When you want to catch a flick—whether a serious documentary, thought-provoking feature, or a humorous short—grab a seat at one of Maine's film festivals.
• Over the course of 10 days in mid-July, the Maine International Film Festival screens about 100 films representing 20 countries. This widely admired regional film festival draws the best of American independent and international cinema and highlights New England's most innovative filmmakers. Audience members often meet and talk with directors, producers, writers and musicians. In addition, there is 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.
• Since its debut in 2005, The Camden International Film Festival has become a top documentary film event in the US. Held each year in late September, the festival screens films in intimate venues in Camden, Rockland and Rockport. Of special note is the "Made in Maine Showcase." The program includes Q & A sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops, concerts, photographic exhibitions and other related events.
• The Maine Jewish Film Festival has entertained and educated audiences about the Jewish experience since 1998. It is held annually in March in Portland, the smallest city in the country to hold an independent, professional Jewish film festival. The festival screens films from around the world and brings in guest speakers.
• Another festival that is growing and getting good reviews is the Lewiston-Auburn Film Festival.
• Every year, Northeast Historic Film organizes an annual Summer Film Symposia devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of moving images. Held in the historic Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, the program brings together archivists, scholars and artists.