Storyforms is Camden International Film Festival's showcase of interactive and immersive media, highlighting the work of innovative artists, filmmakers and journalists who are using new technologies and platforms to transform the ways nonfiction stories can be created and shared in the digital age.

The exhibit will open prior to the start of the festival, running from September 10-16, 2018.

Storyforms is open to experiential nonfiction media produced and distributed across a wide range of forms and platforms. Submissions could include VR, AR and mixed reality experiences, 360 video, art installations, sculptures, multimedia websites, data visualizations, mobile apps, social media series, games, bots, live performances, wearable devices, participatory media projects, multi-platform documentaries, or some new genre we haven’t yet imagined. If your project is a linear documentary film, please submit it to CIFF here:

We’re looking for artistic work that elaborates upon John Grierson’s definition of documentary as the “creative treatment of actuality.” It doesn’t have to be driven by a narrative, but there should be some representation of the “real.”

We are interested in the creative applications of new technologies, but also the exploration of new processes for documentary and nonfiction media making, particularly those that transform the relationships between artist, audience and subject.

Our priority is building a community of artists and staging meaningful encounters with innovative media art, so we don’t focus on premiere requirements. However, for projects that do premiere at CIFF, we work hard to ensure that they receive appropriate press coverage and industry attention.

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 -- as well as immersive, non-linear and VR works -- from around the world 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. Programs include the year-round Points North Fellowship, masterclasses, workshops and international short form pitch opportunities such as The New York Times' Op Docs Pitch (2013), the AJ+ Pitch (2014) and the CMG Action Grant Pitch (2015). Past industry participants in the Forum include HBO, A&E, BBC, Participant Media, Al Jazeera America, Discovery, PBS, Ford Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, Vimeo and Kickstarter.

The 2017 Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum will take place September 14 - 17 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine.

The Points North Institute is the launching pad for the next generation of nonfiction storytellers.

We build a unique, interdisciplinary community of filmmakers, artists, journalists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative hub where stories and talent are discovered, collaborations are born, and the future of nonfiction media is shaped.

Our programs include the annual Camden International Film Festival and Points North Forum, as well as a growing suite of artist development initiatives: retreats, residencies, workshops and fellowships that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and help them develop a stronger artistic voice.

We accept submissions that can be viewed on the following platforms and devices: Mac and PC computers, iOS and Android phones, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, Steam, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. If you have a project made for another device, please contact us before submitting!

Installation submissions should include layout, equipment and budget requirements, and whenever possible, visual documentation of previous installations.

Please use a password-protected link or a private download link when submitting. Dropbox and Google Drive are preferred. If sending submission by mail, the entrant 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.

Projects should be submitted complete with English commentary and/or English dialogue, or in the original version with English subtitles.

The festival has the right to use the publicity material (press books, posters, stills etc.) from selected films to promote the festival.

By submitting this project, 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 project to the Camden International Film Festival and to the best of my knowledge, all statements on this document are true;

This project contains no material which could result in tort claims, royalty claims, claims for breach of contract, or claims of any sort whatsoever;

Artist gives permission to festival to use press kits for marketing purposes.