CIFF gets NEA Art Works grant

Dec 17, 2013
Photo by: Dagney C. Ernest A panel discussion on Internet privacy keeps the audience in their seats after a Camden International Film Festival 2013 screening of "Terms and Conditions May Apply" at Rockland's Strand Theatre.

Camden — National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa has announced that the Camden International Film Festival will receive an NEA Art Works grant in the amount of $10,000. CIFF is one of 895 organizations to be recognized nationwide and one of only 11 grants awarded in the state of Maine.

The grant will support the Camden International Film Festival and the expansion of its educational programs at the Points North Documentary Forum during the 2014 festival. The 2013 CIFF and its Points North Documentary Forum consisted of more than 70 feature-length and short documentaries from around the globe; and welcomed over 30 industry delegates to the forum for intimate workshops and live pitching sessions. The National Endowment of the Arts joins the ranks of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Fledgling Fund, the Unity Foundation, the Maine Community Foundation and Vimeo as CIFF’s leading funders in 2013, a big year for the festival with a record number of attending filmmakers and industry representatives.

“This recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts provides invaluable support as we continue to grow the festival and expand opportunities for filmmakers through the Points North Documentary Forum,” said Ben Fowlie, Camden International Film Festival Founder and Executive Director.

The 10th anniversary of the Camden International Film Festival, scheduled for Sept. 25 through 28, is already being celebrated through the yearlong 10 for 10 series at the Strand Theatre in Rockland leading up to the festival itself. More announcements on what is shaping up for CIFF’s 10th anniversary will be made in the coming months. For more information, visit

The NEA’s Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit For more information about CIFF, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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