LEWISTON — The Emerge Film Festival has released the names of 46 films it has selected for its fifth annual event.

At least two more films will be added to the festival, scheduled to open Thursday, April 26, and continue through Saturday, April 28. Films will be shown at The Dolard & Priscilla Gendron Franco Center in Lewiston and at Community Little Theatre in Auburn.

Of the 46 films selected so far, 40 are short. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences defines short films as less than 40 minutes in length.

Five of the six feature films selected are documentaries. The only full-length movie is “The Best of All Worlds” from Austria.

Roughly 200 films were submitted for consideration, according to Emerge board member Amanda Frost, who oversees sponsorships and filmmaker relationships. Frost added that 80 percent of the entries were short films, a trend the festival has seen over the past few years.

Students from a film class at Leavitt Area High School in Turner previewed some of the submissions and helped select the finalists, Frost said. 

“The Last Pig” holds the feature slot Saturday night at the Franco Center Performance Hall. The feature documentary explores the ethics of eating animals and follows a New York farmer’s final year raising pigs for slaughter.

The feature documentary is directed by Allison Argo, who has made films about the plight of animals for 20 years. She has directed and produced films for the PBS series “Nature” and National Geographic. Her films have won more than 100 awards internationally, including six Emmys.

Joseph Brunette, the film’s director of photography, hails from Portland.

The festival’s EFFy Awards ceremony will follow the viewing of “The Last Pig.”

New this year, Emerge moves outdoors Friday night at Heritage Park in Lewiston. Following a couple of short films, including the winner of the upcoming Maine Outdoor Film Festival, Emerge will feature “Into Twin Galaxies — A Greenland Epic.” The documentary follows three adventurers using kite skis and kayaks on a trip across the Greenland ice caps to a river flowing into the Arctic Ocean.

Several blocks of short films are scheduled to begin Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m.

Several foreign films will be showcased. While more films from Australia, Germany, France and Canada were again accepted into this year’s festival, submissions were accepted from several first-time entrants. Those countries include Brazil, Greece, Armenia and Turkey.

A series of film workshops and panel discussions called “Making It in Maine” will be held Saturday afternoon at Rinck Advertising on Lisbon Street.

The festival kicks off Thursday at the Franco Center with a special screening of a yet-to-be-announced film. 

Tickets are $50 for a weekend all-access pass. A Friday-only pass is $25, while a Saturday-only pass is $35.

For the schedule and a complete list of films, go to emergefilmfestival.org/films.


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