Camden International Film Festival, the premier venue for non-fiction film in New England, seeks submissions for its 2011 features and shorts programs. CIFF is open to all documentary films of any length. Late deadline is Wednesday, June 15 and extended deadline is July 15; for information on submissions, visit

Point North Pitch

CIFF also seeks entries for its second Points North Pitch session. The Points North Pitch is part of the Points North Documentary Forum, a conference component that runs concurrently with CIFF from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 throughout Camden and Rockland. Participants in the Points North Pitch Session can submit a trailer or clip of no more than five minutes in length by Aug. 31.

The festival will choose several finalists to present their work-in-progress films to the visiting industry delegation on Oct. 1. One winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by Boston’s Documentary Educational Resources, as well as the potential to receive more funding from other foundations.

The pitch competition is open to all New England based non-fiction films in development. Last year’s Best Pitch went to North Haven-based filmmakers Jason Mann and Cecily Pingree for their film, “Betting the Farm” which, in recent months, has been awarded major grants from well-known funding organizations Chicken & Egg Films and the LEF Foundation.


The Camden International Film Festival also seeks submissions for PANOPTIC, a showcase of new media and experimental artworks that transcend traditional documentary forms. Returning for a third year, PANOPTIC will showcase a wide variety of work including video installation, live performance, experimental shorts, interactive media and audio documentary pieces. Submissions will be open until Aug. 31.