Shorts Challenge

Shorts Challenge

The Maryland Film Office presents the 3rd Annual Annapolis Film Festival Shorts Challenge. From dozens of submissions across the country, five filmmakers will be selected as finalists to pitch their idea LIVE at AFF2020 for a short film project on this year's theme of "...a more perfect union".  The audience's vote for the best pitch will serve as part of the judges final decision for the winner of the production package to make their film.

For our 2020 Shorts Challenge, the Annapolis Film Festival is requesting pitches for a short film that addresses ideas on how to bring our divided country together.  In this election year, we are looking for relevant ideas in a short documentary or a short narrative film, which reflect on the discord within the discourse of politics and actual policies that affect people. It also envisions the solutions for a more united country.  Be creative and interpret this as you see it. But please refrain from just making a partisan, one-sided argument or thinking of this through only a political lens. A more perfect union can also reflect on many aspects of American life today.


Please submit the following in one package saved as PDF or Word document. Include a synopsis of your film concept that meets this theme, no more than one page is allowed. Compile a photo deck of prospective film subjects or representational photos and/or a written description. Links to video clips are allowed, but not required. Please also put together a short preliminary budget and attach your personal bio/resume.

Five film projects will be chosen for a 5-7 minute live pitch session to be held infant of a festival audience and a panel of industry judges on the stage. The prize-winner will receive camera, lighting, and post-production packages including sound design and mix.

The short film will them premiere at the 2021 Annapolis film Festival, should it meet our usual standards. To submit, please send your entry to

AFF 2019 Winner

Our 2019 Annapolis Film Festival Shorts Challenge winner, Laura Tejero, will be screening her new film, "Frida" at the 2020 Annapolis Film Festival this March.

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