Maine Film Center Programs
Maine International Film Festival (MIFF)
Since its inception in 1998, the Maine International Film Festival has been dedicated to bringing the best of American, international and locally-made independent cinema to Maine. Over 10 days each summer MIFF shows more than 100 films, presents Q&As and panel discussions with guest filmmakers, introduces world premieres and attracts audiences from throughout New England, across the country and the world.
Railroad Square Cinema
Founded in 1978, Railroad Square Cinema has been named Maine’s “Best Theatre” in several statewide polls and surveys. It was also honored by the Sundance Institute as one of 12 inaugural theaters in the country invited to participate in its Art House Program. Railroad Square showcases a variety of American and international films, serves as a key venue for the Maine International Film Festival, and is a vital hub for Maine arts and cultural events.
Partners & Collaborators
Colby College Cinema Studies
Colby College’s Cinema Studies focuses on the history, theory, and culture of film and related media such as digital media and photography, and makes coherent both the historical and aesthetic dimensions of cinema, including its cultural, technological, national, and transnational contexts.
Maine Student Film and Video Festival
The Maine Student Film and Video Festival is a showcase for student film and video, open to Maine residents 19 years of age and younger. Grand Prize winners receive a $2,500 scholarship to attend the Young Filmmakers Program at the renowned Maine Media Workshops in Rockport. The MSFVF has been held in conjunction with MIFF since 1998.
Colby College Museum of Art
Founded in 1959 and now comprising five wings, more than 8,000 works, and more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Colby College Museum of Art has built a significant permanent collection that specializes in American and contemporary art. Each year, the museum partners with MIFF to present special, multi-media programming designed in part around the museum’s collection and exhibits.
Waterville Opera House
The Waterville Opera House has hosted cultural events in Central Maine for more than a century as the venue of choice for theater, concerts, dance, comedy, and other performing arts. An 810-seat, municipally-owned architectural treasure, the Opera House is not only one of the primary venues for MIFF but also hosts a number of other Maine Film Center events, including the new Monday Night Movies series. The Maine Film Center permanently installed a 35mm film projection system in the Opera House in the summer of 2012 as part of their larger renovation project.