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35th Annual Maine Student Film & Video Festival
35th Annual Maine Student Film & Video Festival

The Public Screening and Awards Presentation of the 35th Maine Student Film and Video Festival will be held Saturday, July 21, 2012, 12:30PM at the Waterville Opera House, Waterville, ME. The screening is free and open to the public. The screening of finalist and winning movies is held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Maine International Film Festival.  The Festival screening will be followed by a reception for the moviemakers at Jorgensenʼs, Main Street, Waterville.

MSFVF is open to Maine residents 19 years of age and younger. This year there were 26 movies entered from 18 schools and 93 students working independently representing the work of students in grades K-12 from all parts of Maine. The movies submitted to the Festival are judged on the basis of originality, content, style, and technique. Movies are reviewed by categories: Pre-Teen Division, grades K - 6; Junior Division, grades 7 - 8; and Senior Division, grades 9 - 12.

This years grand prize winner is Jacob Caron's Freedom of the Press, the story of a young reporter trying to make a name for himself by infiltrating a mafia organization. Jacob Caron is from Brewer and made this movie independent of his school or any other program, using his own equipment, with family and friends acting in the film. Caron will receive a $2,500 scholarship donated by Maine Media Workshops, Rockport.

Kalee Millett of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School was awarded this yearʼs Huey Student Award. This award is presented to a graduating high school senior who shows talent and promise in continuing on as a moviemaker. Millettʼs Mitchel will be also be shown on July 21.

The judges selected four other entries in the Senior Division as winners and 7 entries as finalists. Movies include the tale of a broken-hearted heavy metal band member and a documentary about B-52 gunners during WWII.

The Junior Division features the winner, Enslaved by Ben Rooker, Max Rooker, Kaelan Fournier, Matt Vattanasil & Riley Harris from the New England Film Academy. Pre-Teen Division winner is The Sweet, The Sour and The Spicy, also from New England Film Academy.


The 35th Maine Student Film and Video Festival judges are:

Corey Norman, director, MSFVF, South Portland, ME

Huey, Founder and past Director of the MSFVF, independent filmmaker, Portland

Sean Martin, former winner, South Portland, ME


The MSFVF is under the direction of Corey Norman, Department Chair of Communications and New Media at SMCC. This is Normanʼs first year as the director of the Festival. "As an educator, I feel it is important to foster the creativity of our up-and-coming film makers here in the state. The goal of this Festival is to encourage young film makers, and to support them by showing as many films as possible at our Festival."

The Maine Student Film and Video Festival is sponsored by the Maine Alliance of Media Arts. Prizes are donated by Maine Media Workshops and Benchmark Multimedia. Railroad Square Cinema and MIFF are Festival partners and Festival hosts. MSFVF funding is provided by Films by Huey.

A comprehensive list of finalists and winners of the 35th Maine Student Film and Video Festival is available.  Contact mainestudentmovies@gmail.com

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