Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Maine International Film Festival Returns to Waterville July 9-18

There is so much to see and do at this year’s Maine International Film Festival (MIFF). Over 10 amazing days audiences can view 100 films, attend award ceremonies and receptions, meet and talk with some of the people behind the movies - directors, producers, writers, musicians who host panel discussions as well as informal Q&A sessions, giving the audiences an incredible chance to hear about the art of film from those on the front lines.

Attendees can also network with representatives from MPBN, the Maine Film Office, Maine Film & Video Association, and Maine Arts Commission.

MIFF 2010 will include nearly 100 films from around the world, including a special series presented in partnership with the American Film Institute’s Project: 20/20, an initiative to bridge cultural boundaries through cinema. Project: 20/20 films screening in Waterville include Sita Sings the Blues (USA), Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (USA/Japan), and Room and a Half (Russia).

On Saturday, July 17, the Maine Arts Commission is once again sponsoring the Made in Maine day at the film festival which includes the 33rd Maine Student Film & Video Festival (12:30pm, Waterville Opera House, Admission is free), the Student Filmmakers’ Reception (2:30pm, Jorgensen’s Café, 103 Main Street) and the Making it in Maine Reception (5:00-6:30pm, The REM Forum, The Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville).

There will also be screenings of Maine-themed and Maine-made films such as
Finding Belgrade, 3:30pm, Railroad Square Cinema, Welcome to My World, 3:30pm, Waterville Opera House, and Al Hawkes and Maine Shorts, 6:15pm, Railroad Square Cinema; Followed by Al Hawkes Live in Concert at Mainely Brews Restaurant & Brewhouse, 1 Post Office Square.

Passes and tickets for events throughout the 10-day festival are now on sale. Specific screening at MIFF can be found at Festival passes, starting at just $85, are available now on the MIFF website. Tickets for individual films are also available now.

Check out this year's schedule or program overview now, and join us at the festival!
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