Glimpses: Shorts from the Camden International Film Festival

Directed by various directors. 81 minutes. Not Rated. Various languages with subtitles.

CIFF Executive Director Ben Fowlie in person!

Free to Amherst Cinema Members. Free tickets available only at the box office (not online).

Presented as part of the Bellwether Film Series. Click for more information.

The Points North Institute and Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) are proud to present GLIMPSES, a selection of shorts from the Camden International Film Festival.

This international showcase includes several award-winning titles from CIFF’s 2016 shorts programs, as well as one recently completed short from the Points North Institute’s inaugural Short Form Editing Residency.

The Camden International Film Festival is recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, and an Academy qualifying festival for the Documentary Short Subject Award. The 13th edition of the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum will take place September 14 - 17, 2017 throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. For more information, visit


Nathan Truesdell | USA | 2016 | 6 min
Cleveland attempts to overcome its nickname “The Mistake by the Lake”, by launching a bunch of balloons.

Jessica Kingdon | USA | 2017 | 11 min
Commodity City is an observational documentary exploring the daily lives of vendors who work in the largest wholesale consumer market in the world: the Yiwu Markets in China. The film explores moments of tension between commerce and individuality, between the goods for sale and the humans who sell them.

Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson | Sweden | 2016 | 16 min
A ten meter diving tower. People who have never been up there before have to choose whether to jump or climb down. The situation itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking the step out against the humiliation of having to climb down. TEN METER TOWER is an entertaining study of the human in a vulnerable position.

Melissa Langer | USA | 2015 | 18 min
The young Abdullah family fled the Syrian civil war and settled in Pretoria, South Africa. There, in their one room apartment, the Internet is all that connects them with Aleppo. As long as the Wi-Fi is working back in Syria, they can Skype with family and friends in their home city. News videos show the buildings they knew disintegrated and old neighborhoods deserted. But the greatest disappointment of all is seeing the changes in people whom they were close to. They hear about the deaths of family members, of how they got drawn into the conflict and the unexpected things they did.

Mahdi Fleifel | United Kingdom | 2016 | 30 min
Reda is 26 years old. His dreams of escaping the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain El-Helweh ended in failure after three years trapped in Greece. He returned with a heroin addiction to life in a camp being torn apart by internal strife and the encroachment of war from Syria. Against all odds he decides to marry his childhood sweetheart; a love story, bittersweet.

About Ben Fowlie:
Ben Fowlie is the Executive Director of the Points North Institute, and the Founder of the Camden International Film Festival. He is a co-founder and co-programmer of The DocYard, an award winning screening series in Cambridge, MA and has served on juries at the Silverdocs Film Festival, Hot Docs Festival, Dokufest Kosovo, IFFBoston and for IFP’s Gotham Awards. Ben is currently the Nominee’s Chair for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking, and a member of their Industry Advisory Board and Nominating Committee. He serves on the Maine Film Commission, and is an adjunct instructor at Unity College’s Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities.