For the 2016 edition, the jurors have selected the winning 14 films for the Maine Short Film Festival 2016.
The 100-minute program includes subjects close to Mainer’s hearts: art, environment, horror, social justice, comedy, and organic farming, in all genres including fiction, non-fiction, experimental and animation from many well-known and some new-to-the-scene Maine filmmakers.

The Festival premiered at the Strand Theater in Rockland on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 5:30 and featured many of the filmmakers and jurors in a Q&A after the program. The Festival will tour ten Maine theaters throughout the Winter and Spring of 2016.


  • Bonaire  (1:34) by Mauricio Handler– Produced as part of a Dutch Caribbean National Parks environmental awareness campaign, ‘Bonaire’ is one of 5 shorts edited from an extensive natural history film shoot done by Cinematographer Mauricio Handler.
  • My So-Called Housing Cooperative #2 (10:54) by Craig Saddlemire — the story of young adults trying to live a life of cooperation and compassion… without losing their minds.  This episode from a monthly webisode features a scripted parody based upon real life at the Faire Bande à Part Housing Cooperative (Faire-Op), a 3 story apartment building in Lewiston, ME.
  • Heart & Hand (4:26) by Sharyn Paul Brusie and Kevin Brusie —  celebrates the life of a farmer and his animals.  Through video, music and poetry, this pure and rich life is revealed.
  • Alison and NuDay Syria (5:00) by Josh Gerritsen –– Alison McKellar talks about the non-profit organisation NuDay Syria she volunteers for by constructing shelters for refugees. We also meet Nadia Alawa, the founder of the organisation.
  • The Raw Essence of Carlo PittoreThe Raw Essence of Carlo Pittore (8:36) by Richard Kane ––  a portrait of this joyful yet vulnerable artist who led a generation of younger artists in Maine forming the Union of Maine Visual Artists and changed the way we define beauty in figurative art.
  • Clothes Encounter (2:04) by Mike Perlman a hip hop comedy representing this Ellsworth 2nd hand clothing store in a song parody of Macklemore’s hit song “Thrift Shop.”
  • I Just Don’t Get It – It’s My Russian Soul (7:55) by Walter Ungerer – The visuals / landscape of the film is Portland, Maine viewed through time-lapse photography, and presented for interpretation and contemplation.The audio track explains the film’s title; a dialogue between a young Russian man and his English girlfriend; where he explains his Vodka habit. “I just don’t get it? It’s my Russian soul. Why can’t you understand?”
  • Scribe of the soulScribe of the Soul (3:51) by Alban Maino and Jimmy Leipold –– In 1846, a beautiful woman puts on all the layers of Lingerie before she goes out in society. A Memory-Lane.Tv “dreamscene”, part of a collection of films for people living with dementia and Alzheimer.
  • Fever (17:40) by Marie Chao and Matthew J. Siegel –– Fever is a psychological thriller about a woman’s desperate attempt to recapture the affection of her estranged husband.
  • Maine Heritage Orchard (17:00) by Huey — A reclaimed gravel pit is transformed into the Maine Heritage Orchard, a living museum to apples traditionally grown in Maine.  Organic farmer and apple expert, John Bunker, and others pass on their knowledge of working the land to the young farmers settling in Maine, preserving Maine’s orcharding traditions.
  • Tickle (11:57) by Corey Norman –– We all know how 80s horror movies start: a babysitter and a little boy alone in a house. When things go bump in the night, are they the imagination of a scared little boy, or is someone—or some thing—in the house with them?
  • Gun Shop (2:42) by Alan Magee The satirical film Gun Shop comments on the escalation of mass gun violence in the United States. It asserts that the proliferation of guns will only increase the number of victims. The film is an appeal to our nation to reexamine its misguided obsession with guns.
  • A Nasty Law (3:20) by Alan Magee  The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 contains a provision legalizing indefinite military detention of any person without charge or trial. Since no charges need to be made, the law allows for detention of individuals based on suspicion alone. The images in this film are my own childhood drawings—made between 1950 and 1953.
  • Penobscot River (2:31) by Justin Lewis, Michelle Stauffer and Laura Rose Day.
    Many of the 75,000 dams in the United States block fish migration corridors they need to survive with devastating impacts to fish, people and wildlife, while only
    3% actively produce hydroelectric power. This short documents how the Penobscot River Restoration Trust and others took down the Great Works Dam, opening up access to 1,000 miles of the Penobscot and its tributaries and unleashing the river’s recovery.

Rules for submitting your short film to the 2017 edition !

1. Must be under 20 minutes
2. Must have been released after January 1, 2014
3. Must be made either by a Maine resident or filmed in Maine
4. Can be fiction or non-fiction – any genre. There may be a preference for non-commercial films, but this decision rests entirely with the jurors and commercial PSAs (public service announcements) may be submitted.
5. You must be a current dues-paying member of the MFVA.
6. Submission deadline: June 15, 2016
7. Winners will be announced october 15, 2016.
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