ROCKLAND — Strand Theatre has extended its Youth Film Fest deadline for entries to Oct. 31.

The festival is an opportunity for young people living in Midcoast Maine and surrounding areas to create and submit their own short films. All filmmakers must be 9-18 years old; the junior division includes ages 9-13, and the senior division includes ages 14-18.

Participants must live in Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot or Sagadahoc counties. Films must be one to five minutes long, 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 (most smartphone and tablet videos follow these formats). Only one film per submitter is permitted.

Entries will be accepted until midnight Oct. 31, with awards and a public presentation of the films in November. Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges consisting of local film professionals and Strand staff.

Winners in each category will be awarded $75 each, and “Best of Fest” winners will take home $100. Winners will also receive an official Strand Youth Film Fest Geiger Award.

For more details and submission instructions, visit