The Rockland Theater is seeking nominations for a youth film competition


ROCKLAND – The Strand Theatre’s second annual Strand Youth Film Fest is 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 Tuesday June 1 to September 30, with prizes and a public screening of the films this fall. The prizes will be awarded by a jury made up of Strand employees and local film professionals.

All filmmakers must enter grades 5 to 12 in the 2021-22 school year, or ages 9 to 18; the junior division includes grades 5 through 8, or ages 9 through 13, and the senior division includes grades 9 through 12, or ages 14 through 18.

Participants must live in Midcoast Maine and surrounding areas, including Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot, and Sagadahoc counties. Films must be one to five minutes in length and be rated G or PG, and must be classified in one of the following categories: narrative (fiction), documentary, music video or animation.

Prizes will be awarded in each film category for both divisions, plus a “Best of Fest” award. Movies should be submitted in .mov or .mp4 format (note that most iPhone and iPad videos follow these formats). Only one film per participant is allowed.

For more details and submission instructions, visit

The film festival is made possible with the support of the Harvey & Pam Geiger Charitable Fund.

For more information, visit the theater website, E-mail [email protected], or call 207-594-0070. The Strand Theater is located at 345 Main Street.


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