August 2019 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



AUGUST 14: MFA Happy Hour with Portland Media Center
Celebrate summertime with the MFA, Portland Media Center, and fellow media and film professionals at our August 2019 networking happy hour. Learn about the two organizations and the resources you should take advantage of from each, and enjoy the company of colleagues!

WHEN: Wednesday, August 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
WHERE: Bunker Brewing, 17 Westfield Street, Suite D., Portland
RSVP: via our Facebook event!

AUGUST 24: Produce It Now: The Essentials to Creative and $ Smart Producing

Don’t miss the chance to learn from Matt Perez-Mora and his incredibly vast experience working in commercial production. He’s a wealth of knowledge!

It’s time to pitch, package, prepare, and budget your project. Go into production. Then, take it all the way to distribution. Are you ready? The MFA Produce It Now Workshop gives you the basic tools to successfully initiate, pitch, budget, shoot, and distribute your commercial, brand content, documentary, and/or short narrative project.

Los Angeles-based commercial and branded content producer Matt Perez-Mora will instruct this workshop. He’ll impart his vast knowledge and experience from working with clients like Honda, Toyota, Sexton Whiskey, Brisk, and the Global Aquaculture Alliance!

WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
COST: $20 Students (use discount code MFAstudent); $35 MFA Members; $50 Non-Members. 
REGISTRATION: Register today through Eventbrite!

AUGUST 31: Maine Movies on the Prom Presents MOFF Broke and Stoked World Premiere!
Maine Movies on the Prom returns on August 31 on Portland’s Eastern Promenade, and we’ve teamed up with the Maine Outdoor Film Festival (MOFF) for the world premiere of the 10 Finalists of its 2019 Outdoor Adventure Short Film Contest (aka Broke and Stoked). 

Want your outdoor film to be one of the 10 finalists screened on August 31? There’s still time to submit your short to the competition. Visit to learn more and submit your work before August 24.

Special thanks to No Umbrella Media for their technical support and to Three Rivers Whitewater for their sponsorship. Rain date: Sunday, September 1.

WHEN: Saturday, August 31, 8:00-9:00 pm
WHERE: Eastern Promenade, Portland

The MFA has a full slate of educational offerings and social events planned (or in the works) for 2019! Check out the growing calendar at
Want free or discounted admission to all MFA events and workshops? Become a member today!


MFA Member Discount to Women in Film & Video New England
Women in Film & Video New England (WIFVNE) and the MFA have teamed up to give their members a mutual benefit: MFA Members can now enjoy $15 off their WIFVNE membership, and take advantage of their workshops, events, member discounts at area vendors, and more!
WIFVNE Membership is open to everyone who works in the industry and supports strong female voices within it. They provide a support system of connection, collaboration, educational opportunities, mentorships, and ultimately new stories. Those films change the community and change the world. WIFVNE members receive free or discounted entry to WIFVNE-sponsored events, discounts on film festival submissions and admissions, discounts on gear purchases and rentals, passes to advance movie screenings, crew and casting calls, and more. MFA Members will receive the discount code in their email or can find it on the MFA Member Resources page.

Submit Your Short Outdoor Films to the Maine Outdoor Film Festival Broke & Stoked Competition!
MOFF is accepting submissions through August 24 for its 2019 Outdoor Adventure Short Film Contest (aka Broke and Stoked). If you’re a Maine resident, haven’t won the contest more than once before, and have an awesome outdoor short film that is less than 4 minutes, submit today! You could be the winner of the $1,000 top prize, and have your film screened on August 31 at Maine Movies on the Prom. For all contest rules and submission guidelines, visit

MFA Members Google Group Launched
The MFA has launched a new online forum for MFA Members to communicate directly with one another about news and announcements, job opportunities, gear/equipment sales, questions, and event invitations. All MFA Members received notification during the week of July 29, giving them access to the MFA Members Google Group, and were encouraged to engage with fellow members via this communications tool. Join the MFA, or renew your membership today, to get access to this valuable information sharing perk.


August 2-5: MIFF in the Mountains in Rangeley
If you missed MIFF in Waterville in July, there’s still an opportunity to catch some of the films they screened at the RFA Lakeside Theater in Rangeley August 2-5. They’ll screen two films each evening, and passes for the full four days are just $50! Learn more about the program and get your passes at

August 14: MIKE WALLACE IS HERE in Camden
CIFF Selects brings another stellar film to audiences outside of its September festival. “MIKE WALLACE IS HERE offers an unflinching look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in his over fifty years on air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship that redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, the film explores what drove and plagued Wallace, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.” Catch the film at the Camden Opera house on Wednesday, August 14. More information and tickets here.

August 16-22: MIDSOMMAR in Brunswick
As part of its Independent Film Series, Frontier Cafe will host five screenings of MIDSOMMAR this August. “From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.” Tickets, a chilling trailer, and details are here.

August 17: DEAD RIVER ROUGH CUT in The Forks
The Maine Outdoor Film Festival and Three Rivers Whitewater Rafting present a free and open-to-the-public outdoor screening of the cult classic DEAD RIVER ROUGH CUT in the very region of Maine where the movie was filmed. Join them in The Forks at Three Rivers Whitewater on Rte 201.
Filmmakers Stu Silverstein and/or Richard Searls will be present at the film for a post screening Q & A. More information here.

August 19: THE CIRCUS in Portland
Kinonik keeps up its great reputation of bringing classic films to Maine audiences. This month, they’ll present Charlie Chaplin’s THE CIRCUS at St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland on Monday, August 19. Admission is $10. Learn more about the film and screening details at

August 22: JAWS in Ogunquit
Since its renaissance, the Leavitt Theatre has been screening some great classics every week. They will screen JAWS on both August 18 and 22– catch one of those shows, or any of their other free/affordable movie screenings throughout the month. Check out their their full schedule of movies and events at

August 31: Maine Movies on the Prom presents the MOFF Broke & Stoked World Premiere in Portland
Featuring outdoor adventure and conservation films, the final Maine Movies on the Prom 2019 edition will be a special treat: the World Premiere of the 10 finalists of the 2019 Maine Outdoor Short Film Contest (aka Broke and Stoked). Bring a blanket and some friends, and enjoy Maine summertime and some great outdoor films! More info here.


Keep an eye on PBS’ POV For Filmmakers Calendar for many more deadlines, opportunities, and festival submission reminders!


New and Returning MFA Members
Thank you to our members who have joined or renewed their membership since our July e-News:

Jim Boutin, Jacob Buttarazzi, Luke Eder, and Dorothy Harvey.

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