Now in its 25th year, the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) is a project of the Maine Film Center. During the 10 days of the festival we screen the best of American independent, international, and repertory cinema.

We connect filmmakers with audiences from around the world during the height of the summer season in Maine. Each year we honor members of the independent film industry whose contributions to cinema deserve recognition. Our honored guests and visiting filmmakers host panel discussions and Q&A sessions, giving audiences the unique chance to hear from those on the front lines. MIFF’s special guests have included Achievement Award honorees Hilary Brougher (2019), Dominique Sanda (2018), Lauren Hutton (2017), Roger Deakins (2017, Karl Struss Award), Robert Benton (2016), Gabriel Byrne (2016), Michael Murphy (2015), Glenn Close (2014), Keith Carradine (2013), Thelma Schoonmaker (2012), Malcolm McDowell (2011), Jay Cocks (2010), John Turturro (2008), Bud Cort (2007), Walter Hill (2006), Lili Taylor (2005), Ed Harris (2004), Peter Fonda (2003), Jonathan Demme (2002), Sissy Spacek (2001), Terrence Malick (2000), and Jos Stelling (1999).

Audiences decide the winner of the annual Audience Favorite Award, presented to one new feature film at the close of the festival.

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The Tourmaline Prizes, named for Maine’s state gem, are juried awards recognizing the best Maine-made films of the festival. At the closing night of MIFF, a $5,000 prize will be awarded to the best feature film, and a $2,500 prize will be awarded to the best short film. Filmmakers should specify that their film that was made in Maine in the submission form to be considered for the Tourmaline Prize. (Films that tell stories about Maine but were not at all produced in Maine are not eligible for the prize).

Films meeting these qualifications may be submitted for 50% off normal submission fees. To receive a discount code, email miff@mainefilmcenter.org. Please allow up to 3 business days for a response, particularly when approaching a submission deadline.

All films submitted with this code must adhere to the rules of the festival at large and the category to which they submit. If you submit using this code without meeting the necessary criteria, you will be disqualified from consideration for the festival and will not be issued a refund.

Please note, submitting with the Tourmaline Prize discount code makes no difference to the chances of being accepted into the festival. This code is intended to support the local filmmaking community by offering a low-cost means of entry (and makes it easier for us to identify local films within the many submissions we receive each year).

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With our partners at Maine Public Television, we can assist selected filmmakers in securing distribution via local PBS broadcast and limited online streaming following the festival.

MIFF accepts submissions of feature-length and short films of any genre. Special consideration will be given to works that were filmed in Maine or that have a significant Maine theme or focus. MIFF will not accept submissions of films that have been theatrically released prior to the start of the festival.

Films in any language are eligible, but should be subtitled if not in English.

MIFF will be hosted as a hybrid event from July 8-17, 2022, with both in-person and virtual screenings. Given the changing conditions surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the festival is subject to change. We require all patrons and filmmakers in attendance at the festival to be fully vaccinated. Please follow our social media accounts and check our website for updates.

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  • Had a lovely experience at the Maine International Film Festival!! So happy to have screened my film there.

    July 2022
  • Allan Nicholls

    This is one great festival! Great selections of films. Some 35mm print screenings. Excellent staff and the venues are intimate yet fulfilling. I have been attending for a few years now and I have always amazed at the engaged audiences.
    Just what a film festival is supposed to be - a gathering of like minded folks with so many different tastes!

    July 2022
  • Betsy Carson

    What a wonderful experience having our film included at MIFF. Thank you!

    July 2022
  • Gisela Chicolino

    This festival is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite and outstanding programming for the audiences.

    July 2022
  • Anita Clearfield

    A terrific festival with lots of personal attention and they put in real effort to publicize our film. Highly recommend MIFF!

    July 2021