CAMDEN/LOS ANGELES — The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) and TV5MONDE USA announce that the 2021 TV5MONDE Maine Heritage Film Grant has been awarded to Maine-based documentary filmmakers Katy Haas, Megan Ruffe and Lindsay Taylor Jackson for “La Frontière (The Border),” a film about the border between the United States and Canada. The grant supports the production of a film being filmed in Maine highlighting Francophone culture in the state.  As a result, Haas, Ruffe and Jackson will receive the $15,000 grant to produce their film and “La Frontière (The Border)” will have its world premiere at CIFF 2022 this October.

TV5MONDE USA’s CEO Patrice Courtaban said, “TV5MONDE USA congratulates Katy and Megan on ‘La Frontière’ being honored with the TV5MONDE Maine Heritage Film Grant. TV5MONDE USA continues its long history of supporting French culture in the state of Maine and is happy to continue doing so with our great partners at CIFF.”

“Points North and CIFF have been committed to building a strong artistic community, both here in Maine and across the world for documentary filmmakers since 2005, and this partnership with TV5MONDE is a great example of that commitment. This renewed collaboration will once again provide critical funding for the development of one short film shot in Maine by a talented filmmaking team that will premiere at the 18th edition of the Camden International Film Festival.” said Executive and Artistic Director of the Points North Institute, and Founder of the Camden International Film Festival, Ben Fowlie.

“La Frontière (The Border)” is a documentary film about the border between the United States and Canada, the longest international border in the world. Six-hundred and eleven of those miles distinguish Maine from its northern neighbors Quebec and New Brunswick, dividing towns, homes, and nations that existed long before the two it separates today. “La Frontière” is an experimental documentary portrait of these borderlands and their stories, exploring a liminal space that isn’t either-or but its own place in-between.

Megan Ruffe (Director & Producer) is a documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is a co-producer at Florentine Films, Ken Burns’s documentary company. She has worked on several major series for PBS, including The Vietnam War (2017), College Behind Bars (2019), Hemingway (2021), and Benjamin Franklin (2022). Ruffe graduated summa cum laude from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University where she studied film and geography. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on CBS Sunday Morning.

Katy Haas (Director & Producer) is a documentary filmmaker and photographer in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is a co-producer with Florentine Films on the forthcoming biography of Benjamin Franklin, was an associate producer on the series Country Music and apprentice editor on The Dust Bowl. She attended the Burren College of Art and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and received a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Smith College. Haas has been involved with a number of photo educational institutions, including the ICP, Third Ward, InSight, Keene Continuing Ed and the Maine Media Workshops.

Lindsay Taylor Jackson (Director of Photography & Producer) is an award-winning Filmmaker, Director of Photography and Photographer. Jackson was chosen for the second-ever 2020-2021 ASC Vision Mentorship Program and matched with Neville Kidd as her ASC Mentor. Jackson was one of 19 selected cinematographers chosen by the American Film Institute (AFI) for the very first Cinematography Intensive for Women.

CIFF has enjoyed a close relationship with the documentary filmmaking community and, in turn, has long been supported by the media industry including such sponsors as A+E Indie Films, CNN Films, Netflix, Showtime Documentary Films, and TV5MONDE, to name a few.  The TV5MONDE Maine Heritage Film Grant marks yet another chapter in the festival’s partnership with the industry. Maine culture is a product of many, a multi-faceted kaleidoscope made up of voices from across the globe who have found their way to the state’s rocky coasts, sandy beaches, rolling hills, and majestic mountains. One such voice has been heard in Maine for hundreds of years — a voice speaking the French language — and that voice has endured. Joining these French voices is a new wave of French-speaking immigrants, who came to Maine from countries around the world, including Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola. People speaking the French language at home continues to be a part of the Maine cultural experience to this day.

TV5MONDE is the global French language entertainment network, broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without commercial interruptions. It is carried on basic cable throughout Maine via the Spectrum system on Channel 71 and in Bangor on Channel 64. CIFF was founded in 2005 and is now recognized as one of the top documentary film festivals in the world. The 2020 Camden International Film Festival will take place Oct. 1 through 12. For more information, visit ​pointsnorthinstitute.org.