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Maine Film Festivals

Upcoming Festivals

  • November 6 - 14, 2021

    Maine Jewish Film Festival (MJFF)

    Founded in 1998, the Maine Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) curates a program of films, in venues throughout greater Portland, that explore the Jewish experience through drama, comedy, documentary and short film formats. MJFF has grown to be one of the best-attended, most well-respected, and highly-anticipated cultural events in the state. MJFF attracts a diverse, sophisticated, and deeply loyal audience that loves independent film.

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Past/TBD Festivals

  • 2022 Festival Dates, TBD

    Maine International Film Festival (MIFF)

    Founded in 1998, (MIFF) is a project of the Maine Film Center. Representing the best of American independent and international cinema, MIFF also spotlights some of Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers.

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    Maine Mayhem Film Festival

    An annual film festival produced in coordination with senior students in Southern Maine Community College's Communications and New Media department, the festival showcases the work of senior students who have been working on films as capstone projects in a filmmaking class offered through the college’s Communications & New Media program. The films are all written, directed and produced by SMCC students, many of whom go on to work in the filmmaking field after graduation.

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  • 2022 Festival Dates, TBD

    Maine Student Film and Video Conference

    The Maine Student Film & Video Conference is a full-day event that offers a slate of hands-on workshops for middle and high school students in narrative and documentary filmmaking, broadcasting, photography, and a variety of technical production skills. Educators have access to professional workshops and presentations focused on teaching and learning with film in the classroom. Experts in these fields from across the state of Maine work with small groups to provide individualized instruction.

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  • 2022 Festival Dates, TBD

    MAINE STUDENT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (MSFVF)

    One of the longest running student film festivals in the country, the MSFVF showcases films made by Maine residents 19 years of age and younger that are currently in grades K-12. Celebrating the future filmmakers of Maine, the finalists and winning movies are screened at the Maine International Film Festival.

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  • 2022 Festival Dates, TBD

    MidCoast Film Fest

    BASED ON A TRUE STORY…

    The MidCoast Film Fest brings original movies-shorts, documentaries, feature-length, that are all based on a true story. From biography to historical fiction it is where history comes to life.

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  • 2022 Festival Dates, TBD

    NORTHEAST HISTORIC FILM SYMPOSIUM

    Northeast Historic Film (NHF), a moving image archives in Bucksport, collects and preserves the film and video record of northern New England. Since 2000, NHF has organized an annual themed gathering devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of moving images. The Northeast Historic Film Symposium is noted for bringing together archivists, scholars, and artists in an intimate setting.

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  • 2022 FESTIVAL DATES, TBD

    SANFORD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF)

    The Sanford International Film Festival is dedicated to entertaining the members of its community by providing a platform for the works of budding independent filmmakers and fostering the creation of the arts.

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  • July 29 - August 8, 2021

    MAINE OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL (MOFF)

    The Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFF), which features outdoor adventure and conservation films, will be held outdoors in Portland from July 29 - August 8 at the Eastern Promenade (the grass section at the end of Montreal Street). Doors open each night at 6:30 PM and the film program featured each night will run from 8pm to 10pm. Bring Your Own Camp Chair and/or blanket. Picnic lunches/refreshments are allowed. There are generally many food trucks parked along the Eastern Promenade. MOFF’s proceeds help support youth in the outdoors.

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  • September 16 - 26, 2021

    CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF)

    The 17th annual Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) will be held September 16-26 in in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. In conjunction with the film festival, CIFF's Points North Forum provides emerging documentarians with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration. Founded in 2005, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) is recognized as one of the top 25 international documentary festivals in the world, and one of the 12 best small town film festivals in the US.

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  • September 24 - 26, 2021

    International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF)

    The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is a juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed filmmaking. The IMFF is a joint venture between Main Street Bucksport (MSB) and WoodenBoat Publications, Inc. (WBPI), in Brooklin, Maine.

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"We have been fortunate to have made two movies in Maine — The Way We Get By and Beneath The Harvest Sky.” Maine is a very special state in that there are so many options for locations. Given its size, you can travel to northern Maine, southern Maine, all along the coast, and tell a number of different stories in totally unique worlds with each film having very distinctive looks. The abundance of locations combined with the incredible generosity of the people and communities, make filmmaking in Maine a pure joy. We would not be filmmakers today without the support from the people of Maine and we will be forever grateful."

- Gita Pullapilly and Aron Gaudet, The Way We Get By and Beneath the Harvest Sky

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"Hands down, Karen Carberry Warhola in the Maine Film Office was the most supportive person I’ve ever spoken with, with any film project I’ve ever worked on."

- Scotty Crowe, Astraea

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