Annual Fund2020-10-13T14:36:47-04:00


During this time of upheaval, we remain certain about one thing. Storytelling brings people together and builds community. We’ve continued to bring incredible stories to our audiences through alternative platforms – including the newly built Shotwell Drive-In Theater in Rockport! Our programs are deeply rooted in the communities that we serve, and gifts of all levels matter. Your gift will help us continue to build a more vibrant, diverse, and creative community that supports the next generation of documentary storytellers.

The Federal CARES Act has added an above-the-line deduction for charitable contributions in 2020, so your gift may be tax-deductible. Our donor perks are listed here.

Thank you for your support!

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Donation Total: $500.00 One Time

CIFF Fan Club

$100 – for those traveling alone…

  • (1) 6-pack of CIFF Selects Tickets
  • Complimentary CIFF swag
  • Discount on CIFF Passes
  • Discount on CIFF merchandise
  • Access to Fan Club gatherings
$250 – for those with a +1…
  • all the above benefits
  • plus (2) Cabin Fever Film Fest Passes (February 28-March 1, 2020)

To pay by check, please mail to Points North Institute, PO Box 836, Camden, ME 04843.

To donate stock, or to discuss a planned gift, please contact Emily Peckham at [email protected], or call 207-593-6229. The Points North Institute/Camden International Film Festival is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your support!

Thank you to our 2020 Supporters!
Platinum $50,000 +

Diamond $25,000 +
Gail Catharine & John Bertuzzi
Ann & Dick Costello
Robyn & Bob Metcalfe
Cynthia & John Reed
Gold $10,000 – $24,999
Sylvia A. de Leon & Lynn R. Coleman
Mohawk + Hudson Films
Evelyn & Gerry Isom

Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams
Gayle & David Noble
Mary R. Saltonstall & John K. Hanson Jr.
Silver $5,000 – $9,999
David Barry & Constance Gibbons
Stephanie L. Brown 

Courtney & Shawn Buterbaugh
Terry & Jacob Gerritsen
Steven Koltai & Ivan Zizek
Darrell & Øivind Lorentzen III
Jan & Mitchell McMillen
Messler Family Foundation
Elizabeth Noble
Susan & George Schreiber 

J.P. & Kaki Smith
William Stetson III & Jane Watson Stetson
Brinkley Thorne & Mazie Cox

Bronze $2,500 – $4,999
Charles Altschul
Sally & Tony Grassi
Emily & Jonathan McDevitt

Lars Perkins & Susan McConnell
Patricia O’Toole

Patron $1,000 – $2,499
Noni & Charlton Ames
Mary & Tom Amory
Catherine Bendheim
Bridget Besaw & Alex Amit
Sheila Bodine
Lynne & Barrett Brown
George Cooke & Laura Beckering
Kerem Durdag & Mary Starr
Joe Faber
Catherine Jordain Goldfin
Martha Jones
Andrea Itkin
James Lawrence & Alexandra Ames Lawrence
Penny & Jon Linn
Anna Lockwood
Dwight Poler

Judy Sandler & Skip Klein
Ken Shure & Liv Rockefeller
Sarena Snider
Rufus & Susan Williams

Lucinda Ziesing & Des FitzGerald
Sustainer $500 – $999
Rachel Amory
Lauren Dillard & Paul Rosen
Joanna & John Hampton
Leah Hurley
Kendra Farris
Pat Messler
Lois Nora
Arthur Pearson

Missy & Mike Perlis
Paul & Meg Quijano
Paul & Marty Rogers
Meg Sideris

Judy Stein
Susan & John Summerville
Joyce Tenneson


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.

2016 Donors

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.

PLATINUM ($50,000 and above)
Robert Shotwell
Tim Messler & Tara Marchionna

DIAMOND ($25,000 and above)
Ann & Dick Costello
Mazie Cox and Brinkley Thorne
Susan & Rufus Williams

GOLD ($10,000 and above)
The Cascade Foundation
Lucinda Ziesing and Des FitzGerald
Mary R. Saltonstall and John K. Hanson Jr.
Alexandra and James Lawrence
Caroline and Wayne Morong
Gayle and David Noble

SILVER ($5,000 and above)
Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams
Antonia Munroe and Jay Fischer
Jennifer Harrell
Dyke Messler
Emily and Jonathan McDevitt
Paul Cavalli and Jack McKenney
Elizabeth Noble and Colin Page
Lawrence J. and Kimberly Sterrs
E. William Stetson III and Jane Watson Stetson

BRONZE ($2,500 and above)
Noni and Charlton Ames
Betsy Eby and Bo Bartlett
David Barry
Gail and John Bertuzzi
Courtney and Shawn Buterbaugh
Mary and Keith Collins
Cabot and Heidi Lyman
Patrisha McLean
Tracy and Evan Segal
Susan and George Schreiber
Lucinda Watson

PATRON ($1,000 and above)
Charlotte Dixon and Charles Altschul
Thomas and Mary Amory
Tess and Jacob Gerritsen
Sally and Tony Grassi
Suzanne and Doug Kahn
Andrea Meditch
Robyn and Bob Metcalfe
Fred Moon
Barbara Moran
Jula and Paul Sampson
Liv Rockefeller and Ken Shure
Cig Harvey and Doug Stradley
Susan Taylor

SUSTAINER ($500 and above)
Cindy and Fred Beams
Jeanne and Peter Bowen
Beth Bowley
Donna Dubrow
Sharon Fowlie
Alissa and Jacob Hessler
Leah Hurley
Jo Dondis and Peter Imber
Jan Pendleton and Steve Kahn
Skip Klein
Darrell and Oivind Lorentzen
Linda Novak and Adam Marcus
Pat Messler
Rick Rector
Anne and John Surovek
Betsy Perry and Neale Sweet

FRIEND (up to $499)
Kit and Richard Aroneau
David Conover
Karen and Clark Doran
Tina Wolter and Geoff Dyuk
Mimi Edmunds
Kendra Farris
Kathleen Fleury
Michael Grillo
York-Chi and Stephen Harder
Ronald and Franziska Hart
Barbara Henlein
Shane Hofeldt
John Hurley
Molly and Frederick Kellogg
Stephen Koltai
Lyda Kuth
Mary Lampson
Linda Leonard
Phil and Linda Lewis
Anna Lockwood
Amy Lowry
Suzette McAvoy
Nion McEvoy
Kathleen Morgan
Marilyn Morais
Whitney and Tony Oppersdorff
Alex Jones and Donna Parratt
Joan and Graham Phaup
Maia Danzing and Michael Pressman
Paul and Martha Rogers
Mike Sabatini
Cassie and Dick Snyder
Dr. Lawrence and Ellen Starr
Judy Stein
Virginia Watkins
Deborah Weisgall
David Wright

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