We’re honored to announce that we’ve been awarded the Economic Enhancement Award by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce. This Award recognizes an organization that has made a major economic investment or enhanced our local economy and resulted in a significant improvement to the region’s economy in the preceding year.
Here is what the chamber had to say about CIFF…”Well beyond the “butts in seats” and “hotel stays, meals purchased” this premier documentary film festival has also delivered diversity, inspiration and information to our area. In the early fall, the four day multi format event will once again host more than 60 film-makers and sell thousands of tickets to screenings and events in venues from Rockland to Northport. Two additional employees have been hired and the 18 member strong board of directors continues to work closely with founder Ben Fowlie to create one of the top 25 documentary film festivals in the world. Celebrating “small towns, big films”, we would like to recognize the Camden International Film Festival.”
Thanks to the PBRCC, and the countless sponsors and supporters who have believed in us over the years. This award is recognition of your support.
We’ve got some exciting screenings lined up for March. Take a look below for more details. Click on the links for more information on the films, and how to purchase tickets.
Thursday, March 14th - CHASING ICE, Unity College Center for Performing Arts
We’re continuing our free community screening series with Unity College. This month we’ll bring one of the most buzzed docs from 2012. If you live in the area, don’t miss this film.
Thursday, March 21 - Maine Double Bill: DOWNEAST and BETTING THE FARM, Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine Orono.
A special evening showcasing two excellent films shot right here in Maine. Both films premiered at CIFF last year and have screened to great acclaim throughout the State over the past few months.
Tuesday, March 26th - INFORMANT, Space Gallery in Portland, Maine.
We’re teaming up with our good friends SPACE Gallery and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies to bring this one-of-a kind film to Portland. Filmmaker and subjects present for a Q&A.
CIFF is now accepting submissions for its 2013 festival. We’re looking for nonfiction features and shorts, as well as work that lives on the margins of the documentary form. If you’ve got a film, we’d love to see it and hope you will submit. Our programs include a feature competition, emerging cinematic vision competition, shorts programs, best of fest program and an experimental program that aims to push the boundaries of what a documentary is.
Submit today and save! FMI: www.camdenfilmfest.org/submit
CIFF is proud to be a partner in bringing the acclaimed doc DOWNEAST back to Maine. The film should be coming to a theatre near you in January or February, so make sure to check back for more info.
Set during an era of U.S. post-industrialization in which numerous factories have been exported, Downeast focuses on Antonio Bussone’s efforts to open a processing factory in rural Maine. The documentary is filmed entirely in the Gouldsboro region by acclaimed filmmakers, David Redmon and Ashley Sabin.
One of the most publicized stories in Maine this year. Don’t miss your chance to see what really happened to Live Lobster and the Stinson Sardine Canning Factory. The film was screened as a rough-cut at CIFF 2011, and a finished film in 2012 where it received a Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary. The film had its World Premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.
Current screenings include:
Every year at CIFF we have the same New Years resolution…watch more docs. This year we decided to help make this resolution easier by starting the new year right, with an abundance of CIFF Selects screenings throughout the region. Check out the special screenings below…more events will be added throughout the winter and spring.
CIFF Selects in Portland, ME at Space Gallery (co-presentations)
DOWNEAST Theatrical Tour - Beginning on January 12th, CIFF will be co-presenting a statewide screening tour of the acclaimed documentary, DOWNEAST. The film follows the re-opening and closing of the Stinson Canning Factory in Gouldsboro, ME as a Boston businessman tries to open the first live lobster factory in the US. For more information, click here.
CIFF at The DocYard (a screening series in Cambridge, MA sponsored by CIFF). Below are a few of the CIFF alums screening this winter at The DocYard.
CIFF Selects at Unity College (A screening series at Unity College‘s from Jan – April. In collaboration with their Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities)