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CIFF, Al Jazeera team for short doc pitch prize

The Camden International Film Festival is partnering with Al Jazeera's digital platform AJ+ to offer five filmmakers the chance to pitch for US$10,000 in short doc funding.
August 12, 2014

The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) is partnering with Al Jazeera’s digital platform AJ+ to offer five filmmakers the chance to pitch for US$10,000 in short doc funding.

The partners will select 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 next month’s CIFF.

Based on the pitch, AJ+ – which is Al Jazeera Media Network’s digital platform dedicated to commissioning “innovative and engaging short documentaries from journalists and filmmakers around the world” – will commission up to five projects at up to $10,000 per project.

The pitch contest will form part of CIFF’s Points North Documentary Film Forum (pictured above).

All selected filmmakers will be provided with an All Access pass to CIFF (which runs from September 25-28) and a stipend to support both travel and accommodations during the festival. Submissions are now open, at a cost of $25, through to August 25 at midnight PST.

In a statement, CIFF said the pitches should look to the future, and 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?

For more details, check out: camdenfilmfest.org/pointsnorth

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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