WATERVILLE (AP) -About 4,000 movie fans are headed to Waterville this week and next for the 11th annual Maine International Film Festival.

Maine Film Center Director Shannon Haines said this year’s festival will bring in well over 50 filmmakers and actors starting this Friday and running through July 20. Also, the film center will show 100 movies across four screens at the Opera House and Railroad Square Cinema.

One of the biggest events will be the awarding of the Mid-Life Achievement Award on July 17 at the Waterville Opera House. This year’s award goes to actor John Turturro, of “The Big Lebowski” (1998) and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000).

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