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CIFF Selects at Camden Opera House! CIFF’s 2014 Audience Award Winner WILD HOME returns!

Posted March 11, 2015

CIFF Selects returns to Camden! We’re partnering with the Camden Opera House and SundanceNow Doc Club to bring back CIFF Selects, a monthly documentary series to Camden one Wednesday each month, March through August.
The series kicks off on Wed, March 25 at 7 PM with CIFF 2014 favorite WILD HOME!
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Jack and Robert Schurman’s WILD HOME (Dirigo Doc! Made in Maine!) won the hearts of CIFF’s audience at the tenth festival last September where it played to a sold out crowd for its World Premiere and took home the Dick and Ann Costello Audience Award. WILD HOME is a documentary film about Bob Miner, a Vietnam Veteran who has found his way back to the world by rehabilitating abused and abandoned animals deep in the woods of Maine. Along with his wife, Julie, they’ve built a kingdom where they care for lions, tigers, hyenas, kangaroos, black bears, and more than 200 other species of animals.

Additional CIFF Selects titles will be announced soon. The screenings are held one Wednesday each month: March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17, July 15 and August 19. Q&As with filmmakers, either in person or via skype, to follow select screenings. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased day of show at the Camden Opera House box office.

This monthly series will include select titles from the SundanceNow Doc Club, an online platform for the world’s best documentaries, including many CIFF alum, which offers our audience the chance to watch these films year-round. SundanceNow Doc Club is the only member-based, advertising-free streaming video service dedicated solely to documentaries. Overseen by resident curator Thom Powers (DOC NYC, Toronto International Film Festival), the Doc Club catalog features hand-picked favorites from festival programmers (Sundance, True/False, etc) as well as guest curators like Ira Glass. Subscribers also receive exclusive member benefits, including free tickets to local screenings and festival premieres.

 

2014 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Winners!

Posted September 30, 2014

The Camden International Film Festival announced the award winning films from its tenth edition, which marked the end of a four-day weekend that included the screening of over 70 films from dozens of countries, as well as the 6th Points North Documentary Forum. The festival hosted over 150 filmmakers and industry leaders, with filmmakers in attendance for almost every public screening and an increased number of passes sold, despite the beautiful autumnal Maine weather.

This year’s Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature went to CIFF’s Opening Night film VIRUNGA directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, who attended the festival to present his film and went on to accept the award via Skype. The Jury, consisting of Susan Margolin (President, Docurama), Banker White (Filmmaker, THE GENIUS OF MARIAN) and Cecily Pingree (Filmmaker, BETTING THE FARM) awarded their Special Jury Mention to J.P. Sniadecki’s THE IRON MINISTRY which had its US Premiere at CIFF and continues on to play the New York Film Festival later this week.

Opening Night photo: Ben Krebs

This year’s Emerging Cinematic Vision Award sponsored by Vimeo went to APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT directed by Amanda Rose Wilder. Wilder, along with producer Caitlin Mae Burke and subject Alex Khost were in attendance to accept the award. The Jury, consisting of Gabriele Caroti (Director, BAMCinematek), Lyda Kuth (Executive Director, LEF Foundation) and Sam Morrill (Creative Relations Lead, Vimeo) awarded the Special Jury Mention to Jean-Francois Caissy’s GUIDELINES.

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In an unprecedented turn of events, Ann and Dick Costello, the sponsors of the Camden International Film Festival Audience Award took the stage to announce an increase from a $1,000 to a $2,500 cash reward for the recipient, in honor of the vibrancy of the emerging filmmakers they took in over the course of the weekend. Maine-made WILD HOME directed by Jack Schurman and co-directed by Robert Schurman received not only a standing ovation at their World Premiere screening but also received the 2014 Audience Award and increased cash prize. Filmmakers were in attendance to accept this award.

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In CIFF’s continued commitment to furthering the short form of documentaries, they announced the award recipients from two additional partnerships. The first was the Camden Cartel Award for Best Short sponsored by the Non-Fiction Cartel. Honorable Mention went to Luke Lorentzen’s SANTA CRUZ DEL ISLOTE and the Camden Cartel Award was given to Ciaran Cassidy’s THE LAST DAYS OF PETER BERGMANN.

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The second was a new partnership with Al Jazeera’s AJ+ channel who held their first ever AJ+ Pitch at CIFF, a Live Pitch offering five filmmakers the chance to pitch their short documentary concepts and works-in-progress to a panel of filmmakers and industry leaders for up to $10,000 cash and a commission from the AJ+ channel. The Jury included AJ+’s Jeff Seelbach, Tribeca Film Institute’s Ryan Harrington and filmmakers Margaret Brown and Rebecca Richman Cohen.

AJ+ Pitch

Finalists included Jillian Schlesinger (EMOTIONAL ROBOT), Sierra Pettengill (HALL OF THE EVENING STAR), Ben Kalina (PLAN C FOR CIVILIZATION), Jayisha Patel (POWER GIRLS) and Jon Bougher (THAILAND’S FLOATING CITIES). AJ+ commissioned three of these projects, awarding up to $10,000 each to Schlesinger’s EMOTIONAL ROBOT, Pettengill’s HALL OF THE EVENING STAR and Patel’s POWER GIRLS.

Cocktail Reception at Dowling Walsh Gallery

Last but not least, CIFF announced the winner of their expanded Points North Fellowship, with a day of training at Maine Media Workshop prior to the festival and the Pitch event to a panel of funders, broadcasters, on Saturday, September 27 at the Camden Opera House. 2014 documentary works-in-progress included Tony Gerber’s AMERICAN WARLORD, Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip’s DAWNLAND, Amy Benson, Ramyata Limbu and Scott Squire’s THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, Pacho Velez’s THE REAGAN YEARS, Cassidy Friedman’s SOLEDAD, and Elisa Haradon and Gabriel Miller’s SWEETHEART DEAL. The 2014 Points North Pitch Award and Modulus Funishing Fund was granted to THE REAGAN YEARS, with director Pacho Velez and producer Sierra Pettengill receiving $1,000 cash prize from Documentary Educational Resources, three consultations with the Tribeca Film Institute and a post-production package from Modulus Studios worth approximately $10,000.

2014 Camden International Film Festival Films Announced!

Posted September 3, 2014

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) has announced its slate of feature and short films in their 10th festival taking place September 25– 28, 2014 throughout Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine.  CIFF will present over 60 features and short films from all across the globe and from our very own Maine, with filmmakers in attendance at nearly every screening.

Now entering its tenth year, the Camden International Film Festival presents a snapshot of the cultural landscape through the year’s best non-fiction storytelling. The festival is recognized as one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world, and one of the 12 best small town film festivals in the US. In addition to the festival’s expanded Points North Fellowship, a new partnership with Al Jazeera’s AJ+ to host the first AJ+ live pitch, CIFF announces the 2014 slate of films, which include Points North Pitch alum In Country and Mateo. In addition to the titles below, CIFF will screen the Cinema Eye Honors’ Nonfiction Short Film Finalists, whose titles will be announced from the festival later this month.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with this years festival program,” says Ben Fowlie, Founder and Executive Director of the Camden International Film Festival. “Over the past ten years we’ve had the opportunity to share a selection of films that highlight both the creativity and unique ways artists are using to tell stories, and the impact these stories can have on community. This year is no exception”.

2014 CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES:

A GOAT FOR A VOTE
Jeroen van Velzen | Netherlands | 2014

ACTRESS
Robert Greene | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER AND SUBJECT IN ATTENDANCE!

ALIVE INSIDE
Michael Rossato-Bennett | United States | 2014

APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT
Amanda Rose Wilder | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER AND SUBJECT IN ATTENDANCE!

ART AND CRAFT
Sam Cullman and Jennifer Grausman, co-directed by Mark Becker | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

BUGARACH
Sergi Cameron, Ventura Durall, Salvador Sunyer | Spain, Germany | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

DESERT HAZE
Sofie Benoot | Belgium, Netherlands | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

E-TEAM
Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman | United States | 2013
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE! 

FLORENCE, ARIZONA – Sneak Preview!
Andrea B. Scott | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

THE GREAT INVISIBLE
Margaret Brown | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

HAPPINESS
Thomas Balmes | France, Finland | 2013

HAPPY VALLEY
Amir Bar-Lev | United States | 2014

IN COUNTRY
Mike Attie, Meghan O’Hara | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE! POINTS NORTH PITCH ALUM! 

THE IRON MINISTRY
J.P. Sniadecki | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

GUIDELINES (LA MARCHE A SUIVRE)
Jean-François Caissy | Canada | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

THE LAST SEASON
Sara Dosa | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

MATEO
Aaron I. Naar | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE! POINTS NORTH PITCH ALUM!

MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN
Alex Gibney | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

NE ME QUITTE PAS
Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden | Netherlands, Belgium | 2013

THE NOTORIOUS MR. BOUT
Tony Gerber, Maxim Pozdorovkin | Russia, United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

THE OVERNIGHTERS
Jesse Moss | United States | 2014

POINT AND SHOOT
Marshall Curry | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

RICH HILL
Tracy Droz Tragos, Andrew Droz Palermo | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO
Ian Cheney | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

SEEDS OF TIME
Sandy McLeod | United States | 2014

SILENCED
James Spione | United States | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

SONG FROM THE FOREST
Michael Obert | Germany | 2014

TOMORROW WE DISAPPEAR
Jimmy Goldblum, Adam Weber | United States | 2014

TWO RAGING GRANNIES
Havard Bustnes | Norway, Denmark, Italy | 2014

VIRUNGA
Orlando von Einsiedel | United Kingdom | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

WAITING FOR AUGUST
Teodora Ana Mihae | Belgium | 2014
FILMMAKER IN ATTENDANCE!

WALKING UNDER WATER
Eliza Kubarska | United Kingdom, Germany, Poland | 2014

WILD HOME
Jack Schurman, Robert Schurman | United States | 2014
FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE! Dirigo Doc! Made in Maine!

 

2014 CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILMS

3 ACRES IN DETROIT
Nora Mandray | United States, France | 2013

ADRIFT
Frederik Jan Depickere | Belgium, Columbia | 2013

THE ANIMATED LIFE OF A.R. WALLACE
Flora Lichtman, Sharon Shattuck | United States | 2013

BRIDGE TENDER
Hunter Snyder | United States | 2014
Dirigo Short! Made in Maine!

CATHEDRALS (KATHEDRALEN)
Konrad Kästner | Germany | 2013

CHANGING HANDS: Rocky Ridge Organic Dairy
Bridget Besaw | United States | 2014
Dirigo Short! Screens as part of GROWING LOCAL

CROOKED CANDY
Andrew Rodgers | United States | 2014

THE DOGWALKER (HUNDVAKTEN)
Caroline Ingvarsson | Sweden | 2014

FOUNDRY NIGHT SHIFT
Steven Bognar | United States | 2014

HACKED CIRCUIT
Deborah Stratman | United States | 2014

THE HERMIT
Lena Freidrich | United States | 2014
Dirigo Short! Made in Maine!

HOME
Thomas Gleeson | New Zealand | 2012

KATAH-DIN
Taylor Dunne | United States | 2014
Dirigo Short! Made in Maine!

THE LAST DAYS OF PETER BERGMANN
Ciaran Cassidy | Ireland | 2014

LAST REEL
Steven Bognar | United States | 2014

THE LION’S MOUTH OPENS
Lucy Walker | United States | 2014

THE MURDER BALLAD OF JAMES JONES
Jesse Kreitzer | United States | 2014

NO EXIT
David Redmon, Ashley Sabin | United States | 2014
Dirigo Short! Made in Maine!

NOTES ON BLINDNESS
Peter Middleton, James Spinney | United Kingdom, United States, Australia | 2014

ONE YEAR LEASE
Brian Bolster | United States | 2014

PARTY LINE
Alan Magee | United States | 2014

PHOEBE’S BIRTHDAY CHEESEBURGER
Will Lennon | United States | 2013

PIG NOT PORK: Farmers Gate Market
Bridget Besaw | United States | 2014
Dirigo Short! Screens as part of GROWING LOCAL

PINK HELMET POSSE
Benjamin Mullinkosson, Kristelle Laroche | United States | 2014

SANTA CRUZ DEL ISLOTE
Luke Lorentzen | United States | 2014

SEEDING A DREAM: Sheepscot General Store & Uncas Farm
Bridget Besaw | United States | 2014
Dirigo Short! Screens as part of GROWING LOCAL

TWENTY EIGHT FEET: LIFE ON A LITTLE WOODEN BOAT
Kevin A. Fraser | United States | 2013

UNLOCKING THE TRUTH
Luke Meyer | United States | 2013

VEGAS
Lukasz Konopa | United Kingdom | 2013

 

 

Call for Submissions for the first AJ+ Pitch at the Camden International Film Festival

Posted August 12, 2014

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The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) announces their partnership with AJ+, the new digital platform from Al Jazeera Media Network that commissions original, innovative and engaging short documentaries from journalists and filmmakers around the world.  AJ+ in association with the Camden International Film Festival will select five independent filmmakers who will be given the chance to pitch their short documentary concepts and works-in-progress to a panel of filmmakers and industry leaders at this year’s CIFF. Based on the pitch, AJ+ will commission up to five projects at up to $10,000 per project. Submissions for this opportunity are now open through August 25, 2014 at midnight PST.

All selected filmmakers will be provided with an All Access pass to CIFF (September 25-28, 2014) and a stipend to support both travel and accommodations during the festival. This opportunity is for stories driven by strong characters, compelling voices, and unique insights into events and issues that may be local but resonate with our connected and globally-minded audience. Pieces must be current, but not necessarily driven by current affairs.

In the channel’s first-ever live pitch session, they are calling for original short film ideas and projects that look to the future. Apocalyptic images have haunted our timelines all summer. Now they are asking filmmakers for short documentary films that engage with one of the following questions:

  • What are the emergent cultural, political or technological trends that are shaping our lives in surprising ways?
  • How are individuals or communities responding to crises that threaten their future in unexpected ways?
  • What does ‘sustainability’ look like?

 

Pitches will be accepted from filmmakers of all nationalities. They may be drawn from feature-length documentary projects, although concepts that work as a standalone short film are preferred. Films that have already been completed or released online are not eligible for the pitch.

Following the success of last year’s The New York Times Op Docs live pitch at CIFF, the first of its kind in North America, the festival continues to cultivate new opportunities for documentary filmmakers in both feature and short content through their Points North Documentary Forum, which runs concurrently to the festival and recently expanded with their own Points North Fellowship, whose 2014 fellows will be announced September 2.

The fee for submission is $25 and the deadline is August 25, 2014 at 12 midnight PST.

http://camdenfilmfest.org/pointsnorth

For more information about Al Jazeera’s AJ+, please visit:

http://plus.aljazeera.com/

CIFF Announces Points North Fellowship

Posted April 28, 2014

The Points North Fellowship enhances and expands upon the well-established Points North Pitch, a unique opportunity to pitch documentary works-in-progress to an international delegation of funders, commissioning editors and producers before a live audience. Submissions are open until July 18, 2014. Filmmakers, send us your works-in-progress!

For more information, visit www.camdenfilmfest.org/pointsnorth

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