2018 Annapolis Film Festival

The 6th Annual Annapolis Film Festival returned to downtown Annapolis March 22 – March 26, featuring domestic and international documentary features and shorts, narrative features and shorts, student films, and full-length feature films.

2017 Festival Recap

Opening Night Feature

LBJ, A drama chronicling 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, will be the Annapolis Film Festival’s Opening Night film Thursday, March 30. LBJ is directed by Rob Reiner and stars Woody Harrelson as LBJ. The multi-faceted film industry icon Rob Reiner, who directed AFF Opening Night Film LBJ, and his wife Michele Singer Reiner, are expected to attend AFF’s Opening Night, along with actor Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice, Fargo), who plays President John F. Kennedy in the film.

Signature AFF 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. 

An array of Shakespeare-inspired short film programs features titles such as All the World’s A Stage and Farewell, Fair Cruelty. There is also a Local Focus showcase of locally-produced short films and a program of top-tier student films. The Juried Shorts competition returns to the weekend lineup.

Check out our “How To Fest” article for suggestions and planning tips to make the most out of your festival experience.