THE FILMMAKER SOLIDARITY FUND
During this time of unprecedented uncertainty and change, we are committed to examining how power and resources are distributed in the documentary film world and how festivals like CIFF can stand in solidarity with filmmakers to create more equitable, sustainable conditions for independent filmmaking — particularly for filmmakers that have been marginalized or excluded by the industry.
Early in 2020, we announced our commitment to support filmmakers during through the establishment of the Filmmaker Solidarity Fund. This meant we committed to provide 50% of net proceeds from our CIFF Virtual pass and ticket sales to filmmakers — via a funding pool that was divided evenly into honoraria for every participating director in the CIFF program. In 2020, we raised nearly $25,000 to support 64 directors of features and short films that screened at the 2020 CIFF.
For CIFF 2021, we will maintain our commitment to filmmaker support via a funding pool comprised of 50% of net proceeds from our 2021 virtual festival box office. We look forward to directing even more resources to filmmakers, and building a more equitable and sustainable documentary field for years to come.
THE CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Founded in 2005 and recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world, the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) brings the finest non-fiction cinema to the rugged coast of Maine, showcasing over 80 documentary feature and short films from around the globe each fall.
CIFF is an experience just as unique as the films we exhibit. Nearly all films are followed by Q&A sessions with filmmakers and the festival boasts a number of musical performances, interactive installations, networking sessions and special events that enrich participant experiences. At CIFF, the emphasis is on building relationships between fellow filmmakers and industry. Each year our audiences grow, but our commitment to our mission remains the same. We love a good story, and we love to share them with our audiences.
CIFF's Points North Forum provides emerging documentarians with opportunities for professional development and creative inspiration.
The Camden International Film Festival and Points North Documentary Forum takes place in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine.
In 2020, Points North Institute, the organizers of the Camden International Film Festival, announced updated plans for the 2020 festival with a singular goal in mind: to directly support independent filmmakers and collaboratively create spaces for community-building, organizing and collective imagination. In response to the ongoing worldwide health crisis, 2020's CIFF and Points North Forum debuted the most global, accessible edition of the festival to date, which included a 12-day creative virtual experience with dozens of livestream events, alongside the launch of the festival’s very own drive-in movie theater. The sixteenth edition of the Camden International Film Festival took place October 1-12, 2020 and culminated with a special day of programming to honor Indigenous People's Day.
If you have a documentary feature or short in development, consider applying for one of the Points North Artists Programs: https://pointsnorthinstitute.org/artist-programs/
To receive updates on submissions timelines and applications, sign up for our email list at pointsnorthinstitute.org/newsletter
Rules of entry:
The Camden International Film Festival is open to all documentary films of all styles, subjects and lengths. We also encourage submissions that push the boundaries of the form.
Works-in-progress are accepted at all deadlines and will be considered for screening at the Camden International Film Festival. The festival is open for discussion on this topic. If you have questions, please contact us.
The filmmaker agrees to be responsible for all shipping and insurance costs for shipping submission materials to the festival office. The submission will not be returned to the entrants unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is included for return.
Films and videos are submitted complete with English commentary and/or English dialogue or in the original version with English subtitles.
All submitting filmmakers and distributors will be notified of the official selections prior to the festival.
The festival has the right to use the publicity material (press books, posters, stills etc.) from selected films to promote the festival.
Upon gaining possession of the films or videos, the festival will only then accept limited responsibility for the films or videos, extending to the time that the festival organization ships the film or video back to the sender. The definition of this limited responsibility only includes a refund of laboratory expenses for making a new print of the roll or rolls of film damaged, or in case of a video, duplication of the videotape. This refund will be calculated according to the current US laboratory prices. It does not extend to negatives, positives or any other type of film component.
By submitting this documentary, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:
I own or control the copyright in and to, and am duly authorized to submit this documentary film to the Camden International Film Festival and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true;
This documentary contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever;
Filmmakers give permission to festival to use press kits for marketing purposes, and a 60-second or less clip from film in highlight reel for box office and online festival trailer.