The Strand Theatre is launching Strand Youth Film Fest, an opportunity for young people living in the midcoast and surrounding areas to create and submit their own short films. Entries will be accepted through August 31; awards and a public showing of the films (virtual or in-person, if possible) will take place in the fall.

Filmmakers ages 9 to 18 will compete in two divisions: the junior division includes those entering grades five through eight (9 to 13 years old); the senior division is for young people entering grades nine through 12 (14 to 18 years old).

Films must be one to five minutes in length, adhere to the standards for a G or PG rating, and be entered into one of the following categories: Narrative (fiction), Documentary, Music Video or Animation. Films must be submitted in .mov or .mp4 format (most iPhone and iPad videos follow these formats). Prizes will be awarded in each film category for both divisions, plus one “Best of Fest” prize. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Strand staff and local film professionals. Only one film per submitter is permitted.

Participants must live in the counties of Knox, Waldo, Lincoln, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot or Sagadahoc.

For more details and submission instructions, visit For more information, email or call 594-0070.