Emerge Film Fest announces 2017 dates


AUBURN — The 2017 Emerge Film Festival will be held April 27-30 and will return to favorite venue locations like the Franco Center, Community Little Theatre, Bates’ Olin Arts Center and Bates’ Schaeffer Theater, the group announced Friday.

The Emerge Film Festival has also announced that film submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 event via the Festival website and an online platform, FilmFreeway.

“We are incredibly excited as we get ready to present the 2017 festival,” Board President Ramsey Tripp said. “We have been planning all summer and we look forward to bringing some new elements to the festival, including a new film category, more workshops  and exciting opportunities for emerging artists to get involved.”

Last year, the Emerge Film Festival saw an extraordinary amount of film submissions due in part to the rising popularity of the festival. This year the festival team hopes to see a similar response from filmmakers as well as an increase in filmmakers and audience traveling to attend the festival.

“We have loved seeing familiar faces return to the Emerge Film Festival year after year simply because filmmakers that have screened here love the supportive energy that is tangible at our festival,” Managing Director Heather Beaulieu said. “Our filmmakers have been spreading the word, and our local and out-of-state participation has been growing exponentially.”

This year the festival will maintain its community feel, offering tours of the Lewiston-Auburn area, restaurant discounts and opportunities to participate in local workshops in between screening films.