Founded in 2005 and recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the rugged coast of Maine, showcasing over 80 documentary feature and short films from around the globe each fall.

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 boasts a number of musical performances, interactive installations, networking sessions and special events that enrich participant experiences. At CIFF, the emphasis is on building relationships between fellow filmmakers and industry. 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.

CIFF's Points North Documentary Forum provides emerging documentarians with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration. Programs include the year-round Points North Fellowship, masterclasses, workshops and international short form pitch opportunities such as The New York Times' Op Docs Pitch (2013), the AJ+ Pitch (2014) and the CMG Action Grant Pitch (2015). Past industry participants in the Forum include HBO, A&E, BBC, Participant Media, Al Jazeera America, Discovery, PBS, Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Vimeo and Kickstarter.

The 2019 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum will take place September 12-15 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine.

If you have a documentary feature or short in development, consider apply for the Points North Fellowship or Shortform Editing Residency:

Features (this category is a competition):
Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Feature, awarded by a Jury
Cash and in-kind components
Sponsor: Harrell Foundation
Cash Award Value: $1,000USD

Emerging Cinematic Vision Award
Searching for new voices in non-fiction storytelling, awarded by a jury.
Prize consists of both cash and in-kind services / donation.
Cash Award Value: $1,000USD

John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media
Award for one film that recognizes excellence in ethnographic media.
The award is named after John Marshall, a pioneer in ethnographic filmmaking.
Sponsor: Documentary Educational Resources
Cash Award Value: $1,000USD

Audience Choice Award
Voted by the CIFF Audience
Cash and in-kind components
Cash Award Value: TBD

1st Place
Best Short Documentary
Sponsor: NonFiction Cartel
Cash Award Value: $500USD

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 2, 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.