Maine International Film Festival Kicks Off Friday 

For movie lovers all over the state the wait is almost over. The Maine International Film Festival kicks off this week in Waterville.

It’s one of the biggest annual events in the city along with the Taste of Greater Waterville. Spanning 10 days, featuring 100 films and more than 50 film makers the Maine International Film Festival kicks off friday. For the organizers of the event their work began back in November.

“That’s when we start accepting film submissions,” said Festival Director Shannon Haines. “So we get hundreds of submissions from filmmakers all over the country and the world who want to have their film included in the festival. That starts as early as November. Then we work all year round to screen films and it really heats up in April and May.”

This year’s special guest will be actress Glenn Close, who will be honored with the Mid-Life Achievement Award. Once again the festival includes some locally made films.

This year, tickets can be purchased in advance at the MIFF box office at the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville or you can find a complete list of movies and showtimes on their website,