Points North

September 13 – 16, 2018

Founded in 2005, and recognized as one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the rugged coast of Maine.

The program for the 14th edition of CIFF is now live! This year, the festival will present 37 features, 43 short films, 1 episodic series and 20 virtual reality and immersive experiences from over 30 countries.

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Festival Schedule


Recovery Boys – Midcoast Tour
July 8 – 11, 2018

Confronting the impacts of the opioid crisis and what we can do to address it as a community. FREE Screening & Community Discussion Series with Oscar-nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

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CIFF Summer Preview Party (July 12)

Join us to preview the 2018 CIFF program, experience the latest in Immersive Storytelling, and meet Award-Winning alumni from our growing suite of Artist Programs.

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Our Artist Programs are designed to bring together filmmakers, mentors, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative community on the coast of Maine that nurtures the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and helps them develop a stronger artistic voice.





I hope Maine realizes that this is a jewel in the crown of this great state and we should support it with everything we've got and make sure it keeps its soul.
- Nathaniel Kahn, Academy Award winning filmmaker, My Architect
Imagine Telluride. Except in Maine. In the fall. With foliage. And documentaries only.
- John Anderson, indieWIRE
Fans of documentary film should make attendance at the Camden International Film Festival an annual rite.
- Loren King, The Boston Globe
A vital documentary showcase that has risen to prominence as a must-stop destination on the nonfiction festival circuit.
- Tom White, Documentary Magazine
CIFF has found a place among the elite of documentary fests.
- Nick Pinkerton, Artforum
CIFF has this great vibe. It’s a ‘pros’ festival that really knows docs. If there are that many good films, something good must be going on.
- Alex Gibney, Academy Award winning director
Points North gave my documentary the kind of introduction to the industry that filmmakers dream of. It was the conduit for relationships with broadcasters, funders, and colleagues that continue to this day.
- Drew Xanthopoulos, Director, THE SENSITIVES
The Points North Fellowship launched not just our documentary project, but us as filmmakers, for the long term.
- Amy Benson, Director, DRAWING THE TIGER
The Camden International Film Festival invites a worldwide audience to enjoy my home of Maine in the way I have always loved it, but rarely wished to admit: with raw Mainerism at a reverential distance, and full of international artists. The films that these artists are representing and commingling around makes up one of the most choicely selected nonfiction festival slates in America.
Max Carpenter, Hyperallergic

About the Points North Institute

The Points North Institute is the launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers.

We build a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub where stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped.

Our programs include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a growing suite of artist development initiatives: retreats, residencies, workshops and fellowships that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and help them develop a stronger artistic voice.

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