2017 Annual Appeal

Dear Fellow Filmgoer,

Film has become synonymous with Waterville in so many ways. Railroad Square Cinema and the Maine International Film Festival screen world premieres, provide stimulating and intellectually provocative programming, give you access to films and film stars right in our hometown, offer educational opportunities for young filmmakers, and so much more. I hope you appreciate the truly unique community we have built and fostered over the years, and I also hope you can turn that appreciation into financial support for the Maine Film Center, the non-profit organization that owns and operates the cinema and film festival. We depend on your support to sustain our year-round programming and special events.

This summer, the Maine International Film Festival wrapped up its 20th year and best yet, honoring the made-in- Maine feature The Sounding with our Audience Favorite Award. That’s in addition to the filmmaking and animation workshops, presentations and lectures, and parties and filmmaker receptions that enlivened the 10 days for all who traveled to Waterville from around the world. We truly have much to celebrate in the coming year.

This spring, we will host the first-ever Maine Student Film and Video Conference, bringing students and educators from across Maine for a day of educational workshops on filmmaking and learning with film in the classroom.

In the fall, Railroad Square Cinema will mark its 40th anniversary. Our cinema has been a vital hub for independent film culture since it opened its doors and has continued to provide thought-provoking, artistic, classic, cult, and international film ever since. We screen movies and provide an experience you can’t have anywhere else.

All of this is possible because of the support that donors provide to the Maine Film Center. I hope you will consider becoming a donor with a gift of $40 in honor of Railroad Square Cinema’s upcoming anniversary. Your gift ensures our mission to enrich, educate, and entertain the community through film and art will continue to thrive as we celebrate the history and art of film and inspire the next generation of filmmakers.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Jill Gordon
President, Maine Film Center Board of Directors



Maine Film Center in the news! MIFF and Railroad Square Cinema were recently highlighted in the Making Movies 2017 edition of Moviemaker Magazine: “The Maine International Film Festival is an oasis of programming perfection in Northern New England…MIFF’s home of Waterville is a sleepy yet culturally vibrant central Maine city of 15K that at first glance seems an unlikely cinema stronghold, but boasts one of the country’s finest independent movie theaters, the Railroad Square Cinema.” Read the full article here.