Camden International Film Festival, the premier venue for non-fiction film in New England, has unveiled the lineup for the 2011 Points North Documentary Forum, a conference program that runs concurrently with the festival (Sept. 30 through Oct. 1) at the Knox Mill Conference Center.

The conference connects New England-based film and media artists to a delegation of 25 funders, broadcasters and other industry representatives during a two-day program of intimate panel discussions, workshops, case studies, networking events and a public pitch session.

This year’s Points North program features delegates from HBO, A&E IndieFilms, Participant Media, POV, ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, Cinereach, Chicken & Egg Pictures, LEF Foundation and a host of other production companies, distributors and film support organizations.

The central event in the conference is the Points North Pitch. On Oct. 1, four New England filmmakers will publicly present their works-in-progress before a panel of 11 industry delegates and receive critical feedback. The panel will then choose a winning pitch, which comes with a $1000 cash prize from Documentary Educational Resources and a scholarship to the Maine Media Workshops.

This year’s pitch selections represents some of the best documentary film work being created in New England today: “Leviathan,” directed by Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor; “Mosquito,” directed by Jesse Epstein; “Desert Stars,” directed by Raouf Zaki; and “Mayaya,” directed by Mary Jane Doherty.

The forum also will feature opportunities for all CIFF passholders to participate in intimate roundtable discussions with funders and distributors, as well as pitch their projects one-on-one with Richard Saiz, Senior Programming Manager at ITVS.

On Sept. 30, Points North will host a special reception honoring the 10th anniversary of the LEF Foundation’s Moving Image Fund. Since 2001, the fund has supported more than 200 independent films with approximately $3.5 million in funding.

A full conference program and list of industry delegates can be found online at Access to Points North is included with all festival passes, which are still on sale but going fast. Purchasing a pass is the only way to guarantee a seat at the film screenings and access to Points North. To purchase a pass, visit

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