Passes to the 2011 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum are on sale now through the organization’s website, camdenfilmfest.org. The seventh annual Camden International Film Festival will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.

Recognized as one of the top 25 international film festivals for documentaries, the Camden International Film Festival has grown into a must-attend for documentary filmmakers, film lovers and industry giants alike. The quality of the film selection combined with the accessibility of the filmmakers gives attendees an intimate experience not found in other festivals. This year, the festival will screen more than 50 documentary features and shorts followed by discussions with nearly all of the filmmakers.

Running concurrent with the festival, the Points North Documentary Forum serves as a two-day networking session for New England filmmakers to meet key industry leaders. Last year’s forum included participants from the BBC, PBS, Sundance, Tribeca and many others.

“We’re getting extremely excited about this year’s program,” said Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the festival.

“Every year, we’ve had the opportunity to share some amazing and highly captivating films from both emerging and established filmmakers on a number of global topics. This year will be no different, the focus will be on storytelling, and we hope our audiences will find several films that resonate with them. Weaving together the documentary community with our community is what makes CIFF so memorable,” Fowlie said.

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 the Points North Documentary Forum. The VIP Pass grants the same admission as the Festival Pass plus special events and parties. Weekend passes are available at discounted Early Bird Special prices ranging from $65 to $100 if purchased prior to Monday, Aug. 15. After that date, pass prices will rise to $75 to $125.

Opening and Closing Night films will be announced on Aug. 15, and the entire film schedule will be released on Sept. 1. For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets, visit camdenfilmfest.org.

Attendees can receive special discounts from the festival’s lodging partners including Point Lookout Resort, The Country Inn at Camden Rockport and the Cedar Crest Inn. For more information, visit camdenfilmfest.org/blog/post/767. CIFF 2011 is made possible in part through the generous support of the University of Maine, Maine Magazine and Cellardoor Winery.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.