Camden International Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Camden International Film Festival
SINCE: 2005
WHERE: Camden, Maine, USA
WEBSITE: www.amdenfilmfest.org
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: “Located on the rugged coast of Maine, …. Recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, the festival highlights work that shows dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. We like films that blur the line between fact and fiction, films that inspire and inform and most importantly, entertain. Nestled against the mighty Atlantic during fall’s explosion of color, the festival becomes a unique setting to experience the very best in international documentary film. Alongside countless film screenings and Q&As with directors, we offer the Points North Forum, Panoptic (a showcase of new media and experimental artworks), impromptu musical performances, the freshest seafood in the world and unforgettable parties on boats, in boat houses, at world class galleries and sometimes even in old foundries. The towns we hold screenings in are close in proximity, and all have their own distinctive feel. Our main venues are Camden’s Opera House and Bayview Street Cinema and Rockland’s Strand Theatre and Farnsworth Art Museum.”

2015 Camden International Film Festival Reveals Slate of Feature and Short Films

2015 Camden International Film Festival Reveals Slate of Feature and Short Films

The 2015 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) announced the slate of feature and short films for its 11th edition, which will take place September 17-20, 2015 throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. CIFF will present over 60 features and short films from across the globe, the country and the state, with filmmakers attending nearly every screening. Highlights of this year’s program include Locarno titles Machine Gun or Typewriter, The Ground We Won and Locarno winner […]

Camden International Film Festival Announces 2015 Dates

Camden International Film Festival Announces 2015 Dates

Camden International Film Festival 2015 dates

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) and its Points North Documentary Forum have announced dates for 2015. The festival and forum will take place September 17-20, 2015.

For the second time, CIFF has received support from both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the National Endowment for the Arts for the 2015 Festival. Following the success of the 2013 Academy-funded Then and Now program, the Academy returns to support the festival’s new series Being There, a retrospective sidebar program and workshop series focused on the past, present and future of ethnographic documentary film.

“VIRUNGA” “THE IRON MINISTRY” Among Camden International Film Festival and Points North 2014 winners

“VIRUNGA” “THE IRON MINISTRY” Among Camden International Film Festival and Points North 2014 winners

VIRUNGAVIRUNGA

The Camden International Film Festival announced the award winning films from its tenth edition, which marked the end of a four-day weekend that included the screening of over 70 films from dozens of countries, as well as the 6th Points North Documentary Forum.  This year’s Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature went to CIFF’s Opening Night film VIRUNGA directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, who attended the festival to present his film and went on to accept the award via Skype. 

Camden International Film Festival announces Points North Fellowship; Filmmakers Invited to Apply

Camden International Film Festival announces Points North Fellowship; Filmmakers Invited to Apply

Camden International Film Festival points north documentary forum

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) which celebrates its 10th anniversary this September 25-28, 2014, announced the expansion of the Points North Documentary Forum with the launch of the Points North Fellowship.

The Points North Fellowship enhances and expands upon the well-established Points North Pitch, a unique opportunity to pitch documentary works-in-progress to an international delegation of funders, commissioning editors and producers before a live audience. Five selected filmmakers (or filmmaking teams) will receive two VIP passes to the festival, four nights of accommodations and a stipend to subsidize their travel to Camden. The fellowship will begin with a day of intensive pitch training in partnership with the Maine Media Workshop (MMW) and focused industry mentorship held at the MMW’s Campus prior to the start of the festival, followed by the fifth annual Points North Pitch, held in the Camden Opera House on September 27, 2014.

2013 Camden International Film Festival Announces Winning Films; THE GENIUS OF MARIAN Wins Best Documentary

2013 Camden International Film Festival Announces Winning Films; THE GENIUS OF MARIAN Wins Best Documentary

 THE GENIUS OF MARIANTHE GENIUS OF MARIAN

The Camden International Film Festival wrapped its ninth edition, and announced the award winning films of the 2013 festival, with THE GENIUS OF MARIAN directed by Banker White and Anna Fitch winning the Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature.  THE GENIUS OF MARIAN is described as an intimate family portrait that explores the heartbreak of Alzheimer’s disease, the power of art and the meaning of family. THE GENIUS OF MARIAN follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease as her son, the filmmaker, documents her struggle to hang on to a sense of self.

Camden International Film Festival Engagement Summit to Focus on Aging

Camden International Film Festival Engagement Summit to Focus on Aging

THE GENIUS OF MARIAN, directed by Banker WhiteTHE GENIUS OF MARIAN, directed by Banker White

The Camden International Film Festival announced its first annual Engagement Summit, a unique program developed in partnership with Working Films that will connect documentary filmmakers with Maine-based nonprofit leaders to develop community-based social action campaigns tied to documentary film screenings. The inaugural Engagement Summit will focus on the theme of aging and tie to a year-long thematic program called Aging in Maine.

Camden International Film Festival Unveils Lineup for Fifth Annual Points North Documentary Forum

Camden International Film Festival Unveils Lineup for Fifth Annual Points North Documentary Forum

Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) Points North Documentary Forum

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) has unveiled the lineup for its Points North Documentary Forum. Now in its fifth year, the Forum has quickly become the largest gathering in New England of filmmakers, key decision makers and thought leaders in the documentary field.  The three-day conference program runs concurrently with the festival from September 27 – 29, 2013 at the historic Camden Opera House in Camden, Maine, and Union Hall in Rockport, Maine. This year’s program will feature a wide range of panel discussions, workshops, case studies, networking events and two public pitch sessions. Points North is dedicated to providing independent documentary filmmakers with unique opportunities for both professional development and creative inspiration, helping build a vibrant regional filmmaking community while sustaining a conversation about new directions in nonfiction storytelling. 

Maine’s Camden International Film Festival Announces Lineup; Fest to Open with CUTIE AND THE BOXER

Maine’s Camden International Film Festival Announces Lineup; Fest to Open with CUTIE AND THE BOXER

CUTIE AND THE BOXERCUTIE AND THE BOXER

Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) announced its slate, of over 65 features and short films, taking place September 26- 29, 2013 throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. The festival will open with CUTIE AND THE BOXER directed by Zachary Heinzerling. CUTIE AND THE BOXER is described as a reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic forty year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.

New York Times’s Op-Docs is Looking For Documentary Filmmakers

New York Times’s Op-Docs is Looking For Documentary Filmmakers

New York Times

Op-Docs, the New York Times’s editorial department’s forum for short opinionated documentaries is looking for opinionated documentary shorts (running 3 to 10 minutes), Documentary filmmakers in the United States are invited to apply for a new pitch opportunity at this year’s Camden International Film Festival (CIFF): The pitch will take place as part of the Camden International Film Festival’s Points North Documentary Forum running from September 26 – 29, 2013.

Camden International Film Festival Announces First Round of 2012 Official Selections Films

Camden International Film Festival Announces First Round of 2012 Official Selections Films

BALLROOM DANCER

The Camden International Film Festival announced the first round of “Official Selections” films that will screen at the 2012 festival from Sept. 27 – 30 in Camden, Maine. CIFF will screen over 70 films with the majority being followed by a Q&A with visiting filmmakers. 

The films include:

BALLROOM DANCER

Andreas Koefoed and Christian Bonke | Denmark | 2011

New England Premiere

A decade after Slavik Kryklyvyy became the World Latin Dance Champion, he tries to regain the success that seemed to have slipped by him with a new partner and lover. Depicting their shifting dynamic through gestures, glances, and dance, this film evolves past the comeback, into a tragic love story, as Slavik’s perfectionism drives a wedge between them.