Camden International Film Festival

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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: To receive updates on submissions timelines and applications, sign up for our email list at


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