MaineFocus Film Festival

Attention teens: We want to you to create a film for our inaugural MaineFocus Film Festival hosted by the MaineFocus Drug Abuse team and Project AWARE!

The film festival will run throughout the fall and culminate with a public showing of the top films Feb. 22, the last day of the annual, and largely attended high school basketball tournament. But that’s not all. You will also have the chance to win great prizes ranging in value from $100-$500 and may have your film shown at other film festivals around Maine.

Why do we want you? Because we believe teens have a voice and can demonstrate that voice and their skills through the creation of a video that inspires change.

Your film can be anything you want it to be – a narrative, documentary, animation, whatever you choose. It can be created by a group (film clubs, classes, etc.) or by an individual. Submissions should be no more than five minutes long and answer the question:

 “How has drug abuse affected your life or the lives of people around you?”

Ask away, just keep it yours.

The film festival is open to all high school students in Maine and students are allowed to seek support and advice from teachers, parents and other professionals. However, the work should be done completely by you, after all, it’s a teen contest for teens, by teens.

So, how will we judge the films?

Beginning Dec. 20, you will want to wrangle your friends, family and fans to vote and bump your film to the top through our online voting forum. But that’s not all, your film will also be judged by a panel of professional videographers.

Our judges will look for:

  • Effectiveness/creativity of message
  • Overall quality and creation of film
  • Concept or idea

Dates to keep in mind:

  • Deadline for submissions: Jan. 6 extended to Jan. 13
  • Voting opens: Jan. 15 at noon
  • Online voting closes: Jan. 22 at noon
  • Pro judging: Jan. 24
  • Top films announced online and in the newspaper: Feb. 3

What are the prizes?

Cash prizes ranging in value from $100 to $500 will be given to the top films in both the judges category and the People’s Choice category. In addition, Project AWARE has donated a scholarship (valued at $545!) to the organization’s Summer Film Institute 2014.  During the one week program, students will join others from around the state for a week of film making. Students will learn the “A-Z” of video production including casting, directing, lighting, sound and acting, among other skills. Interested in more info? Check out Project AWARE’s YouTube channel and take a look at a few of the films produced during the past few summers. Other prizes may also be announced between now and the final event Feb. 22 so check back often!

SFI 2012 Flyer

For more information, questions, thoughts, etc.:

For more information about the contest, please contact Natalie Feulner at or call at (207) 990-8066.

I’m ready to enter my film.

Visit here to enter

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