The 26th Maine International Film Festival takes place in Waterville from July 7-16, 2023.

Founded in 1998, the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) is a project of the Maine Film Center. Most years, the 10 days of the festival showcase nearly 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.





How can I get tickets to MIFF screenings?

All seating is subject to availability.

Option 1: Festival Passes

You can purchase a Full Festival or Partial Pass at MIFF.org or by visiting the Ed Harris Box Office at the Paul J. Schupf Art Center any time.

A Full Festival Pass admits one pass-holder to all Festival events, in-person and online. Full Festival Passes are non-transferable.

A Partial Pass admits up to two people to one screening, for a total of 10 admissions. For example, see five films with a partner, or 10 films by yourself.

Pass holders also include those with MIFF “Admit One” tickets.

Pass holders must arrive in line for their screening under the tent outside the Paul J. Schupf Art Center at least 15 minutes prior to showtime to take advantage of priority seating and admission. We reserve 20% of seats at each show for pass holders and at-door ticket purchases. If we sell up to this threshold in advance, we may not be able to accommodate all pass holders in line for the show.

Where do I pick up my pass?

All passes will be available for pick-up at the Ed Harris Box Office at the Paul J. Schupf Art Center from July 5 through the end of the Festival, daily from 11am to 7pm.

Option 2: Individual Tickets

Buy tickets to specific screenings in advance (recommended) or at the door. Until three hours prior to showtime, tickets will be available for sale via MIFF.org and in-person at the Ed Harris Box Office. Fifteen minutes prior to the screening, we’ll admit advance ticket purchasers. After advance ticket holders enter, we’ll sell any available remaining tickets at the Rush Line.

If you purchase a ticket in advance but arrive after the scheduled show starts, we may release your seat to someone else who arrived on-time. If you lose your seat, you can request a refund at the Ed Harris Box Office before the film ends; after the end of the film, no refunds will be made.

I’m a Waterville Creates Member— do I get MIFF tickets as part of my membership?

Yes, you’ll be able to pick up your Admit One Pass(es) when MIFF Box Office advance orders are available at the Ed Harris Box Office beginning July 5.

How do I use my ticket to get in?

All tickets purchased in-person or online have a QR code. Present the code (either on paper or on your mobile device) to a volunteer to scan your ticket.

Can I use Youth Arts Access Fund benefits to attend MIFF screenings?

Patrons 18 years old and under can use the Youth Arts Access Fund to in-person MIFF screenings. Please see a Box Office representative for a YAAF ticket. Subject to availability and admission is not guaranteed.

How do I vote for the Audience Favorite Award?

Ballots will be available at the venue after the screenings of all eligible films.

What is the Tourmaline Prize?

The Tourmaline Prizes, named for Maine’s state gem, are juried awards recognizing the best Maine-made films of the festival. At the closing night of MIFF, a $5,000 prize will be awarded to the best feature film, and a $2,500 prize will be awarded to the best short film.

What is your refund policy?

We only grant refunds for the following scenario: 1) you bought an individual ticket in advance, 2) you arrived after the screening’s published start time but your seat was released to another patron, and 3) you request a refund at the Box Office before the film ends.

You may transfer a purchase to another screening only 1) at least three hours prior to the published showtime of the ticket you currently hold and 2) if the show you’d like to transfer your purchase toward is also at least three hours in the future. You must call (207-873-7000) or visit the Ed Harris Box Office for any individual ticket transfers.

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