AUBURN — Maggie Elizabeth Jones, the young star of the film “Child of Grace,” will join her co-stars at the second annual Emerge Film Festival next month.

Jones, 11, has 14 film and television credits on her budding resume. She was paired with Matt Damon in the 2011 movie “We Bought a Zoo,” and also played Jason Bateman’s daughter in the film “Identity Thief,” which also starred Melissa McCarthy.

Jones was also a regular on the FOX television series “Ben and Kate.” She is also tentatively cast in an untitled FOX television pilot vying for a spot on the 2015 fall lineup, according to Variety.

“Child of Grace” was filmed in Millinocket in 2013 and is based on the Chris Fabry novel “June Bug.” The crime thriller features a 9-year-old girl living in an RV and traveling the country with her father when she discovers her picture on a missing child poster.

“She’s so phenomenal for a young girl,” Katie Greenlaw, secretary and board member of Emerge Film Festival, said. “She has a lot of emotional screen time in the film.”

The festival will screen the world premier of “Child of Grace” in Friday night’s prime slot at the Franco Center in Lewiston. After the screening, the festival will host a Q&A with Jones and her co-stars — Emma Myles of “Orange is the New Black,” Maine native Thomas Hildreth, who plays Jones’ father, and director Ian McCrudden.

The festival’s board of directors has also released the nominees for the EFFy Awards. Awards will be presented for: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short, Best Maine Film, Best Emerging Filmmaker and Best in Festival.

The actor nominees include Hildreth and Ted Levine in “Child of Grace,” Erik Moody in “Arabel,” Steven Culp in “Cigar Man,” John Slattery in “Bluebird” and Thomas Stroppel in “Listening.”

Jones and Myles are nominated in the Best Actress category along with Amy Morton, Emily Meade and Louisa Krause in “Bluebird” and Amber Marie Bollinger in “Listening.”

The full list of EFFy nominees can be found at emergefilmfestival.org.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award.

The award ceremony will be held Saturday, April 11, at the Franco Center after the screening and Q&A for the film “Bluebird.” The show will be co-hosted by Emerge board member and performing artist Michael Miclon and Fritz Grobe of Eepy Bird.

The second annual Emerge Film Festival opens Thursday, April 9, and continues through Sunday, April 12, with more than 40 films tentatively scheduled throughout Lewiston and Auburn.

Tickets for the festival are available online at emergefilmfestival.org.


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