You’ve heard of — and have probably even attended — the Maryland Film Festival (this year, May 7 – 11). But have you ever been to the Maryland International Film Festival? The film festival, which takes place in Hagerstown, features dozens of films from around the globe, and tickets are on sale now for the event, May 1 – 3.
Organizers received this year well over 200 films from 32 countries, the largest number of foreign countries to submit films, according to Tracie Hovey, vice president of the festival’s board of directors. The Maryland Theatre is the official box office for the film festival, and film buffs can buy tickets by calling 301-790-3500, or at www.mdtheatre.org. After parties are set for Bulls and Bears, 28 South, and the Broad Axe. For the complete schedule of the film selections, see: www.marylandiff.com.
Among the films to be screened will be The Last 40 Miles, an animated short about the death penalty, written and directed by Alex Hannaford (see the trailer above). The film is based on the true story of an inmate who takes his final journey from death row in the east Texas town of Livingston to the death chamber 40 miles away in Huntsville. The central character, Ray, is a composite of three inmates (one in particular) who Hannaford interviewed on death row.
MDIFF-H will be screening films in the categories of feature, documentary, student, short and animation. Opening night will include the announcement of the 2014 Mendez Award. On the final night, the festival’s awards will be announced at the Academy Theater.
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