Points North Fellowship 2017-06-09T11:12:11+00:00


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.

The Points North Fellowship includes:

  • 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 Nominees Party (January 2018)
  • (2) nights of accommodations in NYC

Earlybird Deadline: June 7 @ 11:59pm | Submission Fee: $35

Extended Deadline: July 12 @ 11:59pm | Submission Fee: $50

The Points North Fellowship application follows the guidelines established by the IDA’s Documentary Core Application Project.


The fellowship begins with two full days of intensive pitch training and focused mentorship with industry veterans prior to the start of the festival on September 13-14. These sessions will prepare filmmakers to pitch their projects to an international panel of funders, broadcasters, distributors and producers before a live audience at the Points North Pitch on September 16. Each pitch lasts exactly 7 minutes, followed by 12 minutes of feedback from the panel.

Following the festival, all Points North Fellows will receive a ticket to the Cinema Eye Honors (held in mid-January 2017), an invitation to CIFF’s annual Cinema Eye Nominees Party and two nights of accommodations in New York. Taking place four months after the pitch, these events give Fellows an opportunity to connect with the wider documentary community and follow up on their pitches by setting up targeted one-on-one meetings with industry delegates.



The Mountain and the Magic City


The Mountain and the Magic City In the shadow of a northern mountain, a place once known as The Magic City stands on the brink of collapse, abandoned by industry and torn apart by a national park that threatens to unite or divide it. This is the story of what [...]


A Taste of Sky


A Taste Of Sky In the dizzying heights of Bolivia's capital of La Paz a gastronomical revolution is offering the possibility of hope to the country’s impoverished youth. We follow the trials and tribulations of GUSTU, the innovative cooking school and world-class restaurant of South America's poorest country. [...]


Midnight Family


Midnight Family The Ochoa family operates a for-profit, independent ambulance in Mexico City. When they hear of an emergency over their illegal police radio, they rush to the scene with twin motives: saving lives and getting paid. Date: 5/13/2016 Time: 5:30pm Location: Points North Campus Schedule [...]


The Feeling Of Being Watched


The Feeling Of Being Watched A filmmaker digs into tales of surveillance inside her Arab neighborhood in Chicago’s south suburbs and discovers that her hometown was the subject of the largest FBI terrorism investigation conducted before 9/11. The Feeling of Being Watched follows a filmmaker’s personal journey to discover the [...]


Rescue Breath


Rescue Breath After his son holds up a bank while high on heroin, Kevin Blankenship, a successful doctor who reinvented the urgent care system, is forced out of retirement to battle the opioid epidemic that has swept through his home state of West Virginia. In his six-month, farming-based recovery center, [...]

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.
- Drew Xanthopoulos, THE SENSITIVES, Points North Fellow 2013
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. My team got to sit down and really talk with major broadcasters and funders, festival programmers as well as drink beer with some of the filmmakers we admire most in the world. I feel like I am now officially part of this bigger documentary community. Camden might be a small town, but CIFF is doing BIG things for film!
- Amy Benson, DRAWING THE TIGER, Points North Fellow 2014

Past panelists at the Points North Pitch include representatives from:

  • BBC
  • HBO
  • A&E IndieFilms
  • ARTE
  • POV
  • PBS
  • Al Jazeera America
  • ITVS
  • Ford Foundation
  • Sundance Institute
  • Tribeca Film Institute
  • Cinereach
  • Catapult Film Fund
  • The Fledgling Fund
  • San Francisco Film Society
  • Chicken & Egg Pictures
  • LEF Foundation
  • Participant Media
  • Naked Edge Films
  • The Orchard


2017 Camden International Film Festival Passes Are Now Available