Young Filmmakers’ Contest


Red Carpet Event Schedule:

Saturday, April 27th

Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St, Portland

Tickets are $5 per person, buy in advance at Eventbrite or cash at the door.

  • 4pm-4:30pm Reception and  Musical Guests Annie Dodson and Charlie Rooks from Casco Bay High School
  • 4:30pm-5:45pm Greetings and Documentary Program
  • 5:45pm Intermission with Musical Guests
  • 6pm- 6:35pm Short Films
  • 6:35pm- 7:15pm Award Ceremony


  1. Whatchamacallit Documentary
  2. Abdi Nor Iftin: His Journey to America
  3. Her Life, Her Story
  4. True Love is Blue
  5. The Two Maines
  6. People of Millinocket
  7. Ingrained
  8. If Anything Goes Wrong
  9. The Hunt for the Basin Screecher
  10. Uncommon Ground

Short Films

  1. Food Vs. Dino
  2. The Tour
  3. The Cookie
  4. The Sidekicks
  5. The Adventures of Mr. Worm
  6. Cats
  7. Why I Don’t Like Artificial Brains
  8. Fails Dimension
  9. Deppart
  10. Information Overload
  11. Bananas
  12. Crime Pants
  13. A Dog’s Journey
  14. Dolls
  15. Dagwood and Parish
  16. Sock of the Dead
  17. A Sailor’s Death
  18. What if…
  19. Stupid Shoes
  20. Perception of Beauty
  21. Civil War Journey

Short Film Theme Trailer

Documentary Tips


  1. Contest is open to K-12 students from Maine.
  2. Short films must adhere to firm 3 minute limit.  Documentary time limit is more flexible but under 8 minutes is best.
  3. Content must be original and suitable for viewing by school age children.  No profanity or graphic depictions of violence, please.
  4. Do not use copyrighted music without permission of the copyright holder. Use original or royalty free music instead.  See the Resources page for more information.
  5. Films should include credits listing the title, music credits, and other contributors.  If preferred, students may choose to use first names only in film credits.
  6. Film entries are limited to two per student in each category.
  7. Adult supervision is permitted but film content should be conceived and produced as independently as possible by student filmmakers.
  8. Contact information and signature of a guardian or teacher is required for all films.


  1. Upload your film to a cloud drive such as iCloud,  Drop Box, etc.  If using Google Photos or Google Drive, do not just copy the file URL as that keeps the file private.  Use the share icon and click “Get Link” or “Get Sharable Link.”  This will ensure judges can view your film.
  2. Enter the link and other required information on the form linked here and submit.
  3. A parent or guardian must electronically attest to the conditions on the form, including to permissions for minors who appear in the film.
  4. Submission deadline is April 12th.
  5. There is no fee to enter the contest. This year there will be a $5 suggested donation for admission to the film screenings.
  6. CHECK THIS PAGE in the coming days.  We are delayed slightly from the original goal of announcing on April 17th.
  7. Film screenings  and award ceremony will take place at the USM Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St. Portland.