The annual Camden International Film Festival opened Sept. 14 with afternoon Storyforms virtual reality films in “the barn” on Winter Street in Rockland; and a world premiere film that evening at the Camden Opera House, with the first-time filmmaker in attendance. Friday’s midday showers offered more what festival founder Ben Fowlie calls “good film festival weather.”

CIFF ran through Sunday, Sept. 17, in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, and included a number of free screenings. Following are the festival awards.

Each of this year’s Points North Fellows received a $1,000 cash grant for their projects in development. Winner of the Points North Pitch is “Midnight Traveler,” which was offered $10,000 by the Ford Foundation's JustFilms in addition to the Points North Pitch Award’s in-kind post services from Boston-based Modulus Studios worth approximately $10,000.

CIFF is an Academy Award-qualifying festival for short films, making the winner of the Camden Cartel Award for Best Short eligible to enter the Documentary Short Subject competition. This year’s award went to Ben Knight’s “The Last Honey Hunter,” with Special Jury Mention going to Adam and Zack Khalil’s “The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets.”

For the third year, CIFF collaborated with longtime partner Documentary Educational Resources to present the John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media. It was awarded this year to Tala Hadid’s “House in the Fields.”

The 2016 Emerging Cinematic Vision Award went to Martin Dicicco’s “All That Passes Through a Window That Doesn’t Open,” with Special Jury Mention going to Drew Xanthopolous’ “The Sensitives.”

The 2017 Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature went to Ziad Kalthoum’s “Taste of Cement,” with Special Jury Mention going to Gustavo Salmerón’s “Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle.” And the 2017 Camden International Film Festival Audience Award, sponsored by Ann and Dick Costello, went to Jonathan Olshefski’s “Quest.”