French-language network TV5MONDE USA is partnering with the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) on a US$15,000 grant to support the production of a short documentary in Maine.
The TV5MONDE Maine Heritage Film Grant will be unveiled Oct. 5 at CIFF’s 16th edition, to be held digitally from Oct. 1 to 12.
All Maine heritage-focused projects will be considered, with preference given to projects that highlight Francophone culture in Maine and/or French-speaking populations, whether from communities that have existed in the state for hundreds of years or recent immigrant communities.
Submissions will remain open through Dec. 31. The winning recipient, whose film will screen at CIFF 2021, will be announced by Jan. 31, 2021.
TV5MONDE USA’s COO Patrice Courtaban said in a statement: “For many years, through our carriage on the Spectrum system, TV5MONDE USA has provided residents of Maine with a wide variety of high quality French-language TV programming including U.S. premieres of documentary films. With the launch of The TV5MONDE Maine Heritage Grant we are proud to partner with CIFF to support documentary filmmaking in Maine while paying homage to the state’s rich culture.”
CIFF 2020 will present 30 features, three mid-length films and 27 shorts from 27 countries, with more than half of the feature films presented as major premieres.
The festival will open with Garrett Bradley’s award-winning Time, and close with Hulu’s latest feature, I Am Greta. The festival will also present new work by documentary luminary Victor Kossakovsky and Academy Award-winning directors Frederick Wiseman and Steve James.