SHORTFORM EDITING RESIDENCY
September 9-16, 2018
The Shortform Editing Residency provides a focused, creative space for independent nonfiction filmmakers and multimedia journalists to work on their short films or episodic documentaries with guidance from experienced mentors. Past mentors have included representatives from Field of Vision, VICE, Vimeo, Great Big Story (CNN) and Netflix.
Submissions to the 2018 Shortform Editing Residency program are now closed.
The Shortform Editing Residency includes:
- 7 nights of accommodations for one on the picturesque coast of Maine
- $1000 stipend for travel and rental car
- (2) All Access Passes to the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum
- Scheduled meetings with funders and distributors during CIFF
The Shortform Editing Residency application follows the guidelines established by the IDA’s Documentary Core Application Project.
Drawing Life combines documentary footage of cartoonist George Booth, with animated stories from his long life, exploring his singular vision of America, and how Booth’s work surmounts lines of class to show a shared humanity. Drawing Life is the first episode in a short form documentary series about visual artists working in cartooning and graphic novel formats.
Directed by Nathan Fitch
Lupita, La Semilla (Lupita, The Seed That Survived)
Set against the backdrop of autonomous Zapatista territory, forced indigenous displacement, increased militarization, and the 2018 elections, we dive into the story of Guadalupe Vázquez Luna — Lupita– a beautiful and humble massacre survivor who finds her voice alongside “Marichuy,” the first indigenous woman to campaign for president of Mexico. The film asks the viewer, if anyone can change the future and consciousness of Mexico, could it be her?
Directed by Monica Wise
A Shot at Redemption
In 1982, James Stevens (now known legally as TJ Stevens) went to his high school in Northern Virginia with a high-powered rifle, intending to kill himself and anyone else he saw. He shot up the school and took 10 adults hostage for 21 hours, but in the end, no one was hurt. Thirty-six years later, as the rates of mass shooting and suicides are increasing, TJ is ready to talk about his experience and what changed him — a portrait of a complicated man with many twists and turns in his quest for personal redemption.
Directed by Carolyn McCulley
For over 100 years, the family-owned Charleston Gazette-Mail has been a relentless watchdog over West Virginia’s most powerful, propelled by its unofficial mantra: “Sustained Outrage”. But just eight months after winning the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, the Gazette-Mail grappled with a painful reality: after decades of dwindling readership and revenue, the paper filed for bankruptcy. An intimate look inside the paper, following in real-time as the future of the paper is decided.
Directed by Gabriela Cavanagh
“The Shortform Editing Residency is priceless. You walk away with a new filmmaker community, relationships that are deeper and far more enriching than you could ever have established by just going to film festivals. It truly gave me space to discuss my film’s flaws openly, with rigor, and ultimately walk away with a better motion picture.”
“One of the most amazing experiences in bonding with film nerds that I’ve ever had.”