WATERVILLE — Rob Little spent much of his youth outdoors with a camera, filming animals and researching them to share what he learned with others.

His love of the outdoors, storytelling, filming and teaching ultimately brought him to his current profession – freelance filmmaker, editor and writer.

Little, now 25 and a 2012 Bates College graduate, found Saturday’s filmmakers brunch at the Hathaway Creative Center a perfect venue to connect with other people doing similar work.

The Making it in Maine Filmmakers’ Networking Brunch, co-hosted by the Maine International Film Festival, drew about 40 filmmakers, writers, editors and videographers to discuss their works and backgrounds, learn about funding and grants available and become familiar with other opportunities.

Film Festival Director Shannon Haines spoke, as did representatives from the other organizations hosting the event: the Maine Film Center, of which Haines also is executive director; the Maine Film & Video Association; the Maine Film Office, the Maine Public Broadcasting Network; and the Maine Arts Commission. Saturday’s event was the festival’s first-ever networking brunch for filmmakers.

Little told his peers that he is writing, shooting, editing and producing an educational Web series, “Detect Earth,” that teaches children about ecology and the outdoors.

Rob Burke edited the Norway Savings Bank television commercials and worked on “The Peloton Project,” a feature-length documentary about living with cancer.

Bob O’Connor, of China, said he is making a documentary for the China Lake Association about an effort to return alewives to the lake.

Filmmaker Ernest Thompson, who wrote the play “On Golden Pond,” encouraged filmmakers not to be daunted by the amount of funding required to make a film. He said many people, particularly in Maine, will allow you to film on their property at no cost.

Thompson spends summers on Great Pond, which was the inspiration for “On Golden Pond,” a 1981 movie starring Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda and Fonda’s daughter, Jane Fonda. While Thompson fought to have the movie made in Maine, it was actually filmed in New Hampshire. Thompson won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1982 for the film.

Later Saturday, Thompson held a workshop about making the film “Heavenly Angle,” his latest project from Whitebridge Farm Productions.

The film will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, as well as at that same time July 20, at the Waterville Opera House

Also Saturday, the 2014 Waterville Arts Fest was held, the first collaborative event hosted as part of Waterville Creates! Administered by Waterville Main Street, an art show and sale was set up on Main Street.