The Camden International Film Festival and the Maine Film & Video Association will present a documentary funding seminar led by Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager Independent Television Service, titled Developing Your Project for ITVS.

As the single biggest funder of independent documentaries on television, the Independent Television Service has become indispensable for filmmakers seeking major funding for their projects. This event is a rare opportunity for independent producers to grasp the essential concepts and principles of how to make a documentary more competitive when applying for ITVS funds. From writing the treatment to production considerations and directorial vision, participants will gain valuable insight into the ITVS process. Case studies, video samples and handouts will walk participants through the basic steps towards making their projects more competitive with this organization.

Saiz oversees Open Call, the organization’s largest funding initiative. Each year, he reviews more than 500 proposals from independent producers throughout the country. He has more than 35 years experience as a broadcast journalist, producer, director and writer. His documentaries have won numerous awards including the DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton and Best TV Documentary from the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Developing Your Project With ITVS will take place Saturday, Oct. 2 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. as part of the Points North Documentary Forum, the conference element of the Camden International Film Festival. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Maine Film & Video Association, an active group of film and video professionals working together to create educational and networking opportunities for Maine’s media industry. MFVA members receive a 15 percent discount on Camden Festival and Points North Passes.

Passes for the two day Points North Forum are $25, and day passes are $15. For more information, event details and pass sales, visit To receive the MFVA discount, visit

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