Points North Institute Establishment Campaign 2017-09-04T15:11:57+00:00


The establishment of the Points North Institute represents the next chapter in the growth and evolution of the Camden International Film Festival.

Over the next three years, we will build a new foundation of year-round programs dedicated to inspiring, nurturing and celebrating creative nonfiction storytellers while strengthening Maine communities through innovative and impactful documentary film and media art.

We are aiming to raise an additional $1 million above current annual operating expenses by December 31, 2018. Thanks to a generous lead donor, the first $250,000 in gifts will be matched dollar for dollar.

These funds will allow us to:

  1. Expand our operational capacity, growing from a year-round staff of one person to four.
  2. Enhance the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, building further on their past success.
  3. Deepen our investments in the field of creative nonfiction film and media through fellowships, retreats, residencies and other programs supporting the next generation of storytellers.
  4. Enrich the cultural landscape across Maine through community partnerships and a robust year-round calendar of screenings and special events.

For more information about our history, vision and the terms of the campaign, please read this downloadable summary:

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I hope Maine realizes that this is a jewel in the crown of this great state and we should support it with everything we’ve got and make sure it keeps its soul.

Nathaniel Kahn, Academy Award winning filmmaker, MY ARCHITECT


Having gotten our start as a documentary film festival, we are committed to keeping film at the core of the Points North Institute’s work. However, we also believe that nonfiction storytelling can take limitless forms and its creative boundaries are always expanding. Our programs take a broad view of the changing media landscape, highlighting evolving forms and platforms for creative nonfiction storytelling.

Under the banner of the Points North Institute, we will explore topics such as the intersections between documentary film and visual journalism, the growing popularity of podcasts, and the impact of new technologies like virtual reality on how nonfiction stories are created and shared.

By convening many of the world’s most talented artists and industry professionals working across these different spheres, the Points North Institute will build collaborative, interdisciplinary communities of storytellers and become an incubator that actively shapes the future of creative nonfiction media.

Founding Members

Ann & Dick Costello
Mazie Cox & Brinkley Thorne
Tim Messler & Tara Marchionna
Robert Shotwell

The Cascade Foundation
Lucinda Ziesing & Des FitzGerald
Gayle & David Noble
Mary R. Saltonstall & John K. Hanson Jr.
Susan & Rufus Williams
Louis Venezia

Lisa Kleiner Chanoff
Alexandra & James Lawrence
Caroline & Wayne Morong
Susan & George Schreiber



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