15th Annual

Camden International Film Festival

September 12, 2019 to September 15, 2019

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PO Box 836
Camden ME 04843
Phone: 207-593-6593

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Short Documentary
Open to all documentary films under 40 minutes.
Feature Documentary
The Camden International Film Festival is open to all documentary films from anywhere in the world.


Located on the rugged coast of Maine, the Camden International Film Festival highlights nonfiction work that shows dedication to craft and unique storytelling approaches. We like films that inspire and inform. We like films that blur the lines between reality and fiction. We like films that tell a darn good story.

CIFF is recognized as one of the top 20 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, one of the coolest doc fests (Moviemaker), one of the 12 best small town film festivals in the US (POV), and the largest and most respected documentary event in New England (Indiewire). CIFF is an Academy qualifying festival as well as 1 of 14 qualifying festivals for the Cinema Eye Honors.

The CIFF experience is about being in a beautiful environment where filmmakers have the opportunity to interact with engaged and enthusiastic audiences, fellow filmmakers, and key industry decision makers. We love the intimacy that can only be found in places where getting there is part of the experience. Most importantly, we love the intersection of art and community that can only happen in a festival setting. In that regard, we emphasize filmmaker participation. Travel and accommodations provided for a representative for all selected feature films. Filmmaker All Access passes provided to all feature and short filmmakers.


The Camden International Film Festival began in 2005. That year we highlighted the work of 22 filmmakers from around the world, and honored Albert Maysles for his lifetime of work.

Since then we’ve screened hundreds of award-winning documentary films and hosted filmmakers from all over the world. We believe in the power that a documentary film can have, and pride ourselves on creating diverse programs. We are constantly searching for new voices in documentary world and seeking out work that pushes the boundaries of the documentary form. Through our experimental sidebar we showcase hybrid work, experimental work and all work that lives on the margins.

CIFF is an experience just as unique as the films we exhibit. Nearly all films are followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers and the festival boats a number of musical performances, interactive installations, networking sessions and special events that enrich participants experiences. At Camden, the emphasis is on building relationships between fellow filmmakers and industry.

In 2009 we introduced the Points North Documentary Forum, a conference component consisting of a number of intimate workshops and networking events specifically designed to connect the documentary community with key industry leaders. The Forum also hosts the Points North Pitch, a live project pitching event for films and filmmakers looking for feedback from a highly distinguished panel. Past participants include representatives from HBO, A&E IndieFilms, Discovery, Al-Jazeera America, Vimeo, Kickstarter, the BBC, ZDF, ARTE, The New York Times, The Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Institute and Channel, PBS, POV, ITVS, IFP, Cinereach, Chicken and Egg, the Fledgling Fund, the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), the LEF Foundation, American Public Television, WGBH, MIT Open Doc Lab, Harvard's Berkman Center, Hot Docs, IFFBoston, the T/F Film Festival, Cowbird and a number of other leading executive producers, festival programmers and funders.

Each year our audiences grow, but our commitment to our mission remains the same. We love a good story, and we love to share them with our audiences.


Annie Brown (Operations and Communications Manager); Annie Brown (Operations and Communications Manager); Benjamin Fowlie (Director-Founder); Kate Fletcher (Operations Director); Samara Chadwick; Sean Flynn; Sean Flynn (Program Director)


Send submitted films to:

Points North Institute
PO Box 836
Camden, ME 04843

Rules of entry:

The Camden International Film Festival is open to all documentary films of all styles, subjects and lengths. We also encourage submissions that push the boundaries of the form. All selected films will be notified by approximately August 2, 2019.

Works-in-progress are accepted at all deadlines and will be considered for screening at the Camden International Film Festival. The festival is open for discussion on this topic. If you have questions, please contact us.

The filmmaker agrees to be responsible for all shipping and insurance costs for shipping submission materials to the festival office. The submission will not be returned to the entrants unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included for return.

Films and videos are submitted complete with English commentary and/or English dialogue or in the original version with English subtitles.

All submitting filmmakers and distributors will be notified of the official selections prior to the festival. Films screening in competition will be announced on approximately August 14, 2019.

The festival has the right to use the publicity material (press books, posters, stills etc.) from selected films to promote the festival.

Upon gaining possession of the films or videos, the festival will only then accept limited responsibility for the films or videos, extending to the time that the festival organization ships the film or video back to the sender. The definition of this limited responsibility only includes a refund of laboratory expenses for making a new print of the roll or rolls of film damaged, or in case of a video, duplication of the videotape. This refund will be calculated according to the current US laboratory prices. It does not extend to negatives, positives or any other type of film component.


By submitting this documentary, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:

I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this documentary film to the Camden International Film Festival and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true;

This documentary contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever;

Filmmakers give permission to festival to use press kits for marketing purposes, and a 60-second or less clip from film in highlight reel for box office and online festival trailer.