And the show will go on. The 17th edition of the Camden International Film Festival will be held throughout venues in Maine from September 16–19 and online from September 16-26, 2021. The
And the show will go on. The 17th edition of the Camden International Film Festival will be held throughout venues in Maine from September 16–19 and online from September 16-26, 2021.
The CIFF program is now live, featuring 37 feature and 33 short films from 30 countries! We are committed to the safety of our festival guests and community, click here to learn more about our innovative approach to the 2021 festival.
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Feature Films #DirectedbyWomen in the festival include…
A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING
Payal Kapadia | India, France | US Premiere
A university student in India writes letters to her estranged lover while he is away. In them, a glimpse into the drastic changes taking place around her emerge, shining light on a convoluted contemporary India.
Tasha Van Zandt | United States, Canada, Antarctica
Expanding across both poles, AFTER ANTARCTICA follows legendary polar-explorer Will Steger’s lifelong journey as a witness to change in the arctic. Thirty years after his historic coast-to-coast expedition across Antarctica, Steger traverses the ice one last time.
Jessica Kingdon | United States
ASCENSION is an impressionistic portrait of China’s industrial supply chain that reveals the country’s growing class divide. Through staggering observations of labor, consumerism, and wealth, the documentary examines what living the so-called “Chinese Dream,” looks like today.
Liz Garbus | United States
BECOMING COUSTEAU takes an inside look at the beloved adventurer, his iconic films and inventions, and the experiences that made him the 20th century’s most unique and renowned environmental voice — and the man who inspired generations to protect the Earth.
Parker Hill, Isabel Bethencourt | United States
In a small military town in Texas, three wild-spirited teenage girls have a fever-dream summer. This debut feature film offers a glimpse into authentic American girlhood, where the strictures of adolescence clash with the growing desire for agency.
Ernst Karel, Veronika Kusumaryati | United States, West Papua
Constructed from audio archival footage of the 1961 Harvard-Peabody Expedition into Netherlands New Guinea, EXPEDITION CONTENT reflects on a colonial encounter with the indigenous Papuans, presenting parallaxing images of history and colonialism through field recording and ethnographic film.
Jessica Beshir | Ethiopia, United States, Qatar
The highlands of Harar are immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf Sufi Muslims chewed for centuries for religious meditations – and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop. This intimate tapestry journeys into the dreams of youth under a repressive regime.
KÍMMAPIIYIPITSSINI: THE MEANING OF EMPATHY
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers | Canada | US Premiere
Witness the partnership of community members with substance-use disorder, first responders, and health professionals in the Kainai First Nation, as they use harm reduction practices to bring hope and change to Blackfoot people.
LAKE FOREST PARK
Kersti Jan Werdal | United States | World Premiere
Filmed on location in Northwest Washington, LAKE FOREST PARK (un)winds the tale of a group of young friends coping with the secret of a classmate’s death. The film explores collective and individual grief tinged with existential confusions.
LAST DAYS AT SEA
Venice Atienza | Philippines, Taiwan | US Premiere
12-year-old Reyboy is about to leave the isolated fishing village of his boyhood to attend high school in the city. Director Venice Atienza witnesses his last days at sea, before the precious moments of his childhood become memories.
LISTENING TO KENNY G
Penny Lane | United States | US Premiere
An examination of the most popular instrumentalist of all time, Kenny G, and why he is polarizing to so many.
NO KINGS (SEM DEUS SEM DEMÔNIO)
Emilia Mello | Brazil
In the place where conventional authority structures dissolve, a tomboy, a sea captain, an independent pregnant mother, and two wayward fishermen must find their place. An ode to nature, interdependence, and the freedom of one of Brazil’s last Caiçara communities.
OSTROV – LOST ISLAND
Svetlana Rodina, Laurent Stoop | Switzerland | US Premiere
On Ostrov island in the Caspian Sea, Russian inhabitants abandoned by the state struggle to survive. Ivan regularly risks life and freedom attempting escape. He laughs, dances, and struggles, hoping that one day, Putin will find mercy and send help.
OUR MEMORY BELONGS TO US
Rami Farah, Signe Byrge Sørensen | Denmark, France | North American Premiere
Three Syrian activists are reunited on a theatre stage in Paris. 10 years after the revolution, they revisit traumas and memories of a ferocious war.
Tea Lukač | Serbia, Croatia | North American Premiere
Seven different groups of passengers embark on a journey down the edge of a vast forest. Containing elements of documentary, ethnography, and fiction, ROOTS is a strangely wondrous and often exhilarating film.
Courtney Stephens | United States
Amateur travelogues by women in the 1920s-50s are woven into this meditation on the traveler’s gaze. A mountaineer, a divorcee on a tour of biblical gardens, an antique merchant, and others are revealed through their own optical autobiographies.
THE FAITHFUL: THE KING, THE POPE, THE PRINCESS
Annie Berman | United States, Portugal, United Kingdom | World Premiere
A lollipop officially licensed by the Vatican sparks a filmmaker’s 20-year exploration of memorabilia, memory, and legacy within the orbits of three of the biggest cultural icons of our time: Pope John Paul II, Elvis Presley, and Princess Diana.
THE MUSHROOM SPEAKS
Marion Neumann | Switzerland | North American Premiere
As if in an uprising of spores, the encounters of this film explore the theme of renewal, and question what connects us when the world seems to be falling apart. THE MUSHROOM SPEAKS traces possible alliances with the fungal reign.
Jimmy Chin, E. Chai Vasarhelyi | United States, United Kingdom
THE RESCUE chronicles the against-all-odds story of the 2018 rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach, trapped deep inside a flooded cave. E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin reveal the perilous world of cave diving, bravery of the rescuers, and dedication of a community that overcame insurmountable odds to save these young boys.
THE VELVET QUEEN
Marie Amiguet, Vincent Munier | France | North American Premiere
In the heart of the Tibetan highlands, photographer Vincent Munier brings writer Sylvain Tesson on his quest to find the snow leopard. Through their journey, the duo finds a common appreciation, and celebrate the beauty of the world.
september 16 (Thursday) - 26 (Sunday)