Thursday, May 7, 2015

Call For Entries: 2015 Points North Fellowship @ Camden Int'l Film Festival

Camden International Film Festival announces Call for Entries for 2015 Points North Fellowship - Filmmakers with feature documentaries in production invited to apply

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) has opened their call for submissions for the Points North Fellowship through July 24, 2015. The Fellowship is an opportunity for five teams of filmmakers with feature-length documentary works-in-progress to bring their projects through the Points North Documentary Forum, one of the largest documentary conference in the United States held each year during the Camden International Film Festival, the prestigious documentary festival held each Fall in Maine (September 17-20, 2015).

The Fellowship begins with a full day of intensive pitch training and focused industry mentorship, sponsored by the Maine Media Workshops and held at their MMW Campus in Rockport prior to the start of the festival. These sessions prepare filmmakers to pitch their projects to an international delegation of funders, broadcasters, distributors and producers before a live audience at the sixth Points North Pitch. Past panelists include representatives from the BBC, HBO, A&E IndieFilms, Participant Media, ARTE, Discovery, ITVS, POV, Al Jazeera, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, and Cinereach, as well as leading executive producers and distributors.

All fellows receive two All Access passes to the festival, four nights of accommodations and a stipend to subsidize their travel to Camden. All participating filmmakers will be eligible to win the Points North Pitch Prize and Modulus Finishing Fund, which includes a cash prize, three consultation sessions with Tribeca Film Institute, participation in the Tribeca Film Institute Network Market held during the Tribeca Film Festival (April 2016), and 60 hours of free sound mix or color correction services from Boston-based Modulus Studios worth approximately $10,000.

Following the festival and forum, all Points North Fellows will receive a ticket to the Cinema Eye Honors, held in mid-January in NY, an invitation to CIFF’s annual Cinema Eye Honors Nominees Party, a day of targeted one-on-one meetings with several leading industry representatives and two nights of accommodations in New York. Taking place four months after the pitch, these events will give fellows an opportunity to connect with the wider documentary community and follow up on their pitches.

CIFF and Points North have quickly become a prominent launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers, transforming midcoast Maine into a destination for the discovery of new voices in documentary film each Fall. In addition to its Points North Fellows, the 2014 Forum hosted nearly fifty filmmakers through partnerships with the UnionDocs Collaborative Fellows, the Bay Area Video Coalition’s MediaMaker Fellows and the LEF Foundation’s Moving Image grantees. Following the success of the North American launch of The New York Times Op Docs Pitch in 2013, Points North partnered with AJ+ (Al Jazeera’s digital channel) in 2014 for the inaugural AJ+ Pitch at Camden, where 3 films were commissioned and each received up to $10,000 for their short documentary concepts. Additional Points North programs will be unveiled in June 2015.

Notable Points North alumni include: THE REAGAN YEARS, IN COUNTRY, MATEO, LEVIATHAN, BETTING THE FARM, and two films that premiered at the Hot Docs International Film Festival last month: DRAWING THE TIGER and THE BOLIVIAN CASE.

Submissions for the Points North Fellowship are now open through July 24, 2015.

The Points North Documentary Forum is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, CNN, Vimeo, AJ+, Modulus Studios, the LEF Foundation, The Fledgling Fund and the Maine Media Workshops.

Press Contact:
Caroline von Kuhn, Managing Director |, 917-355-6310

About the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum
Founded in 2005 and recognized as one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world (indieWIRE), the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the rugged coast of Maine, showcasing over 80 documentary feature and short films from around the globe each fall. Additional year-round programming includes the CIFF Selects screening series and the Engagement Summit, a unique program that connects Maine-based nonprofit leaders with documentary films and filmmakers to develop community-based social action campaigns designed to engage communities.

The Points North Documentary Forum is dedicated to providing emerging documentarians with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration, and an opportunity to discover new voices in documentary media who are pushing the boundaries of the form and re-imagining the role of nonfiction storytelling in society. Programs include the year-round Points North Fellowship, masterclasses, workshops and international short form pitch opportunities such as The New York Times' Op Docs Pitch (2013) and most recently, the AJ+ Pitch (2014). Past industry participants in the Forum include HBO, A&E, BBC, Participant Media, Al Jazeera America, Discovery, PBS, Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Vimeo and Kickstarter.

The 2015 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum will take place September 17 - 20 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. The Camden International Film Festival is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Exciting additional Points North opportunities for emerging filmmakers will be unveiled in 2015.

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