THAW: Comedic short films that melt away the winter blues. Set to premiere in Portland, Maine the spring of 2020 and travel throughout the state. The program is presented by Maine Elements of Film, a rotating genre series.

We are looking for a variety films in the 1-20 minute range and can include anything from narrative, animation, documentary, episodic, slapstick, dark comedy, satire, etc. Nothing is off limits, if you made something you think is funny send it our way.

Audience "LEGIT" Award

Rules & Eligibility

1. Short films must be under 25 minutes.

2. All foreign submissions must be english subtitled.

3. THAW does not make films available online, but may use short clips from films for trailer purposes with filmmaker permission.

4. Entry fees are non-refundable.

5. If accepted, film must be made available to THAW by digital download. Acceptable formats include: h.264, pro-res, mp4, or .mov. (DCPs not accepted).

6. Screening permission limited to the 2020 THAW program. All rights retained by the filmmaker.

7. All submitted content must be owned or licensed by the filmmaker making submission.

Overall Rating
  • This was a very fun festival to participate. Very good communication and my short film got a great response from the audience which I am thankful for. 'Comedic short films that melt away the winter blues' as they say. I highly recommend this fast growing festival to anyone. Thanks for all!

    April 2019
  • Sam Osborn

    Participating in this festival was a great experience! I exchanged several emails with the organizers leading up to the event and they were so nice. They really made me feel welcome and a part of the event. While I was, unfortunately, not able to attend the event, the pics I saw looked awesome. I hope to attend another event in the future.

    April 2019