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Maine Film Office Announces Accomplishments and Looks Ahead at 2020

AUGUSTA, Maine – The recently submitted Maine Attraction Film Incentive Plan Annual Report from the Maine Film Office (MFO) illustrates that 2019 was a profitable year for Maine’s film industry and that production companies are drawn to the state in large part due to Maine’s film-friendly reputation.

In 2019, six productions applied for and received a Maine Media Production Certificate through the Maine Attraction Film Incentive Plan. The plan’s credit and reimbursements accounted for $160,229 paid to productions, while the anticipated amount of visual media production expenses generated in Maine will be more than $3,380,000.

“It doesn’t feel real” Hollywood actor from Scarborough in Maine filming movie he wrote

” It’s not often Hollywood comes to Maine to shoot a movie. But it’s happening right now. The film’s crew have been shooting scenes the last few weeks in Portland and Old Orchard Beach. It’s a dream come true for Greg Finley, an actor from Scarborough who wrote the screenplay more than a decade ago.” – NEWS CENTER Maine

MFO first met with Greg in 2014 about filming in Maine and we’re happy to see him make it back home to shoot this film. Congrats to two talented Maine natives, Greg Finley (Scarborough) and Edwin Stevens (Kennebunk). See the entire article – and a video – from NEWS CENTER Maine below:

Apply Now for the IFP Documentary Lab!

Build the foundation for the success of your first feature! Submissions are now being accepted for the IFP Documentary Lab, open to all first time feature documentary directors with films in post-production. The Lab supports first-time feature filmmakers when they need it most: through the completion, marketing, and distribution of their work, ensuring that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences.

Deadline is March 4th.

For more detailed info and the application:

Roy W. Dean Film Grant for 2020 Accepting Applications

If you are an independent filmmaker needing help completing your film, the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring 2020 is now accepting submissions. The Roy W. Dean Film Grant, now in its 28th year, is awarded to a unique film that makes a contribution to society. Winner will receive $3,500 cash and $23,000 in film production services. Deadline for submission is March 31st.

Filmmakers can find more information and apply for the grant at:

For more information, please email or call 805-984-0098.

Breakthrough Prize Foundation and TheWrap Launch New Competition for Innovative Science Filmmaking

TheWrap and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation on Monday announced the launch of a new film competition created to promote and support the development of films dedicated exclusively to science and scientists.

TheWrap and the Breakthrough Prize Foundation are seeking 6 visionary filmmakers with the ability to make engaging, original, accurate short films about the 2021 Breakthrough Prize laureates.

The competition will open for submissions on Monday, February 3, through Tuesday, March 31.