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THE LAUNCHING PAD FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF NONFICTION STORYTELLERS

We believe that nonfiction storytelling is the most powerful way to bring communities together, see the world from a different point of view, and spark conversations about the things that matter most.

Our work is dedicated to empowering the storytellers, filmmakers, and artists who are pushing the boundaries of the documentary form, while using the stories they tell to build community across Maine and New England.

CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
October 1-4, 2020

Founded in 2005, and recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema and immersive media to the rugged coast of Maine.

2019 Program
2019 Schedule

FILMS

FORUM

STORYFORMS

AFTER DARK

I hope Maine realizes that this is a jewel in the crown of this great state and we should support it with everything we’ve got and make sure it keeps its soul.

- Nathaniel Kahn, Academy Award winning filmmaker, My Architect

Imagine Telluride. Except in Maine. In the fall. With foliage. And documentaries only.

- John Anderson, indieWIRE

Fans of documentary film should make attendance at the Camden International Film Festival an annual rite.

- Loren King, The Boston Globe

A vital documentary showcase that has risen to prominence as a must-stop destination on the nonfiction festival circuit.

- Tom White, Documentary Magazine

CIFF has found a place among the elite of documentary fests.

- Nick Pinkerton, Artforum

CIFF has this great vibe. It’s a ‘pros’ festival that really knows docs. If there are that many good films, something good must be going on.

- Alex Gibney, Academy Award winning director

One of the most choicely selected nonfiction festival slates in America.

Max Carpenter, Hyperallergic

CIFF Summer Preview Party (July 12)

Join us to preview the 2018 CIFF program, experience the latest in Immersive Storytelling, and meet Award-Winning alumni from our growing suite of Artist Programs.

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ARTIST SUPPORT

Our Artist Programs are designed to bring together filmmakers, mentors, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative community on the coast of Maine that nurtures the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and helps them develop a stronger artistic voice.

POINTS NORTH FELLOWSHIP

SHORTFORM EDITING RESIDENCY

NORTH STAR FELLOWSHIP

CAMDEN / TFI RETREAT

4TH WORLD INDIGENOUS MEDIA LAB

POINTS NORTH 1:1 MEETINGS

We went into Points North with almost no funding in place, and in the seven months following our pitch we were able to raise over 80% of our budget, most of it from panelists that participated in the pitch. I’ll always be grateful that the Points North team saw the potential in our project and connected us with the influencers who could get our film funded and out into the world.

Emelie Mahdavian, MIDNIGHT TRAVELER, Points North Fellow 2017

Points North gave my documentary the kind of introduction to the industry that filmmakers dream of. It was the conduit for relationships with broadcasters, funders, and colleagues that continue to this day.

- Drew Xanthopoulos, Director, THE SENSITIVES

The Points North Fellowship launched not just our documentary project, but us as filmmakers, for the long term.

- Amy Benson, Director, DRAWING THE TIGER

COMMUNITY-BUILDING & EDUCATION

We believe that nonfiction storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to bring communities together, see the world from a different point of view, and spark conversations about the things that matter most. Our Community Programs offer year-round opportunities for Mainers of all ages and backgrounds to connect with each other through documentary film and media.

CIFF SELECTS

RECOVERY IN MAINE

POINTS NORTH CAMPUS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Recovery Boys - Midcoast Tour
July 8 - 11, 2018

Confronting the impacts of the opioid crisis and what we can do to address it as a community. FREE Screening & Community Discussion Series with Oscar-nominated director Elaine McMillion Sheldon.

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About the Points North Institute

The Points North Institute is the launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers.

We build a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub where stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped.

Our programs include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a growing suite 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.

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