Shorts Challenge

Shorts Challenge Poster

The Maryland Film Office presents the 3rd Annual Annapolis Film Festival Shorts Challenge. From dozens of submissions across the country, five filmmakers will be selected as finalists to pitch their idea LIVE at AFF2020 for a short film project on this year's theme of "...a more perfect union".


The audience's vote for the best pitch will serve as part of the judges final decision for the winner of the production package to make their film.


For our 2020 Shorts Challenge, the Annapolis Film Festival is requesting pitches for a short film that addresses ideas on how to bring our divided country together.

In this election year, we are looking for relevant ideas in a short documentary or a short narrative film, which reflect on the discord within the discourse of politics and actual policies that affect people. It also envisions the solutions for a more united country.

Be creative and interpret this as you see it. But please refrain from just making a partisan, one-sided argument or thinking of this through only a political lens. A more perfect union can also reflect on many aspects of American life today.

Shorts Challenge: A pitch competition to make your short film!

Please submit the following in a full package saved as a PDF or Word document:

1) Synopsis of your short film concept that meets this theme. No more than one page allowed.

2) Photo deck of prospective film subjects or representational photos and/or a written description. Links to video clips allowed, but not required.

3) Short preliminary budget.

4) Personal bio/resume.

Five film projects will be chosen for a 5 - 7 minute live pitch session to be held in front of a festival audience and a panel of industry judges on the stage. The prize-winner will receive camera, lighting, and post-production packages including sound design and mix.

The short film will premiere at the 2021 Annapolis Film Festival, should it meet our usual standards. To submit please send your entry NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 10th to


OUR 2019 Shorts Challenge Winner

Laura Tejero
will be screening her
new Short Film