Baltimore Public Media is bringing back and expanding the New/Next Film Festival, an event originally conceived as a stopgap measure until the troubled Maryland Film Festival could figure out its plans.Now, with the Maryland Film Festival returning next month, Baltimore film fans will have another chance to celebrate movies this fall as the New/Next festival sets up Oct. 3-6 at the Charles Theatre.The New/Next festival was expanded to four days to feature more films and visiting filmmakers and launched a call for entries. The event will also have at least two free screenings for the community. While the Charles Theatre will be the New/Next base, organizers plan to coordinate activities with other venues, including Baltimore Improv Group, Metro Gallery and Mobtown Ballroom.“New/Next’s first year was arguably the best experience I’ve had in 20 years as a film-festival curator, and I’m thrilled that we’ll be back at The Charles Theatre for a bigger and even better second edition this October,” said Eric Hatch, New/Next’s programmer and co-founder and the former Maryland Film Festival director of programming, in a news release Thursday. “The landscape of independent cinema is always evolving, and I can’t wait to bring work by some of the most exciting new voices in film to our amazing audiences.”

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