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Posted: January 30, 2013

Moustachios alert: Stache Pag and Film Festival

Written by: Shannon Bryan

Calling all mustaches: 6th Annual Stache Pag and the International Moustache Film Festival file photo


The 6th annual Stache Pag – a beauty pageant of facial hair that celebrates mustaches and the men (and women) who grow them, is returning to Portland on March 29. That should be plenty of time for bald-faced locals to get a-growin’, if they haven’t already.

This years will once again include the International Moustache Film Festival, likely drawing submissions from around the world.

Moustachioed men (and, again, women) will parade their ‘staches on the catwalk at Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress Street in Portland. And they’ll do a bunch of other strange and wonderful things to entice the audience to cheer for them. Three finalists will be selected from each stache category: The Uncle Rico, The Magnum PI, The 1899 Maine Legislature and The Thigh Tickler. Finalists will then compete to win their category.

“Stache Pag contestants are an inspiration,” said festival creator Nick Callanan in a press release. “Their courage and resilience to step on stage in this moustache-hostile world is continuing to turn the tide of public perception. Maybe not by a lot, but moustaches are definitely more acceptable than they were before Stache Pag & the International Moustache Film Festival started.”

There’s also a call for filmmakers to submit stache-centric films to the International Moustache Film Festival portion of the event. Films should be four minutes or less and entered by March 15 at All entries will be reviewed and the best work will be shown on the big screen prior to Stache Pag. Winners selected for Best Comedy, Drama, Music Video, Documentary and One-Shot No-Editing-Smart-Phone, will each receive atrophy. Overall Best Short Film will receive a trophy and a $250 cash prize.

For more information about Stache Pag & the International Moustache Film Festival, to purchase tickets, become a contestant, submit afilm or become a corporate sponsor go to

Oh, and check out our awesome Stache Pag video from last year:

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