Maine Film Center Programs & Partners
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.
Art in the Lobby
Providing an opportunity for Maine visual artists of all ages, media, and styles to exhibit their work in a high-profile venue. While our primary focus is film, we have always been committed to the promotion and incorporation of visual arts into our programs and venues, and we are eager to pursue new, multi-disciplinary programs and partnerships.
Dedicated to fostering the voices and choices of our community of film lovers, our winter film series is programmed by a volunteer steering committee to present works of cinema from around the world and encourage the shared experience of communal film viewing and thoughtful discussion.
Monday Night Movies
Monday Night Movies is a monthly 35mm film series held at the Waterville Opera House from October through April. Each year we choose a different theme around which we program a selection of cinematic treasures, exhibited in the glory of celluloid!
Science on Screen℠
Founded by The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts, Science on Screen℠ is a program designed to expand both film and scientific literacy by creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts. Fueled by the success of their own program, the Coolidge Corner Theatre partnered with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to create a grant program to support Science on Screen℠ programs at other art house theaters across the country. Railroad Square Cinema is honored to be among the theaters selected to receive this grant funding.
Partners & Collaborators
Waterville Creates! is a collaborative consortium established to work directly with community arts, creative, and cultural institutions to enhance and strengthen the vitality of Waterville. At the heart of this initiative is the promotion of Waterville as a major arts destination for Maine residents and visitors to the state. Through increased collaboration among its primary arts and cultural entities—with Common Street Arts, Maine Film Center, Waterville Public Library, Waterville Opera House, and the Colby College Museum of Art serving as those anchoring institutions—Waterville Creates! generates and coordinates arts programming and cultural collaborations within the community. It serves as a vibrant face of Waterville and fosters greater public awareness of and support for a robust creative economy.
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.
Mid-Maine Technical Center Mass Media Program
With classes in Videography & Multimedia Journalism and Broadcasting & Multimedia Production, the Mass Media Program of the Mid-Maine Technical Center (MMTC) teaches students the techniques professionals use to create video projects that entertain and inspire as well as a mix of video and audio production techniques to apply journalism fundamentals in projects that can be communicated across a variety of new media platforms. MMTC and the Maine Film Center also work together to co-present special opportunities for youth to learn digital filmmaking skills outside of the traditional classroom setting.
Maine Student Film and Video Festival
The Maine Student Film and Video Festival (MSFVF) is a showcase for student film and video, open to Maine residents 19 years of age and younger. The MSFVF screening and award ceremony has been held in conjunction with MIFF since 1998. The annual deadline for student submissions to the MSFVF is June 1.
Colby College Center for the Arts & Humanities
The center celebrates the pivotal role of the arts and humanities in the intellectual life of the College and the community, and it promotes the long-term benefits of the skills developed through humanistic research. The center is the Series Sponsor for the Maine Film Center’s Monday Night Movies, a monthly 35mm film series held annually at the Waterville Opera House.
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.