The Points North Institute is a 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.
“Camden has grown into a major documentary event.” – Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
WHERE WE’VE BEEN
CIFF has already cemented itself as the leading U.S. festival in providing its attendees with the winning combination of copious amounts of lobster, autumnal charm and phenomenal film programming. It’s impossible not to love! But what made it truly special for me was experiencing a place I’ve never been to before and being made to feel totally at home the second I stepped foot in Camden. I was already homesick as my plane left Portland for Los Angeles…
Fostering down home relationships and homemade experiences, Camden FF is chock-full of premiere films, boisterous audiences, and memorable moments. Ben Fowlie has diligently crafted an illustrious international festival firmly embedded in its home-grown roots.
What was so pleasing about the Camden experience was the amount of care that went into cultivating strong relationships between the filmmakers and staff, filmmakers and audiences, and filmmakers and industry. And it started with their staff, who seemed more like friends than co-workers. Throughout the weekend, Camden managed to provide great New England hospitality while celebrating documentary filmmaking in the most humble and earnest way possible.
A boost in budget and a healthy amount of big dreaming has catapulted this small festival (in an even smaller town) from an under-the-radar sleeper into what could well become the premiere US fall festival stop for docs, drawing folks from around the northeast as well as anyone interested in catching nonfiction features intermixed with the changing fall colors of coastal Maine.
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.
The Points North Fellowship launched not just our documentary project,
but us as filmmakers, for the long term.