all on-time, in-line, general pass holders have been sat, we will open the auditorium to general ticket holders. 15 minutes prior to scheduled program start time, we will open up day-of, cash only, rush ticket sales for purchase, space permitting. Your RSVP for Opening Night is not guaranteed if you arrive post the 15-minute schedule program start time.

The night begins on the Red Carpet (weather permitting) at Maryland Hall; our Festival home base. Please remember that even with an RSVP, you must follow the 30 minute rule for seating. Cameras and recording devices are allowed on the Red Carpet, however their use is not permitted inside the theater. If you are an All Access, Premium, Industry or Filmmaker Pass Holder and you are not able to pick up your pass prior to the showing, a list will be available at the door. Please call our main festival line to make arrangements. If you are later than 15 minutes prior to the screening, you must get in the general admission line.

Following the Opening Night screening we invite all ticket and pass holders to join us at the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County at the Wiley H. Bates Building to toast the night away with signature cocktails, food and deserts! (121 S. Villa Ave., Annapolis, MD 21401)

Tips & Tricks

Plan ahead to make sure you have enough time to travel between venues. Most venues are within walking-distance, and two complimentary Annapolis Circulators will travel between all five screening locations. The Circulators will be available from 9:00 am – 12:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Please arrive at least 20 minutes before each screening begins. Lines will be divided into general pass and ticket holders and Priority Line & Priority Seating.  Those using priority seating and priority line must arrive 15 minutes early or they will have to join the general pass holders to be seated. Seating for All Access pass holders is reserved, for all others it is General Admission and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Space permitting, day-of Rush Line tickets may be purchased at each venue for all screenings. Festival Passes, Student Passes, and Day Passes can only purchased at Ticket and Pass Central (801 Chase Street – inside Maryland Hall). We are only able to accept cash and credit cards during the Festival.

If a screening is on "stand-by" (advance ticket sales have ended), a Rush Line will form at the venue. Cash only tickets will be available for purchase 10 minutes before show time as seating becomes available. Ticket price is $15 cash only. Discounts not applicable.

Saturday Bash is available to All Access, Premium, Industry, Filmmaker and Friend pass holders only.

We cannot reissue passes, so please do not lose your pass. Wear comfortable shoes! Engage with filmmakers and enjoy the experience!

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