The Takoma Park Film Festival is a free community event now in its seventh year. The festival arose out of a desire to showcase the work of the many talented media artists living in Takoma Park. In keeping with that community focus, we aim to highlight work by Maryland and DC-based artists as well as work that speaks to the concerns of the Takoma Park community (e.g., social justice, environmentalism, multiculturalism). However, we are also happy to program interesting films and videos by anyone on any topic. In an effort to keep the event accessible, no entry fees are charged to submitting artists, and all screenings are free and open to the public. Our events are funded by grants from agencies at the city, county, and state level and by private donations from individuals and businesses in the Takoma Park area.
Programming decisions are made by a screening committee composed of local volunteers with expertise or interest in the media arts. Programming selections are based on aesthetic excellence, local interest, and our ability to program titles alongside other submitted works.
Highlights of our 2006 festival included guest appearances by novelist and television producer George Pelecanos, author James Grady; a screening and Q&A with documentary filmmaker Catherine Pancake on the subject of mountaintop removal coal mining; a film program and panel discussion on the urban environment featuring Deborah Stratman’s award-winning experimental film In Order Not To Be Here and the youth-produced video Finding Our Turf. In addition to organizing our annual festival, we host film events throughout the year. Past events include the first Takoma Park celebration of Home Movie Day and a screening of work on the subject of the U.S./Mexico border hosted by the experimental filmmaker Bill Brown.
You may contact the film festival planning committee by email or by mail (c/o Takoma Park Library, 101 Philadelphia Avenue, Takoma Park MD USA 20912).