CIFF ’19: Points North Institute sets Forum and artist programs

The Points North Institute has unveiled the lineup for its 11th annual Points North Forum and Artist Programs, both part of the 2019 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF). The Forum will ...
August 29, 2019

The Points North Institute has unveiled the lineup for its 11th annual Points North Forum and Artist Programs, both part of the 2019 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF).

The Forum will seek to advance industry-wide conversations about “Story & Power” — functioning as the Forum centerpiece — exploring how the industry reflects and engages with existing power structures, including questions of racial equity, access, funding, and which stories are being told, how, for whom, and by whom.

Additionally, the Forum will feature two masterclasses with the directors of two of the year’s standout docs. Todd Douglas Miller will be on hand to discuss his archival box office hit Apollo 11, while Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar will tell the story behind their critically acclaimed American Factory.

And lastly, CIFF will feature a series of pitching and mentorship opportunities.

The Points North Pitch sees six filmmaking teams selected for the Points North Fellowship presenting their documentary features in development to a panel of funders and distributors, all while audience members are given the chance to support projects through a live crowdfunding campaign.

The Points North Fellowship projects being presented are: Deep Inside the Shaman’s Den, from director Keith Wilson and producer Emile Bokaer, about the controversial work, polyamorous lifestyle and defiant spirit of performance artist Frank Moore; To Use A Mountain, from director Casey Carter and producer Colleen Cassingham, which explores how America can handle its nuclear waste; Roleplay, from director Katie Mathews and producers Katie Mathews and Jenny Mercein, about art as a tool for social change; In Another Life, from director Grace Harper and producers Alistair Payne-James and Julia Nottingham, which offers an intimate portrait of addiction, death, grief and love; Driver, from director and producer Nesa Azimi, about female truck drivers; and Rejeito (Tailings), from director Pedro de Filippis and producer Bronte Stahl, which explores the personal and environmental fallout of dam collapses.

Meanwhile, the Points North Institute’s Artist Programs will connect filmmakers with mentors, funders and potential collaborators at the festival. Four cohorts of early-career filmmakers will be brought to Maine for a full week of private creative and professional development workshops prior to the festival. The programs include the above-mentioned Points North Fellowship, the North Star Fellowship, the Shortform Editing Residency and the 4th World Indigenous Media Lab Fellows.

You can see the full Points North Forum schedule and the Artist Programs selections on the Points North Institute website.

CIFF will run from Sept. 13 to 15 at the historic Camden Opera House in Camden, Maine.

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