The Camden International Film Festival has recently received a $2,500 grant from the Unity Foundation to support the seventh annual festival, which will take place from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. The Unity Foundation’s mission is to support sustainable, mission-driven nonprofits through capacity-building initiatives, programmatic grant making and nonprofit management education.

The CIFF is a Maine based 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and highlight nonfiction cinematic storytelling. Recognized as one of the top 25 festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, each year more than 60 films from across the globe are screened throughout Camden and Rockland. CIFF was officially recognized by the IRS as an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization in June 2011.

Awarded funds will be used to support a portion of the pass sales for several Unity College students to attend the seventh Camden International Film Festival; and take part in a special course offered through Unity College and the University of Maine.

“We are extremely grateful for this recognition from such a prestigious organization,” said Ben Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival. “This support will go a long way towards the development of several new educational initiatives for dozens of college students in Maine.”

This is the Unity Foundation’s first year of supporting CIFF. Unity College has also supported the festival through sponsorship since 2007. For more information about the festival, visit camdenfilmfest.org.