Q. What are the origins of this festival?
A. WoodenBoat magazine recognized a growing number of high-quality film-making efforts within its purview, but there was no event dedicated solely to celebrating these efforts—and encouraging future ones. Having great passion for the topic but lacking expertise in film technology, it joined forces with Northeast Historic Film (NHF)—an organization with a deep understanding of film preservation and technology—for the inaugural festival in 2016. NHF remains the venue for the event, but the organizing partner is now Main Street Bucksport.
Q. What is Main Street Bucksport?
A. Main Street Bucksport is an economic development organization committed to revitalization efforts. The mission of Main Street Bucksport is to promote a vibrant downtown Bucksport by supporting existing businesses, attracting new businesses, and supporting cultural arts events. We are a 501c3 organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors who are committed to revitalizing downtown Bucksport. Formed in 2014, Main Street Bucksport is a is a network community in the Maine Downtown Center‘s Main Street Program.
Q. What is WoodenBoat magazine?
A. WoodenBoat is the magazine for owners, builders, and designers of wooden watercraft. More than a trade and how-to journal, it is dedicated to the worldwide preservation and advancement of wooden boat construction, use, design, and related culture. Its broad scope includes forestry, fisheries, environment, and technology—as they relate to wooden boats.
Q. What are the elements of this festival?
A. There are three: 1) the juried contest, 2) the gala festival weekend in Bucksport, Maine, and 3) the traveling compilation of winners.