There’s tough competition from Artscape and Light City. But since 1999, filmmakers and film fans have been flocking to Baltimore for this cinematic bacchanal, filled with movies you won’t see anywhere else. The atmosphere is loose (no prizes, little competition), the crowds congenial and the movies often revelatory. Every year, we’re reminded how great and challenging and inclusive and life-affirming and baffling and intimate and expansive the movies can be.
May 3-7, Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave., and other locations, 410-752-8083, mdfilmfest.com
— Chris Kaltenbach