About


Welcome to Columbia Festival of the Arts new Columbia Film Festival!

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

The Columbia Film Festival aims to introduce Howard County audiences to the best in world, national, and local cinema, and is dedicated to inspiring and reflecting the diverse community it serves.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Now in it’s third year, The Columbia Film Festival was founded in 2016 and is produced by the Columbia Festival of the Arts. The 2020 Columbia Film Festival will produce films from all genres, including features, shorts, Films for Young Audiences, Multicultural films, documentaries, Maryland based films, as well as work by student filmmakers.

The Columbia Festival of the Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit. Founded in 1987, the Festival’s popularity and growth has transformed it into one of the Baltimore/Washington Corridor’s premiere arts events. The Festival presents four weekend-long arts festivals throughout the year, comprised of both free and ticketed events, featuring world-class performances, exhibitions, film programs, concerts, family activities, master classes, workshops and community dialogues. Columbia Festival of the Arts brings together the arts community, businesses, local schools, and individuals to create events that shine a spotlight, not only on the arts, but on the Howard County community as a Maryland showplace.

The mission of the Columbia Festival of the Arts is to present a world class celebration of the arts and entertainment that attracts, engages and inspires the broad and diverse community it serves.

In support of its Vision and Mission the Columbia Festival of the Arts seeks to attract, engage and inspire through the achievement of the following goals:
•Broaden the scope of programming to expand the diversity of offerings for greater community involvement and to increase the Festival’s year-round presence.
•Deepen audience engagement through strong programming and artistic experiences.
•Strengthen, expand and add local, as well as regional and national, partnerships.
•Optimize leadership and management of the Festival and its engagement with Columbia and Howard County residents and businesses.
•Build a financially sustainable organization.

The Festival is dependent upon a variety of funding sources, including grants, corporate sponsorships and individual donations. The funds are used to subsidize Festival programming costs in order to make the arts accessible for people across a broad spectrum of social, cultural and economic strata. The Festival’s focus is on reaching out and embracing the vast and diverse community that exists in the region.

Now in its third decade, the Festival continues to thrive because so many organizations and individuals are committed to its success.

AWARDS

Columbia Film Festival celebrates cinema with selected awards. All categories eligible!

AWARDS & PRIZES

Cash Best Of Fest prize, Anchor Trophies and Laurels Awarded:
Best of Fest Award
Best Director
Best Student Film
Best Actor Short Film
Best Actor Feature Length
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Audience Choice Award

2019 AWARD WINNERS

BEST OF FESTIVAL: After Forever
BEST DIRECTOR:  Jennifer Pepperman, After Forever
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Matt Simpkins, Free
BEST ACTOR FEATURE LENGTH: Kevin Spirtas
BEST ACTOR SHORT: Donald Imm
BEST STUDENT SHORT: Take Me to the Stars
BEST EDITING: After Forever
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: The Pharaohs

2016 AWARD WINNERS

BEST OF FESTIVAL: Roller Coaster
BEST ACTOR: Dan Franko, The Recursion Theorem
BEST DIRECTOR: Bradley Hawkins, Roller Coaster
FRI AUDIENCE CHOICE GOLD: My Brother Is A Zombie
SAT AUDIENCE CHOICE GOLD: Lightyears
FRI AUDIENCE CHOICE SILVER: The Recursion Theorem
SAT AUDIENCE CHOICE SILVER: Since The Bombing of PAN AM 103
FRI AUDIENCE CHOICE BRONZE: Roller Coaster
SAT AUDIENCE CHOICE BRONZE: Life of the Party

Congratulations to all our winners and all the fantastic filmmakers who were part of our 2019 and 2016 inaugural Columbia Film Festival!