Maryland celebrates Hollywood ties with weekend film festival

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (DC News Now) — The annual Maryland International Film Festival is underway in Hagerstown this weekend.

While Maryland may not be at the forefront of your mind when you think of Hollywood, creative artists are given incentives to shoot at Maryland locations to help drive economic development.

Along with screenings at the Maryland Theatre, there are information sessions about filmmaking and seminars to support talent in the industry.

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“As the years go by, this festival will just get bigger and better. Soon Hagerstown will be in the conversation with the Hollywoods, the Atlantas and all that good stuff,” said Edwin Maker, who produced the film “We The People.”

“This is an exciting event,” said Tom Riford, co-founder of the festival. “This is our 12th festival, and we have filmmakers here from 20 countries.”

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