The Virtual Chesapeake Film Festival Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4, 2020

Stock up on the popcorn! The 2020 Virtual Chesapeake Film Festival is coming to you Oct. 1 – 4, wherever you may be.

There is NO registration for this free event—just go to and click on the button to enter the festival on October 1. 

Also, starting today, all of our trailers are available for you to view by going to

The Virtual Festival is our gift to film lovers in our community, and beyond, in the difficult times precipitated by CoVid-19.   While participation is free, donations are appreciated.DONATEYou can select the films you want to watch, and when and where you choose to enjoy them.   The Virtual Festival benefits our filmmakers, too, with the amazing opportunity to present their films to an audience without borders. 

Now in our 13th year, the Chesapeake Film Festival invites you once again to savor an explosion of cinematic flavors, including dramas, comedies, documentaries and animations.  From 5-minute shorts to 90-minute features, the Festival offers something for every cinematic taste. 

These are a few of the diverse, innovative, independent films our jury selected for the 2020 Virtual Chesapeake Film Festival.  The full program is accessible on our website.

Documentary Features:

Balloon Man, Directed by Chantal Potter – Made in Maryland – After being drafted by the Buffalo Bills, a life-threatening tragedy forces Bill Costen out of his dream. Saying goodbye to a career on the turf, Costen takes to the air to become the first African-American Master hot-air balloon pilot in the nation.

The Penny Black, Directed by William J. Saunders – The estranged son of a con artist fights temptation, paranoia, and his own nefarious legacy as he searches for the rightful owner of a mysterious, million-dollar stamp collection.

You Don’t Know Nothin’ Bout Groove City, Made in Maryland, Directed by César González. – In the mid-1970s a musical revolution with roots in the emerging New York City hip hop scene explodes on Pine Street in Cambridge, MD.  One block away on Race Street, nobody knows anything about it. You Don’t Know Nothin’ Bout Groove City includes such greats as Count Basie, Ella Fitgerald and James Brown, while exploring the racial tensions that continue to divide the town where Harriet Tubman was born.

Check for more information or call Nancy Tabor, Executive Director at 443-955-9144. Schedule of films is subject to change.  

The Chesapeake Film Festival is generously supported by the Shared Earth Foundation,the Maryland Film Office, Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, Talbot County Department of Tourism, Artistic Insights Fund, Richard and Beverly Tilghman, Karen and Langley Shook, U.S. Small Business Administration, Talbot CARES Small Business Grant and The Ravenal Foundation.Funding has been provided to Chesapeake Film Festival from Maryland Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.Visit us on FacebookInstagramTwitter.