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 a joint venture between Main Street Bucksport in Bucksport, Maine and World Ocean Observatory in Sedgiwck, Maine with community partner the Island Institute in Rockland, Maine. The state-of-the art Alamo theatre in Bucksport hosts a festival weekend annually in September. 2021 dates are September 24-26, 2021.
The Grand Prize Feature Length Film will receive $1,000. One runner-up will receive US$500. The Grand Prize Short Film will receive $500. One runner-up will receive US$250.
IMFF 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, and 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.