Portland Youth Film Festival events are free and open to the public.  Donations are gladly accepted to help us continue this terrific event!



Thursday March 16th

4:30pm   Portland Public Library, 1 Monument Square, Portland

Meet the Young Filmmakers  Wells pic

Selected contestants from the PYFF Young Filmmakers’ Contest will preview their films and talk about their creative process! Featured student filmmakers are from  Mahoney Middle School, Casco Bay High School, Cape Elizabeth High School, and Baxter Academy for Technology and Science!



5:30pm    Portland Public Library, 1 Monument Square, Portland

Art of Memory: Stories From Maine’s Outer Islands

screenshot selects 22Figures of Speech Theatre artists spent a year and a half in partnership with the Island Institute to create The Art of Memory with students in six of the one-room schoolhouses off Maine’s coast. The students used documentary techniques to cull the films’ stories from other island residents, historical archives, and publications. These stories were then adapted into a series of short shadow puppet films ranging from pirate stories to tall-tales to ill-conceived stand-offs with Abenaki Native Americans, all held together by dreamy visuals and a hypnotic musical score.




Friday March 17th

5:30pm      Waynflete 360 Spring Street, Portland

Pre-Film Activity for Wings of Life
Build your own beehive, try on a beekeeper suit, and observe bees in action with Waynflete’s resident beekeepers Betsy and Len Langer. Staff from Chewonki’s Natural History Program will explain which pollinators help produce your favorite local foods—and show what you can do to help protect them.


7:00pm      Waynflete Franklin Theater, 360 Spring Street, Portland

Wings of Life 
Wings of Life is a stunning documentary film filled with intrigue, drama, and mesmerizing beauty. See how the pollinators—from bees and bats to hummingbirds and butterflies—are essential to life as we know it and learn how these creatures are increasingly under threat.
Director: Louis Schwartzberg | Documentary | 77 minutes | Ages 6+



6:00pm      Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland

Kid Flix Mix : Shorts from the New York International Children’s Film FestivalStems3

Geared for kids 8 and up, this collection of short films  from NYICFF is always a Festival favorite! Kid Flix Mix will be preceded by The Red Thunder, an 8 minute short.  See the trailer here.




7:15pm   Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland

Ashley Bryan’s World  ashleybryan2

Ashley Bryan lives on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine and has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. His life story and the art he makes from this wellspring of experience is an inspiration to people of all ages.




Saturday March 18th

11:30am Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland

Swim Team

swimteamWhat would you do if your community gave up on your child? In New Jersey, the parents of one autistic boy take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse autistic teens and training them with high expectations and zero pity. What happens next alters the course of the boys’ lives.  SWIM TEAM chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels winning.




3:00pm  University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St. Portland

1000 Feet and Below1000feetandbelow

1000 Feet and Below is a documentary that explores the existing small ski areas of Maine. It will discover the history of Maine skiing and the community spirit that is alive and well at these small ski areas.  Joel Osgood visits Maine’s lesser known, smaller ski mountains and in between hits the slopes, interviews the hill owners, lift operators, and skiers. This is a big-hearted project that shines a light on community, family, and healthy outdoor recreation.




University of Southern Maine, Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St. Portland



4:00pm  Young Filmmakers’ Contest Documentary Program
6:00pm  Snack Reception for all Young Filmmakers
7:00pm Young Filmmakers Contest Short Film Program