Founded in 1998, 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.

More than just movies
Filmgoers have the opportunity to meet and talk with the people behind the movies. 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 informal Q&A sessions, giving audiences an incredible 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), 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).

MIFF audiences decide the winner of the annual Audience Favorite Award, presented to one new feature film at the close of 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 films that have been theatrically released prior to the start of the festival or have been publicly exhibited in the state of Maine in any way (including film festivals, television transmissions, and one-off events).

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

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, MIFF will be hosted as a hybrid event from July 9-18, 2021, with both virtual and drive-in screenings. If conditions allow, we may also present indoor screenings at the Waterville Opera House and/or Railroad Square Cinema. However, given the uncertainty about whether this will be possible, we will make these determinations at a later date. Please follow our social media accounts and check our website for updates.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Hurricane & Yucca Films

    I premiered my feature film "American Thief" at MIFF last year (2020). We screened in the middle of the pandemic as the festival's centerpiece. The screening took place in a beautiful drive-in that was completely sold out. The experience was unforgettable. Screening in Maine reminded me about why I decided to make films in the first place. The festival organizers, the public, and the volunteers are there to watch films because they enjoy sharing global experiences. It's really about community. This year I had the privilege of premiering a second film at MIFF. "The Last Election and Other Love Stories" played to a wonderful audience and our Q and A's were memorable. I can't wait to be back next year to screen a new film and to watch the incredible films the festival screens there. Thank you MIFF!!!!!!!

    July 2021
  • Laura Darrell

    Running a film festival during a pandemic is not an easy task, but MIFF pulled it off with flying colors. Everyone was so nice, the drive-in venue was perfect, and I had fun! The audience was a great mix of filmmakers and repeat attendees, as well as new (to MIFF) audience members! Great stills were taken! I only wish we could have socialized a little more closely ;). Thank you again for having us!

    July 2020
  • They love film and art so much they made it happen during a pandemic. Flattered to screen with MIFF and much respect!

    July 2020

    Fantastic festival and communication! Excellent venue and wonderful films. It was an honor to have Hiding in Daylight in this festival and as the director of the film I'm proud to have made our Maine premiere at this festival. Highly recommend submitting to MIFF!

    August 2019