The New MFA

Maine Film & Video Association Becomes Maine Film Association, Adopts New Mission and Strategic Plan

October 6, 2017

Since 1996, the Maine Film & Video Association served as the trade association for individuals, production companies, TV stations, and others interested in advancing the film industry in Maine. After undertaking a strategic planning process over the spring and summer of 2017, the board of directors has adopted a new name, the Maine Film Association; a 3-year strategic plan; and a clear mission: “To advance the art, craft, and business of filmmaking in Maine. Our vision is to make Maine a great place to live and work as a filmmaker.”

Elected at the onset of 2017, the association’s new Co-Chairs Tom Handel (CTN, Portland) and Alban Maino ( and Dreamland Technology, Portland) determined that the new board of directors needed to establish clear direction and achievable goals to best serve the association’s members and the greater filmmaking community in Maine. The board of directors launched a strategic planning process during which they collected feedback and input from students, professionals, and stakeholders in the Maine film industry through surveys and listening sessions, and conducted a retreat with advisory committee members.

From this process, the MFA emerged with a 3-year strategic plan that frames 5 goal areas to strengthen the film industry in Maine: provide professional development and skill-building opportunities for Maine filmmakers; foster connections across the filmmaking community in Maine; promote the Maine film industry and attract more film production within the state; expand membership in the MFA to better organize and showcase film professionals in Maine; and increase organizational capacity for sustainable success.

"MFA's strategic goals are the direct result of listening to people in the film industry throughout Maine.  These goals focus on professional development and expanding connections and capacity, and will help us make great strides in the years ahead to build on the filmmaking talent inherent in Maine," says Co-Chair Tom Handel.

The MFA is kicking off its effort to provide professional development opportunities to those aspiring to and currently working in the film industry by providing a series of 3 workshops this fall. The first of the series, An Introduction to Digital Production, will be on October 14 at Bowdoin, and will be led by award-winning director of photography Matt Siegel.


The Maine Film Association (MFA) is the statewide trade association for individuals, companies, organizations, and broadcasters interested in strengthening the film industry in Maine. The MFA works to advance the advance the art, craft, and business of filmmaking in Maine. Our vision is to make Maine a great place to live and work as a filmmaker.

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