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CIFF and Points North Set 2016 Dates: September 15 to 18

Posted November 5, 2015

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The 12th Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum will be held in Camden, Rockport and Rockland from September 15 to 18, 2016.

This past September, CIFF and Points North hosted over 100 filmmakers, film industry representatives and journalists, with filmmakers in attendance at nearly every screening and more development opportunities for features and shorts through Points North — all making the 11th edition our most successful festival to date.

We will soon be announcing a year-round, statewide screening tour focusing on the theme of Sustainable Maine — the result of our annual Points North Engagement Summit. There will also be announcements about the monthly CIFF Selects film series, and about expanded opportunities in 2016 for filmmakers with works-in-progress.

Filmmakers may submit their completed documentaries (features and shorts) to CIFF or their works-in-progress to the Points North Fellowship starting in January 2016. Keep an eye on CIFF’s website and this newsletter for further information on upcoming programs and guidelines for submitting films in the coming months.

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CIFF and Points North 2015 Winners!

Posted September 22, 2015

The Festival closed Sunday evening with the U.S. premiere of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING straight from its world premiere at Toronto. Prior to the screening, CIFF hosted its annual Awards Ceremony, presenting four awards for documentary features and one for a documentary short, in addition to its Points North Pitch Award and three grants awarded through a partnership with the Conservation Media Group.

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CIFF partnered this year with the Conservation Media Group on the CMG Action Grant Pitch, open to projects from filmmakers and organizations alike that used video to create measurable action in ocean conservation or sustainable energy. With the strength of this inaugural class of applicants, CMG chose to award grants to not one but three projects.

  • SUNCATCHER, Shalina Kantayya (7th Empire Media) – $10,000
  • PICK IT UP!, Razan Ghalayini – $6,000
  • A TALE OF PLASTIC, Tierney Thys & Noe Sardet (Parafilms) – $10,000

 

 

I Am the People

 

CIFF and long-time partner Documentary Educational Resources launched a new award at the 2015 festival: the John Marshall Award for Contemporary Ethnographic Media. The competition included eight contemporary titles screening in the main slate alongside historic ethnographic work in Being There, a sidebar supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. The 2015 John Marshall Award went to Anna Roussillon’s I AM THE PEOPLE (JE SUIS LE PEUPLE).

 

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CIFF continued to champion short films in the 2015 edition. Each year it showcases the Cinema Eye Honors Shorts nominees which were announced last week from Camden. CIFF partnered with the Boston-based Non-Fiction Cartel to award the Camden Cartel Award for Best Short to Paulina Skibinska’s OBJECT, with Special Jury mention going to Eleanor Mortimer’s TERRITORY.

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Jurors Turner Ross (Co-Director, WESTERN), Eric Hynes (Film Comment) and Charlotte Selb (RIDM) awarded the 2015 Emerging Cinematic Vision Award to Anna Roussillon’s I AM THE PEOPLE (JE SUIS LE PEUPLE), with Special Jury Mention going to Morgan Knibbe’s THOSE WHO FEEL THE FIRE BURNING.

 

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This year’s jury of Janet Pierson (SXSW), Jason Osder (Director, LET THE FIRE BURN) and Charlie Phillips (The Guardian) awarded the 2015 Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature to Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli’s FRAME BY FRAME, with Special Jury Mention going to Alexandre Nanau’s TOTO AND HIS SISTERS.

 

WILLIAM BUCKLEY;GORE VIDAL

 

The 2015 Camden International Film Festival Audience Award sponsored by Ann and Dick Costello went to Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon’s BEST OF ENEMIES.

 

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On Saturday at the annual Dowling Walsh Gallery Reception, sponsored by CNN Films, CIFF announced the winner of the 2015 Points North Pitch Award and Modulus Finishing Fund, which went to GREYWATER, directed and produced by Jeff Unay. GREYWATER was also a participant in CIFF’s inaugural Camden/Tribeca Film Institute Retreat presented by CNN this past June. CIFF will continue to support all six selected Points North Fellowship projects at the Cinema Eye Honors in January 2016.

 

 

Camden International Film Festival 2015 Slate

Posted August 26, 2015

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced the slate of feature and short films for its 11th edition, which will take place September 17-20, 2015 throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine. CIFF will present over 60 features and short films from across the globe, the country and the state, with filmmakers attending nearly every screening. This year’s program includes  more international titles than ever.

The Camden International Film Festival presents a snapshot of the cultural landscape through the year’s best nonfiction storytelling. The festival is recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world and one of the 12 best small-town film festivals in the US. Highlights of this year’s program include Locarno titles Machine Gun or Typewriter, The Ground We Won and Locarno winner Olmo and the Seagull, fresh from TIFF: climate change doc This Changes Everything; and Points North alums Containment and Drawing the Tiger. In addition to the titles below, CIFF will screen a sidebar program of historic ethnographic films with support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a program celebrating the home movie archives of Charles Norman Shay in collaboration with Northeast Historic Film, and the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking Shorts List, whose titles will be announced at the festival next month.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with this year’s festival program,” says Ben Fowlie, Founder and Executive Director of the Camden International Film Festival. “This complex, diverse and engaging lineup is yet another reminder that the documentary form is both thriving and continuously evolving. We’re honored to share the vision and voices of this remarkable group of American and international filmmakers.”

The Camden International Film Festival will announce their Points North Documentary Forum lineup of films, speakers and panels on Thursday, August 27. Passes are on sale at camdenfilmfest.org/attend. Purchase yours before they are sold out!

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2015 CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES

ABOVE AND BELOW

Nicolas Steiner | Switzerland, Germany | 2015

 

ALL THINGS ABLAZE

Oleksandr Technyski, Aleksey Solodunov, Dmitry Stoykov | Ukraine | 2014

 

ALMOST THERE

Aaron Wickenden, Dan Rybicky | United States | 2014

 

BEST OF ENEMIES

Morgan Neville, Robert Gordon | United States | 2014

 

BREAKING A MONSTER

Luke Meyer | United States | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

CONTAINMENT

Peter Galison, Robb Moss | United States | 2015

Filmmakers in attendance! Points North Alum!

 

DEMOCRATS

Camila Nielsson| Denmark | 2014

 

DRAWING THE TIGER

Amy Benson, Ramyata Limbu, Scott Squire | United States | 2015

Filmmakers in attendance! Points North Alum!

 

ELEPHANT’S DREAM

Kristof Bilsen | Belgium | 2014

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

FRAME BY FRAME

Alexandria Bombach, Mo Scarpelli | United States | 2015

Filmmakers in attendance!

 

FROM THIS DAY FORWARD

Sharon Shattuck | United States | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF

Alex Gibney | United States | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

THE GROUND WE WON

Christopher Pryor | New Zealand | 2015

 

HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Jerry Rothwell | United Kingdom, Canada | 2015

 

I AM THE PEOPLE (JE SUIS LE PEUPLE)

Anna Roussillon | France | 2014

 

IN TRANSIT

Albert Maysles, Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Ben Wu, David Usui | United States | 2015

Filmmakers in attendance!

 

KINGS OF NOWHERE

Betzabé García | Mexico | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

MACHINE GUN OR TYPEWRITER

Travis Wilkerson | United States  | 2015

 

MERU

Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | United States | 2015

 

OF THE NORTH

Dominic Gagnon | Canada | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

OLMO AND THE SEAGULL

Petra Costa, Lea Glob | Denmark, Brazil, Portugal, France | 2015

Producer in attendance!

 

PEACE OFFICER

Scott Christopherson, Brad Barber | United States | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER

Chad Gracia | Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States | 2015

 

SAILING A SINK SEA

Olivia Wyatt | United States | 2015

Filmmakmer in attendance!

 

TELL SPRING NOT TO COME THIS YEAR

Saeed Taji Farouky, Michael McEvoy | United Kingdom | 2015

 

(T)ERROR

Lyric R. Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe | United States | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

THANK YOU FOR PLAYING

David Osit, Malika Zouhali-Worrall | United States | 2015

Filmmakers in attendance!

 

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

Avi Lewis | Canada, United States | 2015

 

THOSE WHO FEEL THE FIRE BURNING

Morgan Knibbe | Netherlands | 2014

 

TOTO AND HIS SISTERS

Alexander Nanau | Romania, Hungary, Germany | 2014

 

T-REX

Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari | United States  | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

UNCERTAIN

Anna Sandilands, Ewan McNicol | United States | 2015

Filmmakers in attendance!

 

UNTITLED Work-in-Progress Screening

Ian Cheney | United States | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

 

WESTERN

Bill Ross, Turner Ross | United States | 2015

Filmmaker in attendance!

2015 CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILMS

70-SOME YEARS

Riley Hooper | United States | 2015

AMERICAN RENAISSANCE

Jarred Alterman, Ryan Scafuro | United States | 2015

BODY TEAM 12

David Darg | United States | 2015

 

CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH

Adam Benzine | United Kingdom | 2015

 

CHOP MY MONEY

Theo Anthony | United States | 2014

DENALI

Ben Knight | United States | 2015

DIVER

Christoph Gelfand, Caroline Losneck | United States | 2015

Dirigo Short! Made in Maine!

 

ERIC, WINTER TO SPRING

Danya Abt | United States | 2014

 

THE FACE OF UKRAINE: CASTING OKSANA BAIUL

Kitty Green | Australia | 2015

 

FARM

Christoph Gelfand | United States | 2015

Dirigo Short! Made in Maine!

 

HERETIX: UP AND RUNNING

Stephen St. Francis Decky | United States | 2015

Dirigo Short! Made in Maine!

 

HOTEL 22

Elizabeth Lo | United States | 2014

 

THE LAND

Erin Davis | United States | 2015

 

THE LAST BARN DANCE

Ted Richardson, Jason Arthurs | United States | 2015

 

LAST PYRAMID

Dave Schachter | United States | 2015

Dirigo Short! Made in Maine!

 

LETTER TO SUBI

Genevieve Carmel | United States | 2015

 

LUCHADORA

River Finlay | United States, Mexico | 2014

 

THE MANY SAD FATES OF MR. TOLEDANO

Joshua Seftel | United States | 2015

 

MY GAL, ROSEMARIE

Jason Tippet | United States | 2015

 

NEW MISSION

Christopher Giamo | United States | 2014

 

OBJECT

Paulina Skibinska | Poland | 2015

 

OF THE UNKNOWN

Eva Weber | United Kingdom | 2014

 

PINK BOY

Eric Rockey | United States | 2015

 

THE REAGAN SHORTS

Pacho Velez | United States | 2015

Points North Alum!

 

SEEDING FEAR

Craig Jackson | Canada | 2015

 

SPEARHUNTER

Luke Poling, Adam Roffman | United States | 2014

 

TERRITORY

Eleanor Mortimer | United Kingdom | 2015

 

THINGS

Ben Rivers | United Kingdom | 2015

 

Points North will be unveiled Thursday, August 27 and the Schedule will go live Friday, August 28.

Passes to the 2015 CIFF and Points North are now available for purchase at www.camdenfilmfest.org/attend

DEADLINE EXTENDED to 8/28: CMG Action Grant pitch meetings @ CIFF | $5-10k for environmental video or short doc

Posted August 4, 2015

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We’re excited to announced a new partnership between Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) and the Conservation Media Group (CMG) to award at least one $5,000-$10,000 grant for a project that uses video to create measurable action in ocean conservation or sustainable energy. This grant is open to applicants worldwide, including both individual filmmakers and organizations looking for funding to hire a filmmaker (see details below).

CMG distributes a limited number of Action Grants each year to catalyze the production & distribution of a short video or series of short videos with a clear and measurable call to action. These grants are awarded through partnerships with established conservation organizations and film festivals, such as the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, the Camden International Film Festival, and the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders program.

This unique pitch opportunity ties in with CIFF’s upcoming 3rd annual Points North Engagement Summit, a program that connects Maine-based nonprofit leaders with documentary films and filmmakers to organize screenings and social action campaigns that engage Maine communities in public dialogue and collective problem solving around the state’s most critical social issues. Beginning in 2015, the program will focus on the theme “Sustainable Maine.”

The deadline for this opportunity has been extended. We will be accepting applications from August 4 to August 28. Finalists will receive up to two All Access passes to CIFF and an opportunity to meet one-on-one with CMG commissioners during the festival in Camden, Maine. Attendance at CIFF is mandatory and travel support is not provided.

Action Grant Amounts

$5,000-$10,000

Who Can Apply

Filmmakers of all ages and experience levels, including students. All filmmakers are required to submit a sample of previous work from a project over which they had creative control.

Organizations with an environmental mission, including both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including those for whom this is the first foray into video production & distribution. All organizations are required to submit a link to materials from a previous or ongoing outreach campaign.

Grant Guidelines 

The proposed project must include:

  1. 1) A theme that relates to creating change in ocean conservation or sustainable energy.
  2. 2) A video concept that is engaging, unique, and strategic.
  3. 3) Total video length under 5 minutes. Applicants may submit an idea that includes multiple videos whose total run time is less than 5 min.
  4. 4) A clearly defined target audience associated with the call to action and distribution plan. Target audiences could include millions of people, a single community or even a single person.
  5. 5) A clear call to action and a strategic plan for measuring impact in a meaningful way. These may include a petition, a vote, event attendance, pledges, sign-ups – or something creative. This does NOT include “vanity metrics” such as shares, likes, or views.
  6. 6) A strategic plan for distribution that specifies how the video(s) will engage audiences social media or other channels. Partnerships for distribution & impact (either confirmed or proposed) are a bonus, especially for individual filmmakers.

 

Criteria for Selection

  • 1) Video concept is directly related to important issues in ocean conservation or the shift to renewable energy
  • 2) Concept is clear and appropriate for length, audience, and call to action
  • 3) Clear link between target audience and suggested action.
  • 4) Clarity of desired action & social impact, as well as a concrete plan for measurement
  • 5) Previous experience with videos for action will be considered, but not required
  • 6) Video project may involve launching a new campaign, or work within an existing campaign

 

The Commissioners

CMG Action Grant commissioners at the Camden International Film Festival will include the following individuals from CMG: founder David Conover, director/COO Liz Smith, and program coordinator Amy Files. Final decisions for CMG Action Grant finalists and recipients will be made by CMG staff.

 

Grant Requirements

  • 1) Grant must cover the entire cost of production, distribution and measurement with the exception of in-kind contributions from the grantee or other partners.
  • 2) Funds may only be used for approved pre-production, production, distribution and measurement costs.
  • 3) Grant is disbursed from charitable funds and must be used in compliance with CMG guidelines. Grant funds may not be used with the intention of making profit.
  • 4) Additional partners and grants are welcome; however, CMG Action Grant funds must account for 100% of total cash budget.
  • 5) Grantee can receive mentorship, input or advice from partners and CMG staff, but must retain complete creative control over the final video(s).
  • 6) Final video(s) must be licensed under Creative Commons with Attribution.
  • 7) A proposed budget, project outline and grant legal agreement will be required before initial half of funds are dispersed.
  • 8) A closing report is required, including the final video(s), final budget, expense report, summary of measurement tools and recorded impact results before final half of funds are dispersed.

 

How It Works

Application Process: Interested filmmakers and organizations need to submit an application on or before the deadline. Applications will then be reviewed and finalists notified within 1 week of the application deadline. All finalists will receive up to 2 All Access festival passes to the Camden International Film Festival, which takes place September 17-20. These passes are only available to creative collaborators who will be attending the pitch.

Pitch Process: Finalists will be given a one-on-one pitch session time on Friday, September 18 in Camden, Maine. Finalists are required to attend their pitch session in person to be considered for the CMG Action Grant.

Decision & Announcement: At least one individual or organization will receive a grant of $5,000-$10,000 for their pitched project. Grant recipients will be announced at the award ceremony prior to CIFF’s Closing Night screening on Sunday, September 20. Grant disbursement will be made in the following weeks, pending the delivery of required project, budget and legal documents to Conservation Media Group. 

Application Timeline:
Tuesday, August 4, 2015: Applications Open

Friday, August 28, 2015: Extended Application Deadline

Friday, September 4, 2015: Finalists Notified

Friday, September 18, 2015: CMG Action Grant Pitch Meetings at CIFF in Camden, Maine

 

Apply

 

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Amy Files at amy@conservationmediagroup.org

About the Conservation Media Group
Conservation Media Group began at the crossroads of need and innovation. Conservation organizations know that public opinion is a strong force in effectively making positive changes for the environment. What better way to move the public to action than through videos that engage through emotion?
CMG puts tools and resources into the hands of a corps of people producing and distributing film that has a positive effect on urgent ocean and energy challenges. Through workshops, residencies, grants and placement of fellows with partner conservation organizations, we help create a new level of mastery in capturing, conveying and advancing urgent conservation goals through videos that have real, measurable impact.
With the founding support of the Lewis Family Foundation, a small group of visionary organizations & a few senior advisors, Director David Conover launched Conservation Media Group in February of 2014.

CIFF Selects: See AMY at Camden Opera House August 19

Posted August 3, 2015

 

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From BAFTA award­-winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY will screen at the Camden Opera House at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 19th, as the last of the Camden International Film Festival’s monthly CIFF Selects documentary series.

AMY tells the incredible story of six-time Grammy­ winner Amy Winehouse, in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can.

A once­-in-­a-­generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician who captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, she wrote and sang from the heart, using her musical gifts to analyze her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of today. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention. This, coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle, saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

Camden International Film Festival and the Camden Opera House, in partnership with SundanceNow Doc Club, are bringing CIFF Selects documentaries to Camden one Wednesday each month through August—sometimes including Q&A sessions with the filmmakers. The films shown include selections from the SundanceNow Doc Club, an online platform for the world’s best documentarians, including many CIFF alumni. The aim is to give CIFF’s audience the chance to watch great films year-round.

This is the final CIFF Selects screening for this season. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on the day of show at the Camden Opera House box office. The box office opens at 6 p.m.

Passes are also now on sale for the 2015 Camden International Film Festival (September 17 – 20) at www.camdenfilmfest.org.

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