The Camden International Film Festival has made a mark as one of the leading regional documentary film festivals in the United States, not only screening the best in documentary film but also hosting the Points North Documentary Forum, where leading members of the doc community work with filmmakers to help them hone their projects.
All of this culminates in the Points North Pitch, where six documentary filmmakers pitch their projects to a panel of industry leaders. The best pitch wins a $1,000 cash prize from Documentary Educational Resources and a $3,000 scholarship from the Maine Media Workshops.
Indiewire and CIFF are joining forces this year to give one filmmaker the chance to pitch their project at Points North and be a part of Indiewire's Project of the Week contest. For the first time in its history, the Points North Forum, which once focused on New England-based filmmakers, is now open to documentary projects from across the United States.
Here's how it works:
- For the last week of August, August 27 thru 30, all Projects of the Day will be CIFF Points North Pitch submissions, selected by Indiewire.
- August 31-Sept 3, readers will select one of the CIFF projects as Project of the Week.
- The winner will receive — in addition to a consultation from SnagFilms and eligibility for Project of the Month — a guaranteed spot at the Points North Pitch, two passes to the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum and accommodations for the duration of the festival.
- While projects must submit to the pitch by August 31, 2012, prospective pitches must have applied to CIFF and filled out the form below by Sunday August 26, 2012, at midnight in order to be eligible for the CIFF/Indiewire Project of the Day.
To submit your film for the CIFF Points North Pitch, fill out the entry form here, and to make sure you're eligible for the CIFF/Indiewire Project of the Week contest, fill out the form here. In order to be eligible for the CIFF/Indiewire Project of the Week contest, you must submit both forms.
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About Camden International Film Festival:
Located on the rugged coast of Maine, the Camden International Film Festival will return for its eighth season from September 27 through 30, 2012. Recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers, the festival highlights work that shows dedication to craft and a unique and artistic approach to telling a darn good story. We like films that blur the line between fact and fiction, films that inspire and inform and most importantly, entertain.
Nestled against the mighty Atlantic during fall’s explosion of color, the festival becomes a unique setting to experience the very best in international documentary film. Alongside countless film screenings and Q&As with directors, we offer the Points North Forum, Panoptic (a showcase of new media and experimental artworks), impromptu musical performances, the freshest seafood in the world and unforgettable parties on boats, in boat houses, at world class galleries and sometimes even in old foundries.