The Camden International Film Festival’s Points North Pitch is open for submissions. A highlight of the two-day Points North Documentary Forum held during the fall festival, the pitch is an opportunity for documentary filmmakers to present their feature-length work-in-progress to a panel of influential industry decision makers. Past panelists have included representatives from HBO, ITVS, POV, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, A&E IndieFilms, BBC, ARTE, Discovery and Participant Media, as well as leading executive producers, festival programmers and funders.

The pitch is open to all international filmmakers; the deadline for submission is Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Six selected filmmakers will be eligible to win the Points North Pitch Award and MODULUS Finishing Fund, which includes a $1000 cash prize from Documentary Educational Resources and 60 hours of free sound mix or color correction services from MODULUS STUDIOS (worth approximately $10,000). Selected New England-based filmmakers also will be eligible for a separate prize that includes three half-hour consultations with the Tribeca Film Institute’s Ryan Harrington and a $3000 tuition scholarship to the Maine Media Workshops.

Selected filmmakers will participate in an intensive pitch training session led by industry experts. Selected filmmakers also will receive two VIP passes to the festival, accommodations in the Camden area and a stipend for travel expenses. In a partnership with indieWIRE, one project will be selected by audience voting as part of the indieWIRE/CIFF Project of the Week Contest during the week of July 1 through 7; details will be posted on the Points North website.

On Saturday, Sept. 28, filmmakers will take the stage of the historic Camden Opera House and will be given exactly seven minutes to present both a verbal pitch and a trailer or sample clip from their work-in-progress. The Points North Pitch is free and open to the general public, offering an opportunity for filmmakers to secure vital support for their projects and audience members to see how documentaries are developed and evaluated in their early stages.

"We are thrilled to see filmmakers who have pitched at the forum go on to do great things and build on relationships that started in Camden," said CIFF Points North Director Sean Flynn.

“Betting the Farm,” a Points North Pitch winner by North Haven’s Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann, went on to premiere at last year’s Silverdocs Festival and played to sold-out crowds as the official Opening Night Film of the 2012 Camden International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

“We've seen tremendous growth in Points North over the last few years and we’re particularly excited about building a community of support around the work of emerging filmmakers from New England and beyond,” said Ben Fowlie, founder and executive director of CIFF.

Now in its fifth year, CIFF’s Points North Documentary Forum has become New England’s largest gathering of both documentary filmmakers and key industry decision makers.  In addition to the pitch session, the two-day conference program will feature workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, one-on-one meetings and networking events. Points North runs concurrently with the festival. For more information, including an application for the pitch, visit camdenfilmfest.org/pointsnorth.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.