The Maine International Film Festival is celebrating its 21st anniversary July 13-22 in Waterville. The event will feature the best of American independent, international, and Maine-made films, according to a news release from MIFF organizers.

Organizers plan to host a number of special guests (actors, directors, producers, executives and more) from around the world.

Each year for 20 years, the historic Waterville Opera House and Railroad Square Cinema open its doors for 10 days of incredible film. In addition to screening some of the best films, this MIFF will feature live performances, public art exhibitions, VIP parties, free and open educational workshops, and other ticketed events.

MIFF also will host the 41st annual Maine Student Film and Video Festival, a celebration of student filmmaking that provides the public an opportunity to see what Maine’s youngest cineastes have created at a special film screening and award presentation.

“This could be our most daring MIFF yet,” said Programming Director Ken Eisen, according to the release. “Following up on our 20th anniversary last year will be daunting, but we’re up to the challenge. In fact we’re planning a number of surprises, special guest appearances, and returning favorites that will really excite MIFF lovers — but we’ll still have that relaxed vibe that draws celebrities, filmmakers and film lovers to Waterville.”

For more information, including festival passes, visit miff.org.

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