The 24th annual Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) will be held this year July 9-18 at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House in Waterville, the Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre in Skowhegan, and online.
Opening Night, July 9, features the New England premiere of NINE DAYS, a deeply imaginative, heartfelt and contemplative story about unborn souls trying to make their way to earth as one man in a remote location determines who among them is most suitable for the miraculous journey into life. Starring Winston Duke (BLACK PANTHER, US), this film from first-time feature director Edson Oda delves to the very heart of where we come from, where we are going, and what we must do to survive once we are born.
This year’s Maine-based features include FIGHTING INDIANS, a documentary about Skowhegan’s reckoning with its identity, problematic history, and future relationship with its Indigenous neighbors during Maine’s debate on banning Native American mascots in public schools; THE CATCH, which follows a woman who returns to her estranged family in coastal Maine and hijacks a drug shipment, putting her life and her family in danger; and THE BRIDE IN THE BOX, an offbeat ghost story about a girl and her parents who visit a house Downeast with an old mysterious trunk at the end of the hall. Two Maine Shorts programs will highlight a dozen more made-in-Maine works.
Another noteworthy program in this year’s festival is The Kneeling Art Photography Project, which exhibits photos of Mainers from all backgrounds taking a knee in support of anti-racist action in their communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their own photographs made as they take a knee and become part of this statewide solidarity movement. A live music and projection event will follow the opening night film in Castonguay Square.
MIFF is a project of the Maine Film Center and is made possible by presenting sponsors Waterville Creates, Colby College, and the Lawry Family Foundation.
The complete lineup, festival passes and tickets for individual screenings are now available at MIFF.org.
All venues will operate at full capacity in accordance with Maine CDC guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. Railroad Square Cinema will resume its regular year-round programming Friday, July 23.