Founded in 1998, the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) is a project of the Maine Film Center.

10 days | 100 films | 50 filmmakers
During the 10 days of the festival we screen 100 films representing the best of American independent and international cinema.

More than just movies
Audiences have the opportunity to meet and talk with the people behind the movies. Every year we honor members of the independent film industry whose contributions to cinema deserve recognition. Our honored guests and visiting filmmakers host panel discussions as well as informal Q&A sessions, giving the audiences an incredible chance to hear about the art of film from those on the front lines. MIFF’s special guests have included Achievement Award honorees Dominique Sanda (MIFF 2018), Lauren Hutton (MIFF 2017), Robert Benton (MIFF 2016), Gabriel Byrne (MIFF 2016), Michael Murphy (MIFF 2015), Glenn Close (MIFF 2014), Keith Carradine (MIFF 2013), Thelma Schoonmaker (MIFF 2012), Malcolm McDowell (MIFF 2011), Jay Cocks (MIFF 2010), John Turturro (MIFF 2008), Bud Cort (MIFF 2007), Walter Hill (MIFF 2006), Lili Taylor (MIFF 2005), Ed Harris (MIFF 2004), Peter Fonda (MIFF 2003), Jonathan Demme (MIFF 2002), Sissy Spacek (MIFF 2001), Terrence Malick (MIFF 2000), and Jos Stelling (MIFF 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 primarily seeks feature-length and short films of any genre in 35mm and digital formats. 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.

Overall Rating

    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
  • We loved this festival!!
    Great communication, great films - this festival knows how to look after filmmakers - can't wait to go back again.
    Film Organizers Karen and Ken really know how it's done:)

    August 2019
  • Ehsan Mokhtari

    I'm very glad for screened my short film at the 22th Maine International Film Festival. That was a big chance for me, becouse the Maine is One of the important north American festivals.
    The festival team had great cooperation and even helped me a lot. I hope, I Wil be able to my new short film Participat in the next year.

    July 2019
  • Frank Prinzi

    Our short Film ITS A MESS has been an Official Selection in over 50 festivals and I can say that the Maine International Film Festival is easily the BEST!!! The Organizers Karen, Ken, Byron and Alan were just fantastic. Every step of the way we were treated with such care and respect. The support, the communication and the enthusiasm was incredible. I loved the whole process in getting our film into this Beautiful Film Festival. I hope to make another film soon to again be part of this wonderful celebration of films. Thank you!!! Big hugs to you all.
    Frank Prinzi (Owen and Nat)❤️

    July 2019
  • Nili Portugali

    My film was screened at the Maine International film festival 2018
    In the festivals I have been there was nothing like the "feeling at home" that I experienced in this festival.
    The hospitality of the organizers, the amount of audience that flooded the festival was amazing.
    I fully recommend all to take part in this great festival
    Nili portugali, Architect/director

    November 2018