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Film Festival heads to Eastern Prom to celebrate the outdoors


The Eastern Prom will once again host several evenings of screenings as part of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival. The 2020 event, above, featured 58 films. This year, they will be 66. Contribution / Maine Outdoor Film Festival

Over 65 films will be screened over 11 days at the 2021 Maine Outdoor Film Festival which begins July 29 in Portland.

“We try to bring a variety of strong films about outdoor adventure and conservation. There are so many talented filmmakers working outdoors and on conservation issues, ”said festival director Nick Callanan. “You have a lot of companies that are trying to use the environment for their benefit, and there are a lot of people who are using cinema to solve these problems and create awareness in creative ways.”

This year’s films, down to 66 out of nearly 200 submissions, cover topics in nature, sports, conservation and adventure and range from short films to feature films.

The festival from July 29 to August 8 will feature approximately two hours of film each night starting at 8 p.m. on the East Promenade or at Urban Farm Fermentory on Anderson Street, which will host films on August 2 and 3. On August 4, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute on Commercial Street will screen “The Long Coast,” an 80-minute film that features the men and women of Maine who make a living off the ocean.

Callanhan said the festival is likely to be sold out and anticipates more than 2,000 people over the 11 days of the event. Virtual tickets will also be offered.

The festival, now in its 10th year, will feature 23 Mainers films and have 11 world premieres, including the August 5 screening of “Tree to Board,” a 16-minute film that details Torsten Brinkema’s process for shaping a board. North Atlantic Cedar surf.

“It’s an absolute dream come true to be recognized in this place, and I can’t wait to start working on my next film,” said Brinkema, who lives in Waterville.

For Benji Studt, one of the creators of “Hidden Wild,” a 26-minute film that chronicles three college students as they explore the wetlands, streams and wildlife of Palm Beach County, The Florida film and festival aim to inspire people to “love their backyards by trying to spark their interest in taking that first step in the mud and opening up a whole new world for them to explore for the rest of their lives.” “Hidden Wild” is slated for August 5th.

Following the 11 dates in Portland, the Maine Outdoor Film Festival will present a selection of films on a 15-stop tour of the state starting August 14.

Proceeds from the festival go to Teens to Trails, an organization based in Brunswick which funds outdoor experiences for High school students.

Executive Director Alicia Heyburn said the $ 8,500 donated by the film festival helped the organization “connect Maine high school students to life-changing outdoor adventures.”

Teens to Trails provides grants to schools across the state to establish and maintain outdoor clubs, and donates outdoor gear and equipment to students, provides outdoor training to school staff, and assists students. schools to increase the time spent outdoors for students.

Almost 35 schools have already registered to become members of Teens to Trail for the 2021-2022 school year.

For festival tickets or more information, visit maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com.