Maine Film Festivals

Upcoming Festivals

Past/TBD Festivals

  • September 2023 Dates TBD

    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 in Bucksport, Maine and World Ocean Observatory in Sedgwick, Maine with community partners The Island Institute and WoodenBoat Publications.

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  • 2023 Festival Dates, TBD

    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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  • June 23-24, 2023

    MidCoast Film Fest

    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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    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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  • July 7-16, 2023

    Maine International Film Festival (MIFF)

    Now in its 25th year, the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) is a project of the Maine Film Center. During the 10 days of the festival MIFF screens the best of American independent, international, and repertory cinema. Connecting filmmakers with audiences from around the world during the height of the summer season in Maine, each year MIFF also honors members of the independent film industry whose contributions to cinema deserve recognition.

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  • July 20-30, 2023


    Eleven days of film screenings, panel discussions, networking events + parties, and communal outdoor activations like volunteering in green spaces and group recreation.

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  • AUGUST 18 - 20, 2023

    John and Francis Ford Film Festival

    This summer’s John and Francis Ford Film Festival will celebrate two brothers from Portland who had an outsized influence on the early film industry. Maine will be brimming with opportunities to see Ford films, learn from experts, and discover the indelible mark that these two sons of Maine made in Hollywood.

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  • September 14-17, 2023


    The 19th Camden International Film Festival will feature a slate of boundary-pushing documentary films and filmmakers from across the globe. The festival will take place in person from September 14-17 at various venues throughout Camden and Rockland, Maine, and online from September 18-25

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  • November 4-11, 2023

    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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"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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