ROCKLAND — The Strand Theatre announces its third annual Strand Youth Film Fest (SYFF) — an opportunity for young people living in Maine to create and submit their own short films. Entries will be accepted from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31, with awards and a public presentation of the films in December. Prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges comprised of Strand staff and local film professionals.

All filmmakers must be entering 5th through 12th grade in the 2022-23 school year, or ages 9 to 18 years old. The Junior division includes ages 9 through 13, and the Senior division includes ages 14 through 18. Participants must live in Maine. Films must be 1 to 5 minutes long and follow a G or PG rating, and must be entered into one of the following categories: Narrative (fiction), Documentary, Music Video, or Animation. Prizes will be awarded in each film category for both divisions, plus one “Best of Fest” prize.  Films must be submitted in .mov or .mp4 format (note that most iPhone and iPad videos follow these formats). Only one film per submitter is permitted.

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The SYFF is made possible with support from The Harvey & Pam Geiger Charitable Fund.