Meet the MSFF Class of 2021.
We've hand-selected some of the most promising student films in the world from our submission pool of dozens of countries, hundreds of schools, and thousands of individual submissions. We're confident that these Maine premieres adequately showcase the next generation of student film and cinema. Click on a film to learn more about it.
Excellence In Animation
Like a plant fuelled by sunlight, 12 year old Florissa is fuelled by academic praise. But when you're convinced that you're the classroom's brightest shining star, what happens when someone dims your light?
Excellence In Sound
IN MEDIAS RUSH is a journey into the depths of a manic mind. A young man celebrates his birthday while thoughts are multiplying. With an unwilling foot on the accelerator he is heading over the edge.
It's Halloween night and Derek and Sarah find themselves trapped in the middle of the woods with a group of owl worshiping cult members and a few other survivors. Will they survive the night?
Olivia just moved to Israel from New York. Throughout her first day of school in the 6th grade she tries to survive, navigating through the new country she just landed in, her new school and new peers, unsure where she will end up at the end of the day.
Not all stories are written in a day. In this short tale about the trials and tribulations of writing to achieve the universal goal of success, our lead character finds himself in a place of discouragement as he searches the vast emptiness of his mind, hoping to find a story worth writing.
Excellence In Cinematography
Five years after her father’s death a girl tries to live an ordinary life with her family by suppressing her true self. When she is being haunted by ominous figures she has to overcome her own fears and accept what makes her special.
When a white supremacist invades a middle eastern man's home, the two of them become stuck in a time loop. The two must learn to cohabitate peacefully, and come to find a middle ground.
The smell of shampoo and cigarettes hangs in the air. The hair buns tear at the scalp and the newest hits play on a small radio. It’s the golden 50ies and Victor has his hair salon in perfect order – or so it seems.
Italy, something between the 70s and the 90s. Francesco, all-around artist, has finally finished his masterpiece: a naked portrait of Paola, his partner. She’s completely amazed by it. However, when he reveals her that the painting is going to be shown in an important exhibition, troubles begin.
Excellence In Storytelling
In the midst of a national lockdown, Frank Dennison makes a new friend within the confines of his own home. This new friend, Marcel, helps Frank cook, work, and provides company when he most needs it. However, as Marcel’s behaviour begins to sour, Frank must choose between leaving his friend, or getting trapped within his own psyche forever.
A school janitor returns to work for the first time since finding the body of a female student who took their own life. He starts to experience unnatural activity within the school, becoming increasingly paranoid that someone may be trying to mess with him. However, the situation he finds himself in is far more dangerous than a simple school prank...
A true story of one asylum patient's struggle as her focus on returning home does not go as she planned. A period piece that highlights the travesty of those resting in unmarked graves from barbaric treatments.
ANAMNESIS explores the mind of Simon Waters as he attempts to navigate through his amnesia. Assisted by the efforts of a private Doctor, Simon hopes to rediscover a memory, and ultimately, rediscover himself.
A film graduate finally manages to get a meeting with a former director, thanks to the friendship that tied the man to her grandfather, who recently passed away. The student decides to record the meeting, intending to find out why the film was never made.
A detective, Jacek Marski, gets the case of a mysterious murder from the night form 27th to 28th February. He gets it, because of a prosecutor's fears that the earlier investigation in this case leaves doubts.
Best Actor & Best Actress
At the end of an extraordinary situation in the village, when the people of the village cannot reach the government, they try to break a curse by organizing various rituals under the leadership of the Mukhtar and Kadir.
Nia is a woman who was left with a scar after having survived a head-on collision when she was little. This imperfection of her body becomes a personal stigma and she is unable to enjoy relating to other people.
A firekeeper's role as the bridge between the living and the dead. A traditionally animated film set in 1980s Singapore, this story follows the firekeeper's day to day job in stamping letters to be sent by locals to their loved ones by burning it in a special fire.
IHR (THEM) is the story about a building with an inner courtyard an its inhabitants. While the different character follow their everyday routines, trash slowly begins to pile up in the courtyard. What seems harmless in the beginning, one night escalates to a total disaster.