WATERVILLE — The Maine Student Film & Video Festival is accepting film submissions from students throughout the state for it 40th event this July. The submission deadline is June 1, according to a Maine Film Center news release.
Films will be judged in three categories: narrative (fiction), documentary and creative. The creative category includes stop-motion, music video, art film, experimental and other genres that do not fit the narrative or documentary categories.
The festival is open to filmmakers 19 and younger in grades K-12. Each year, the competition draws entries from students around the state. Entries will be judged by a panel of filmmakers, media professionals and educators, and are evaluated on the basis of originality, content, style and technique, according to the release.
Films will be reviewed by the following divisions: preteen, (grades K-6), junior (grades 7-8) and senior (grades 9-12). Entries in the junior and senior divisions will be judged based on genre with separate winners for each category, depending on submissions.
For group productions, the age of the oldest authoring member of the group will determine the division the movie will be judged. There is no age limit for actors, documentary subjects or musicians who may appear in the production.
Each year the festival selects award winners and finalists whose films are then screened at the festival’s Public Screening & Awards Presentation, which is held in conjunction with the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville.
This year’s screening and awards ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Waterville Opera House.
Prizes include $500 in cash awards furnished by Maine Public Broadcasting Network, a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud with video editing software, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro, and full festival passes to the Maine International Film Festival.
In addition, all finalists will receive certificates of achievement, and winners in all divisions receive trophies.
Founded by the Maine Alliance for Media Arts, the Maine Student Film & Video Festival is presented by the Maine Film Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain the community through film and art.
For more information about the festival, rules and submission guidelines, visit www.msfvf.com.