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 eighth year, QCFF 2019 will be held October 3-6 at The Venue At Mezzos 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.

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, Subterranea, Peelers, Pigheaded, Under The Apple Tree, Nighthawks On The Blue Highway, MUXE, and There Is No Such Thing As The Record Label Fairy.

Our educational panels focus broadly on Appalachia, historic preservation, and redevelopment for the arts, and often include film presentations such as LowerTown Paducah, Farewell To Factory Towns?, and Through The Place.

Last year’s festival included such award winners as the shorts Railment and Istanbul Punk, and the features The Mountain Minor and Crownsville Hospital: From Lunacy to Legacy.

Our categories for 2019 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. We have been pleased to introduce visiting filmmakers to local media.

Submissions are being accepted via FilmFreeway. Volunteers for production crew, event staff, or screeners should contact info@alleganyalliedarts.org for more information, or visit us on Facebook.

5 thoughts on “QCFF

  1. Hey What a way to wake up. Thanks so much for accepting Walking the Crooked Tune. It means a whole lot. If you would like perhaps I can get Dave Bing and friends to come up and maybe we can work out a “Jam” performance, with a local pub etc. I’ll be glad to do some of the leg work. Looking forward to coming out there. I love that part of the state.


    1. That sounds great! In addition to a Q&A session after the film, I think we can get you into Uncle Jack’s for an evening gig. Check your inbox for contact info for the pub.

  2. I would love to see .. The Pea Shooter. Can it be screened any of the other days ?

    1. Unfortunately, as you can see from the program, we’re pretty much fully committed on screen time. While a very few shorts are screening more than once, almost all of the 95 films we’re showing only screen once.

  3. Operation First Light here! We are so glad that you have chosen us to be part of your festival. I, myself, will try my hardest to be there and support all the other films as well. Can’t wait!

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