ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre’s second annual Strand Youth Film Fest is an opportunity for young people living in Midcoast Maine and surrounding areas to create and submit their own short films.

Entries will be accepted from Tuesday, June 1, through Sept. 30, with awards and a public presentation of the films this fall. Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges, made up of Strand staff and local film professionals.

All filmmakers must be entering grades five through 12 in the 2021-22 school year, or ages 9 to 18 years old; the junior division includes grades five to eight, or ages 9 to 13, and the senior division includes grades nine through 12, or ages 14 to 18.

Participants must live in Midcoast Maine and surrounding areas, including Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot, and Sagadahoc counties. Films must be one to five minutes long and follow a G or PG rating, and must be entered into one of the following categories: Narrative (fiction), Documentary, Music Video, or Animation.

Prizes will be awarded in each film category for both divisions, plus one “Best of Fest” prize. Films must be submitted in .mov or .mp4 format (note that most iPhone and iPad videos follow these formats). Only one film per submitter is permitted.

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The film fest is made possible with support from the Harvey & Pam Geiger Charitable Fund.

For more information, visit the theater’s website, email, or call 207-594-0070. The Strand Theatre is at 345 Main St.

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