LEWISTON — The Emerge Film Festival has been given a $10,000 boost by the Maine Office of Tourism.

The festival, which is scheduled for April 9 to 12, was one of eight recipients from the new Tourism Enterprise Marketing Program. The money will be used to help draw audiences to the second annual event.

“It was a really good fit because one of the focuses was drawing people during the shoulder season,” said Katie Greenlaw, festival treasurer. The festival occurs at a time when winter travel to Maine is waning and the summer season has yet to begin.

Plans for the festival’s movies and special activities are still coming together.

The festival plans to continue accepting submissions until Jan. 16. Tentative activities include a comedy movie and stand-up event and a showing of the documentary movie, “Honor Flight,” Greenlaw said.

Venues will include the Public Theatre, the Franco Center, Guthries Independent Theater and the Lewiston and Auburn public libraries.

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