The Points North Institute has set the dates for the 13th edition of the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum — Sept. 14 through 17 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland.

The 2016 Camden International Film Festival was the inaugural festival under the umbrella of the newly established Points North Institute, an expanded media arts organization that produces a growing number of retreats, residencies, workshops and fellowships that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and helps them develop a stronger artistic voice.

The annual film festival exhibited more then 80 feature and short films from across the globe; and hosted more 100 filmmakers, film industry representatives and journalists. Attendance rose significantly in 2016 — with pass sales increasing by more than 25 percent — making CIFF’s 12th edition the biggest and most successful festival to date. In addition, the Points North Institute launched its first-ever Storyforms exhibition of virtual reality and interactive media; and a week-long creative residency program for short-form filmmakers, both of which took place during the festival week.

“With the establishment of the Points North Institute, 2016 has been a very special and momentous year for us,” said Ben Fowlie, executive director of the Points North Institute. “The Institute has been in the works for nearly five years, and we’re beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to expand and innovate on our growing suite of artist support and community engagement programs, all while continuing to keep the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum at the heart of everything we do.”

The Points North Institute also announced Oct. 27 that Managing Director Caroline von Kuhn will be stepping down from her position as of Oct. 31. During her four-year tenure, von Kuhn managed the Camden International Film Festival through a period of significant growth, and helped to launch the Points North Institute. Fowlie said she had been instrumental in all facets of the organization, from the day-to-day operations to festival production to strategic planning.

“We are extremely grateful for Caroline’s leadership over the past four years,” said Fowlie. “Her deep knowledge of the industry and love of cinema will no doubt leave a lasting imprint on our organization.”

Kuhn, producer of the narrative film “Burn Country” opening Dec. 9 in theaters, said it has been “the greatest privilege” to serve the Camden International Film Festival and recent launch of the Points North Institute alongside Fowlie and Sean Flynn. She lauded the organization for entering this momentous next chapter in its commitment to the film industry, as well as the local community.

“I look forward to returning to CIFF and Maine for years to come," she said.

The Points North Institute’s staff and Board of Directors will be undertaking a search for a new full-time managing director to oversee the annual festival and forum, along with an extended calendar of artist support programs, and a growing team of creatives. A description of the position can be found online at

In the coming months, Points North Institute will announce its Call for Entries for the 2017 Camden International Film Festival, Points North Fellowship and Shortform Editing Residency; check the website for further information on upcoming programs and guidelines for submitting films in the coming months.

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