Finalists in high-stakes outdoor adventure short film contest announced
The 10 finalists are: Andrew Siegel, Albany Township, “An Afternoon at Bethel Village Trail;” Lukas Grube, Winthrop, “Back 40 MX Race Day;” Dylan Hall, Cumberland, “Backcountry Cycle Challenge;” Alex Poland, Oxford, “Clarity;” Daniel Kayamaba, Portland, “Island Of Lost Souls;” Rob and Neyva Mueller, Brunswick, “Keep Pedaling;” Max Tullgren and Keaton Stone, “School’s Out;” Sam Whitney, Cape Elizabeth, “Summer Sessions;” Kelly James Hinkle, Columbia Falls, “The Maine Life” By the Downeast Cowboy; Jacob Christiansen, Kittery Point, “Vacationland;”
Direct quotes from a few of the Maine filmmakers:
“Playing outside is such a huge part of our daily family life in Maine. Making films about it will hopefully get more people outside to have fun.” -Neyva and Rob Mueller
“My family and I spend most of our spare time enjoy this great state’s rivers and fly fishing. It is the ultimate moving scrapbook to create a short film, showcasing all the fun and beauty!” -Alex Poland (Summer 2016 Broke and Stoked Finalist)
“The outdoors is my thinking place and making films in the outdoors makes me feel safe and free.” -Daniel Kayamba
“There's the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words." If a picture is worth a thousand, then a video is worth much more. These videos have allowed us to tell our story without having to say anything at all and that is the beauty of film.” -Max Tullgren & Keaton Stone (Summer 2016 Broke & Stoked Winners)
The $1,000 cash first place prize is underwritten by Skowhegan Savings. Internet voting decides the winner. Voting is open until Sept. 26. The public may view the films at brokeandstoked.com.
The winner will be announced on Sept. 28 at the MOFF Awards Show at One Longfellow Square in Portland.
The 10 finalists will all receive an outdoor gear prize pack filled with outdoor gear from MOFF sponsors: All Good by Elemental Herbs, Zootility, Three Rivers Whitewater Rafting, Flowfold, American Roots, Pakpod, Coast Products, L.L.Bean, Maine Grains, Kuhl, & Sugarloaf.
About the film festival: MOFF is an outdoor adventure and conservation film festival. The festival takes place in September with over 12 specially curated screenings all over Maine. MOFF also holds two short video contests for Mainers - one in the summer and one in the winter - known as “the Broke and Stoked Video Contest.” Proceeds from MOFF are donated to Teens to Trails.
Since 2013, MOFF has raised funds and awareness for Teens to Trails, a Brunswick-based non-profit, which supports Maine high school outing clubs with cash grants (over 70 high schools throughout the state has received cash grants from T3), organizational support (like the Spring Thing conference for outing club leaders) and programming (like the Winter Skills Workshops). The website for more information about T3 is: http://teenstotrails.org
The 2018 festival is now accepting film submissions. Visit www.maineoutdoorfilmfestival.com for more information on the submission process and other MOFF topics.