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Points North Institute Establishment Campaign2020-05-21T12:54:43-04:00


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

With this initiative, we are building 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.

Thanks to a generous lead donor, the first $250,000 in gifts were matched dollar for dollar!

These funds will allow us to:

  1. Expand our operational capacity, growing our year-round staff.
  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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Donation Total: $10,000.00

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

Evelyn & Gerald Isom

Gayle & David Noble

Mary R. Saltonstall & John K. Hanson Jr.

Susan & Rufus Williams


Lisa Kleiner Chanoff

Sylvia de Leon & Lynn Coleman

Alexandra Ames Lawrence & James Lawrence

Emily & Jonathan McDevitt

Caroline & Wayne Morong

Susan & George Schreiber

J.P. & Kaki Smith

Louis Venezia



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