December 2019 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



DECEMBER 5: MFA Happy Hour at SoPoCoWorksJoin Maine Film Association members, Maine filmmakers, film professionals and students, and members of the League of Maine Podcasters for a casual networking happy hour at SoPoCo.Works, home of Sputnik Animation.

BRING YOUR BUSINESS CARDS! You can enter to win a free 1-month podcast membership that includes a month floating membership to SoPoCo.Works as well as 1-hour-per-week of recording space usage in the podcasting space! And, as always, you’ll be entered to win a free yearlong MFA membership, too. #winning

WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
WHERE: SoPoCo.Works, 1486 Broadway, South Portland
COST: FREE– please bring donations for refreshments!

DECEMBER 13: Maine Filmmaker Showcase: HOLLY STAR
The Maine Film Association and Portland Media Center’s December 2019 Maine Filmmaker Showcase features the 2018 Maine-made film HOLLY STAR, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and members of the cast and crew. Come celebrate the season with this fun holiday comedy filmed in Biddeford, Saco, and Kennebunk! The screening of HOLLY STAR will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Michael Nickles, writer-director-producer, Scott Taylor, producer, and Pam Chabora, actor.

WHEN: Friday, December 13, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
COST: suggested donation of $5

JANUARY 10: Maine Filmmaker Showcase: MAKING CAPE POINT
Inspiration for MAKING CAPE POINT came after watching the documentary, THE LAST PIG, by Joseph Brunette and Alison Argo. All of the film’s footage was shot and interviews were recorded during three weekend visits during the summer of 2018. The total budget for the film, not counting car travel expenses and film festival submissions, was under $500. Join us for a screening followed by a talkback with the filmmakers!

WHEN: Friday, January 10, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
COST: suggested donation of $5

The Maine Filmmaker Showcases are made possible thanks to the generous support of Maine Humanities Council through their mini-grant program. Thank you to MHC for their support of Maine filmmakers and for bringing Maine films to Maine audiences!

SAVE THE DATE! JANUARY 23: MFA Happy Hour at $3 Dewey’s
We’re kicking off the 2020 MFA Happy Hours on Thursday, January 23, at $3 Dewey’s in Portland. Have an idea of a group we should connect with for this round of drinks? Email us at to suggest a fellow creative/trade group to invite! 

Want free or discounted admission to all MFA events and workshops? Become a member today!


MFA in 2019 and Looking Forward to 2020
The 2019 MFA Year-End Member Wrap Party provided the opportunity to celebrate our 2019 accomplishments, and look ahead to what we’ll be rolling out in 2020. We’re proud of what we’ve provided since January of this year, including our robust educational offerings, many screenings and Maine Filmmaker Showcases, advocacy efforts, and our social and networking events. You can learn more about what the MFA has accomplished this year and some insights into next year by checking out the wrap party presentation and our 2019 Snapshot.


Dec. 7 – 19: FANTASTIC FUNGI in Brunswick
“Narrated by Academy Award-Winner Brie Larson, FANTASTIC FUNGI takes us on an immersive journey into the magical earth beneath our feet: an underground network with the potential to heal and save our planet.” Catch the documentary at Frontier in Brunswick during their special 2-week run!

Dec. 9: REBECCA in Portland
Is it time to introduce that young film buff in your life to a Hitchcock classic? Get them to the Kinonik-presented screening of REBECCA at Space Gallery in Portland this month for the epitome of a psychological thriller. Learn more here.

Dec. 13: HOLLY STAR in Portland
The December 2019 edition of the Maine Filmmaker Showcase shines a spotlight on the 2018 holiday delight HOLLY STAR, filmed in Biddeford, Saco, and Kennebunk. Join us at Portland Media Center for a screening of the film, followed by a talkback with the filmmakers! Learn more at

Dec. 13 – 18: VARDA BY AGNÈS in Portland
“The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career.” Get your filmmaker inspiration by catching a screening of this documentary at the Portland Museum of Art this month. Learn more about the film and showtimes at

Dec. 19: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI in Portland
Kinonik brings another acclaimed film to the St. Lawrence Arts Center in Portland– this time it’s Robert Wiene’s 1920 horror film whose tale hauntingly foreshadows the rise of dictatorship just a decade later. Details at

Dec. 20 – Jan. 2: 21st Animation Show of Shows in Brunswick
As part of its Independent Film Series, Frontier in Brunswick presents this curated selection of the “best of the best” animated short films created by students and professionals around the world. The 2019 edition features 11 films from seven countries. Learn more about the films and get your tickets at


At the 2019 MFA Year-End Member Wrap Party, Louise Rosen shared some great resources and insights into finding funding opportunities and crafting the right proposals for your next projects. One source was Independent Feature Project— check it out for some great professional development reading and how-to’s!

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 November e-News:

Leighton Images, Stanley Allen, Daniele Amandolini, Anita Clearfield, Roger Cropley, Jeff Griecci, Elizabeth Hall, Pete Haase, Phil Mason, Marcus Taylor, and Erik Van Wyck.

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