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27th Maine International Film Festival Announces Full Festival Program

WATERVILLE, Maine—The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) has confirmed a full lineup of more than 100 films for its 27th annual 10-day festival held July 12–21, 2024 in Waterville, Maine. A project of the Maine Film Center, MIFF returns this summer to once again showcase a diverse range of Maine-made films, international cinema, rediscoveries of timeless classics, and world premieres. This year’s program draws in part from the record number of submissions ever received in the festival’s history.

“I am so happy to be sharing this year’s 100-film slate with audiences here in central Maine,” said MIFF Programming Director Ken Eisen. “This year’s MIFF proves that cinema is alive and flourishing as never before, as we welcome cinema and filmmakers from Maine and from around the world with a greater diversity and quality than MIFF or anywhere else in our region has ever seen. Our visiting filmmakers and actors are remarkable, our rediscoveries will open your eyes to the past, and our premieres will open them to the future.”

The festival will open Friday, July 12, with Every Little Thing, an infectiously charming documentary about Terry Masear, who dedicates her life, love, and savings to rescue countless tiny hummingbirds. The Maine-made feature film The Ghost Trap will serve as this year’s centerpiece on Wednesday, July 17. Gorgeously shot on Maine’s stunning seawaters, the adaptation of K. Stephens’ novel follows a young lobsterman caught in an increasingly threatening industry. Closing out the festival on Sunday, July 21, is Irish feature Kneecap. A completely atypical music biopic, Kneecap charts the rise of the eponymous Belfast, Northern Ireland-based group, starring the band as themselves, and exploring how they sculpted their own defiant sound rapping in their native Irish language.

This year’s program includes a special series spotlighting new Rwandan cinema, including feature films and shorts alike. MIFF and the Maine Film Center’s international reputation has steadily grown over the years as the organizations continue to build working partnerships overseas. Last year, MFC Executive Director Mike Perreault served as a juror in the Mashariki African Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. He made several connections in Kigali and we are excited to welcome Rwandan filmmakers Yuhi Amuli and Myriam Birara to MIFF this year to present the Maine premieres of their films Citizen Kwame and The Bride, respectively.

Though continually expanding its international footprint, the backbone of MIFF every year is its unique and robust lineup of Maine-made features and shorts, which compete for the annual Tourmaline Prizes of $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. The Tourmaline Prizes are designed to celebrate the best of Maine filmmakers and foster the state’s developing filmmaking industry. This year’s program features three Maine-made full-length features (The Ghost Trap, making its New England premiere, Carlo…and His Merry Band of Artists, and The Ruse, both making their world premieres), and 19 Maine-made shorts, including narrative films, documentaries, and music films.

“MIFF represents the best 10 days of the summer in Maine,” Perreault said. “With world premieres, brand-new made-in-Maine films, the opportunity to meet the filmmakers themselves, and a host of special events and programs, I’m excited for MIFF to light up downtown Waterville for this 27th annual celebration of film.”

MIFF will welcome back (for the first time since 2006) Canadian filmmaker Mary Harron to present her with the 2024 Mid-Life Achievement Award. Harron’s films Daliland, Charlie Says, The Moth Diaries, and American Psycho will all screen at the festival this year. Dutch auteur Jos Stelling will return to Waterville as the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award-honoree, having received the inaugural Mid-Life Award in 1999. Stelling brings with him what he says will be his final film, Natasja’s Dance, for its U.S. premiere.

MIFF returns to the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, home of the Maine Film Center, and the Waterville Opera House for its 27th edition July 12–21, 2024. Visit for the full festival lineup and to reserve passes and tickets. Those who have already purchased their passes can now enjoy a full week of advanced access to ticket reservations for individual screenings before tickets become available to the public June 14.


About the Maine Film Center

Maine Film Center (MFC) educates, entertains, and builds community through film. Founded in 2009 to unite Railroad Square Cinema, Maine’s first independent art house cinema, and the annual Maine International Film Festival, MFC serves as an important cultural anchor by showing the best of American independent, international, and repertory film, and offering the best popcorn in the known universe. For more information visit


About MIFF
Founded in 1998, the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) is a project of the Maine Film Center. The 10 days of the festival showcase around 100 films, representing the best of American independent and international cinema, and spotlight some of Maine and New England’s most exciting and innovative filmmakers.