Points North
Documentary Film Forum

September 30th & October 1st, during the Camden International Film Festival
The Points North Pitch is part of the Points North Documentary Forum, a conference component that runs concurrently with CIFF from September 30 – October 1, 2011 in Camden, Maine. The conference connects New England-based film and media artists to broadcasters, distributors, funding organizations, festival programmers and executive producers during a two-day program of intimate panel discussions, workshops, case studies, networking events and a public pitch. 

New England filmmakers interested in participating in the Points North Pitch can submit a trailer or clip of no more than five minutes in length along with a 150-word synopsis and basic production details by August 31. The festival will choose four finalists to present their work-in-progress film projects to a delegation of leading industry funders and decision makers on October 1st. The public forum consists of a 7-minute pitch session followed by 15 minutes of feedback from a distinguished panel that includes representatives from ITVS, POV, Participant Media, Tribeca Film Institute, Cinereach, LEF Foundation and Documentary Educational Resources. One winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Documentary Educational Resources and a scholarship to the Maine Media Workshops, as well as the potential to receive more funding from panelists.

Last year’s pitch winner, Betting the Farm by Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann, went on to pick up grants from the Sundance Documentary Fund, LEF Foundation and Chicken & Egg Pictures, and the filmmakers were invited to the prestigious Sundance Producers Institute.

In addition to the public pitch session, this year’s conference highlights include a short documentary master class with ITVS’ Richard Saiz, an intimate roundtable discussion with program officers from Tribeca Film Institute, Cinereach and LEF Foundation, and a panel discussion on interactive documentary featuring some of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners in the field of new media. There will also be a reception honoring the 10th Anniversary of the LEF Foundation’s Moving Image Fund, which has been a pillar of support for New England’s documentary filmmaking community.

Information on how to submit to the Points North Forum Pitch can be found on the website: http://www.camdenfilmfest.org/pointsnorth

Access to the conference is open to all CIFF passholders and is not limited to those who are selected for the pitch. Passes are now on sale on the Camden International Film Festival website with more information on the Festival and the Forum: http://camdenfilmfest.org/