Passes to the 2012 Camden International Film and Points North Documentary are now on sale online. The eighth annual Camden International Film Festival will take place in Camden and Rockland Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 27 through 30.

Recognized as one of the top 25 international film festivals for documentaries, and one of the 12 best small town film in the United States, the Camden International Film Festival has grown into a must-attend event for documentary filmmakers, film lovers and industry giants alike. This year, the festival will screen more than 50 documentary features and shorts followed by discussions with nearly all of the filmmakers.

The quality of the film selection combined with the accessibility of the filmmakers gives attendees an intimate experience not found in other festivals. Last year, more than 70 filmmakers and industry professionals attended, making it the largest gathering of documentary professionals in New England.

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

“We’re extremely excited about how this year’s program is shaping up,” said Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival. “There’s absolutely no shortage of amazing work out there, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to share new, cutting edge films from all over the world, while also highlighting films from Maine and about Maine.”

CIFF 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; and the VIP Pass grants the same admission as the Festival Pass plus access to all special events and parties throughout the weekend. Passes to CIFF are available at discounted Early Bird Special prices ranging from $65 to $125 if purchased prior to Aug. 1. After that date, pass prices will rise to $75 to $150.

Opening and Closing Night films will be announced on Aug. 15; and the entire film schedule, and list of events will be released before Sept. 1. For more information on the festival, or to purchase tickets, visit camdenfilmfest.org. CIFF 2012 is made possible in part through the generous support of the University of Maine, Maine Magazine and Cellardoor Winery.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.