NORTH SHORTS Short Documentary Grant & Residency: For Filmmakers in the American Northeast is currently accepting submissions! The Final Deadline is

Submission Guidelines

Points North Institute, IF/Then Shorts and the LEF Foundation invite diverse stories and storytellers from the American Northeast to apply for a grant and residency to take cinematic short documentary films from the edit to distribution. The projects should explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics that are rooted in the region.

Six film teams will be selected, receive a $5,000 post-production grant and be given the opportunity to participate in a 4-week online rough cut lab, working with industry professionals and editing mentors to fine tune their rough cut. After the lab, the films will be shown at an invitation-only rough cut screening as a part of the Camden International Film Festival. As the films reach completion in November, the filmmakers will receive a distribution consultation to help get their film out into the world.

Six projects selected to receive the following benefits:

  • $5,000 grants

  • 4 week online residency with rough cut feedback, workshops, 1:1 mentorship and editing consultations

  • Free access to ScreeningRoom platform for collaborative feedback

  • Invite-only rough cut screening for filmmakers, festival programmers and industry leaders at the 2020 Camden International Film Festival

  • Distribution support from IF/Then, including introductions and meetings with key platforms for short docs


  • Films made by diverse filmmakers, including ALAANA (Asian, LatinX, African, Arab, and Native American) populations, LGBTQ+, women, nonbinary, and people with disabilities, who are living and working in the American Northeast.  This region includes: Maine, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire,Pennsylvania, and Puerto Rico.

  • Length: Films with intended runtimes up to 30 minutes

  • Stage: Films that will have a first rough cut by September 2020. Anticipated completion early 2021.

  • Should have a minimum 5 minute work sample or reel that demonstrates strong understanding of content and style

Video Guidelines

Please upload a sample reel that is a minimum of 5 minutes and reflects your work on this project.  You must upload a reel to ScreeningRoom, links to videos hosted on other platforms will not be accepted.

Document Guidelines

You will need to upload a short bio and a photo of yourself and your co-director (if applicable) and your editor (if you are not the editor).

Bios: Please include short bio(s)

Photos:  A photo is required for directors, screenwriters, and producers. Please upload a hi-res photo with a short edge of 1200px minimum. Files must be in gif, jpg, or png format.

  • Documentary Short
Documentary Short
Final Deadline $0.00