Registration deadline is Friday, March 1, for the second annual Maine Student Film & Video Conference, a full-day event offering a slate of hands-on workshops for middle and high school students in narrative and documentary filmmaking, broadcasting, photography and technical production.

Educators will have access to professional workshops and presentations focused on teaching and learning with film in the classroom. Attendance and participation in the conference is free, and registration is limited to 200 students and 50 educators.

Colleges, universities, working filmmakers and professionals in the digital arts from Maine and nationwide will be in attendance and lead all workshops, working with small groups to provide individualized instruction. Lunch will be provided, and film-related prizes will be drawn at the end of the day to encourage skills development.

"The conference is a perfect opportunity for students to try out the digital arts — from photography, shooting video, animation, editing and more,” said Dave Boardman, director of the Media Mass Communications program at the Mid-Maine Technical Center and co-director of the Maine Student Film and Video Conference. “The opportunities in this field are growing so fast, and this is the place where young people are getting a look at what's possible."

The conference, a program of the Maine Film Center, will take place Saturday, March 30, at the Mid-Maine Technical Center, 3 Brooklyn Ave. To register for the 2019 Maine Student Film and Video Conference, visit mainestudentfilm.org/conference.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.