Passes for the 2010 Camden International Film Festival are on sale now through the organization’s Web site, camdenfilmfest.org.  Film fans can usher in fall by enjoying some of the year’s best independent non-fiction cinema on the coast of Maine at the sixth annual Camden International Film Festival, set for Thursday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 3.

Pass options include: the VIP Pass for admittance to all screenings, panels, special events and parties throughout the weekend; and the Festival Pass for admittance to all screenings and panels. Purchases of either pass made before Wednesday, Aug. 25 can save 15 percent on the regular pass price as part of the Festival’s Early Bird Special.

The Camden International Film Festival celebrates the craft of documentary filmmaking and recently has been recognized as one of the top 25 international film festivals for documentary films and filmmakers. This year, the festival will screen nearly 50 documentary features and shorts followed by discussions with attending filmmakers. Venues include the  Strand Theatre, Camden Opera House, Bayview Street Cinema in Camden, the Rockport Opera House and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

This year’s festival features an expanded Points North Documentary Forum, a two-day networking session with key industry leaders. Last year’s forum included participants from Sundance, HBO, PBS, Gucci-Tribeca and many others. Full passes to the two-day Points North Forum (Oct. 1 and 2) also are available online.  Day passes to the Points North Forum and individual tickets can be purchased at the appropriate venues day of show.

The entire film schedule will be released Wednesday, Sept. 1. For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets, visit camdenfilmfest.org.

The Camden International Film Festival is dedicated to presenting a snapshot of the cultural landscape through the year’s best non-fiction storytelling and connecting audiences with the industry’s emerging talent to discuss documentary film as an art form, a catalyst for change and as an outlet for the independent voice. CIFF ’10 is made possible in part through the generous support of the Quimby Family Foundation, the University of Maine, Maine magazine and Cellardoor Winery.

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