Maine International Film Festival scheduled for July in Waterville, Skowhegan

WATERVILLE — The 25th Maine International Film Festival is set to offer 10 days of film premieres, Maine-made features, revivals of classics and shorts from around the world this summer.

The festival, which typically draws thousands of moviegoers to Waterville and Skowhegan, is held at the Waterville Opera House, Railroad Square Cinema and Drive-In Theater in Skowhegan, as well as online.

Festival passes and packages are now available for pre-order through the festival website, The festival will take place from July 8 to 17.

A woman sits next to her car last July as the documentary ‘Fighting Indians’ plays above her during the Maine International Film Festival at the Skowhegan Drive-In Theater at 201 Waterville Road in Skowhegan. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival, which will run from July 8-17. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel File

This year will not only be MIFF’s 25th anniversary, but also last year’s films will be screened at the Railroad Square Cinema before the Maine Film Center moves to the new Paul J. Schupf Art Center in downtown Waterville, according to a press release from the Maine Film Center. .

“We couldn’t be prouder to return to a full-scale festival for our 25th anniversary,” Maine Film Center executive director Mike Perreault said in the statement. “This celebration of cinema brings art and storytelling to Maine that otherwise would not be enjoyed by audiences here. And our new Tourmaline Award will provide additional support for independent filmmakers by celebrating the best films made in Maine.

Festival programming and individual ticket sales will be available in mid-June. MIFF is accepting film submissions through April 22 via MIFF’s main sponsors are Waterville Creates, the Lawry Family Foundation and Colby College. Festival branding, honoring the location and legacy of the Railroad Square Cinema, was produced by All Over It. The Maine Film Center is a division of Waterville Creates.

Meanwhile, the 44th Annual Maine Student Film and Video Festival for K-12 students is accepting submissions through June 15. All Maine students can participate for free. Films will be judged by category – narrative, documentary and creative (animation, experimental, etc.) – and by age group – grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Work must be submitted to

A free screening and awards ceremony will take place on July 16 at the Railroad Square Cinema during MIFF. The grand prize for Best Picture is a $500 prize sponsored by Maine Public.

“Young filmmakers are producing some of the most inspired and authentic work we’ve seen,” said Julia Dunlavey, deputy executive director of the Maine Film Center, in a statement about the event. “Students who attend the festival have become professional filmmakers with their work screened at the Maine International Film Festival.”

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