POINTS NORTH FELLOWSHIP
The Points North Fellowship is a unique opportunity for six filmmakers (or filmmaking teams) to accelerate the development of their feature-length documentary projects through a combination of funding, focused mentorship, workshops, industry meetings and a public pitch session at the Camden International Film Festival.
Deadline EXTENDED to July 20!
Benefits of the Points North Fellowship include:
- A cash stipend
- (2) All Access passes to the Camden International Film Festival
- (5) nights of accommodations for two during the festival
- (1) round trip flight to Maine, plus local transportation
- (2) tickets to the Cinema Eye Honors award ceremony and invitations to the CIFF-sponsored Cinema Eye Honors Nominees Party (January 2018)
- (2) nights of accommodations in NYC
The Points North Fellowship application follows the guidelines established by the IDA’s Documentary Core Application Project.
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.
I loved the experience… From the mix of projects and quality of the pitch training, to the panel and overall atmosphere, it was a hugely beneficial and enjoyable event. At once, thoughtful and challenging.
To be honest, I was skeptical and anxious about participating in a public pitch forum. I was afraid I would have to package my film into a series of promotional soundbites. I was completely wrong. At Points North Institute, I was able to develop the language to present my project publicly in a manner that was both accessible and true to my own vision. It was a remarkably supportive environment.
Points North gave my documentary, The Sensitives, the kind of introduction to the industry that filmmakers dream of. Not only was it the conduit for relationships with broadcasters, funders, and colleagues that continue to this day but also an otherwise impossible chance for honest feedback and discussion from the who’s-who of documentary institutions.
The Points North Fellowship launched not just our documentary project, but us as filmmakers, for the long term. I feel like I am now officially part of this bigger documentary community.
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.