The Points North Institute has announced that Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) managing director Caroline von Kuhn will be stepping down from her position as of Oct. 31, bringing her four-year tenure in the role to an end.
During her time as Points North’s managing director, von Kuhn presided over a period of significant growth for the CIFF and helped launch the Points North Institute in 2016, which was established as an expanded media arts organization that produces retreats, residencies, workshops and fellowships that nurture the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and helps them develop a stronger voice. In a statement, Ben Fowlie, executive director of the Points North Institute said von Kuhn had been instrumental in all facets of the organization, from day-to-day operations to festival production to strategic planning.
“Her deep knowledge of the industry and live of cinema will no doubt leave a lasting imprint on our organization,” he said.
The Points North Institute’s staff and board of directors will be initiating a search for a new full-time managing director to oversee the annual festival and forum, along with an extended calendar of artist-supported programs and a growing team of creatives.
Meanwhile, the Points North Institute has set its dates for the 13th edition of the festival and Points North Forum following the completion of the 2016 festival, which wrapped up in mid-September. The 2017 festival and forum will take place from Sept. 14 to 17 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland Maine.
The 2016 CIFF was the first festival under the Points North Institute, which also launched its first ever Storyforms exhibition of VR and interactive media, as well as week-long creative residency program for short-form filmmakers.