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North Star Residency2018-09-11T14:25:24+00:00


September 9-16, 2018

The North Star Residency brings five young U.S.-based filmmakers of color to the Camden International Film Festival and provides resources to build a strong community of support for their work. The residency is intended for filmmakers aged 21-29 who are just beginning to develop their careers and artistic voices, but haven’t yet completed their first feature-length documentary.

In addition to participating in festival and forum programming, artists selected for the residency will engage in private workshops with visiting mentors and structured one-on-one meetings with industry decision makers, including members of the Kickstarter staff. In this intimate, focused environment, participants have the chance to develop a deeper connection with the documentary film and nonfiction media communities that will meaningfully advance their projects and careers.

The North Star Residency includes the following support:

  • $1000 stipend for travel and rental car
  • 7 nights of accommodations for one during the festival week (September 9-16)
  • 1 All Access pass to the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum
  • Scheduled meetings with funders and industry decision makers during CIFF
  • A $1200 tuition scholarship for one documentary filmmaking course at the Maine Media Workshops (valid through 2019)

Submissions for the 2018 North Star Residency program are now closed.

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Daniel Chein

Daniel Chein is an independent filmmaker whose work explores transculturalism and expressions of identity in the performative. His short film “Basha Man,” examining the impact of tourism on a mountain village in southwest China, premiered at CAAMFest2017 and won the AT&T Student Film Award. His feature documentary in development, “Sonsplitter,” profiles a German Turk dancer for the internationally renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, tracing his identity and intergenerational trauma through the lens of performance. Daniel holds a BA in Anthropology and received his MFA in Cinema from San Francisco State University. He is a member of the Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc) and a board member of the Global Lives Project. Daniel is a 2018 BAVC National Mediamaker Fellow and recipient of the Princess Grace Award in Film.

Shelby Coley

Shelby Zoe Coley is a Black queer filmmaker based in New York City working across nonfiction and documentary forms. Shelby uses rhythm portraiture and the spoken word to explore intersections between queerness race and creative practices––from documenting renowned lesbian performance troupe Split Britches to detailing the origin story of #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke. Her work has been featured in publications such as Afropunk, Slay TV, and Curve Magazine. Shelby’s short film “Manley Stanley Takes New York” about a British drag king won the Audience Choice Award for Best Women’s Short at Philadelphia Qflix and was nominated for the 2017 Iris Prize. Most recently her documentary film on London-based podcasting trio Sistren “Talk the Ting” premiered at Toronto’s Inside Out LGBTQ Film Festival in May 2018. Shelby is a 2017-2018 recipient of the Puffin Foundation Grant for Video/Film.

Vicky Du

Vicky Du is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker based in New York. Her short film GAYSIANS (2016) screened at 30+ film festivals including Outfest, Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and Asian American International Film Festival. The film was distributed by Frameline, had a public TV broadcast on KQED, and was distributed to 1000+ middle and high school LGBTQ student groups. Vicky has directed and edited films for Art21, TEDx, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The North Face and more. She is a worker-owner of Meerkat Media, a film production cooperative, and a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. Vicky is currently in production on her first feature documentary on Chinese diaspora and intergenerational trauma.

Milton Guillén

Milton Guillén is a Nicaraguan independent filmmaker who dwells in the borders between fiction and documentaries. His main interests gravitate around the cinematic intersections of ethnographic research and sensorial experiences. Milton has worked as a director in several projects worldwide, earning him awards for his short films and interactive pieces. Most notably is The Maribor Uprisings, co-directed with Maple Razsa, a live interactive film that has toured in multiple festivals around the world and has allowed him to continue to create original fiction and commercial work for several clients. At the moment Milton is working on a global project, an observational auteur-ish anthology of displaced activists/refugees that focuses on both the physical and mental health threats they face in their newly found spaces. Currently he’s based in Chicago doing a Documentary MFA at Northwestern.

Brittany Shyne

Brittany Shyne is a writer, director and producer. As a native of Dayton, Ohio she is influenced by artists such as Gordon Parks, Graciela Iturbide, and Mariana Yampolsky. Shyne received a M.F.A. in Documentary Media from Northwestern University and a B.F.A. in Motion Pictures from Wright State University. Her directorial work includes “Painted Lady” which screened at BlueStocking Film Series, Starz Denver Film Festival, St. Louis International Georgia Frontiere Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Citizen Jane Independent Women Film Festival. “Painted Lady” won awards for best short film, best director and tied for best actor at the Women’s Independent Film Festival. Her aspiration is to create works that combine elements of verité photography with ethnographic cinema. Her works analyze race, gender and culture seeking to examine the complexity of the human experience.

This was my first time at CIFF and was floored by how valuable this festival is for documentary filmmakers. The curation was stylistically diverse, and rigorous, the intimate size had it possible to make substantive connections, the town quaint, fog majestic, parties a blast, staff warm, logistics smooth…..really I could go on & on!

- Miasarah Lai, North Star Scholarship 2017

What we found in Camden was a community of filmmakers and film enthusiasts who helped foster creativity, conversation and collaboration, all set against the backdrop of an incredible town.

Aman Ali, Co-Director, TWO GODS, Camden/TFI Retreat 2016

The Points North program helped us to distill the essence of my film into the powerful and engaging pitch needed to get funders, distributors, and broadcasters to pay attention. Through their workshop and practice sessions, we were able to fashion a key that opened these locks.

- Pacho Velez, THE REAGAN YEARS, Points North Fellow 2014

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

- Amy Benson, DRAWING THE TIGER, Points North Fellow 2014



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