First Annual ‘Maryland International Film Festival - Hagerstown’ Planned for October 13-16

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The Maryland International Film Festival – Hagerstown is scheduled to run October 13th through 16th, 2011 at the newly renovated Leitersburg Cinemas in Hagerstown, Maryland and expects to screen 25 films from around the globe. Film categories include: Feature, Documentary, Student, Short and Animation.

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Film festivals are successful in scores of communities around the nation. With such an incredible range of film categories, including historical movies, we are sure this Maryland International Film Festival will grow year after year.

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The first annual Maryland International Film Festival – Hagerstown has announced that it has launched its call for entries and has already succeeded in obtaining film submissions from eleven countries around the globe.

Festival Director Tracie Donahue said, “I’m extremely excited about the foreign submissions and we are continuing to receive new films daily. Filmmakers from around the country and from overseas have supported our venue by submitting their films. We are honored and delighted.”

The Maryland International Film Festival – Hagerstown (MDIFF) is scheduled to run October 13th through 16th, 2011 at the newly renovated Leitersburg Cinemas in Hagerstown, Maryland and expects to screen 25 films from around the globe. Donahue said, “There are hundreds of film festivals around the world. We are unique because not only are we giving filmmakers a place to screen their films and gain opportunities for distribution, additionally we are planning to give back to non-profit organizations with proceeds from the festival.”

“When Tracie approached our company about having the film festival at Leitersburg Cinemas, we were immediately on-board. Leitersburg Cinemas has a history of serving the community and our recent remodeling will now not only benefit first-‐run movie patrons, but we’ll also be able to offer a great venue for the film festival in October,” said Rich Daughtridge, Co-Owner of Leitersburg Cinemas.

The Maryland International Film Festival – Hagerstown is a non-profit organization and has developed a strong, broad based Advisory Board with members such as: Jody Arlington, Co-Founder of the Impact Arts and Film Fund, Abby Greensfelder, Co-Founder, Half-Yard Productions, Jack Gerbes, Director of Maryland Film Office, Amy Letourneau, Sr. Director, Acquisitions at PBS Distribution, Steven Schupak, Sr. Vice President, Content Enterprises, Maryland Public Television, Joseph Tovares, Sr. Vice President at Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Board Members include filmmakers, marketing executives, and business and community leaders alike: Tracie Donahue, Rich Daughtridge, Tom Riford, Andrew Sargent, Leah Gayman and Heather Guessford.

“Film festivals are successful in scores of communities around the nation. With such an incredible range of film categories, including historical movies, we are sure this Maryland International Film Festival will grow year after year,” said Tom Riford, President and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Riford is also a board member of the Maryland Film Industry Coalition. “Having the opportunity to bring thousands of people to Washington County for this international film festival will be a welcome shot in the arm for our local economy.”

Several filmmakers and actors are expected to attend the October film festival.

The Maryland International Film Festival - Hagerstown is accepting films in several categories including: Feature, Documentary, Student, Short and Animation. The next deadline for submission is July 25, 2011. The MDIFF mission is to be a platform for independent filmmakers to engage audiences, collaborate with other filmmakers and educate the community with the celebration of film.

For more information about MDIFF please call 916-712-2781 or access the website http://www.marylandiff.com. MDIFF will also have a positive impact on the economic landscape of Washington County, Maryland, expecting thousands of people to attend the 4-day event.

Sponsors for the film festival include the Leitersburg Cinemas, Hagerstown Magazine, High Rock Studios, Anderson Photographs, and the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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