Bringing together filmmakers from three continents, the Maine International Film Festival will – for the second year in a row – offer audiences a glimpse inside the creative process of acclaimed international filmmakers.
Throughout the 19th annual film festival, filmmakers from Uruguay, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico will show their work and discuss their creative process and the state of international film. The World Filmmakers’ Forum was launched as a pilot program at MIFF 2015 with funding provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works program. While MIFF has always been committed to presenting international films and to bringing international guests to the festival, organizers say that the NEA grant allowed them to expand the effort. According to Festival Director Shannon Haines, “The World Filmmakers’ Forum was such a huge hit at last year’s festival that I made a promise to the audience on Closing Night that it would become an annual programming element of the festival, and we are certainly delivering on that promise this year.”
“This is an amazing opportunity to bring in current, exciting filmmakers from across the globe to present their work to our audience,” said programming director Ken Eisen.
Joining MIFF for the World Filmmakers’ Forum in Waterville are:
- Fernando Epstein of Uruguay, who will screen Neon Bull on July 10 & 11 and 25 Watts on July 12
- Pia Marais of South Africa, who will screen Layla Fourie on July 9 & 10, and The Unpolished on July 9
- VJ Suave of Brazil (Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga), who will screen their animated Digital Folklore as part of MIFFONEDGE at Common Street Arts from July 8-17 and will also take their art to the street with tricycle projector performances on Opening Night and at other times TBA
- Alejandra Marquez Abella of Mexico, who will screen Semana Santa on July 14 & 15