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Camden International Film Festival Calls for Entries to Points North Fellowship

Jeff Unay at Points North pitch in 2015

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) is now accepting submissions for its Points North Fellowship, which provides grants bringing six teams of filmmakers to participate in the Points North Pitch at the Camden International Film Festival from September 15-18, 2016. For the first time in 2016, all selected Points North Fellows will receive a $2,000 cash grant sponsored by the Chicago Media Project and an individual donor.

The six projects selected for the Points North Fellowship will receive two All Access passes to the festival, five nights of accommodations and a round-trip flight to Maine.

The Fellowship takes place before, during and even after the festival. Before the festival, filmmakers receive two days of intensive training and mentorship, sponsored by the Maine Media Workshops. Then, filmmakers go on to pitch their projects to an array of international funders, broadcasters, distributors and producers — all before a live audience.

Past panelists include representatives from CNN, BBC, HBO, A&E IndieFilms, Discovery Films, Participant Media, ARTE, ITVS, POV, Al Jazeera, Vimeo, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, and Cinereach, as well as leading executive producers and distributors.

Following the Festival and Forum, Points North Fellows will receive a ticket to the Cinema Eye Honors, held in mid-January in New York City, an invitation to CIFF’s annual Cinema Eye Honors Nominees Party, a day of one-on-one meetings with several leading industry representatives and two nights of accommodations in New York.

All participating filmmakers will be eligible to win the Points North Pitch Award, which includes 60 hours of free sound mix or color correction services from Boston-based Modulus Studios worth approximately $10,000.

Points North alumni include: GreywaterWhose StreetsThe Reagan YearsIn CountryMateoLeviathanBetting the Farm, and two films which will premiere later this month at the Hot Docs International Film Festival, The Peacemaker and What Tomorrow Brings.

Submissions for the Points North Fellowship are open through July 14, 2016.

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