About

Founded in 1998, the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) is a project of the Maine Film Center.

During the 10 days of the festival we show nearly 100 films, representing the best of American independent and international cinema. We also spotlight some of Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers.

More than just movies

Audiences also have opportunities to meet and talk with some of the people behind the movies – directors, producers, writers, musicians. Every year we honor members of the independent film industry whose contributions to cinema deserve recognition. Our honored guests and visiting filmmakers host panel discussions as well as informal Q&A sessions, giving the audiences an incredible chance to hear about the art of film from those on the front lines. MIFF’s special guests have included Achievement Award honorees Lauren Hutton (MIFF 2017), Robert Benton (MIFF 2016), Gabriel Byrne (MIFF 2016), Michael Murphy (MIFF 2015), Glenn Close (MIFF 2014), Keith Carradine (MIFF 2013), Thelma Schoonmaker (MIFF 2012), Malcolm McDowell (MIFF 2011), Jay Cocks (MIFF 2010), John Turturro (MIFF 2008), Bud Cort (MIFF 2007), Walter Hill (MIFF 2006), Lili Taylor (MIFF 2005), Ed Harris (MIFF 2004), Peter Fonda (MIFF 2003), Jonathan Demme (MIFF 2002), Sissy Spacek (MIFF 2001), Terrence Malick (MIFF 2000), and Jos Stelling (MIFF 1999).

MIFF 2018 Staff

Festival Staff

Mike Perreault, Festival Director
Ken Eisen, Programming Director
Alan Sanborn, Technical Director
Jessica Shoudy, Assistant Director, MIFFONEDGE Vol. 6 Curator
Karen Young, Shorts Programmer
Nate Towne, Festival Publicist
Austin Frederick, Operations Specialist
Lisa Lessard, Guest Services Coordinator
Arleen King-Lovelace, Guest Services Coordinator
Julia Sidelinger, Volunteer Coordinator, Guest Bag Coordinator
J-sun Bailey, Technical Coordinator
Bria Watson, Associate Programmer
Nancy Bixler, Associate Programmer
Jak Peters, Associate Programmer
Byron Greatorex, Print Shipping Coordinator
Eshani Chakrabarti, Festival Intern, Box Office
Tom Crisp, Festival Intern, Box Office
David Martin, Festival Intern, Box Office
Sally Ann Hart, Special Events Coordinator

Festival Venue Managers

Samantha Bryan, Waterville Opera House Venue Manager
Dianna Wendell, Railroad Square Cinema Venue Manager
Rachel Hawkins, Waterville Opera House Assistant Venue Manager
Zachary-Allen Wallace, Railroad Square Cinema Assistant Venue Manager

Festival Projectionists and Technical Crew

Rick Harmon, Head Projectionist
Jak Peters
Logan Rollins
Izzy Labbe
Alan Sanborn

Additional Festival Support

Graphic Design: Lisa Oakes, Lavender Designs
T-Shirt Printing: Black Dog Graphics
Web Support: Anchour
MIFF 2018 Trailer: Jak Peters
Photography: John Meader, Niko Hample

Maine Student Film and Video Festival Judges

Huey Coleman
Tom Crisp
Austin Frederick
David Martin

Railroad Square Cinema Staff:

Nancy Bixler
Deni Merrill
Jill Lawrence
Jak Peters
Alan Sanborn
Zachary-Allen Wallace
Bria Watson

Waterville Opera House Staff

Tamsen Brooke Warner, Executive Director
Michelle Sweet, Assistant Executive Director
Tony Gerow, Technical Director
Erik Thomas, Program Manager
Emilienne Ouellette, Box Office Manager
Jayson Murray, Venue Technician

Maine Film Center Board of Directors

Jill Gordon, President
Uri Lessing, Vice President
Craig Day, Treasurer
Jeff Matranga, Secretary
Karen Heck