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Arts & Culture

Film Festivals

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You can discover the next great Maine filmmaker and learn about the state's contributions to international cinema at the state's film festivals. Whether you want to see a serious documentary, a thought-provoking feature or a humorous short, you have many choices to find your favorite Maine film.

Maine International Film Festival
You'll find nearly 100 films representing 20 countries at the Maine International Film Festival, which runs for 10 days in mid-July. The festival includes American independent and international films and highlights New England's most innovative filmmakers. You will get the chance to talk with directors, producers, writers and musicians. You can also see the presentation of the festival's "Midlife Achievement Award." Past winners include Sissy Spacek, Terrence Malick, Peter Fonda, Jonathan Demme, Arthur Penn and Ed Harris.

Camden International Film Festival
You can see some of the top documentaries—including those highlighted in the "Made in Maine Showcase"—at the Camden International Film Festival in late September. The festival screens films in intimate venues in Camden, Rockland and Rockport. You can also attend a number of related events, including Q&A sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops, concerts and photo exhibits.

Maine Jewish Film Festival
You can learn about the Jewish experience at the Maine Jewish Film Festival, which is held in March in Portland—the smallest city in the country to hold an independent, professional Jewish film festival. You can see entertaining and educational films from around the world and listen to guest speakers.

Summer Film Symposia
You can learn about the history, theory and preservation of moving images at Northeast Historic Film's Summer Film Symposia, held in July at the historic Alamo Theatre in Bucksport. You can join archivists, scholars and artists in viewing and discussing lesser-known, amateur and found films.