In its fourth year, the Maine Student Film Festival is a celebration of the best student film and video in the world. Each year, thousands of student filmmakers from dozens of countries and hundreds of schools compete in a cut-throat selection process that highlights the best that student filmmakers have to offer.

The culmination of the process is the Annual Event, a three-day event held at a creative venue in Maine (or in the case of COVID-19, live-streamed from such). The show highlights the selected filmmakers, complemented by panels, workshops, roundtables, and interviews from MSFF alumni and film professionals.

To accommodate our increase in screened films from 50 (in 2020) to 75 (this year, in 2021), the Maine Student Film Festival is proud to introduce two new categories.

This year, the seven categories that will house the ~75 films are:
- Excellence in Animation
- Excellence in Sound
- Excellence in Cinematography (2021 Addition)
- Excellence in Storytelling (2021 Addition)
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Picture

During our nominations announcement on June 7, 2021, the first five films announced in each category are the randomized nominees for their category's award. Following, all other films announced in each category are considered a "Runner's Up", which entitles them to all benefits of the Class of 2021, including screening at our show, with the exception of being eligible to win their category's award.

By entering your film ("FILM") into the Maine Student Film Festival ("MSFF"), you agree to the following, regardless of whether your submission is accepted, denied, or chosen as an award winner.

MSFF can film, tape, record, and/or transcribe FILM & associated breakout sessions, panels, and talks as part of the event recordings. This content is referred to as the “Released Subject Matter.”

FILM warrants that FILM will not infringe on the rights of any third party in presenting at the event, including any rights or copyrights of any performer, competitor, or third party.
FILM gives permission to MSFF and its authorized agents the right to forever utilize and alter the Released Subject Matter (FILM & associated breakout sessions, panels, and talks), in any way that MSFF may see fit and for any purpose whatsoever, without limitation of any kind. However, the underlying intellectual property contained in the presentation of FILM shall remain the sole property of the FILM.

FILM shall not receive any future compensation for the Released Subject Matter.

The only exception to clause 3 are assets, including, but not limited to, music, video clips, voice over audio, etc., that have been licensed from a third party and are not the original, creative work of FILM.

FILM grants MSFF the right to use the Released Subject Matter in all forms of media, including but not limited to advertising and related promotion, publicity, and public displays forever throughout the world.

FILM releases MSFF and MSFF’s owners, agents, licensees, and successors from any claims that may arise regarding the use of the Released Subject Matter including any claims of defamation, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, rights of publicity, trademark violation, copyright, or otherwise arising out of or in connection with the utilization of Released Subject Matter.

The parties confirm that they have read and understand this agreement. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the state of Maine, and any disputes be settled through binding Arbitration.

Overall Rating
  • It was a great experience! Nathan, the festival director, was very helpful and kept me updated throughout the festival progress. The festival was held smoothly virtually.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Sunny - it was great having you in our Class of 2020! Thanks for bringing Godspeed to our show. We look forward to keeping up with your work as you further your career!

  • Adrian Xavier Guerrero Ortega

    Just amazing! great team behind, I totally love your communication, always checking out how we are doing. Great work, even during the pandemic.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Adrian, for being a part of our Class of 2020! Keep us updated on your success as a student filmmaker.

  • Or Levy

    awesome festival with amazing communication

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Or, and thank you for submitting Bube maises to our Class of 2020. It was a pleasure screening your film!

  • Jon Navarro

    This was a great platform for us. So proud to be among such an amazing array of student films. The staff and organizers were very gracious and I hope they continue to grow and thrive!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    It was great to have you, Jon! We're hoping to see your projects in our submission pool again next year.

  • Wonderful experience. Throughout the entire process, we were kept in the loop and Nathan and the team were extremely friendly and passionate. It was a great honour for our little film 'Have You Seen Buster?' to have won Best Actor, and we'll be sharing future projects for sure!

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Emmanuel, and congratulations to you & Will for taking home our Best Actor award!