June 2020 MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



The Maine Film Association stands together with individuals, organizations, and members of the Black community in the call for justice and change. We recognize that a belief system rooted in white supremacy has controlled our society for far too long. 
The MFA is committed to doing better and helping build a more just, equal, and inclusive world. We will be working to determine what steps the MFA must take to deepen our commitment to racial equity and justice, and welcome your input as we listen, contemplate, plan, and act. Black lives matter.


JUNE 17: Virtual Postproduction Bootcamp

The MFA’s 2020 Postproduction Bootcamp, originally a daylong in-person workshop, has been re-envisioned as a multi-day virtual workshop and independent editing project using Davinci Resolve, guided by experienced film editors. Join us for this FREE online workshop, led by  on June 17!

DETAILS: mainefilm.org/2020-postproduction-bootcamp
Wednesday, June 17, 2–4pm
  Zoom Video Conference
HOW: RSVP using this form, and we’ll send you the workshop details!


Antidote Collaborative Film Project

Last month we put out the call for submissions to ANTIDOTE, a collaborative film project that welcomed short film submissions of any genre, portraying some aspect of the pandemic, from Maine filmmakers. We received nearly 20 submissions so far, and have released our first edition of the project, featuring 15 shorts for your viewing pleasure. Check out the compilation here!

Complete the COVID-19 Impact Survey!

The MFA Board of Directors is working to advocate for the Maine filmmaking community, and have already collected information from many of you. The more people we hear from, the more compelling our data and advocacy will be. Please take  just 7 minutes to share your experience and the impact the pandemic is having on your livelihood as a Maine filmmaker. Complete the survey today: CLICK HERE. Thank you in advance!

MIFF: The Show Goes On!

The Maine International Film Festival has found a creative solution to abide by social distancing guidelines while continuing its screenings from July 7-16 in a brand new venue: the Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre. Check out the festival’s lineup of films next month, and get your tickets or passes today!

Storm Warriors International Storytelling School

Storm Warriors International has developed a suite of online self-guided courses to learn how to become a storyteller for social good, taking you through the stages of pre-, production, and post-production filmmaking. You can check out this FREE online course at stormwarriors.org.

If students of the course view the majority of the content and then submit a documentary idea/proposal, they are automatically in the running to win a $5,000 filmmaking-kit grand prize. Details about the contest are embedded in the course materials– check it out today!


Looking for additional context for today’s social climate? There are a ton of great films that tell the stories of the 400+ years  of racial inequality, violence, and systemic racism in our country. While we’re all consuming our media from home, consider streaming:

  • The Criterion Channel has made available 16 films by Black filmmakers available for free. Check out their offerings here.
  • 1 ANGRY BLACK MAN has been getting accolades from critics for the film’s timeliness to today’s social climate. You can stream it tonight at soulidifly.com
  • Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary 13TH is still available on Netflix. Learn about the American history of slavery through mass incarceration of Black people by watching this thought-provoking film.
  • DO THE RIGHT THING, the 1989 film by the incomparable Spike Lee, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video
  • The 2017 documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember this House,” is available on Amazon Prime Video.
  • Warner Bros. has made JUST MERCY available to stream for free on all online platforms. The film, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, focuses on the true case of Walter McMillian, an African-American man wrongfully convicted for the murder of a white woman in 1980s Alabama. Learn more about the film and where you can stream it here.

Have other films to suggest? Send us a tip at info@mainefim.org.



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

Eric Bailey, Kalle Bailey, Adam Belanger,  Mary Fox, John Fireman, Charlie Habberstock, Elmer Howard, Robin Jordan, James Merkel, Pete Paraskevas, and Denise Shannon.

Send Us Your News
Got anything to share? Send us information about your work, articles, events, requests, job openings, or interesting news items to us at info@mainefilm.org, and we’ll be sure to get the word out!