Emerge Film Festival is a non-profit incorporated in the state of Maine in 2014. The Emerge Film Festival brings a diverse selection of Maine-made, national and international films to the L/A area in the categories of documentary, short and feature length films. Emerge helps promote the motion picture arts to local and regional audiences, offers networking opportunities at the Festival’s various events and attracts visitors to the L/A community and the State of Maine.

Best Director
Best Maine Film
Best Documentary
Best Feature
Best Short
Best Emerging Filmmaker (Student)
Best in Festival

1. Your film must be available to be screened during the festival dates, April 26 - 28, 2018.

2. While we would love to be able to grant waivers for all submissions and completely empathize with the often exorbitant costs of filmmaking and promoting your film on the festival circuit, we are a non-profit institution and have to maintain our financial stability as well. Thus, we are committed to keeping submission costs low and affordable to all filmmakers.

3. Our Emerging Filmmaker program is designed to help the next generation filmmakers by offering education and networking opportunities throughout the festival. For this reason, your attendance is encouraged.

4. All submission fees are non-refundable

Overall Rating
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    Jon Dewar

    I had a wonderful experience at the Emerge Film Festival of Maine in 2017. I was able to meet several other filmmakers that I formed lasting connections with. The organizers are incredibly welcoming and do an excellent job of promoting the films on social media and the surrounding community. Emerge would receive one of my highest recommendations.

    October 2017
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    Manfred Lopez

    I unfortunately could not attend at the very last moment and I am really sad for that. The festival organizers were great at making all the selected people feel welcome and the communication was great. The festival also did a great job at highlighting all their official selections both on their website and on social media. I really hope to make it in a future edition.

    June 2017
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    It was an honor to have been selected into your festival.

    May 2017
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    Asaf Yecheskel

    We weren't able to attend but the festival was very communicative and offered help in financing the arrival of the director. I'll definitely submit more films in the future.

    May 2017