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Maynard Film Festival National Open Call for “Small Town Shorts

Submit by Dec 31, 2020 midnight at Filmfreeway
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Maynard Film Festival is a new national platform based in Maynard, MA, for independent and community-based filmmaking. “Small Town Shorts” is the Festival’s first open call for films that tell stories about how life has changed in American suburbs and rural small towns during these transformational times.

The focus will be on documentary storytelling and community involvement to record how small town culture is changing and coping with social unrest, pandemic, wildfires, and economic recession. Why small towns?…for the access. From town hall meetings to the local farmstand, these communities already know each other. Also, the consequences of the fate of our time will hit harder in smaller communities. Documenting the solutions to hardships, revealing the resiliency, and sharing the struggle are all part of what will be filmed and archived for history. A small town is defined as a population under 100,000 as of 2020.

Filmmakers will make a 2-5 minute short, adhering to themes about small town life. The best short films will be presented on the big screen at the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard, MA, and released online later.

MFF supports emerging and established voices; curates innovative and interactive experiences and the use of smartphone filmmaking. MFF will be soliciting jurors from museums to judge and archive the best shorts for their collections that focus on these historic times.

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Maynard Film Festival Open Call

The Maynard Short Film Festival CONTINUES!

An OPEN CALL for all Filmmakers, Directors, Local Historians!

As we look forward to celebrating 150 years as a small town we have a lot to remember and cherish.

NEXT DUE DATE: August 1st Midnight.
THEME: Maynard Centric – HISTORY FOCUS
GENRE: Documentary
SUGGESTION: Do NOT be limited. Be inspired. Everyone’s story is history. Those who like parameters, HISTORY is the aim. Focus on Maynard is a bonus. Lets see how we can all CLOSE THE SOCIAL DISTANCE.

All Festival Films must be posted on a publicly accessible platform, tag w/ #maynardfilmfest, and SEND A LINK TO: andymoerlein at gmail dot com

Interested directors please preregister by alerting andymoerlein at gmail dot com so you are kept up to date on the Maynard Short Film Festival news and plans.

Zannah Noe of Maynard has stepped up to head the next phase for the Film Festival starting August 1st. Coming from a fine art and event management background in NYC and SF, her vision is to develop  themes for a year long film series for and about Maynard. The best of the year to be showcased as a film festival event in 2021. If you are interested in helping to make this vision a reality, please email zannahnoe@gmail.com. We need volunteers to manage the various aspects of this Festival. We will build a team of talent, ambition and enthusiasm!

Maynard Delivers! Win a Gift Certificate to Local Restaurants. Daily drawing.

Do you miss the Maynard restaurant scene?
Can’t wait for your favorite local restaurant to re-open?
Well, you don’t have to!

Many of the independent restaurants in Maynard are offering takeout and delivery services as they prepare for dine-in customers.

You can help support them and maybe win a little something for yourself.

The Maynard Cultural District will be giving away one gift certificate per day, seven in total, to lucky participants delivery or takeout from Maynard restaurants between July 5 and July 11th.

Participants must post a photo of their Maynard restaurant order to the MCD #MaynardDelivers event on the Maynard Cultural District Facebook page between July 5, 2020 and July 11, 2020. All posts must include: (1) the name of the restaurant, (2) the names of the dish or dishes and (3) the #MaynardDelivers tag.

One chance per order and the gift certificates will be from the restaurant where the order was placed. Recipients will be selected at random from among the eligible entries for that day. Recipients will be announced on the official event page and contacted through Facebook Messenger.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition to support Maynard’s Cultural District

E X T E N D E D   Let’s turn the pavement of Maynard into an outside art gallery!

The Maynard Cultural Council will be hosting a Sidewalk Chalk Art Competition to help transform the sidewalks and driveways of Maynard and to help provide a creative distraction and outlet for the community during coronavirus social distancing. It will also provide visual interest to community members who are out walking to exercise during these stressful times.

All Maynard community members are invited to contribute to the contest using sidewalk chalk. Your art can be featured in the sidewalk in front of your home, the street end of your driveway, or any other place for which you have gained permission to contribute. Please make your work visible to pedestrians. Artists must provide their own materials and secure permission for any work done off their own property. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome to contribute.

The Contest will runs now through May 14th
Submit work by posting your photo publicly to social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter) and tag with #maynardchalkart

Finalists will be judged by members of the Maynard Cultural Council and then submitted to the public for a vote. All judging will be based on overall impression, creativity, originality, skill, and use of color. Prizes will come in the form of gift certificates purchased to the Maynard business or restaurant of your choosing.
Awards will be given in the following age categories:
Kid – 2 – 8
Youth – 9 – 12
Teen – 13 – 18
Adult – 18+