Camden National continues longstanding partnership with Camden International Film Festival

CAMDEN – Camden National Bank is honored to continue its longstanding partnership with the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), which celebrates its tenth season on Thursday, September 25 to Sunday, September 28, at venues throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland.

“Camden National is proud of its history with the film festival. We believe in helping start-ups and new businesses grow and want to foster and support the wonderful cultural and creative work that is happening all around us – right here in Maine. Over the past 10 years, Ben and his team have done an amazing job in building something that has garnered worldwide acclaim and created an event that our town, our state and the entire country can be proud of,” said Greg Dufour, president and chief executive officer, Camden National Bank.

As one of the very first corporate sponsors for the event, Camden National recognized the importance of supporting art and creativity within its communities and in using this medium to encourage ongoing dialogues around important issues of today. The Bank is once again an early supporter through its sponsorship of the festival’s newly established Engagement Summit and recent Aging in Maine initiative.

“We are grateful and honored to have the continued support of Camden National Bank,” said Ben Fowlie, founder and executive director of the Camden International Film Festival. “Their commitment to CIFF has allowed us to evolve and grow into a nationally recognized event, while providing a solid foundation for us to expand our programming for communities right here in Maine. This could not be more evident than with their support of our Aging in Maine Engagement Summit Screening Tour, a new program specifically designed to facilitate interaction and conversation and cultivate communities through the power of nonfiction film and media across the state.”

Started in 2013, the Camden International Film Festival’s new Engagement Summit: Aging in Maine, along with its yearlong initiative and screening tour, is a unique program that connects Maine-based nonprofit leaders with documentary films and filmmakers to develop a community-based dialogue around the issues of aging and dementia-related illness. The second part of the Summit, the Aging in Maine Screening Tour is a statewide program that brings screenings of award-winning documentary films and discussions to more than ten different communities across Maine.

“Camden National is happy to once again lend our support to the Aging in Maine initiative and screening tour. It was a pleasure to collaborate with the Camden International Film Festival on the inaugural tour this past year; we look forward to being a part of this important dialogue again and helping to raise awareness of Maine’s aging demographics and the needs that exist in our communities,” said Joanne Campbell, executive vice president, risk management, Camden National Bank.

The Camden International Film Festival was started in 2005 by festival founder and director, and Camden native, Ben Fowlie. Fowlie realized that, despite this area’s history of documentary filmmaking, there was no single event dedicated to highlighting this work. What began with 22 filmmakers in attendance has now grown into one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world, hosting hundreds of award-winning films and an array of world-renowned filmmakers every year. In addition to the film screenings, CIFF also hosts the Points North Documentary Forum, a two-day conference during the festival weekend that provides documentary filmmakers with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration.

More information about CIFF, including this year’s films and a complete schedule, can be found at http://camdenfilmfest.org/.