The Milburn Stone Theatre is proud to present a film festival for those independently minded.

The North East Independent Film Festival is a one day celebration for filmmakers and film lovers in the greater Cecil county area. We aim to bring new voices and bold choices to the community with selections from this festival, be it in narrative, short form, documentarian and everything in between. 


Please note: we are taking submissions and presenting films from all over the world, not just Cecil county, however we are looking to give local filmmakers in the four state area (Maryland, Delaware, Pennslyvania and New Jersey) a platform with this festival and will offer those who attend a opportunity to talk about their films at the festival. In addition we are looking to create a series of awards that provide recognition for local filmmakers, as well as prizes awarded for film makers from outside of the area as well. 


Timeline -

Monday, September 2nd: Submissions are open for the festival.

Tuesday, October 1st: The submission process closes and the Committee begins the final review process.

Monday, November 4th: The films selected for the festival are announced to the public.


Monday, November 18th: A schedule for the film festival will be announced along with any other final information need for the festival.

Saturday, December 7th: The date of the festival, showtimes will be announced in mid November. 

- Frequently Ask Questions -

Is there a cost to submit?


As this is an inaugural event and we are actively looking to encourage participation, there is no cost associated to submit to the film festival. 


How do I submit my film?


At the bottom of this page there is a form where you will be asked to submit your information and a link to your film. At this time all film submissions must be digital. If your film is selected we will ask for a higher quality submission.


Are there any restrictions on the types of film I can submit?


Currently there are no limits on time, content or style. We encourage all types of film styles and variety for the North East Independent Film Festival. If a film is deemed mature in content or character we might schedule content based on types and styles when the festival is presented, but we will not be limiting the types of films we are accepting in anyway.

When will I hear back if my film is selected for the Film Festival?


All who submit by the deadline (October 1st) will be notified either way by Monday, November 4th. 

Are there certain categories that you are looking at for the Film Festival?

The categories will be announced at a later date.

Is there compensation related to having my film shown at the festival?

Not directly, we will be awarding prizes with a financial component for the winners of each category of the festival. These awards will be based on the ticket sales and donations raised directly for the festival after the limited costs of running the festival are secured.


If my film is selected, can I attend the festival?


Yes, all filmmakers who have a film shown at the festival will be offered two "festival passes" that will be good for all films. Beyond that, arrangements can be made for discounted tickets to the festival.


How will films be awarded?


We are still in the process of finalizing how winners are selected, but there will likely be determined from a mix of adjudication from the committee and from audience votes. In order to vote in the festival you will likely have to attend more than one session.   


Can I join the committee to help select the films for the festival?


Yes, please email MST's Artistic Director, Andrew John Mitchell at by October 21st for best consideration.


Can I volunteer to work the festival?


Yes, please email MST's production manager Melissa Redfield at for more information.

Any additional questions? Please feel free to email Andrew John Mitchell at

Why wait? Submit your film for the North East Independent Film Festival today!

Submit to the North East Independent Film Festival

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