Discounted QCFF 2016 Festival Passes and Fundraising for Production Expenses

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Festival Passes discounted 20% through 9/1

Until our full schedule and program are announced on 9/1, we’re offering a 20% discount on our QCFF 2016 Festival Passes — buy now for $40 and save $10 off the regular price. Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite:

Fundraising for production expenses

It’s that time of year again. Please donate what you can to help us defray the costs of presenting the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF). This is our FIFTH year, and the first where we feel comfortable using the word ANNUAL. Please help us keep it going. Click here to donate via GoFundMe:

If you can help us out by posting this where it might attract attention, we’d appreciate your support. Thanks in advance.

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Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) 2016 Early Selections

2016 Early Selections

Allegany Allied Arts and the Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) are pleased to announce our Early Selections for 2016:

Calvin’s Shoe (7m, USA) dir. by Joseph Fraizer, Animation
Charlie & Poppy (14m, USA) dir. by Jennifer Potts, Kids/Family
Easy Reappearance (17m, France) dir. by Guillaume Levil, LGBT
Hidden Daylight (18m, USA) dir. by Adrienne Lovette, Horror/SciFi
Hide and Seek (16m, India) dir. by Rashesh Desai, Kids/Family
Intrinsic Moral Evil (11m, Netherlands) dir. by Harm Weistra, LGBT
Kitchen (17m, France) dir. by Steve Duchesne, Horror/SciFi
Last Dance on the Main (3m, Canada) dir. by Aristofanis Soulikias, Documentary
Memory Sync (8m, USA) dir. by William Travis Johnson, Animation
Monster (4m, Taiwan) dir. by Kuan-Fu Lin, Cult
Peelers (96m, Canada) dir. by Sevé Schelenz, Horror/SciFi
Pepino’s Back! (51m, Italy) dir. by Luca Bich, Documentary
Polterheist (19m, UK) dir. by David Gilbank, Horror/SciFi
Something To Save You (19m, Russia) dir. by Vis Vitalis, Horror/SciFi
Sweet 6Teen (6m, UK) dir. by Debbie Attwell, Horror/SciFi
The Light Thief (19m, Spain/Bahrain) dir. by Eva Daoud, Horror/SciFi
This Time It’s Shopping (4m, US) dir. by Chek Wingo, Kids/Family
Trashonauts (2m, USA) dir. by Jack Griffin Corpening, Animation

Submissions remain open through July 31, and a full program and schedule is expected to be announced by September 1.

The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), Western Maryland’s premiere film festival, is held each year in early Fall in Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in 2012, and currently in our fifth year, QCFF 2016 will be held October 6-9 at the Cumberland Ramada, Cumberland MD.

Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) 2016 Rules and Submission Form

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Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) 2016 Call For Entries

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The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF), Western Maryland’s premiere film festival, is held each year in early Fall in Cumberland, Maryland. Founded in 2012, and currently in our fifth year, QCFF 2016 will be held October 6-9 at the Cumberland Ramada in Cumberland, Maryland. QCFF offers a four-day program of screenings and educational panels, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world. Located in Allegany County, Cumberland offers a delightful blend of hospitality and history; mingled with charming shops, delicious dining, arts and entertainment and lots of events and activities. We have been pleased to introduce visiting filmmakers to local media.

Previous festival favorites include Record Paradise, Led Zeppelin Played Here, Underbelly Blues, M Cream, Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz, Bounty Momma, How Sweet The Sound: The Blind Boys Of Alabama, and Subterranea. Our educational panels focus broadly on Appalachia, historic preservation, and creative placemaking, and often include film presentations such as LowerTown Paducah, and Farewell To Factory Towns?. Last year’s festival was our most successful to date, and presented 85 selections including such highlights as Australian aliens (Australiens), Nazi zombies (CADES: Forestglade Of Death), and our popular Happy Hour music video block.

Our categories for 2016 are Animation, Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, and Music. We welcome eclectic fare and encourage submissions that qualify in as many categories as possible. QCFF also embraces and promotes films by Maryland filmmakers and films made in Maryland.

Submissions are being accepted via Withoutabox and FilmFreeway.

Seeking Screeners for QCFF 2016

QueenCity1We are currently seeking screeners for next year’s film festival. The FIFTH ANNUAL Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) will be held October 6-9, 2016, at the Cumberland Ramada in Cumberland, Maryland. Between now and next April, when we open submissions for QCFF 2016, we want to recruit as many new screeners as possible to help us review submissions.

An excellent volunteer opportunity for qualified individuals. Ideal candidates will be residents of Allegany County, Maryland, have high-speed internet access, and possess extensive knowledge of cinema within one or more categories. You should be prepared to sort through many, many submissions to find the few hidden gems we will select and screen.

For QCFF 2016, our categories include: Animation (New!), Appalachian, Cult, Documentary, Horror/SciFi, Kids/Family, LGBT, and Music. We are also looking for category leads in Animation and Kids/Family — subject matter experts who would be interested in not just reviewing submissions but curating the category.

Halloween Weekend Events at Windsor Castle

windsor castle aaa line artJoin Allegany Allied Arts for a weekend at Windsor Castle. Friday, October 30, we present a concert featuring People’s Blues of Richmond with Mixing Numbers With Sounds. Saturday afternoon, October 31, as part of the Downtown Cumberland Holiday Spooktacular, we will be showing the movie Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, right after trick-or-treating on the downtown mall. Saturday evening, October 31, as part of the Downtown Cumberland Ghouley Pub Crawl, we will be presenting a special 40th anniversary screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) Announces QCFF 2015 Awards and QCFF 2016 Dates


Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) Announces QCFF 2015 Awards and QCFF 2016 Dates

Cumberland, MD, October 19 – The fourth Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) was held October 1-4 at the Cumberland Ramada in Cumberland, MD. Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., is pleased to announce the following awards for QCFF 2015:

Project Title, Award
You Wouldn’t Expect, Appalachian Short
A Lesson of Love (2014), Audience Award Feature
Bounty Momma, Audience Award Short
Australiens, Cult Feature
Chocolate Darwin, Cult Short
Finding Home, Documentary Feature
Ripcor: Riding with MAMILS, Documentary
Diamonds in the Rough, Documentary Short
CAEDES – Forestglade of Death, Horror/SciFi Feature
300 000 KILOMETERS PER SECOND, Horror/SciFi Short
Safe Bet, Kids/Family Feature
Joe & Claire Go to Space, Kids/Family Short
My 2014 Neighbor, Kids/Family Short
Gazelle – The Love Issue, LGBT Feature
Pebble Moon, LGBT Short
How Sweet the Sound — The Blind Boys of Alabama, Music Feature
Bad Intention -100 Watt Mind, Music Short
Beauty Magazines – The Rumor, Music Short

We screened 85 films over four days. Thirteen filmmakers attended to present their work. A total of 1048 submissions were received. Between April and September, the following people served as screeners, helping to rate submissions and choose what was shown: David Rorabaugh, Eve Soliz, Steve Marting, Richard Russo, John Lombardi, Kara Rogers Thomas, Chris Closson, Sheri Whalen, Geno Frazier, Jordan K., Chase Myers, Paul Miltenberger. We would like to specifically recognize Kara Rogers Thomas for curating the Appalachian category, Steve Marting for curating the Horror/SciFi and Documentary categories, David Rorabaugh for curating the Cult category, and Eve Soliz for sequencing in Music and Kids/Family.

In addition, Allegany Allied Arts would like to thank the following who helped make QCFF 2015 our best year yet: Reel Time Entertainment (Jim Russell), Cumberland Ramada (Brianna Persons), Queen City Creamery (Terry Michaels).

We are pleased to announde that the FIFTH ANNUAL QUEEN CITY FILM FESTIVAL (QCFF) will be held October 6-9, 2016 at the Cumberland Ramada in Cumberland, MD. Submissions are expected to open April 1 and close July 31, 2016. Categories and submission fees to be announced.

The Queen City Film Festival (QCFF) is a production of Allegany Allied Arts, Inc.
Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., is a Maryland nonprofit corporation, and a tax-exempt public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., can be reached by mail at 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD 21502. Please visit us at,, or For more information, please contact

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Halloween Events at Windsor Castle

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Corpse Bride at Windsor Castle 10/31

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Join Allegany Allied Arts for the Downtown Cumberland Holiday Spook-Tacular.

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her.

77 minutes, Rated PG. Parental Guidance Suggested for children under 17. General Admission $8. Premium Table (for 6) $120. No alcohol will be served at this event.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show at Windsor Castle 10/31

rhps 2015 posterAllegany Allied Arts is pleased to present the cult favorite “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) with full audience participation encouraged. Hosted by our own Miss Iva Phetish with special guests to be announced.

October 31, 2015, Windsor Castle Events Centre, 210 S Centre St, Cumberland, Maryland 21502. Doors open 7:30pm, “Virgin Games” pre-show and costume contest at 9:30pm. Feature presentation 10pm. A limited number of “Survival Kit” grab bags will be available for $5 each. Arrive early and don’t miss out.

100 minutes. Rated R. Under 17 not admitted without parent or guardian. $8 General Admission. $120 Premium Table (for 6) includes six admission tickets, six grab bags, and six t-shirts.

Please contact us for sponsorship and fundraising opportunities. Bulk ticket sales available, please enquire by email for 20+.

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