Maine Film Festivals

Upcoming Festivals

  • September 25 - 27, 2020

    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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  • October 1 - 12, 2020


    Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) will celebrate its sixteenth edition with a 12-day hybrid virtual and in-person festival, the launch of its Filmmaker Solidarity Fund and drive-in theater, and other initiatives designed to build community through storytelling. 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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  • October 15 - 17, 2020


    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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  • November 7 - 15, 2020

    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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  • July 23 -25, 2021

    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. After a successful launch in 2019, its second season sets sail on Friday July 23, 2021.

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Past/TBD Festivals

  • 2020 Festival Dates, TBD


    Supporting a diverse cross-section of filmmakers from established to “emerging” artists, the festival brings a diverse selection of Maine-made, national and international films to the Lewiston-Auburn area in the categories of documentary, short and feature length films. Emerge helps promote the motion picture arts in the State of Maine, with a particular focus on providing opportunities for student filmmakers.

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  • 2020 Festival Dates, TBD (Fall)

    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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  • 2021 Festival Dates, TBD

    Maine Deaf Film Festival (MDFF)

    Founded in 2002, the Maine Deaf Film Festival is a student run event hosted by The University of Southern Maine’s American Sign Language (ASL) Club. All selected films are written, produced, created, and performed by deaf and hard of hearing individuals and film production companies. The mission is to provide a platform for people to learn about, appreciate, and celebrate deaf culture, issues and art.

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  • 2021 Festival Dates, TBD

    Maine Mayhem Film Festival

    The Maine Mayhem Film Festival is an annual film festival produced in coordination with senior students in Sothern Maine Community College's Communications and New Media department. The festival each year 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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  • 2021 Festival Dates, TBD


    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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  • 2021 Festival Dates, TBD


    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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    The Portland Youth Film Festival is intended to connect Maine children and families to people within their own cultures and communities, as well as expand the worldviews of all attendees. Conceived and organized by East End Community School parents and teachers who believe in the value of bringing community together to create and celebrate film, the festival is presented in conjunction with Portland Public Schools.

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  • JULY 7 - 16, 2020


    For 2020, the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) has adapted with creative thinking outside the box and is hosting a program of film screenings at Skowhegan Drive-In, and a Virtual Screening Program is also available. 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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  • JULY 30 - AUGUST 9, 2020


    The Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFF) has been celebrating the outdoor community and inspiring expression since 2012. The festival is an outlet for Maine filmmakers’ creativity; brings outdoor film programming to Maine people, where they are; and MOFF’s proceeds support youth in the outdoors. MOFF features outdoor films, and screens them with safe outdoor screenings at Thompson's Point and other Portland locations.

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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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