October 2018
MFA e-News

News and updates about all things film in Maine.



MFA Happy Hour with Damnationland
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 4, 5-7pm
WHERE: Oxbow Blending & Bottling, 49 Washington Ave, Portland
DETAILS:  mainefilm.org/happy-hour-damnationland

Join Maine Film Association members, Maine filmmakers, film professionals, and students for a casual networking happy hour with Damnationland. Catch a preview of Damnationland’s 2018 lineup and get your tickets for the October 12 debut at State Theater. Meet/catch up with others in the industry, enjoy a cold brew, and bring your business cards to enter to win a free year-long MFA membership or pair of Damnationland tickets. See you there!

Nov. 3: MFA Annual Meeting, Member Showcase, and Reception
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 3, 1-5pm
WHERE: Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
DETAILS & RSVP: mainefilm.org/2018-annual-meeting
This event is exclusively for MFA Members. Join the MFA today to attend!

Nov. 10: MFA Lighting Workshop: Studio Lighting for Interviews & Narrative Scenes
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 10, 1-5pm
WHERE: High Output, 86 Bell Street, Portland
DETAILS: mainefilm.org/lighting-workshop-2018
COST: $35 for MFA Members; $75 for non-members; FREE to MFA Member students
REGISTRATION: Register today through Eventbrite!

Dec. 8: Basic-Level Workshop: Directing for the Camera
Saturday, Dec. 8, 1-5:30pm
Portland Media Center, 516 Congress Street, Portland
$25 for MFA Members; $50 for non-members
REGISTRATION: Register today through Eventbrite!

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


Don’t miss your chance to have your recent work included in the 2018 MFA Member Showcase. The first annual MFA Member Showcase aims to highlight the diversity of MFA Members’ work through an array of platforms: at the 2018 Annual Meeting on November 3, through an MFA Member Showcase Vimeo Channel, and at MFA Happy Hours throughout 2019.

All MFA Members are encouraged to submit their work by this Sunday, October 7, to share with industry colleagues and the general public. We welcome submissions of all kinds: live action or animated, commercial, documentary, short films, feature-length film trailers–you name it! Learn about the requirements  and  submit your work today here.


CIFF Announces Award Winners
The Camden International Film Festival took the Midcoast by storm again this year, presenting over 70 films and 20 virtual reality immersive experiences during its 14th run, from September 13-16. The festival saw an increase in submissions and attendance, and presented five awards for documentary filmmaking on its final day. Learn more about the festival’s program, premieres, and master classes here.

Damnationland Releases Preview of 2018 Lineup
It’s October in Maine, and that can only mean one thing… Damnationland is here! October 12 marks the debut of the 8th annual festival of Maine-made horror and thriller short films. Nothing embodies the season nor our state’s quirky, talented filmmaking community better than this collaboration that presents original pieces each year for your terror and enjoyment. This year’s Damnationland features films from Shannon Meserve, Mariah Klapatch, Samuel James, Jeremy Kasten and Fred Greenhalgh, E.C. Gregg, and Mark Hensley. This week they released the preview of this year’s offerings–check out it out here–and get your tickets for the debut before they sell out!

Sanford International Film Festival, October 16-21, 2018Sanford International Film Festival is October 16-21!
Once again, the Sanford International Film Festival has a lineup of films that fits the bill for any and all tastes. From an opening night triple-feature of “Clickbait,” “After Hours Trading,” and “Ghost Mask: Scar,” to mixed genres on the 17th, documentaries on the 18th, Horror Friday on the 19th, culminating in Best-In-Fest on the 21st–there is something for everyone. Check out their full schedule of screenings, and get your tickets today at sanfordfilmfest.com!


Maine Film Association Supporting Business Member Jynx Productions, based in Yarmouth, has generously supported the MFA since March 2018.  We recently caught up with Jynx Productions CEO and Lead Editor Kathleen O’Heron to learn more about their shop  and the work they’re doing. Read all about it here.


Oct. 4-18: “Dawnland” Screenings throughout Maine
“Dawnland” is getting attention nationwide as a film that is not easy to watch but imperative to see. The documentary tells the story of the Maine-Wabanaki Truth & Reconciliation Commission that is uncovering and documenting the decades of trauma endured by Wabanaki families torn apart when children were forcibly placed in white foster families. Find a screening near you, and get your tickets today

Oct. 8: “The Witch Files” Premiere in Portland
Filmed in Bath, Brunswick, and Portland, this thriller (PG-13) will premiere to Maine audiences at One Longfellow Square in Portland at 6pm on Monday, Oct. 8. Catch the screening of a Maine-made feature-length movie before the nationwide film release on Oct. 9! More info and tickets here.

Oct. 12: Damnationland in Portland
Just a reminder that Damnationland’s 2018 debut is Friday, Oct. 12, at State Theatre in Portland. Get your tickets here. (Learn more about the event above.)

Oct. 12-14: “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A” in Portland
The Portland Museum of Art will screen the Sundance winning film that profiles artist M.I.A., chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star. More information and tickets available here.

Oct. 16-21: Sanford International Film Festival in Sanford
One more reminder: some info above; more info and tickets here. Don’t miss it!

Oct. 16: “The Reader” Screening & Discussion with Author Bernhard Schlink in Brunswick
Bowdoin College will host a screening of the 2008 award-winning film “The Reader” followed by a discussion with Bernhard Schlink, the author of the book on which the film was based. All are welcome at Smith Auditorium on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30pm–learn more here.

Oct 18-21: “Love, Gilda” in Portland
“Love, Gilda,” directed by Lisa D’Apolito, is a true autobiography, told in Gilda Radner’s words and in her own voice. Catch screenings of the documentary Oct. 18-21 at the Portland Museum of Art. More info and tickets here.

Oct. 30: “Nosferatu” in Portland
Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ present “Nosferatu” with live organ accompaniment by municipal organist James Kennerley on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 pm at Merrill Auditorium. Get your tickets for the silent film at foko.org and get into the Halloween spirit!


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 September e-News:
Eric Anderson, Grace Bauer, Anna Burns, John Fireman, Hayden Friel, Laura Friel, Sebastian Gilligan-Kim, Elizabeth Hall, Bea Hesselbart, Nat Ives, Ross Knowlton, Sam Marjerison, Andrew McGowan, Matt Nasi, Oceanna Pak, Jeremy Parmley, Andrew Siegel, Jeshua Soucy, Jordan Stowell, and Isabella Tappin.

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!

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