Sanford Independent Film Festival

Sanford Independent Film Festival Oct 15-17, 2020: SIFF is one of New England's leading film festivals, dedicated to providing a platform for the works of budding independent filmmakers.

Now in its 7th year, SIFF is recognized as one of the best film fests in all of New England. Make plans now to visit scenic southern Maine and watch some great movies on Oct 15-17, 2020.

Operating as usual

We have a slight delay in our planned October festival but will have details very soon about our great 2020 virtual film...
10/14/2020

We have a slight delay in our planned October festival but will have details very soon about our great 2020 virtual film festival - over 80 great independent films that you're all going to love!

Stay tuned for details!

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10/14/2020

Sanford Independent Film Festival's cover photo

A fan-favorite at last year's festival - and winner of the Best Music award! - Performaniax is now available for free vi...
08/11/2020
Watch Performaniax online - Prime Video

A fan-favorite at last year's festival - and winner of the Best Music award! - Performaniax is now available for free viewing with Amazon Prime:
https://www.amazon.com/Performaniax-Chiara-Lu%CC%88ssow/dp/B08D6WJDWD

Check out this horror/satire and, if you're able, the creators would love if you could leave a review on Amazon. Thanks!

Description: 2018's SIFF Best Picture-winning team ("Bearkittens") return with a new film! An ambitious but insecure actress joins an experimental theater company that tests the maxim, “Everything is allowed in art.”

Nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Music, and Best Actress (Chiara Lüssow​). Directed by Lars Henriks​.

Emily desperately wants to be an actress. When a weird theater troupe of misfits take her in, she is excited at first. But the group turns out to be a deadly cult.

Submissions for this season end July 1 - don't wait! Submit to Sanford Independent Film Festival via FilmFreeway!https:/...
06/26/2020

Submissions for this season end July 1 - don't wait! Submit to Sanford Independent Film Festival via FilmFreeway!

https://filmfreeway.com/SanfordFilmFest

We're looking forward to this year's virtual #filmfestival with lots of filmmaker participation, networking, and a new Quarantine Creativity award.

Hurry!

June is the last month for Sanford Independent Film Festival submissions via FilmFreeway!https://filmfreeway.com/Sanford...
06/05/2020

June is the last month for Sanford Independent Film Festival submissions via FilmFreeway!

https://filmfreeway.com/SanfordFilmFest

SIFF 2020 will be a virtual festival, so we're expecting larger audiences and easier filmmaker participation - and we couldn't be more excited!

As acknowledgement of the challenges filmmakers are currently facing, we've also added a Quarantine Creativity award for films made during or about the pandemic.

Submit today before time runs out!

05/01/2020

Today marks the end of SIFF's "Standard Deadline". Thanks to all who have submitted so far this season - things are looking great for our 2020 lineup!

In recognition of the stressful times in which we're all living, working, and creating, SIFF has decided to reduce our "Late Deadline" fees. This year, submissions will cost the same for our final two months as they have throughout the standard period.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and send us your films and short screenplays via FilmFreeway.com!

https://filmfreeway.com/SanfordFilmFest

Here at SIFF, we're big fans of screenwriter, director, producer, actor and attorney Alfred Thomas Catalfo. He's had ama...
04/17/2020

Here at SIFF, we're big fans of screenwriter, director, producer, actor and attorney Alfred Thomas Catalfo. He's had amazing, audience-pleasing films in our past two fests and we always look forward to see what he comes up with next.

Spend some time this weekend watching his SIFF award-winning films - Incandescent, Bighorn, and Split Ticket - and I'm sure after that you'll want to see the rest too!

https://www.catalfo.com/watch-the-films

The powerful, funny, and touching Our Friend Jon - The Documentary - which had its World Premiere in Sanford in 2018 (an...
04/15/2020
Our Friend Jon Available to Stream on Vimeo on Demand Today (Exclusive)

The powerful, funny, and touching Our Friend Jon - The Documentary - which had its World Premiere in Sanford in 2018 (and came away with the Best Documentary award) is now available for streaming rental or purchase on Vimeo. (With more services - including Amazon, Apple TV, Roku, and others - coming later this month.)

There was not a dry eye in the theater during this screening. Everyone who missed this should add this to their watch list. You won't be disappointed!

The powerful, award-winning documentary, 'Our Friend Jon,' is debuting on Vimeo on Demand today from Avail Entertainment. ShockYa is exclusively sharing

03/31/2020
Living Proof Pictures

Living Proof Pictures - which opened last year's festival with the award-winning "The Worry Doll" - has a PSA for everyone...

Living Proof Pictures and NAMI Lehigh Valley are pleased to present our Social Distancing PSA "Spread Sunshine Not Germs"

Help us share this loving message. Perhaps with enough views we'll be able to take "Spread Sunshine Not Germs" national. Stay safe

03/28/2020
Imposter

Imposter (10 minutes), United States
​"Sometimes the worst place that you can be is in your own head." A visual representation of the inner struggles of those suffering from anxiety, told as a drama with little dialog. Directed by Chris Esper.

This wonderful, powerful film won the Best Director award at SIFF2018. See it today!

After almost 2 years on the film festival circuit, we're very proud to share "Imposter." It was wonderful having On Edge Productions LLC and Stories in Motion collaborate on this personal project about anxiety. To see it take off as it did has been fantastic. We were selected for 16 film festivals and took home 7 awards and received critical acclaim.

Our deepest thanks to the entire cast and crew for their tremendous efforts and talents, most especially to producers Tom Mariano and Lisa Wynn.

Here are links to watch elsewhere if Facebook isn't your ideal method of viewing:
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/274946612
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwhScCTSgv8

Ainhoa (19 minutes)This award-winning film from Spain was a big hit with audiences at SIFF2018, with subject matter that...
03/27/2020

Ainhoa (19 minutes)
This award-winning film from Spain was a big hit with audiences at SIFF2018, with subject matter that is as timely now as ever.
https://youtu.be/dZA0KLQPOSQ
During the financial crisis in 2009, thousands in Spain were unable to keep up with their mortgages. Banks evicted families from their homes. Nine-year-old Ainhoa has left home with her school bag, her Playmobil figures, and a plan. Directed by Ivan Sainz-Pardo.

While the world is locked indoors, Fakecharmer Productions is releasing their entire back catalog of films for free (for...
03/27/2020

While the world is locked indoors, Fakecharmer Productions is releasing their entire back catalog of films for free (for a couple of weeks or so) to help keep you entertained. Almost all of these have been shown and won awards at SIFF over the years. Enjoy!

https://bit.ly/fakecharmer

Dark Roast / On the 7th Date / Truth Cocktail / Hard for Justice

Stuck at home? Going stir crazy? SIFF has your back!The 2018 SIFF Best Picture and Best Ensemble winner "Bearkittens" is...
03/26/2020

Stuck at home? Going stir crazy? SIFF has your back!

The 2018 SIFF Best Picture and Best Ensemble winner "Bearkittens" is on Amazon Prime:
https://smile.amazon.com/Bearkittens-Lisa-Elke-Eschenbrenner/dp/B085W1NVCY
Give this great black comedy a watch (and a review on Amazon)!

Other films by these talented filmmakers are also available to stream:
LO-FI SCI-FI ROMCOM "LEON MUST DIE":
https://smile.amazon.com/Leon-Must-Die-Nisan-Arikan/dp/B07DV1NLHN
(Philosophy, time-traveling assassins & Millenial angst - Award-winning audience favorite from SIFF2017!)

LOVECRAFTIAN ROMCOM "WHY HANS WAGNER HATES THE STARRY SKY"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaWFfUaQEdo
(A weird story of Cthulhu destroying our hapless hero's quest for love, staged in the sets of a children's theater company)

LOVECRAFTIAN FAMILY DRAMA - CORDELIA'S CHILDREN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC8Dn3WOSuo
(A haunted house story? A coming out / coming of age story? Unapologetic camp? You decide!)

LOVECRAFTIAN PUNKROCK MOCKUMENTARY - "ZECKENKOMMANDO VS CTHULHU"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcqmZlsy3kw
(Small town punks against the forces of evil - Documented by themselves - You'll have to know German - This one doesn't have subtitles ... )

INDIE / PUNK MUSICAL - "HOW TO BE A HOME WRECKER"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHpjB-NeSGM
(Your typical mumblecore comedy, but everyone has German accents and bursts into song every once in a while)

Since we're all spending more time indoors right now, SIFF will  be highlighting some great streaming options this week....
03/24/2020

Since we're all spending more time indoors right now, SIFF will be highlighting some great streaming options this week. Stay tuned!

Help SIFF celebrate International Women's Day (March 8)! This weekend, use the code SIFF2020EachforEqual for 20% off you...
03/06/2020

Help SIFF celebrate International Women's Day (March 8)! This weekend, use the code SIFF2020EachforEqual for 20% off your Sanford Independent Film Festival submission - only at FilmFreeway via FilmFreeway.com

filmfreeway.com/SanfordFilmFest

#IWD2020 #IWD #EachforEqual #StrikeThePose #InternationalWomensDay #WomenFilmmakers #WomeninFilm #WomenDirectors #SanfordMaine #FilmFestival #FilmFreeway #SupportIndieFilm #SupportIndieWomen #FemaleFilmmakers #IndependentFilm #MaineFestival

Filmmakers Greg Finley and Edwin Stevens come to Maine to shoot “Summer Someday.” 👍
01/12/2020
Hollywood actor and fellow Mainer come home to make their own film

Filmmakers Greg Finley and Edwin Stevens come to Maine to shoot “Summer Someday.” 👍

Actor Greg Finley of Scarborough and cinematographer Edwin Stevens of Kennebunk have teamed up on the independent movie 'Summer Someday,' which starts filming Sunday in Portland.

At SIFF, we agree!Congrats to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho and all the other winners and nominees at the Golden Globes...
01/06/2020

At SIFF, we agree!

Congrats to Parasite director Bong Joon Ho and all the other winners and nominees at the Golden Globes.

For everyone who enjoyed The Worry Doll (winner of last year's Best Drama Film and Best Acting Ensemble awards), other g...
01/04/2020

For everyone who enjoyed The Worry Doll (winner of last year's Best Drama Film and Best Acting Ensemble awards), other great films from Living Proof Pictures are now available on Amazon Prime Video!

Starting today Living Proof Pictures short films are free to stream on Amazon Prime Video with your Prime Membership as part of the Living Proof Pictures Presents series including never before released awarding winning shorts In Sight of Zikra and Binge ∞ Purge.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B083CN8KQD/ref=atv_hm_hom_1_c_iEgOEZ_2_1

ATTENTION FILMMAKERS! The submission window for the Sanford Independent Film Festival is open on on FilmFreeway! https:/...
01/01/2020

ATTENTION FILMMAKERS! The submission window for the Sanford Independent Film Festival is open on on FilmFreeway! https://filmfreeway.com/SanfordFilmFest

For us, the opening of submissions is definitely The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (after, of course, the Fest itself—this year taking place on October 15th-17th).

Take advantage of early bird pricing through January 31st. We look forward to seeing your submissions!

Nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Comedy Film, and Best Screenplay - and winner for Best Actor (Chris Goodwin) - The...
12/30/2019
The Angry World of Brian Webster

Nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Comedy Film, and Best Screenplay - and winner for Best Actor (Chris Goodwin) - The Angry World of Brian Webster was a big hit at SIFF2019. For those who loved it (or those who missed it!) the screenplay is now available on Amazon.

And - great news - DVDs and Blu-rays are on the way in 2020!

A very special thank you to everyone who has picked up a copy of the published screenplay so far. We greatly appreciate the support you all have continued to show us. If you would like to purchase a copy, you can follow the link below to get a brand new copy directly from Amazon at a great price. All sales made before the end of February will go toward a screenplay competition being held by the publisher.

As for 2020, we are putting the finishing touches on both the Collector's Edition DVD and the limited edition Blu-Ray (with exclusive bonus features) and are expecting to have them ready for sale in the coming year. More updates to follow including info on future screenings and a brand new follow-up film. Stay tuned.

SIFF would like to announce that we are REBRANDING ourselves for the NEW DECADE as the SANFORD INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL...
12/29/2019

SIFF would like to announce that we are REBRANDING ourselves for the NEW DECADE as the SANFORD INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL.

The past seven years of amazing film programs have taught us that our reputation as a filmmaker-friendly festival would best be represented by a new, broader name that emphasizes our dedication to independent film from all cities, regions, and nations.

Foreign filmmakers are still encouraged to submit—your films will be reviewed and screened just as before. But we want to our name to honor *all* the amazingly talented artists who submit. … Independent artists are the best artists.

Filmmakers, our submission window opens January 1! We look forward to seeing your new work.

Sanford Independent Film Festival
12/28/2019

Sanford Independent Film Festival

Happy Holidays to everyone from SIFF. We had a wonderful 2019 - hope you all did too.  In the coming year, we've got som...
12/23/2019

Happy Holidays to everyone from SIFF. We had a wonderful 2019 - hope you all did too. In the coming year, we've got some really fun stuff in store for everyone!

We'd love to thank our generous sponsors for this past year. We (literally) couldn't do it without you!

Partners Bank
Unitil
H.A. Mapes, Inc.
Gerard and Gertrude Genest Charitible Fund
Engine: Propelling the Creative Community
Sanford Performing Arts Center
Cold Bee Gone

See you in 2020!

We ended SIFF6 with a great award ceremony last night, followed by a fun table-read of "Derrick and Boyd", the winner of...
10/20/2019

We ended SIFF6 with a great award ceremony last night, followed by a fun table-read of "Derrick and Boyd", the winner of SIFF's Script-to-Screen. The evening concluded with the World Premiere of the new thriller Staring Down a Barrel

Thanks to The Town Club for hosting, and congrats to all of the nominees and winners. See you next year!

SCRIPT-TO-SCREEN
Derrick and Boyd

BEST MUSIC
Performaniax (The Badgers)

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Imagination (for stop-motion animation)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Bighorn (Alfred Thomas Catalfo)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Are You Volleyball?

BEST HORROR FILM
Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary

BEST DRAMA FILM
The Worry Doll

BEST COMEDY FILM
Adult A.D.R.

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE OR DUO
Ensemble, The Worry Doll

BEST ACTOR
Chris Goodwin, The Angry World of Brian Webster (Brian Webster)

BEST ACTRESS
Linde van der Storm, Till the End of the World (Marie)

BEST DIRECTOR
Adam Newman, Scarlet Cay

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
Over Before It Begins (John Nolan), Director: Anthony Natoli

BEST STUDENT FILM
Stand

BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Man in the Mask

BEST LOCAL FILM
Incandescent

BEST SHORT FILM
Intermedium

BEST FEATURE FILM
Scarlet Cay

AUDIENCE CHOICE
Winkville

Last day on Saturday!  Come join us - only 5 bucks or FREE with a donation of school supplies.
10/19/2019

Last day on Saturday! Come join us - only 5 bucks or FREE with a donation of school supplies.

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10/14/2019
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Things are getting quite cinematic in Sanford! Here's this week's Indie Film column with a preview of this weekend's Sanford International Film Festival.

Time to roll out the red carpet - the SIFF 2019 award nominations are here! It was VERY tight competition this year with...
10/03/2019

Time to roll out the red carpet - the SIFF 2019 award nominations are here! It was VERY tight competition this year with a very talented crowd. Congrats to all of the nominees and I hope to see everyone at the fest this year to celebrate these amazing films!

Winners will be announced at our catered awards ceremony, Saturday Oct 19, 6pm at The Town Club!

BEST FEATURE FILM
The Angry World of Brian Webster
Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary
Performaniax
Scarlet Cay
The Worry Doll

BEST SHORT FILM
Incandescent
Intermedium
The Music of John Low
Proxima-b
Sorceress

BEST LOCAL FILM
Bighorn
Dark Roast
The Grey Zone
Incandescent
Winkville

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Cinemability: The Art of Inclusion
The Grey Zone
The Man in the Mask
Where There Is Darkness

BEST HORROR FILM
The Carpool
Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary
Setaceous
Stand
Willa

BEST COMEDY FILM
The Angry World of Brian Webster
Adult A.D.R.
Emergency First Aid Hacks with Rach
Half-Cocked
Sac de Merde

BEST DRAMA FILM
A Boy a Man and a Kite
A Coach’s Daughter
The End of the World
Scopophilia
The Worry Doll

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Are You Volleyball?
Beyond the Tide
The End of the World
Proxima-b
Winter Days

BEST MUSIC VIDEO
I Owe You 1 Banana and 2 Black Eyes (Futuristic Wrist Watch)
Imagination (Jordan Corey)
Outside (Daniel Laurent)
Over Before It Begins (John Nolan)

BEST STUDENT FILM
Dumbtime
I Love You, I’m Sorry
Rewind
Stand
Till the End of the World

BEST ACTOR
Dennis Åhs, The Music of John Low
Pierre-François Bouffard, The End of the World
Jacek Braciak, A Coach’s Daughter
Chris Goodwin, The Angry World of Brian Webster
Jerome Wright, A Boy a Man and a Kite

BEST ACTRESS
Crystal Porter Bazemore, Sound
Karolina Bruchnicka, A Coach’s Daughter
Chiara Lüssow, Performaniax
Lena Schmidtke, Proxima-b
Linde van der Storm, Till the End of the World

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE OR DUO
Ensemble, A Boy a Man and a Kite
Ensemble, Adult A.D.R.
Chris Fornataro and Denzel Whitaker, Will “The Machine”
Ensemble, Scarlet Cay
Ensemble, The Worry Doll

BEST DIRECTOR
Seth Chatfield, Winkville
Maxine Gilbert, The End of the World
Natalia Lampropoulou and Ilektra Aggletopoulou, Scopophilia
Adam Matalon, A Boy, a Man, and His Kite
Adam Newman, Scarlet Cay

BEST MUSIC
A Boy, a Man, and His Kite
The Banshee
The Music of John Low
Performaniax

BEST SCREENPLAY
The Angry World of Brian Webster
Bighorn
The End of the World
The Music of John Low
Your Last Day on Earth

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Imagination
Sluggish Life
Sound
Willa

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
Emergency First Aid Hacks with Rach
Ghost Killers vs. Bloody Mary
Half-Cocked
I Love You I’m Sorry
Sluggish Life
Stand
Winkville
Your Last Day on Earth

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