Taking place September 10 – 17, 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.

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
  • Meetings with funders and distributors at CIFF

Earlybird Deadline: June 7 @ 11:59pm | Submission Fee: $25

Extended Deadline: July 12 @ 11:59pm | Submission Fee: $40

The Shortform Editing Residency application follows the guidelines established by the IDA’s Documentary Core Application Project.


  • The Shortform Residency is open to all independent filmmakers and journalists worldwide.
  • Projects must have begun post-production before the start of the residency. The only requirement is that you submit 2 minutes of edited footage.
  • Submitted projects must have an intended runtime of 20 minutes or less.
  • Submitted projects must have an intended completion date before April 1, 2017.


We’re looking for independent filmmakers and journalists from diverse backgrounds and unique artistic perspectives — storytellers who would benefit from spending a week in Maine editing under the guidance of mentors and connecting with key industry decision makers during the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum.