The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) today announced the slate of feature and short films for its 13th edition, which will take place September 14-17, 2017 throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. Recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, CIFF saw a 30% rise in submissions for its 2017 edition. This year, the festival will present 37 features, 35 short films, and a dozen virtual reality experiences from 30 countries.
CIFF will open with the world premiere of Dustin Nakao Haider’s SHOT IN THE DARK, with the film’s director and special guests in attendance. The film program includes the presentation of 12 features making their North American or US Premieres, and 2 sneak preview screenings by award-winning filmmakers. Keeping with CIFF’s mission to discover and support new talent in nonfiction filmmaking, over half of the lineup’s 37 features are made by first- or second-time filmmakers. Additional highlights include titles making their US debut following premieres at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (LOVE MEANS ZERO, ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS, COCAINE PRISON), the North American premieres of films coming from Locarno (SAND UND BLUT, DID YOU WONDER WHO FIRED THE GUN?) and Venice (THIS IS CONGO), award-winning films from Visions du Reel (TASTE OF CEMENT, ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN’T OPEN) and Berlin (EL MAR LA MAR, HOUSE IN THE FIELDS , DEVIL’S FREEDOM) alongside some of the year’s top documentaries (ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL, WHOSE STREETS?, THE WORK). Nearly all screenings will be attended by the filmmakers.