Prizes awarded in four film categories

Strand to host film competition for young people

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:45am

The Strand Theatre announces the Strand Youth Film Fest (SYFF), an opportunity for young people living in Midcoast Maine and surrounding areas to create and submit their own short films.

Entries will be accepted from June 1 through August 31, with awards and a public presentation of the films (virtual or in-person, if possible) in the fall of 2020. Prizes will be awarded from a panel of judges, made up of Strand staff and local film professionals.

All filmmakers must be entering 5th-12th grade in the 2020-21 school year, or ages 9-18 years old; the Junior division includes grades 5-8, or ages 9-13; and the Senior division includes grades 9-12, or ages 14-18.

Participants must live in Midcoast Maine and surrounding areas, including Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot, and Sagadahoc counties. 

Films must be 1-5 minutes long and follow a G or PG rating, and must be entered into one of the following categories: Narrative (fiction), Documentary, Music Video, or Animation.

Prizes will be awarded in each film category for both divisions, plus one “Best of Fest” prize. 

Films must be submitted in .mov or .mp4 format (note that most iPhone and iPad videos follow these formats). Only one film per submitter is permitted.

For more details and submission instructions, visit the Strand Theatre website at

The SYFF is made possible with support from the Harvey & Pam Geiger Charitable Fund.

For more information, visit, email:, or call (207) 594-0070.

Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841