The Camden International Film Festival has announced the slate of feature and short films for its 14th edition, set for Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 13 through 16, at venues in Camden, Rockport and Rockland.

A program of the Points North Institute, CIFF is one of the top documentary film festivals in the world. This year, the festival will present 37 features, 43 short films, one episodic series and 20 virtual reality and immersive experiences from more than 30 countries. Half or more of the selections are directed or co-directed by women, across every category of the 2018 CIFF lineup including features, shorts, competitions, artist programs and immersive and VR installations. In keeping with CIFF’s mission as a festival that discovers and fosters rising talent, half of the films are made by first- or second-time filmmakers.

“Our organization has always embodied a spirit of inclusivity, and this spirit goes all the way back to our very first program in 2005, which featured a majority of remarkable women directors. This year, we’re honored to showcase over a hundred of the most inspiring and creative voices from across the globe working in nonfiction storytelling today,” said Ben Fowlie, executive and artistic director of the Points North Institute and founder of the Camden International Film Festival.

The 2018 slate underscores documentary as a creative, diverse, thriving and political art form, one that provides unique opportunities to engage with the world around us, he added.

“Programming at parity celebrates the contributions of the many formidable women in the field, while also emphasizing the fact that, in a century of documentary filmmaking, we’ve largely known one dominant perspective,” said Senior Programmer Samara Chadwick.

She said that CIFF is drawn to directorial approaches from outside the canon, “and we value all the creative voices and cinematic languages that have been otherwise underrepresented.”

CIFF will open with Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville’s “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead.” Fresh from its world premiere at Venice, the film is an intimate and captivating look at the last unfinished film of legendary director Orson Welles. The festival will close with the United States premiere of the sailing epic “Maiden,” which will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival the week prior.

The CIFF program features three world premieres by award-winning filmmakers: Kahlil Hudson and Alex Jablonski’s “Young Men And Fire”; Lana Wilson’s series “The Cure for Fear”; and Jane Gillooly’s “Where the Pavement Ends.” Seventeen features from the program will be making their North American or U.S. premieres including TIFF-premiered “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes,” “What Is Democracy” and “The Truth About Killer Robots”; Locarno winner “Fausto”; and Karlovy Vary winners “Walden” and “Putin’s Witnesses.” In addition to screening “Putin’s Witnesses,” CIFF will host Vitaly Mansky, the acclaimed and controversial Russian director now exiled to Latvia, and screen a curated retrospective of his work.

The festival will present a half dozen other documentary luminaries including new work from James Longley, Claire Simon, Astra Taylor, Nathaniel Kahn and a dozen films that creatively interrogate current power structures and politics. Nearly all screenings will be attended by the filmmakers, with creators from Sierra Leone, Russia, Syria, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Spain, all converging on Midcoast Maine.

CIFF will also feature four projects that have participated in the Points North Institute’s Artist Programs including “The Feeling of Being Watched,” “América,” shot-in-Maine “Dawnland” and the short “Baby Brother.”

“In addition to CIFF’s film slate, we’re honored to be presenting an exceptional selection of immersive artworks for the third edition of Storyforms,” said Program Director Sean Flynn. “Each project will provoke a conversation about how emerging technologies are opening up new pathways for creative documentary storytelling in the 21st century.”

Storyforms: Remixing Reality, CIFF’s growing exhibition of immersive documentary experiences and art installations, will feature several room-scale virtual and augmented reality installations, 12 works of 360-degree cinema, a series of large-scale slow cinema projections, a monofilament light sculpture and an audio-haptic installation that transforms trees into a medium for recorded sound.

Highlighted works include Asad Malik’s AR documentary “Terminal 3” and a Beta Test work-in-progress of “Fireflies: A Brownsville Story,” a VR documentary co-created by youth at the Brownsville Community Justice Center.

SHOWTIME®, under the Showtime Documentary Films banner, will serve as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Points North Fellowship and a Headlining Sponsor for the 2018 Camden International Film Festival. The Points North Forum’s lineup of master classes, roundtables, panels and industry delegates will be announced shortly, with additional programs and Fellows announced thereafter.

The complete lineup and more information can be found online at Also online is a range of Pass options, including a new day-pass for the Storyforms barn in Rockland. Cost ranges from $225 for the All Access Pass to the $175 Screenings + Forum, $95 Screenings and $50 Storyforms passes; $10 tickets for individual showings will be sold, as available, at the venues just prior to screenings.

CIFF volunteers get access to screenings, parties and the possibility of earning an All Access Pass. There is still time to join the team; signup is via Shiftboard, linked on the festival website.

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