Camden International Film Festival has announced the slate of feature and short films for its 12th edition, which will run Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 15 through 18, throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. CIFF will present more than 70 features and short films from across the globe, the country and the state, with filmmakers attending nearly every screening.

Recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, CIFF offers a slate this year with more international titles than ever before. The fest will open with Morgan Spurlock’s “Rats,” shortly after its premiere in Toronto, with Spurlock and producer Jeremy Chilnick in attendance; this film will air on the Discovery Channel in October.

Additional highlights include award-winning titles from Europe (“Brothers,” “Gulistan,” “Land of Roses” and “Dead Slow Ahead”); and spotlight selections (“Cameraperson,” “Kate Plays Christine” and “Contemporary Color”), alongside 2014 Points North alum “What Tomorrow Brings.”

“We are beyond thrilled with this year’s festival program,” says Ben Fowlie, executive director of the Points North Institute and founder of the Camden International Film Festival. “This year’s slate is an incredibly engaging collection of films that calls attention to the power of documentary form both as art, and as a way to experience the world around us.”

Showtime Documentary Films joins the Camden International Film Festival in 2016 as the festival’s Title Sponsor.

“We’re excited to partner in such a meaningful way with Showtime Documentary Films, a company who champions great documentaries and this field,” said Caroline von Kuhn, managing director of the Points North Institute.

The 12th Camden International Film Festival is a program of the Points North Institute, an expanded media arts organization established in July. Building on CIFF’s 11-year history, the Points North Institute will continue to build a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub where stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born and the future of nonfiction media is shaped.

In February, CIFF was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a qualifying festival for the Documentary Short Subject Award. CIFF will screen more than 35 shorts, and also will continue its longtime partnership with Cinema Eye Honors, screening the 2017 short-listed Short Documentaries; these will be announced on the opening day, from Camden. In 2016, CIFF received nearly 1,400 submissions, nearly double the total in 2015.

Concurrently, the Points North Forum offers a robust lineup of master classes, roundtables, panels, industry delegates and Points North Fellows. The complete lineup of 2016 features and shorts may be found at

CIFF is supported in part by Title Sponsors Showtime Documentary Films and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Premier Sponsors the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, CNN Films, CoPilot and Vimeo.

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