Ocean City Today

Film festival enjoys major local support

Readers' Forum
Mar 22, 2018



printed 03/23/2018



On behalf of the Ocean City Film Festival committee and the Art League of Ocean City, thank you to everyone who supported and made the 2nd Annual Ocean City Film Festival a huge success.

We welcomed a diverse group of filmmakers from all over the world and shared 100 compelling films by 94 filmmakers with over 600 attendees.

The festival showcased industry professionals as well as university students, young filmmakers and local talent, and gave them an opportunity to network with others who share their passion. While the event is only in its second year, the overwhelming response will ensure its growth in future years.

Our gratitude goes out to the venues that screened the films: Clarion Resort, Princess Royale Hotel, and Fox Gold Coast Theater.

The weekend culminated with an award ceremony and reception at Squarz Pizza Pub, and we are grateful to Darren and Linda for their hospitality and delicious pizza.

Thank you to our judges: John Berninger, Allen Cramer, Don Lehman, Gwen Lehman, Dan O’Hare, and Jonathan Pippin, who curated the entries. Also to Film Festival committee members: Dolores Pack, Ruth Waters, Katie Brown, Elaine Bean, and Debbi Dean-Colley, who worked many months to coordinate the events.

We also truly appreciate the volunteers who staffed the screenings and helped at the filmmaker opening reception at the Ocean City Center for the Arts.

Special thanks to our lead sponsor, the Town of Ocean City, and to all of our sponsors and advertisers: The Carousel Hotel, Harrison Group Hotels, Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Seacrets, Shore Craft Beer, and D3 Corp.

We also would like to recognize our valued media partners: Ocean City Today, Maryland Coast Dispatch, Coastal Style Magazine, Delmarva Public Radio, Ocean 98, WRDE, WMDT, and WBOC for helping to get the word out.

The workshop instructors — Rob Waters, Torrez Wise, Jonathan Pippin, and Dan O’Hare — explored topics like screenwriting and shooting music videos, and added interest and networking opportunities, and we are thank them for their time.

Finally, to our audience, 600-plus strong, who laughed, shed a tear, asked insightful questions, and enthusiastically applauded, we appreciate you choosing to spend your time with us. Mark your calendars for next year for the 3rd Annual Ocean City Film Festival.

In the meantime, join us for our monthly $5 film nights on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Ocean City Center for the Arts on 94th Street, where you can experience more of this creative vision.

Rina Thaler, Executive Director, Art League of Ocean City, and Festival Supervisor

William Strang-Moya, Festival Artistic Director

Kristin Helf, Festival Co-Director


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