Maine Student Film and Video Fest calls for work

Mar 06, 2017
Connor Petros receives the 2016 Best Narrative award at the 39th Maine Student Film and Video Fest.

Waterville — The 40th Maine Student Film & Video Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 40th year this July and currently is accepting film submissions from students throughout the state.

Submissions can be entered anytime between now and June 1. Films will be judged in three categories: narrative (fiction); documentary; and creative. The creative category includes stop-motion, music video, art film, experimental and other genres that do not fit the narrative or documentary categories.

The Maine Student Film & Video Festival is open to filmmakers age 19 and younger in grades K-12. Each year, the competition draws entries from students around the state. Entries are judged by a panel of filmmakers, media professionals and educators; and are evaluated on the basis of originality, content, style and technique.

Films are reviewed by the following divisions: pre-teen (grades K-6); junior (grades 7-8); and senior (grades 9-12). Entries in the junior and senior divisions will be judged based on genre with separate winners for each category, depending on submissions. For group productions, the age of the oldest authoring member of the group determines in which division the movie will be judged. There is no age limit for actors, documentary subjects or musicians who may appear in the production.

Each year, the Maine Student Film & Video Festival selects award winners and finalists whose films are then screened at the festival’s Public Screening & Awards Presentation, held in conjunction with the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville. This year’s screening and awards ceremony will be held July 22 at 12:30 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House.

Prizes include $500 in cash awards furnished by Maine Public Broadcasting Network; a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud with video editing software, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro; and full festival passes to the Maine International Film Festival. In addition, all finalists receive certificates of achievement, and winners in all divisions receive trophies.

Founded by the Maine Alliance for Media Arts, the Maine Student Film & Video Festival is presented by the Maine Film Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich, educate and entertain the community through film and art. More information on the Maine Student Film & Video Festival, including rules and submission guidelines, can be found at

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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