Lights, Camera, Action: Navigating the Annapolis Film Festival

The Annapolis Film Festival is in its fifth year, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever! Get your fix of independent cinema with a unique lineup of narrative, short, and documentary films while enjoying the quaint historic seaport town of Annapolis. The Festival takes place March 30 to April 2, 2017 in downtown Annapolis, where more than 70 of the world’s smartest and edgiest just-released films will be screened. And as a bonus, you may end up star struck while running in to some of the films’ cast and crew at the Film Festival’s partner hotel, Loews Annapolis.


Getting Around Town

It could not be easier to get around downtown Annapolis to reach all five of the Film Festival venues, which are all in close proximity to one another. Put on your walking shoes and take a stroll or catch a free city circulator trolley. Simply pick up a printed route and stop map when you arrive at the Film Festival.

Prefer driving? There are several city parking garages and ample free parking at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. In addition to Maryland Hall, Film screening venues include, the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John’s College, Asbury United Methodist Church on West Street, St. Anne’s Parish Hall on Duke of Gloucester, and Annapolis Elementary School on Green Street.

Annap Couple film

Walking the Red Carpet

The Festival kicks off with the Opening Night Film at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Come and greet actors, producers and director Rob Reiner for the Annapolis Premiere of LBJ! A Red Carpet event will take place in front of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts prior to the screening with the director, producers and actors and the media, which the public is invited to be on hand to see.

Annap LBJ movie

According to the Film Festival, LBJ chronicles the life and times of the legendary and controversial Texan who would inherit the Presidency at one of the most fraught moments in American history. The film stars Woody Harrelson as LBJ, Jeffrey Donovan as John F. Kennedy, Richard Jenkins as Senator Richard Russell, Jr., and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson, this film with contemporary relevance is slated for theatrical release this summer.

LBJ shows Johnson confronting the challenge of leading a nation still grieving its beloved President Kennedy, even as he grapples with urgent calls for social justice led by Martin Luther King Jr. Shrewd by nature even when he was appallingly coarse, Johnson emerges in Harrelson’s full-blooded characterization as a man willing to drive through landmark legislation partly on principle and largely on guts. Producers of LBJ include Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, and Annapolis natives Trevor and Tim White.

Showcasing Special Topics

See showcases featuring the Jewish and the African-American experiences, the environment, student films, sailing films, military, LGBT and more. Signature programs include the Friday night African-American Experience Showcase, Chasing Trane, a Denzel Washington-narrated documentary about the origins and worldwide impact of jazz titan John Coltrane. This year’s Environmental Showcase presents the documentary The Islands and the Whales, directed by Mike Day and featuring pioneering ambisonic sound design by George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound. Other film topics include our Jewish Experience showcase, sailing, the military, politics, food, the LGBTQ community, global issues, current events, and the fine arts. Enjoy the shows!


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