CIFF passes on sale
Passes to the 2014 Camden International Film Festival are now on sale through the fest’s website, camdenfilmfest.org. Early Bird prices run until Friday, Aug. 15.
The Camden International Film Festival will take place Sept. 25 to 28 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland. Recently named one of the 12 film festivals for documentaries in the world, this year CIFF celebrates its 10th edition, highlighting innovative work that shows a deep commitment to the craft of nonfiction storytelling by showcasing more than 80 documentary features and shorts from around the globe. The weekend brings documentary films from both emerging and established filmmakers, with filmmakers in attendance at almost every screening.
CIFF’s concurrent Points North Documentary Forum has quickly become the launching pad for emerging U.S. documentary filmmakers, a place of professional development and creative inspiration for filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Passholders can attend hands-on workshops, panel discussions, the popular Points North Pitch and master classes with the top filmmakers and industry who descend on the Midcoast for the festival weekend. In addition to the world-class films, speakers and events, passholders are invited to CIFF’s parties, put together by Maine artists who re-imagine spaces such as barns and warehouses into creative environments.
More than 8,000 tickets are dispersed each year, and pass sales have increased by over 400 percent since 2010. Passes guarantee entry into screenings and events prior to tickets being released for sale to the general public. Passes are limited, so with increased attendance for the 10th festival, CIFF suggests to purchase passes early before they sell out.
Films, filmmakers, high-profile industry attendees and speakers will be announced the first week of September, when this year’s program will be unveiled.
The Camden International Film Festival offers two passes for attendees who want to experience it all. The Festival Pass grants admission to all festival screenings and all events associated with CIFF’s Points North Documentary Forum. The All Access Pass (formerly the VIP pass) grants the same admission as the Festival Pass plus all special events and invitation-only parties. Passes are available at discounted Early Bird prices of $75 for Festival Pass and $150 for VIP Pass if purchased prior to Aug. 15. After that date, pass prices will rise to $85 and $175.
For the first time, CIFF has partnered with the on-demand streaming website Fandor, which streams independent and international films, so CIFF passholders will receive a three-month free trial to continue the festival experience after the three-day event in September.
“We’re thrilled to continue to be a leading destination for emerging and established documentarians and to bring these filmmakers and their work to the Midcoast for our 10th,” said CIFF Founder and Executive Director Ben Fowlie. “It is shaping up to be yet another strong year of films and events.”
Managing Director Caroline von Kuhn added that they are looking forward to a year of even greater attendance in celebration of CIFF’s 10th anniversary, so getting passes early is encouraged.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.