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Film Bill LD 1004 public hearing: Monday April 6th

Public hearing for Film Bill LD 1004, Monday April 6th

“An Act To Provide Incentives To Foster Economic Growth and Build Infrastructure in the State by Encouraging Visual Media Production”

When: Monday, April 6th at 1:00PM

Where: Room 127 at the State House 



This bill makes the following changes to the visual media production certification process, reimbursement and credit:

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Submissions now open for 2016 Maine Short Film Festival

Rules for submitting your short film to the 2016 Maine Short Film Festival!

1. Must be under 30 minutes

2. Must have been released after January 1, 2013

3. Must be made either by a Maine resident or filmed in Maine

4. Can be fiction or non-fiction – any genre. There may be a preference for non-commercial films, but this decision rests entirely with the jurors and commercial PSAs (public service announcements) may be submitted.

5. You must be a current dues-paying member of the MFVA. Click here to renew (or join)

6. Submission deadline: June 15, 2015

7. Winners will be announced September 15, 2015.


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Emerge Film Festival: April 9 – 12 2015

The Emerge Film Festival is back!


Join us April 9-12 for a weekend of comedy, culture, drama, parties and more! Over 40 films, including the World

Premiere of Child of Grace, as well as Bluebird and Honor Flight will be shown. Come together with fellow film enthusiasts, emerging artists, and filmmakers in Lewiston-Auburn to celebrate the art of motion pictures.

Visit EMERGE FILM FESTIVAL DOT ORG for film and ticket information.

Seating is limited. Buy your tickets today!

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Presented by:

Stella Artois and Maine Office of Tourism.

Emerge Film Festival April 9 – 12 Announces 2015 Selections

Emerge Film Festival Announces Official 2015 Selections

2015 EMERGE film festival logoFestival Coming Back Bigger and Better in Year Two!

Auburn, Maine – The Emerge Film  Festival of Maine has announced the 2015 Official Selections for the Festival running April 9-12, 2015.  The Festival will include screenings of more than 40 short, documentary, feature, and student-produced films from across Maine, the US, and the world.  Over 200 films were submitted to the Festival and just under 20 percent were Maine films.  After the two-day inaugural festival in June 2014, the Festival has extended to four days for the second annual event.

The entire weekend is made possible in large part thanks to sponsors: Stella Artois has come on board as the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival, combined with media sponsorships from Binnie Media, WGME-TV, and Sun Media, and a grant from the Maine Office of Tourism, the Festival is shaping up to make a big buzz in the region in coming weeks.

The 2015 Festival is set to kick off on Thursday April 9, when 217 Films presents a tenth anniversary screening of Marsden Hartley’s Cleophas and His Own, an adaptation of the autobiographical narrative poem of the same title by American painter and poet Marsden Hartley, who was born in Lewiston.  Prior to the screening, there will be a filmmakers’ welcome reception at the Women’s Literary Union in Auburn.

On Friday April 10, Emerge filmmakers from across Maine and the U.S. will be visiting local high schools and colleges to share their passion for independent film with the state’s budding filmmakers as part of the Festival’s ongoing mission to encourage and inspire a love of the motion picture arts with students.

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2015 Maine Short Film Festival Tour Starts Thursday, January 8

2015 Maine Short Film Festival Tour Schedule:

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Tour Starts Thursday January 8th @ Frontier Café, Brunswick: 7:30 pm

January 15, 2015 @ Guthrie’s, Lewiston: 7:30 pm

January 29, 2015 @ Stonington Opera House: 7 pm

February 4, 2015 @ Space Gallery, Portland: 7:30 pm

March 18, 2015 @ Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville: 7 pm

March 29, 2015 @ The Strand, Rockland: 3 pm

April 9, 2015 @ The Alamo, Bucksport: 7 pm

April 10, 2015 @ Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor: 7 pm,

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S(her)lock: Saco Filmmaker’s Kickstarter for New Web Series

Saco filmmaker Kate Tracy launches Kickstarter for S(her)lock, a new web series

tumblr_ngqs21u6Lm1u64cooo1_1280S(her)lock: The Web Series is a feminist, LGBTQA-positive, gender-swapped fresh take on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Living in 1990s Boston, Sherlock Holmes investigates domestic cases with her companion, Dr. Johanna Watson — only the pubic has no idea! ‘Inspector’ Lestrade claims credit for all of her greatest accomplishments. Can Holmes and Watson foil their foe and reclaim credit for their work? Find out in this six-episode web series, launching in 2015!

“It is safe to assume that as the Holmes story moves into its first feminist, queer-positive, gender-swapped, heroin-confronting vision, this detective ain’t gonna be no mouse.” — Portland PhoenixContinue Reading

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