WATERVILLE ­— The Maine International Film Festival is scheduled to be back for its 26th year Friday, July 7, through Sunday, July 16.

Attendees can see a slate of approximately 100 films, including premieres, made-in-Maine features, classic revivals, and short films from around the world, according to a news release from Mary Ellms, communications coordinator, Waterville Creates.

“This will be MIFF’s first edition in the new Paul J. Schupf Art Center in downtown Waterville,” said Mike Perreault, executive director of the Maine Film Center. “We look forward to welcoming MIFF audiences to our three brand-new theaters and, of course, back to the historic Waterville Opera House for yet another milestone celebration of all things cinematic.”

“You not only get to see great films — you get to interact with the filmmakers: actors, directors, and cinematographers tell you their stories,” said Peg Anderson, 16-year MIFF volunteer. “My main frustration is that I cannot be in two places at once to catch everything I want to see.”

MIFF is accepting film submissions through Tuesday, April 4, via filmfreeway.com/miff. In addition, the 44th Maine Student Film + Video Festival, which will be held during MIFF, is accepting submissions from Maine students in grades K–12 until Thursday, June 15. Cash prizes and filmmaking gear are awarded to the best films. Students can learn more information and submit their films at mainestudentfilm.org.

“There’s really no better way to watch your film than in a theatre,” said Will Marshall, winner of the Maine Public Grand Prize at MSFVF 2021. “Everyone sitting there in the shared space collectively feeling and interpreting your work is priceless.”


Festival passes and packages are available to order via miff.org.

The complete festival lineup and individual ticket sales will be available mid-June.

For more information, visit mainefilmcenter.org.



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