In central Maine, mid-July chiefly means one thing—The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF), held in Waterville, the fair city where I was born. (We now live about twenty-five miles away.) For ten days, the little city of Waterville—population about 16,000—hosts this wonderful event that features 100 movies in ten days. In addition, directors, writers, actors, and even cinematographers come and talk about their movies. The streets are thrumming with moviegoers, and the local businesses are thrilled to have the extra customers. Because while coastal Maine draws in the tourists, central Maine does not, and MIFF is a boon for the area.
Yesterday afternoon, Clif and I headed to Railroad Square Cinema, one of MIFF’s venues, to buy our tickets and pick up booklets to help guide us through the selection of movies.
Railroad Square has now gotten modern and offers beer and wine to moviegoers as well as the traditional popcorn and candy.
Clif posed in front of the MIFF backdrop.
Our friends Alice and Joel also posed, all kitted out for MIFF.
After business was taken care of, it was on to Mainely Brews for drinks and dinner. We were joined by other friends, and a jolly time was had by all.
Then, off to the first movie—Blow the Man Down––a snappy little thriller centered around women and filmed in Maine.
Tonight we will be picking up our daughter Dee in Portland, and tomorrow, the real move fun will begin.
In between, we will eat pizza, talk to friends, go to happy hours, and generally have a terrific time. There probably won’t be much time for blogging.
As always, I am amazed that a small rural area can host such a vibrant festival.
Hats off to MIFF!
23 thoughts on “Hats off to MIFF!”
Movies, friends, family, booze, and HATS! It doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂
Sounds like great movie fun!
What a festival!
Hats off indee.
Happy watching, eating, drinking, talking, and just plain having a great week. 🙂
Have a wonderful time, can’t wait to hear the review. 🙂
Many thanks! Don’t you have a film festival coming up?
It sounds like fun
Very much so!
I love a film festival…have a great time and tell us all about the films you enjoyed.
It sounds like a great festival. And I like that dragon logo.
I’m not a movie person, at all, but I can see how this would be a fun festival, and very good for central Maine!
Sounds like a reason to visit Maine.
Love film festivals and have a fabulous time at the movies and enjoying the drinks, company and conversations!🙂
Have a blast, you two! Sounds like fun.
Looks like great fun. I love going to the movies, but we rarely do.
A wonderful film festival! So lucky to have it in such a rural area.
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