Сamden international film festival


Years running: 18 (since 2005)

Сamden international film festival

International Documentary Film Festival.


Located on the rugged coast of Maine, the Camden International Film Festival highlights nonfiction work that shows dedication to craft and unique storytelling approaches. We like films that inspire and inform. We like films that blur the lines between reality and fiction. We like films that tell a darn good story.

CIFF is recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, one of the 12 best small town film festivals in the US, and the largest and most respected documentary event in New England. CIFF is also 1 of 14 qualifying festivals for the Cinema Eye Honors.

The CIFF experience is about being in a beautiful environment where filmmakers have the opportunity to interact with engaged and enthusiastic audiences, fellow filmmakers, and key industry decision makers. We love the intimacy that can only be found in places where getting there is part of the experience. Most importantly, we love the intersection of art and community that can only happen in a festival setting. In that regard, we emphasize filmmaker participation. Travel and accommodations provided for a representative for all selected feature films.


  • Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature. Best Documentary Feature, awarded by a Jury. Cash Award Value: $1,000USD
  • Emerging Cinematic Vision Award. Searching for new voices in non-fiction storytelling. Prize consists of both cash and in-kind services / donation. Cash Award Value: $1,000USD
  • John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media — Cash Award Value: $1,000USD
  • Audience Choice Award
  • Best Short Documentary. Cash Award Value: 500 U.S. Dollar 


  • The Camden International Film Festival is open to all documentary films of all styles, subjects and lengths. 
  • Submit via Filmfreeway.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

  • Samara Chadwick (Programmer);



United States

Official Website




PO Box 836
Camden, ME 04843
United States

Phone: 207-593-6593


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    December 06, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    February 28, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    March 28, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    May 03, 2022
  • Extended Deadline
    June 14, 2022
  • Notifications
    August 12, 2022
  • Event Dates
    15 — 18 September 2022
Categories & Fees

Open to all documentary films under 40 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $25
  • Regular Deadline — $30
  • Late Deadline — $35
  • Extended Deadline — $50

The Camden International Film Festival is open to all documentary films from anywhere in the world. From 40 minutes to 250 minutes.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $35
  • Regular Deadline — $40
  • Late Deadline — $45
  • Extended Deadline — $60
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