The 13th edition of the Camden International Film Festival marked another unforgettable year of building community while celebrating and supporting the next generation of nonfiction storytellers.
- We exhibited 108 films and virtual reality experiences from 32 countries, 12 of which were U.S. or North American premieres.
- CIFF attendance was up 20% and nearly 200 volunteers helped produce the festival — more than ever before.
- We brought 172 filmmakers, media artists and industry professionals to Midcoast Maine for Q&A discussions, panels and workshops.
- We launched a festival travel scholarship for 4 young filmmakers of color, creating opportunities that will help diversify the media industry.
- The Points North Fellows blew us away at this year’s pitch, and the winner even landed a $10,000 grant on stage!
- The CIFF program included 8 “homecoming” screenings of powerful films that got their start right here in Maine through our Points North Institute Artist Programs.
- In total, our Artist Programs supported close to 40 filmmakers with projects in development, twice the number that we supported last year.
Thanks to your energy, enthusiasm and support, we have accomplished a great deal in 2017. We’ve never been an organization that rests on its laurels, so we’re already looking forward to pushing the envelope yet again next year.
It has been a momentous year! The launch of the Points North Institute has opened the door for our organization to make an even greater impact, advancing the work of diverse nonfiction storytellers by helping develop their careers and artistic voices. It also means that we can invest more in the Camden International Film Festival, contributing to the economic and cultural vibrancy of Maine communities through creative engagements with great nonfiction storytelling.
These funds will help build a strong, sustainable foundation for the Points North Institute’s growing calendar of year-round programs, which now include the annual film festival and forum, a filmmaker retreat, a residency, a year-round fellowship, pitch sessions, educational workshops, university partnerships, community screenings, and Storyforms — our new exhibition of virtual reality and immersive media.
Now more than ever, it is crucial to support independent storytellers and artists whose work inspires us to come together, see the world from a different point of view and open up space for dialogue.
We hope you will consider making a year-end contribution to the Points North Institute, and help us establish the launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers.