Movies From Around the World Showing in Waterville 

Catherine Pegram

Films from around the world will be on the big screen in Waterville this Weekend. The Maine International Film Festival opens today. This is the 12th year for the festival, which gets bigger each summer. Last year attendance reached more than 9-thousand visitors. The festival will feature nearly 100 films around the world. They’ll be shown in two locations – the Waterville Opera House and Railroad Square Cinema. Festival Venue Manager Serena Sanborn says, “There’s a lot of Maine movies this year. Our opening night film tonight is “the Rival”, which is about Cape Elizabeth and Rumford football teams, so that’s really fun. But you’re going to see movies from everywhere, you’ll see movies in all languages and you’ll see movies for kids, so it’s really fun.”At this year’s festival, director Arthur Penn will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Some of his credits include “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Miracle Worker”.The 10-day film festival is also branching out. It will wrap up next weekend at the Portsmouth Music Hall in New Hampshire.For information on films and show times, go to