The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) is a juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits. It is the premier event for maritime-themed filmmaking.

The IMFF is an annual online film festival that runs for one week each fall. The 2023 in-person film festival is scheduled for September 2023 and the online festival will run for one month: September - October.

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The Grand Prize Feature Length Film will receive $500. One runner-up will receive US$250. The Grand Prize Short Film will receive $250. One runner-up will receive US$100.

The International Maritime Film Festival accepts documentary films on a broad range of maritime subjects. These include, but are not limited to, voyaging, racing, working, leisure, boatbuilding and restoration, historical documentary, environment and science. Films may have been made on any date, regardless of previous premiere, but the person submitting the film must be the copyright holder. Judging is not category-specific; rather, all films will be evaluated in relation to each other, in one of two tracks: Feature Length (40 minutes or more), or Shorts (under 40 minutes). All films are to be in English, or to carry English subtitles.
The International Maritime Film Festival is 1. an in-person weekend-long festival at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Maine and 2. an online, on demand festival that lasts for one month after the in-person festival. Learn more by visiting the 2022 On Demand page at

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  • Paula Fouce

    The Maritime International Film Festival screens a fabulous slate of films that really educate and entertain the public. Aquariums: The Dark Hobby is honored to take part.

    November 2022
  • Cameron pinchbeck

    thank you so much for selecting our film "Dental Floss"

    October 2021
  • reza masoudi

    First I have to say how much I am happy and honored knowing my film becomes the first iranian to be awarded in your festival...

    October 2019