The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) has been operating since 2005 and has since become widely recognized for its programming and selections in non-fiction cinema. The coastal festival is set to gain even greater clout this year as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences makes the winner of the festival’s Best Documentary Short prize eligible for the competitive Oscar in the same category. This year is the third year that the Academy has been involved with the festival, previously supporting their socially conscious programs and workshop series, which has slowly allowed CIFF to gain further footholds with the award organization.
“2016 is shaping up to be a monumental year for CIFF,” said Camden International Film Festival founder and Executive Director Ben Fowlie. “We’re extremely honored to receive recognition from such prestigious establishments as the NEA and Academy. Their ongoing support has been critical in the development of our organization, and the expansion of our programs, and will provide a wonderful base for the 2016 Camden International Film Festival.”
The Academy’s involvement and investment has the potential to transform the festival from a prestigious film screening event to one of the finest and most worldly renowned documentary film festivals. This recognition from the Academy will come into effect for the upcoming 2016 Festival, which is slated to run from September 15-18 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine.
Submissions for the Camden International Film Festival are now open and will run until July 1, 2016.