42nd Maine Student Film & Video Festival


July 20, 2019
Waterville Opera House


Deadline to submit: June 15, 2019


  • Films will be judged by category: Narrative, Documentary, and Creative (animated, experimental, etc.)

  • Works are selected on the basis of Originality, Content, Style, and Technique

  • Submitted films are reviewed by a committee consisting of educators, media arts professionals, and MSFVF alumni.

  • In addition to scholarship prizes for winners, finalists and honorable mentions receive a certificate of merit. Prizes vary annually, but have included scholarships for summer filmmaking workshops, cash prizes, subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud, and more!


There is no entry fee to submit your film!


  1. Anyone 19 years of age or younger who is a resident of Maine and in grades K-12 is eligible.

  2. Maximum length for entries is 10 minutes.

  3. Submissions are considered and judged by three age groups: Grades K-6; Grades 7-8; Grades 9-12.

  4. The entire production must be the work of the person or persons entering the competition. For group productions, choose the age of the oldest authoring member of the group. There is no age limit for actors, documentary subjects, or musicians who may appear in the production.

  5. Whenever possible, we urge students to use original music, copyright-free music, or music they have obtained permission to use. See the Creative Commons website for more information about types of permissions and resources for royalty-free music.

  6. The Maine Student Film & Video Festival (MSFVF) is an educational event, and we encourage teachers, artists, and advisers to work with their students; however, the actual video production and editorial decisions must be made by students.

  7. Judges award winners and recognize finalists in each category. Judges may expand or reduce the number of awards in any given year, and all decisions are final.

  8. Maine Film Center shall have the right to download and share and digital copies of submitted works for publicity and promotion in all formats and distribution outlets including broadcast, cable, internet, and future distribution and exhibition formats.

  9. Maine Public may air selected student works on Maine Public Television. In order for your film to be considered for public broadcast, all rights to music, archival footage, or any copyrighted content must be cleared.



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MSFVF 2018


Maine Public Grand Prize

Searching for Spring, 4:37
Isabelle and Phoebe Rogers

Huey Award

Luc Houle

Drip, 2:47

The Walk, 4:13


The Lamp, 1:40

Night Lights, 4:25

Narrative Category

Prize Winner

Regret, 3:00
Derrick Butler and Gabe Lenfestey

Prize Winner

Son of Man, 3:17
Gideon Baeza


Honorable Mention

The Important Things in Life, 3:57
Sidney Hamilton

Honorable Mention

Cameron, 4:58
Ross C Cobo-Lewis


Documentary Category

Prize Winner

SAFER, 2:53
Brett Smith

Prize Winner

Goranson Farm, 3:15
Sam Marjerison


Honorable Mention

Island Living on Isle au Haut
Noah Anderson

Honorable Mention

Can-Am Crown Dog Sled Race, 3:59
Ian Dow

Experimental Category
Honorable Mentions

Limitations, 2:03
Wes Boothman

The Lighthouse, 1:22
Gracie Vicente

Middle School
Prize Winner

Lending Hands, 2:29
Molly Wendell-Pearson