Experience CIFF outside of the festival weekend

CIFF Selects is monthly documentary screening series that brings the cutting-edge programming of the Camden International Film Festival to midcoast Maine year-round. These screenings include Maine premieres of some of the year’s best documentaries through a monthly series at the Camden Opera House and other special events in collaboration with some of our favorite cultural partners across the state.  This year we will be including our 2017 CIFF Audience Award winning documentary as our September CIFF Selects title.

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced in the coming months. The screenings are held on the third Wednesday each month, except for March when the screening will take place on the second Wednesday, March 8th. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, will follow select screenings. 

Tickets are $10, and can be purchased day of show at the Camden Opera House Box Office.


January 18, 7pm, Camden Opera House

 The first documentary to ever win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and recently shortlisted for a 2017 Academy Award, FIRE AT SEA takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey­. Award-winning filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi masterfully places these realities side by side, and in so doing creates a remarkable third narrative that jolts us into a new understanding of what is really happening in the Mediterranean today.

January’s CIFF Selects Fire at Sea is presented in partnership with Camden Conference and the Camden Opera House.