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Exclusive: Points North Institute unveils projects for CIFF ’20 artist programs

The Points North Institute has unveiled the documentary filmmakers and projects selected for five of its artist programs, part of the 2020 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF). Documentary filmmakers and industry leaders ...
September 29, 2020

The Points North Institute has unveiled the documentary filmmakers and projects selected for five of its artist programs, part of the 2020 Camden International Film Festival (CIFF).

Documentary filmmakers and industry leaders will convene for a series of digital workshops, residencies, masterclasses, panels and networking events. Each program will culminate during the week of Oct. 5 with networking meetings between selected filmmakers and funders, distributors, producers, festival programmers, and other industry professionals.

As a result, Points North has developed new partnerships and reallocated resources to enable more than US$50,000 in direct financial support to artists across all five programs.

Making up this year’s program are the Points North Fellowship, North Star Fellowship, North Shorts Grant & Residency, 4th World Indigenous Media Lab, and the LEF/CIFF Fellowship.

Now in its fourth year, the Points North Fellowship will include a global livestream of CIFF’s Points North Pitch. The pitch sees six filmmaking teams 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: River of Grass ​from director Sasha Wortzel; I Didn’t See You There ​from director Reid Davenport; Q from director Jude Chehab; The Tuba Thieves from director Alison O’Daniel; Esu and the Universe ​from director Thiago Zanato; and Seeking Mavis Beacon from director Jazmin Jones.

The fourth annual ​North Star Fellowship​, meanwhile, supports five filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds with weeklong mentorship and seminars. The program allows fellows to develop a “deeper connection” with the non-fiction storytelling community while advancing their careers. The 2020 North Star Fellowship recipients are: Leila Abu-saada, Nisha Balaram, Sisa Bueno, Ash Goh Hua and Crystal Kayiza.

Elsewhere, the ​4th World Indigenous Media Lab​ aims to support eight early- and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers who began their fellowship year at Big Sky Documentary Festival in February; and the ​North Shorts Grant & Residency – created in partnership with Field of Vision’s IF/Then Shorts, ScreeningRoom and LEF Foundation – provides US$5,000 in funding and a month-long edit lab to six filmmakers with shorts in post-production from the American Northeast.

Finally, Points North furthers its commitment to regional filmmakers via the LEF/CIFF Fellowship. The fund will provide New England-based filmmakers with feature docs in production or post-production the opportunity to schedule industry meetings during the festival. Fellows and their projects include: Franziska Blome and Llewellyn Smith’s Bound by Blood: Echoes of the Elaine Massacre; Zulilah Merry’s No One Told Me; Sabrina Aviles and Jesse Ericka Epstein’s Power & Light; Carolina González Valencia’s The Cleaning Writer;Kevin Tobin’s The Story of Wealth; and Lindsay Taylor Jackson’s Velvet Citizen.

For more information on this year’s Artist Programs and their full selections, click here.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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