Important Update for SMDFF 2020

After careful consideration of current safety recommendations and Maryland state re-opening schedules, the Steering Committee for the Southern Maryland Film Festival (SMDFF) has proactively decided to cancel their event for 2020. Ultimately, it is Committee’s goal to partner again with R/C Theatres’ Lexington Exchange 12 in California, MD, to show quality locally-made films in Southern Maryland, once theaters are re-opened and able to accommodate public events. In the meantime, the submission window on will remain open until July 15, 2021, in anticipation of the 2021 Festival, and to encourage filmmakers to create and share their experiences during this unprecedented time.

It was a difficult but unanimous decision. As responsible event producers, we wanted to do our part to help keep people safe. Filmmaking involves a great deal of teamwork. The Committee could not, in good conscience, give the impression that we are asking our artists to go against social distancing guidelines in order to complete their projects, nor do we want them to sacrifice quality because of enforcing an unrealistic deadline after those guidelines are lifted.

Filmmakers interested in entering their projects to be reviewed for selection for the 2021 Southern Maryland Film Festival can find the submission details by clicking the link to via the homepage. Those who have already submitted films will not need to re-submit, and those who haven’t will now have an extended time to work on projects for 2021.

There is a $10 submission fee per film; filmmakers under the age of 18 may submit for free. Questions for the committee can be sent via email to

Thank you for your continued support,
Theresa, Heather, Bill, Alex, Maria, and Kristin


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