Top media executives from Europe and the United States will attend Points North Documentary Forum Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2 at Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St. The forum is part of the Camden International Film Festival, recognized as one of the top 25 film festivals in the world for documentary films and filmmakers.

The Camden IFF’s Points North Forum, now in its second year, is a unique opportunity for the New England non-fiction production community to connect with key industry decision makers through panels, structured networking sessions, receptions and informal gatherings.

This year’s Forum includes a new opportunity for filmmakers – the Points North Pitch – which is an occasion for six New England filmmakers to pitch current projects in development to an international delegation of industry leaders who will provide critical feedback and advice. Filmmakers with projects in development are invited to submit proposals through Wednesday, Sept 15. Announcements on selected films will be made the following week. For more information on the Forum and how to submit a pitch, visit camdenfilmfest.org/pointsnorth.

Points North Forum will involve leading executives from both Europe and the U.S. Delegates include Hans Robert Eisenhauer, head of Thema from French-German network ARTE; Kathryn Lo, director of program development, independent film at the Public Broadcasting Service; Richard Saiz, senior programming manager for Independent Television Service; Ann Rose, executive producer, original programming at the Sundance Channel; and a commissioning executive from the documentary department at the UK’s BBC Television to be announced.

“We are proud to have representatives from influential grant-giving organizations such as Gucci Tribeca, LEF Foundation and Cinereach, and are delighted to welcome executive producers Andrea Meditch (‘Man On Wire,’ ‘Grizzly Man’) and Daniel Chalfen (‘War Don Don,’ ‘The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan’).” said Louise Rosen, director of the Points North Forum.

Also involved in Forum activities will be representatives from the Independent Feature Project, Shooting People and the Bay Area Video Coalition. Additional delegate announcements will be made in coming days.

Delegates will be seated on panel sessions Friday afternoon and serve as judges for the Points North Pitch on Saturday morning. The pitch session will present six pre-selected projects; filmmakers will be able to describe their projects and show a short clip. The filmmakers with the two top pitches will be awarded prize packages that include scholarships from the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for New England filmmakers to get their projects in front of key decision-makers and benefit from their feedback,” said Rosen.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be a special workshop with Saiz on how to maximize funding opportunities with ITVS, the largest funder of independent documentaries in the US. ITVS committed approximately $8,000,000 to 44 projects in last year’s funding rounds.

Passes for the two-day Points North Forum are $25, and day passes are $15. For more information, event details and pass sales, visit camdenfilmfest.org. Maine Film  Video Association members receive a discount at mainefilm.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.