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
  • 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
  • Vijay Varman

    Unfortunately couldn't attend the festival, but had fantastic communication with the festival and heard that the audiences in Maine very much enjoyed our film!

    July 2018
  • Will Berry

    Welcoming staff, a high standard of films, engaging Q&As: just a few components that made for a memorable MIFF.

    July 2018
  • George Nicholas

    I have had the good fortune of attending multiple festivals this year and MIFF was hands down the best of the lot. Friendly, welcoming, exceptional hospitality, great programming, impeccable projection and organization, and I didn’t even make it to the Rink, which looked like a whole other level of wonderful. Superb job all. Thank you to Michael, Karen, Lisa, all of the staff and volunteers. You set the bar!

    July 2018