CIFF partners with AJ+ for pitch

Aug 12, 2014

Camden — The Camden International Film Festival has announced a partnership with AJ+, the new digital platform from Al Jazeera Media Network that commissions original, innovative and engaging short documentaries from journalists and filmmakers around the world.

AJ+ in association with the Camden International Film Festival will select five independent filmmakers, who will be given the chance to pitch their short documentary concepts and works-in-progress to a panel of filmmakers and industry leaders at this year’s CIFF. Based on the pitch, AJ+ will commission up to five projects at up to $10,000 per project. Submissions for this opportunity are open through Monday, Aug. 25, at midnight PST.

All selected filmmakers will be provided with an All Access pass to CIFF and a stipend to support both travel and accommodations during the festival. This opportunity is for stories driven by strong characters, compelling voices and unique insights into events and issues that may be local but resonate with AJ+’s connected and globally-minded audience. Pieces must be current, but not necessarily driven by current affairs.

The channel’s first-ever live pitch session calls for original short film ideas and projects that look to the future. Apocalyptic images have haunted our timelines all summer; now AJ+ is are asking filmmakers for short documentary films that engage with one of the following questions: What are the emergent cultural, political or technological trends that are shaping our lives in surprising ways?; How are individuals or communities responding to crises that threaten their future in unexpected ways?; and What does ‘sustainability’ look like?

Pitches will be accepted from filmmakers of all nationalities. They may be drawn from feature-length documentary projects, although concepts that work as a standalone short film are preferred. Films that have already been completed or released online are not eligible for the pitch.

Following the success of last year’s The New York Times Op Docs live pitch at CIFF, the first of its kind in North America, the festival continues to cultivate new opportunities for documentary filmmakers in both feature and short content through its Points North Documentary Forum, which runs concurrently to the festival and recently expanded with its own Points North Fellowship, whose 2014 fellows will be announced Sept. 2.

The fee for submission is $25. All submissions income will be redistributed to selected filmmakers as travel stipends. To apply, visit camdenfilmfest.org/pointsnorth. For more information about Al Jazeera’s AJ+, visit plus.aljazeera.com.

The 10th Camden International Film Festival will take place Sept. 25 through 28 in Camden, Rockport and Rockland; this year’s program will be announced in early September. Passes are now on sale, at an early bird discount with All Access Passes at $150 and Festival Passes at $75 through Friday, Aug. 15; and then available at full price, $175 for All Access Pass and $85 for Festival Pass, through the festival weekend. The Camden International Film Festival is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Fledgling Fund, the Unity Foundation and Vimeo. For more information, visit camdenfilmfest.org.

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

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