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LEF/CIFF Fellowship2020-08-06T15:58:19-04:00


Now in its 3rd year, the LEF/CIFF Fellowship is an opportunity for 6 New England-based filmmaker teams to attend the 2020 Camden International Film Festival and connect with funders, distributors, producers, and other industry professionals through a series of curated 1:1 meetings.

CIFF has become an important stop on the documentary festival circuit for both filmmakers and industry delegates, who attend to build new relationships with filmmakers participating in Points North Institute’s Artist Programs. Over the past two years, our 1:1 meetings have been attended by representatives from Ford Foundation | Just Films, ITVS, Netflix, SFFILM, Sundance Institute, and many more.

Developed in partnership with LEF New England, this program supports career sustainability for regional filmmakers by providing a unique point of access to potential industry supporters and the broader documentary community.

In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the 2020 LEF/CIFF Fellowship and 1:1 meetings will be conducted remotely.

The LEF/CIFF Fellowship includes:

  • Participation in 1:1 meetings with industry attendees (October 5-9) 
  • Two Virtual All Access passes to 2020 CIFF and Points North Forum programming (October 1-12).
  • $300 honorarium to all filmmaking teams who participate


  • The Fellowship is open to projects with directors who have established their primary residence in New England
  • Feature documentary projects in production or post-production
  • Prior LEF/CIFF Fellows are not eligible to participate in the program again with the same project. However, prior LEF/CIFF Fellows may apply with a new project.

Applicants will be evaluated based on LEF New England’s guidelines, which include these factors:

  • Quality of cinematic form and technique
  • Originality of filmmaker’s voice, vision, and point of view
  • Resonance and power of the film’s core idea or story
  • Feasibility of production

Deadline: August 28 @ 11:59pm | No Submission Fee

The LEF/CIFF Fellowship application follows the guidelines established by the IDA’s Documentary Core Application Project.


We just wanted to thank you again for the incredible opportunity to join you all at CIFF this year as LEF/CIFF fellows! This is the kind of generosity we’ve come to truly appreciate in both of your organizations. When others seem to cultivate exclusion, you open your arms to filmmakers when we need it most. Getting the chance to introduce the project to industry and fellow creatives in Camden was deeply energizing and encouraging. The 1:1 meetings gave us tangible and valuable new relationships and information we’re eager to use.

- Garrett Zevgetis, Ariana Garfinkel, and Jeff Consiglio

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The mission of LEF New England is to fund the work of independent film and video artists in the region and broaden recognition and support for their work locally and nationally.

The fellowship begins with two full days of intensive pitch training and focused mentorship with industry veterans prior to the start of the festival on September 13-14. These sessions will prepare filmmakers to pitch their projects to an international panel of funders, broadcasters, distributors and producers before a live audience at the Points North Pitch on September 16. Each pitch lasts exactly 7 minutes, followed by 12 minutes of feedback from the panel.

Following the festival, all Points North Fellows will receive a ticket to the Cinema Eye Honors (held in mid-January 2017), an invitation to CIFF’s annual Cinema Eye Nominees Party and two nights of accommodations in New York. Taking place four months after the pitch, these events give Fellows an opportunity to connect with the wider documentary community and follow up on their pitches by setting up targeted one-on-one meetings with industry delegates.

Past panelists at the Points North Pitch include representatives from:

  • BBC
  • HBO
  • A&E IndieFilms
  • ARTE
  • POV
  • PBS
  • Al Jazeera America
  • ITVS
  • Ford Foundation
  • Sundance Institute
  • Tribeca Film Institute
  • Cinereach
  • Catapult Film Fund
  • The Fledgling Fund
  • San Francisco Film Society
  • Chicken & Egg Pictures
  • LEF Foundation
  • Participant Media
  • Naked Edge Films
  • The Orchard




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