Friday, August 5, 2011

Camden International Film Festival Announces Call for Entries for the 2nd Points North Pitch

[Here's an interesting opportunity for documentary filmmakers...]

Finalists to present work-in-progress films to industry leaders on October 1

Camden, Maine – The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), the premier venue for non-fiction film in New England, is seeking submissions for its 2nd Points North Pitch session. The Points North Pitch is part of the Points North Documentary Forum, a conference component that runs concurrently with CIFF from September 29 – October 2, 2011 throughout Camden and Rockland, Maine.

Participants in the Points North Pitch Session can submit a trailer or clip of no more than five minutes in length by August 31. The festival will choose several finalists to present their work-in-progress films to the visiting industry delegation on October 1. Past panelists have included representatives from HBO, the BBC, ITVS, PBS, the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Institute, and American Public Television. One winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Boston’s Documentary Educational Resources, as well as the potential to receive more funding from other foundations.

The pitch competition is open to all New England based non-fiction films in development. All genres and subject matter will be considered.

“The Points North Pitch was introduced last year as a way to better highlight the nonfiction work being created here, in New England,” says Benjamin Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival. “We have worked to develop a platform for these artists to hone their professional skills and learn from some of the very best working in the documentary industry.” In 2010, six projects were chosen from over fifty applicants to “pitch” their work-in-progress films to the visiting industry delegation. Last year’s “Best Pitch” went to Maine based filmmakers, Jason Mann and Cecily Pingree for their film, BETTING THE FARM. In recent months, BETTING THE FARM has been awarded major grants from well-known funding organizations Chicken & Egg Films and the LEF Foundation.

Now in its third year, the Points North Documentary Forum has become New England’s largest gathering of independent nonfiction filmmakers and key industry decision makers. Created out of the need for more professional development opportunities for the region’s filmmakers, Points North connects film and media artists to broadcasters, distributors, granting organizations, festival programmers and independent executive producers during a two-day program of intimate panels, workshops, case studies, networking events and a live action pitching session called the Points North Pitch.

The Points North Documentary Forum is funded in part from the generous support of the Quimby Family Foundation, the LEF Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission. More information on the Festival and the Forum, including information on how to submit, can be found at www.camdenfilmfest.org. Program and industry participants for the Points North Forum will be announced in mid August.