Dear Fellow Filmgoer,
It’s been a thrilling year of celebrating film in Waterville, and there is so much to be grateful for.
In March, we hosted the first Maine Student Film and Video Conference, where 250 students and educators from all 16 counties took part in a stellar program of free and open filmmaking workshops. The participants learned to fly drones, operate a live news truck, capture documentary sound, and develop a photographic eye. Many students turned their inspiration into incredible films that we screened in July at the 41st Maine Student Film and Video Festival. The work we do truly makes an impact on the youth in our state.
In July, the 21st annual Maine International Film Festival enlivened Waterville, where we honored renowned actor Dominique Sanda with our MIFF Lifetime Achievement Award. Our fourth World Filmmakers Forum brought some of the best emerging filmmakers from around the world, and the festival lineup yet again marked an equal distribution of films directed by women and men. We screened the largest-ever Maine Shorts program and highlighted the voices of independent filmmakers from all across the state.
In October, we were so grateful to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Railroad Square Cinema, a local icon that has been showcasing the best of independent, cult, foreign, and classic film since 1978, with so many friends who make up our vibrant community of film lovers. We screen movies you just can’t see anywhere else.
As we head into the end of the year, we’re poised for another exciting chapter in Maine Film Center history. On November 1, we will merge with Waterville Creates! and the Waterville Opera House, our longstanding partners and collaborators. This opportunity will allow us to focus on offering more programs that inspire, enrich, educate and entertain, while operating together more efficiently.
I hope you will consider supporting the Maine Film Center and the work we do for the community. Rest assured that your contribution will be used exclusively to bring you more of the Maine Film Center programming you have come to know and appreciate.
Thank you for your continued support as we celebrate the history and art of film and inspire the next generation of film lovers.