This year the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) is going virtual, along with screening 12 nights of films live at its new Shotwell Drive-In Theatre in Rockport. A program of the Points North Institute, the festival will run from Oct. 1-12, presenting more than 60 films online to audiences right in the comfort of their own home.

During the course of the 12 day festival, CIFF will continue its tradition to support artists and the local community by providing a number of free screenings and events. This year the festival will also expand on its commitment to build community through storytelling by partnering with organizations on special events to support organizations across Maine.

Earlier this summer, CIFF announced that every passholder and ticket buyer would be part of supporting independent storytellers by re-directing 50% of the revenue received from its virtual box office to the Filmmaker Solidarity Fund. The fund will distribute honoraria evenly across all feature and short filmmakers at the completion of CIFF.

The festival will also partner with the Penobscot Bay YMCA on a special screening of the powerful new documentary "Through The Night" by director Loira Limbal. The film explores the personal cost of our modern economy through the stories of two working mothers and a child care provider — whose lives intersect at a 24-hour daycare center. From Oct. 2 through 12, 50% of all virtual ticket revenue from this film will support the Penobscot Bay YMCA's Early Learning Centers.

"CIFF's powerful community generosity blends with the Y's daily care of children in our Child Care Centers in serving families in a supportive manner. The Centers continued to operate throughout this pandemic in serving essential providers and we're grateful to CIFF for this opportunity” said Melissa Bellew, Penobscot Bay YMCA’s President and CEO.

This year's festival will end with a special celebration on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In anticipation, CIFF will feature 18 films in a special program online throughout the duration of the virtual program. Half of all ticket revenue from the films will be donated to Wabanaki Public Health, an organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Tribal community members through connection, prevention and collaboration.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the work that we’re doing to support the artists and the organizations that are making this world a better place” said Ben Fowlie, Founder of CIFF. “This year has shown us time and again that there are opportunities to re-imagine the work that we do and the impact we can have as we continue to use storytelling to build community. Every single person who plugs into the festival can be a part of this too, which is really exciting.”

Films in the virtual program will be available to watch online from Oct. 2 through 12. Tickets can be purchased directly here. Additional pass and ticket info, as well as a full list of films screening at CIFF can be found at

From Oct. 6 through 8, CIFF will open its Shotwell Drive-In to the public for free, offering community members the chance to experience cinema on the big screen! Films screened include new work from Oscar-nominated director Steve James, as well as several Points North Institute supported films. Attendees must register online for the spot at the Shotwell for each screening at

Additionally, all events associated with the festival’s virtual Points North Forum will be free and accessible to the public anywhere.

Virtual All Access passes are just $100, and individual virtual screening tickets are $12. Admission to The Shotwell Drive-In is $20 per car and extremely limited. Newly built, this special venue is designed to make a safe place for our community to come together during the pandemic.