Films will be judged in three categories: narrative (fiction), documentary and creative. The creative category includes stop-motion, music video, art film, experimental and other genres that do not fit the narrative or documentary categories.
The festival is open to filmmakers ages 19 and younger in grades K-12. Entries are judged by a panel of filmmakers, media professionals and educators, and are evaluated on the basis of originality, content, style and technique.
Films are reviewed by the following divisions: preteens, grades kindergarten through six; juniors, grades seven and eight; and seniors, grades nine through 12. Entries in the junior and senior divisions will be judged based on genre with separate winners for each category, depending on submissions.
For group productions, the age of the oldest authoring member of the group determines in which division the movie will be judged. There is no age limit for actors, documentary subjects or musicians who may appear in the production.
The festival selects award winners and finalists whose films are screened at the festival’s Public Screening & Awards Presentation held in conjunction with the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville. This year’s screening and awards ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. July 22 at the Waterville Opera House.
Prizes include $500 in cash; a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud with video editing software, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro; and full festival passes to the Maine International Film Festival. In addition, all finalists receive certificates of achievement, and winners in all divisions receive trophies.
Founded by the Maine Alliance for Media Arts, the Maine Student Film & Video Festival is presented by the Maine Film Center, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain the community through film and art.
More information on the Maine Student Film & Video Festival, including rules and submission guidelines, can be found at www.msfvf.com.