Camden International Film Festival expands Points North Forum into the Points North Institute



Pills The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) will expand their year-round support of documentary filmmakers and media artists through the establishment of the Points North Institute Purchase Pills Cheap Purchase , a launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers.

Building on 12 years of success for the festival and forum, The Points North Institute’s mission will focus on bringing together a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub on the coast of Maine where new stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped. Points North Institute’s programs will include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a year-round calendar of artist development initiatives: retreats, residencies, workshops and fellowships that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and help them develop a stronger artistic voice.

The growth of CIFF’s Points North Forum Buy , a conference program for documentary filmmakers and industry professionals established in 2009, has allowed the organization to develop new artist support programs such as the Camden/TFI Retreat, a week-long filmmakers’ retreat created in partnership with Tribeca Film Institute and sponsored by CNN Films. For one week in Camden and Rockport each June, the Retreat connects early-career filmmakers with veteran directors, producers, editors and sales agents, creating unique opportunities for both professional development and creative inspiration. Now in its third year, the Points North Fellowship has added a $2,000 cash grant with support from Chicago Media Project and an individual donor, in addition to participating in the 7th annual Points North Pitch and New York industry meetings. Submissions for the Points North Fellowship are open until July 14, 2016.

The first three artist development programs announced under the new Points North Institute banner are the Virtual Reality Filmmaking Crash Course and 2-Day Short Form Documentary course, both of which are collaborations with Maine Media Workshops and the CMG Action Grant in partnership with the Conservation Media Group.

In partnership with the Maine Media Workshops, the Points North Institute has developed two courses that include All Access passes to the 2016 festival. Virtual Reality Filmmaking Crash Course, is a unique 3-day workshop that teaches filmmakers how to plan, shoot and edit 360° video for the growing field of VR. It will introduce participants to the latest production equipment and post-production workflows for producing 360-degree nonfiction video, as well as creative strategies for immersive storytelling, and an overview of the landscape for funding and distribution. Following the course, participants will attend the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, connecting with some of the world’s leading VR artists and practitioners through exclusive Q&A sessions. In the 2-Day Short Form Documentary workshop, participants will learn how to make compelling short-form documentaries for digital platforms before meeting with leading filmmakers and decision makers at the festival.

In a 2nd year of partnership with the Conservation Media Group, submissions are now open for the CMG Action Grant, providing filmmakers and organizations an opportunity to win up to $10,000 to produce a short film related to Healthy Oceans or Renewable Energy Solutions. Three CMG Action Grant finalists will be selected to attend CIFF, where the winner will be announced. Travel, accommodations, and a festival pass will be provided for all finalists. Applications are open until July 31, 2016.

The Points North Institute is founded by Ben Fowlie (Executive Director), Sean Flynn (Program Director) and Caroline von Kuhn (Managing Director). Points North Institute’s expanded Advisory Board is comprised of Daniel Chalfen (Naked Edge Films), Lisa Kleiner Chanoff (Catapult Film Fund), Charlotte Cook (Field of Vision, CPH:DOX), Mary Lampson (Editor), Kristin Feeley (Sundance Institute), Alex Hannibal (CNN Films), Ryan Harrington (Discovery Communications), Ingrid Kopp (Tribeca Film Institute, Electric South), Lyda Kuth (LEF Foundation), Jennifer MacArthur (Borderline Media), Andrea Meditch (Back Allie Films), Robb Moss (Filmmaker, Harvard University), Brian Newman (Sub-Genre), Sierra Pettengill (Filmmaker), Dawn Porter (Filmmaker), Nancy Schafer (Producer), Sue Schardt (Association of Independence in Radio), AJ Schnack (Filmmaker, Field of Vision) and Louis Venezia (Pilot).

Additional Points North Institute programs, including the 2016 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum (September 15 to 18, 2016) will be unveiled in the coming months. online