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.
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.