Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Maine International Film Festival Begins This Week.

Since 1998 the Maine International Film Festival has represented the best of American independent and international cinema. They also have featured some of Maine's most exciting and innovative filmmakers. The event is a project of the Maine Film Center and this year's 10 day festival offers nearly 100 films between July 15 and 24.

At the festival audiences will be offered world class film and a chance to meet some of the people behind the movies. Filmmakers will host panel discussions and informal Q&A sessions, giving movie-goers an incredible chance to learn more about the art of film. This year’s Mid-Life Achievement Award honoree is Malcolm McDowell, a versatile and prolific actor with a career spanning over forty years. McDowell will accept his award on Saturday, July 16 at Colby College’s Given Auditorium.

The Maine Arts Commission is again sponsoring part of the film festival by lending support for Making it in Maine Day on Saturday, July 23.

The 34th Maine Student Film and Video Festival

The Maine Student Film Video Festival is open to Maine residents 19 years of age and younger. The movies submitted to the festival are judged on the basis of originality, content, style, and technique. Movies are reviewed by categories: Pre-Teen Division, grades K - 6; Junior Division, grades 7 - 8; and Senior Division, grades 9 - 12. All film genres are accepted and usually are entered from animation, documentary and narrative. Each year finalists’ and winners’ movies are selected for screening at the Public Screening and Awards Presentation held in conjunction with MIFF. A grand prize winner is selected each year and receives a $2,500 scholarship to the Young Filmmakers program, donated by The Maine Media Workshops, Rockport, ME.
Admission is free.

More information about the festival can be found on the Maine International Film Festival site.

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