About Annapolis

The beautiful City of Annapolis, set on the Chesapeake Bay, has played host to many of the country’s most illustrious figures over the past three centuries.

The City was the capital of the United States for nine months after the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783. The Capitol was the place where George Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army that same year.

A bronze memorial to Kunte Kinte, the African ancestor of Alex Haley is located at the City Dock, the place where he arrived in America. His story is related in Haley’s book Roots. Most recently, in November 2007, Annapolis was the venue for a Middle East summit attended by Condoleezza Rice and many world leaders.

Annapolis has been the home of St. John’s College since 1696 (then King William’s School), and the United States Naval Academy since 1845. Both institutions are accessible to visitors. Most recently, Annapolis has hosted the Military Bowl.

Walk our winding cobbled streets, visit our many original Colonial buildings, stop by the State Capitol to see Maryland government old and new. Then drop into one of our many pubs and quaint shops, and time your visit to enjoy one of our many fairs and festivals including the Annapolis Film Festival in March.

Community Outreach

Our goal at AFF is to partner with the Annapolis community.

  • We offer programs for Educational Outreach which involve area schools and film institutes by inviting students to participate in the festival and coordinating field trips to view films. Additionally, AFF featured numerous Educational panels on topics ranging from Women in Film to the Environment, as well as Industry topics such as screenwriting, sound design and music, documentary filmmaking, funding and distributing your film.
  • Collaborations with area non-profits such as our Showcase sponsored by Hospice of the Chesapeake, featuring five shorts films offering varying perspectives on grief and loss.
  • Business and Technology takes a front row seat at our annual Tech Talk brought to us by Premier Sponsor Nimble Storage featured Dataminr COO, Peter Bailey, StartUp Maryland’s Michael Binko and AOL’s, Chief of Video Distribution, Colby Reed Miller.
  • The African American Experience Showcase which took place at Asbury United Methodist Church and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts featured films and exciting panels to discuss the African American experience.
  • Partnerships with the City of Annapolis, area theaters and performing arts centers as well as the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County to strengthen the quality and access to the arts in our city.
  • As a city by the Chesapeake Bay, we presented the Environmental Showcase at St. Anne’s Parish Hall featuring films and a stellar panel of professionals committed to environmental issues.