Maynard Film Festival National Open Call for “Small Town Shorts

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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 Drive-In Movie At The Fowler School Parking Lot

Maynard Drive-In Movie

The Maynard Sesquicentennial Committee invites you to join us for a Drive-In Movie on October 3 at 7 pm at the Fowler School parking lot! We are excited to offer a free, socially distanced viewing of Back To The Future on the big (outdoor) screen.  The event – sponsored by the Committee and the Maynard Fine Arts theater, and in partnership with the Maynard Cultural Council and the premier launch of the Maynard Film Festival – is a free event to celebrate the town of Maynard and offer a fun, safe community activity. Questions? Email: If you plan to join us, please take 20 seconds to add your name and number of attending cars to the list here.

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 We need volunteers to manage the various aspects of this Festival. We will build a team of talent, ambition and enthusiasm!