41st Maine Student Film & Video Festival


July 21, 2018
Waterville Opera House

Submitting your film

Submissions for the 41st Maine Student Film & Video Festival are closed. Please check this page again in the fall for next year's call for submissions.

Public Screening and Awards ceremony

A public screening and awards presentation will be held in conjunction with the 21st annual Maine International Film Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.

selection criteria and prizes

  • 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!

Entry Fee

We want to encourage equal access and maximum participation by all Maine students, so there is no entry fee to submit to MSFVF!

Official rules

  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 2017


MPBN Best in Show Award

Alien Roommate, 2:42
Corey Boynton, Gardiner Area High School

Narrative Category

Best Narrative

Classified, 3:17
Director, Noah Anderson


Where Does a Chicken Belong?, 7:57
Diana Bryant, John Bapst Memorial High School


Honorable Mention

John's Quest to Save the Lost Princess, 5:16
Ross Cobo-Lewis, Orono High School

Honorable Mention

Hoops, 5:26
Benjamin Tracy, Samuel Tracy, Hancock County Technical Center

Documentary Category

Best Documentary

Career Technical Education, 7:14
Caitie Collier, Messalonskee High School and Mid-Maine Technical Center

Huey Award Winner

Creatives with Tom Pitzen, 3:27
Sam Marjerison, Yarmouth High School


Honorable Mention

The Women's March on Washington, 2:43
Ross Cobo-Lewis, Orono High School


Creative Category

Honorable Mention

Anxiety, 0:58
Emily Kaye, Marshwood High School

Honorable Mention

Interconnected, 5:18
Kiersten Weed, Gardiner Area High School


Honorable Mention

Headplay, 0:17
Ben Wendell-Pearson, King Middle School