2016 Selections

Emerge Film Festival Closes Submissions Period with 1,187% Increase in Submissions Over Previous Year

Auburn, Maine - The Emerge Film Festival, which will host its third annual festival April 28-May 1, 2016 at venues throughout Lewiston and Auburn, has closed its submissions period with a remarkable jump in the total number of submissions received for this year’s festival. More than 2,300 films were submitted for consideration at the festival, an increase of 1,187% in comparison to the 2015 festival. Additionally, submissions were received from 42 U.S. states and 110 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe.

“We are extremely excited about the response this year,” said Programming Manager and co-founder, Katie Greenlaw. “We’ve heard from past filmmakers that have shown their films at Emerge that the word is definitely getting out about our festival. As they’ve gone to other festivals across the U.S. and the world, they’ve spread the word and shared what a great experience it is to screen their film in Lewiston/Auburn. I think that’s a big factor in why we’ve gotten such a great response.”

Several submissions received were either new works from past Emerge filmmakers or were referred by an Emerge alum. Hundreds were also submitted in the Emerging Filmmaker category, which is open to high school and college students just breaking into the world of independent film.

Since day one, our festival has had an educational mission, which includes connecting filmmakers with local students and supporting student-created work, so to see such a great response from students is gratifying,” said Managing Director, Jennifer Smith. “We have so many excellent films to review. We definitely have our work cut out for us to determine which films will make it into our 2016 program, but we are very excited about what this year holds. It’s going to be our best year yet.”

The Emerge team is now working to narrow down the submissions and distribute the films being considered to an all-volunteer screening committee, who will select from the submitted and curated films to create the program for the four-day festival, taking place at venues throughout L/A. Receptions and special events will round out the programming and are tentatively scheduled for locations including the Woman’s Literary Union, the Atrium and the Agora Grand Event Center.

2016 Emerge Film Festival sponsors currently include Stella Artois, the Maine Office of Tourism, Rinck Advertising, 107.5 FRANK FM, 99.9 The WOLF, WBACH Classical, CBS13 and Fox23, Austin Associates and Sun Media Group. Additional sponsors are coming on board daily to support this important local event.

“We had such an amazing festival last year and it’s exciting to see how much Emerge continues to grow,” said Emerge Board President and co-founder, Laura Davis. “This community has been tremendous at supporting our organization and welcoming our filmmakers. We’re delighted to be expanding the festival events out over more of the community this year and highlighting some new spaces. And, we’re thrilled at the sponsorship support we’ve already received, as well as the interest from new sponsors.”

Sneak peek events are being planned for mid-April to give fans a taste of what is to come at the festival this year. In the meantime, updates will be shared on the festival website and social properties and the 2015 highlight video is available on YouTube.

For more information on the Emerge Film Festival, please visit www.emergefilmfestival.org and subscribe to the Festival e-newsletter. Emerge can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. For sponsorship information, please contact Development Director, Jennifer Cartmell, at [email protected].

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The Emerge Film Festival is a non-profit incorporated in the state of Maine in 2014, which brings a diverse selection of Maine, nationally and internationally-made films to the Lewiston-Auburn area in the categories of documentary, short and feature length films. Emerge helps promote the motion picture arts in the State of Maine, with a particular focus on encouraging an interest in the filmmaking industry in our state’s youth. The Emerge board of directors is comprised of a group of dedicated and passionate film-enthusiasts and business leaders from the L/A community. 

The 2016 Emerge Film Festival will be held Thursday, April 28—Sunday, May 1, 2016 in venues including the Franco American Heritage Center, Community Little Theatre and Bates College’s Olin Arts Center and Schaeffer Theatre. The 2016 Emerge Film Festival is presented by Stella Artois and the Maine Office of Tourism.

For more information on Emerge, please visit emergefilmfestival.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.