The Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) is a premier cinema event in Maine held annually in Waterville. The festival runs for ten days in the third week of July at Railroad Square Cinema and the Waterville Opera House. The main focus of MIFF, which has been held since 1998, is independent American and international films. The main highlight of the festival is the MIFF Midlife Achievement Award that goes to an actor or a director for significant contributions to independent cinema. The prestigious award was received by actors Peter Fonda, Gabriel Byrne, John Turturro, Ed Harris, Lili Taylor and filmmakers Terrence Malick, Walter Hill, Thelma Schoonmaker, Jonathan Demme.
Every year, the Maine International Film Festival offers 100 American independent and international cinema premiers and classic revivals. It also features many performances, exhibitions, workshops, discussions, and informal Q&A sessions. There are many events where audiences can interact with directors, actors, and writers. Organizers always invite special guests like Brazilian VJ Suave or experimental director Kerry Laitala.