How To Fest

A Safe Festival

Annapolis Film Festival will be following all County and State guidelines and mandates as well as working with local health professionals to provide the safest in-person festival experience. We will require proof of full vaccination (as defined as two weeks post your second shot or two weeks post your single shot of J&J) or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event you are attending for entry. This applies to all pass holders as well as individual ticket buyers. Properly worn and approved masks will be required for all indoor AFF screenings and events and must be replaced in-between sips and bites.

Proof of entry requirements will be checked at Ticket & Pass Central at Maryland Hall in room 211 beginning on Thursday, March 31st between 9am and 4pm. You must show proof of entry eligibility before attending any AFF event. Please check back frequently for updates.

Providing a Negative PCR Test - Eligibility

AFF 2022 Venues

Maryland Hall - 801 Chase Street
Asbury United Methodist - 87 West Street
Annapolis Elementary School - 180 Green Street
Jack C. Taylor at USNI - 291 Wood Road, Naval Academy
Rams Head - 33 West Street
The Graduate Annapolis - 126 West Street

Enjoy Annapolis

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. Discount options may apply!


Annapolis features a wide range of cuisine including local, fresh seafood and even international options. Here are some of our restaurant partners who keep our bellies full all festival season!

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 Circulators that travel throughout Annapolis from 9:00 am – 12:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The Festival

Ticket & Pass Central

Tickets to AFF events may be purchased at Ticket & Pass Central, located in Room 211 on the mid level at Maryland Hall.  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.

March 28th - 31st: 11am - 7pm
April 1st - 3rd: 9:30am- 9pm

Filmmaker Lounge

Get up close and personal with our filmmakers and industry guests at the Graduate Annapolis. Hang out in the Filmmaker Lounge...Filmmaker, Industry & All Access Pass holders admitted only.

Thursday: 2pm - 5pm
Friday & Saturday: 8:30am for passes only, Lounge Open from 10am - 7pm
Sunday: 8:30am passes for only, Lounge Open from 10am - 4pm

Industry Panels

Join industry leaders in engaging conversations. Hear directors, producers, and other industry pros from this year’s films share their stories and experiences. Click the button below for topics, guests, venues, dates and times!

Coffee Talks

Coffee Talks With…will be held at Rams Head on Stage with Coffee provided by Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company. Priority is given to All Access Pass Holders, however, if seats are available they are $20 at the door.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 9:00am

Festival Passes

Have a pass? No need to purchase individual tickets! Your pass gets you into all events as outlined in the pass description. Not sure? email for clarification.

Ticket Packages

Did you take advantage of our ticket package option? Ticket packages are only available for REGULAR PRICED ($15) screenings and panels. This means that they exclude coffee talks, opening night, and best of fest. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to redeem your ticket package.

Box Office

Tickets & Pass Central will be located at Maryland Hall 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland in room 211. 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. Space permitting, day-of tickets may also be purchased at each venue before the screening of your choice. Ticket/Pass sales are credit card only; no cash. Arrive early for day-of ticket purchases. If you are wanting to purchase tickets for multiple screenings over the weekend, please do so online or at Ticket & Pass Central at Maryland Hall.

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 28th, 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 seated, 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 scheduled 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 to toast the night away with signature cocktails, food and deserts!

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 passes and ticket holders and priority passes.  Those using priority seating and priority line must arrive 15 minutes early or they will have to join the general line to be seated. Seating for All Access pass holders is reserved in sections, 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 Shorts Passes can only be purchased at Ticket and Pass Central (801 Chase Street – inside Maryland Hall). We are only able to accept 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. Day-of tickets will be available for purchase 10 minutes before show time as seating becomes available. Ticket price is $15 credit only. Discounts not applicable.

If your pass is damaged or lost, you must come to Ticket & Pass Central to receive a replacement. Bring your ID and proof of purchase receipt to have another pass printed. Wear comfortable shoes! Engage with filmmakers and enjoy the experience!

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