Maine Student Film & Video Festival Seeks Submissions from Young Filmmakers

The Maine Student Film and Video Festival (MSFVF), one of the oldest student festivals in the country, is seeking submissions for its 37th annual competition. Open to Maine residents in grades K- 12, the MSFVF welcomes solo or group productions of all subject matters, narrative, documentary, or animation.

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MSFVF 2014 Poster

Poster design by Tara O'Donovan, a student at Troy Howard Middle School

Many of our alumni have gone on to pursue careers in film and video, so we like to think of the festival as a good springboard for Maine students who want to take the step from amateur to professional moviemakers.

Waterville, Maine (PRWEB) March 12, 2014

The Maine Student Film and Video Festival (MSFVF), one of the oldest student festivals in the country, is seeking submissions for its 37th annual competition. Open to Maine residents in grades K- 12, the MSFVF welcomes solo or group productions of all subject matters, narrative, documentary, or animation. In order to encourage maximum participation by all interested students, MSFVF is no longer charging an entry fee to participate. The submission deadline for entry into MSFVF is June 2, 2014.

A panel of judges, which will include an educator, a media arts professional, and a MSFVF alumnus/a, will review all of the submissions to select winning entries for inclusion in this year’s festival. Selection criteria include originality, content, style and technique. Movies are reviewed in the following categories: Pre-Teen Division, grades K - 6; Junior Division, grades 7 - 8; and Senior Division, grades 9 - 12.

Winners and finalists in each category will receive certificates and trophies. The grand prize winner will also receive a one-year subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud with video editing software, including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and Adobe Premiere Pro, and a full festival pass to the Maine International Film Festival.

The MSFVF Public Screening and Awards Presentation will be held in conjunction with the 17th Annual Maine International Film Festival on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House in Waterville, Maine. The event is free and open to the public and is followed by a special reception for the student filmmakers, their families, and the audience.

Past MSFVF winners include Kyle Rankin and Efram Potelle, who went on to work with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon through their Project Greenlight program to produce The Battle of Shaker Heights. Alumnus Ryan Cook appeared at the Maine International Film Festival in 2011 with a feature length documentary about Maine’s own Donn Fendler and is now working on a narrative version of Fendler’s book Lost on a Mountain in Maine. According to founder and organizer of the MSFVF, Maine filmmaker Huey, “Many of our alumni have gone on to pursue careers in film and video, so we like to think of the festival as a good springboard for Maine students who want to take the step from amateur to professional moviemakers.”

The Maine Student Film and Video Festival is sponsored by the Maine Alliance of Media.

Arts and the Maine Film Center with additional support from Benchmark Multimedia. Prizes are donated by Adobe and the Maine International Film Festival. The poster for the 37th Annual MSFVF was designed by Tara O’Donovan, a student at Troy Howard Middle School.

To download a PDF of the poster or for more information, including complete rules and entry procedures, visit http://www.msfvf.com.


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