Camden International Film Festival Announces Plans for Expanded Fall Event2020-07-28T17:51:12-04:00

Camden International Film Festival Announces Plans for Expanded Fall Event

CIFF celebrates its sixteenth edition with a 12-day virtual festival, the launch of the Filmmaker Solidarity Fund, drive-in theatre, and a new Points North partnership offering $30,000 in funding for short documentaries.

We approached our plans for this challenging year with a singular goal in mind: to directly support independent filmmakers and collaborate with them to create spaces for community-building, healing, organizing, and collective imagination. In response to the ongoing worldwide health crisis, this year’s CIFF and Points North Forum will be the most global, and accessible festival to date, and will include a 12-day creative virtual experience with dozens of livestream events, alongside the launch of the festival’s very own drive-in movie theatre, and screenings at a small number of reduced-capacity theatres in Midcoast Maine. The sixteenth edition of the Camden International Film Festival will take place from October 1-12, 2020 and will culminate with a special program to honor Indigenous People’s Day in partnership with Nia Tero Foundation and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

During the festival, we will bring together filmmakers, industry leaders, journalists, organizers, and other special guests to re-imagine the art, business, and future of nonfiction filmmaking amidst a global pandemic, an uprising in defense of Black lives, and a critical election. The festival and forum will continue to advance industry-wide conversations about Story & Power — examining how power and resources are distributed in the documentary film industry and how we can build solidarity with filmmakers to create more equitable and sustainable conditions for the creation and distribution of documentary films — particularly for BIPOC filmmakers and other communities that for too long have been marginalized or excluded by the industry.

We are dedicated to making this year’s CIFF more accessible than ever. This will include greater investments in closed captioning for all selected films, ASL interpretation for in-person and virtual events, live transcription services, and outreach to ensure that the disability community is able to participate fully in the 12-day virtual festival.

SHOWTIME® Documentary Films will continue to serve as the Headlining Sponsor for the 2020 Camden International Film Festival and Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 Points North Fellowship.

Passes to the 2020 Camden International Film Festival are now on sale, and can be found here:

Filmmaker Solidarity Fund: 2020 Filmmaker Revenue Sharing Initiative

We will be working closely this year with selected filmmakers to collaboratively re-imagine the role of film festivals and experiment with new strategies for audience development and transparency. This work begins with the establishment of the Filmmaker Solidarity Fund, which will distribute 50% of net proceeds from all virtual festival pass and ticket sales as honoraria for every participating filmmaker or filmmaking team, including both features and shorts directors. The fund will also seek new tax-deductible contributions and corporate sponsorships from partners interested in supporting diverse independent filmmakers during this time of critical need.

These are unprecedented times, and they call for unprecedented changes to ‘business as usual’ for film festivals. Our ability to align and collaborate with independent filmmakers to create something more accessible, more equitable, and more filmmaker focused, is our key metric for impact and success this year. This is the moment for experimentation and for risk-taking, and we remain committed to using our platform to contribute to a reinvention of the festival landscape and the field at large.

Points North Artists Programs and Filmmaker Support

In a new partnership, the organization is joining forces with IF/Then Shorts, ScreeningRoom, and LEF Foundation to offer a fund and rough cut lab for filmmakers from the American Northeast with documentary shorts in post-production. Growing out of the IF/Then Shorts program, Points North Institute’s Shortform Editing Residency and last year’s Follow Focus grant, the inaugural North Shorts Fellowship will support 6 projects that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics that are rooted in the region. Projects will receive a $5,000 post-production grant and participate in a month-long online rough cut lab, culminating with an invitation-only rough cut screening as a part of the 2020 Camden International Film Festival. Following the lab and festival, filmmakers will receive two months of distribution consultation to help get their film out into the world.

In addition to the festival and forum and these new partnerships, other Artist Programs, including the Points North Fellowship, North Star Fellowship, 4th World Indigenous Media Lab, and Points North 1:1 Meetings, will be conducted remotely. These programs will leverage digital tools to build stronger communities of support around each cohort of diverse, early-career filmmakers — connecting them with mentors, collaborators, allies, supporters, and audiences. The 11th annual Points North Pitch and will be livestreamed to a global audience on Saturday, October 3. All funds previously earmarked for travel will be redirected as stipends to filmmaker fellows and mentors.

The submission period for all artist programs has been extended to July 15th. Fellowship and Lab participants will be announced in August.

Festival Submissions

Submissions to the Camden International Film Festival will be extended through July 10th at the Regular Deadline rate, and any film whose premiere has been interrupted by COVID is eligible for a full fee waiver. The entire film lineup for the 2020 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum will be announced in early September.

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