The Points North Institute is now seeking volunteers for the 13th annual Camden International Film Festival, held Sept. 14 to 17 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland. Passes also are on sale at early bird discounted rates, extended through Saturday, July 15.

Camden National Bank returns for their third year as the official sponsor of the Festival Volunteer Program, whose more than 200 volunteers make the festival possible. Enthusiastic individuals are welcome to join the team, gaining experience in film festival planning; connecting with filmmakers and film industry leaders from around the world; seeing a selection of documentaries screened for the first time in New England or even the United States; and joining local artists to transform barns and warehouses for CIFF parties.

There are many ways to help out, including ticket taking, welcoming attendees, event catering, publicity, and ushering. Organizers also are looking for dedicated volunteers to help before and after the festival weekend. Volunteers will be rewarded throughout the festival with free tickets to screenings, admission to the Festival’s closing night party and further incentives based on the number of hours worked.

Volunteers can sign up for a four-hour shift or an entire weekend to earn a pass and participate in the movies, panels and parties. Benefits are outlined on the CIFF website and include great perks such as sneak peek movie screenings, discounted membership and admissions to the Farnsworth Art Museum and free admission to selected screenings regardless of volunteer time commitment.

For more information, or to volunteer, email Sarah Rogers at Benefits and updates can be found at

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