Film/Video Funding News – May 2014 from Women in the Arts & Media Coalition and WomenArts

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition

and WomenArts
Film/Video Funding News –
May 2014

Film Festivals/Calls For Entry
Ongoing Festivals/Calls for Entry
Funding Opportunities
Other Resources

Film Festivals/Calls for Entry

**The Broad Humor Film Festival** (September 5-7, 2014, Venice, CA) – Features funny films written and directed by women. Entries must either be written or directed by a woman, and the subject matter must include “a healthy dose of humor.” Seeking entries in the following categories: Feature Narrative and Documentary (over 60 minutes), Short Narrative and Documentary (under 60 minutes), Feature Screenplay (75-115 pages; all writers must be women), and Short Screenplay (under 35 pages; all writers must be women). FEE: $30-$60. The Broad Humor Film Festival, 9854 National Blvd., # 166, Los Angeles, CA 90034, T: (310) 403-2882, info@broadhumor.com, http://www.broadhumor.com. Deadline: May 23, 2014 (regular), June 20, 2014 (late), June 27, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

**Bluestocking Film Series** (Spring, 2014, Portland, ME) – Seeking short films (30 minutes or shorter) that pass the Bechdel Test for Women in Movies (film must include 2 or more female characters with names who talk to each other about something other than a man). FEE: $20-45. Bluestocking Film Series, Gitgo Productions, 161 Fort Rd., South Portland, Maine 04106, http://bluestockingfilms.com/submityourfilm. Deadline: May 1, 2014 (late), May 21, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

**Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series** (October 25-26, 2014, New York, NY) – Organized by African Voices and Long Island University’s Media Arts Dept., Brooklyn Campus, the 3-day festival is dedicated to providing opportunities for women of color filmmakers to advance their careers in the film industry. Entries must be directed, produced, or written by a woman or women of color, and will be accepted in the following categories: Women Film, Documentary, Narrative, Experimental, African Film, and India Film.FEE: $20-$30. Reel Sisters, c/o African Voices, 270 W. 96th St., New York, NY 10025, T: (347) 534-3304, FAX: (212) 316-3335, coordinator@reelsisters.org, http://www.reelsisters.org.Deadline: June 9, 2014 (regular), June 20, 2014 (late)

International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (November 5-9, 2014, Brooklyn, NY) – Seeking films on the subject of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican diaspora, and/or films with Puerto Ricans in the key production positions in the following categories: Short, Documentary, Feature, Horror, Animation, Experimental, Gay and Lesbian, Youth, and Action. FEE: $15-$45. International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival, 7304 5th Ave., #184, Brooklyn, NY 11209, T: (917) 541-9068, iprhff@gmail.com, www.iprhff.com. Deadline: May 10, 2014 (early), July 31, 2014 (regular), August 19, 2014 (late), August 31, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

**La Femme Film Festival** (October 16-19, 2014, Beverly Hills, CA) – Supports and nurtures the artistic entertainment productions of women for the benefit of an international and domestic audience. This multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and sexually diverse festival is devoted to women in key positions of film productions. Seeking films directed, produced or written by women in the following categories: Feature, Documentary, Screenplay, Short, Commercial/Music Video, Mid-Length (40-60 minutes), Mobisode, Webisode, Game, Animation Short, and Animation Feature, Special Documentary of Focus. FEE: $30-$115. La Femme Film Festival, 369 South Doheny Dr. #212, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, T: (310) 441-1645, FAX: (310) 475-8213,llapage@lafemme.org, http://lafemme.org. Deadline: May 16, 2014 (early), June 15, 2014 (regular), July 16, 2014 (late), August 16, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com), August 23, 2014 (I Forgot)

**St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival** (October 14-18, 2014, St., John’s, NL, Canada) – Aims to support and encourage women filmmakers and increase the exposure of their works. Seeking films written, produced, and/or directed by women in the following categories: Drama (including Comedy), Documentary, Animation, and Experimental. FEE: $10-$50 CND. St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, PO Box 984, Station C, St. John’s, NL A1C 5M3, Canada, T: (709) 689-0296, sarah@womensfilmfestival.com, http://www.womensfilmfestival.com. Deadline: May 20, 2014 (late), May 27, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival (October 2-4, 2014, Utica, NY) – Seeking films that address human rights violations so they remain unspoken no longer for a human rights forum that combines film, art, music, and a conference into one festival. They are interested in films that expose human rights violations and that offer solutions and hope for the future. Seeking entries in the following categories: Documentary Feature (50 minutes or longer), Narrative Feature (50 minutes or longer), Documentary Short (under 50 minutes), and Narrative Short (under 50 minutes). FEE: $20-$55. Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival, 309 Genesee St. (use Park Ave. entrance), Utica, NY 13502, T: (315) 520-8410, info@ilionfilmcompany.com, www.IamUnspoken.com. Deadline: May 1, 2014 (regular), June 1, 2014 (late), July 1, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

Mill Valley Film Festival (October 2-12, 2014, San Rafael, CA) – High-profile, prestigious, non-competitive environment celebrating the best independent and world cinema. Seeking entries of three lengths: Short (30 minutes and under), Mid-Length (31-49 minutes), and Feature (50 minutes or longer) in the following categories: Narrative (Official Premiere Selection, World Cinema , US Cinema, 5@5), Documentary, Children/Family, Animation, Experimental, and Youth Produced (made by filmmakers age 18 and younger; 15 minutes or shorter). FEE: $10-$75. Mill Valley Film Festival, 1001 Lootens Place, Ste. 220, San Rafael, CA 94901, T: (415) 526-5839, FAX: (415) 383-8606, mvff@cafilm.org, http://www.mvff.com. Deadline: May 16, 2014 (regular), June 13, 2014 (late), June 28, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

Long Beach Q Film Festival (September 12-14, 2014, Long Beach, CA) – Seeking films that embody the LGBTQ community and the values of freedom, justice, and inclusion of everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Seeking films with LGBTQ themes, depicting LGBTQ characters and community, in the following categories: Documentary Feature (50 minutes or longer), Short (under 50 minutes), and Feature (50 minutes or longer).FEE: $15-$20. Long Beach Q Festival, 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814, T: (562) 434-4455,holly@hollylight.com, http://www.qfilmslongbeach.com/. Deadline: June 8, 2014

Dallas VideoFest (October 9-19, 2014, Dallas, TX) – Oldest and largest video festival in the U.S., aims to promote an understanding of video as a creative medium and cultural force. Seeking videos in the following categories: Documentary Short (25 minutes or under), Documentary Feature (over 25 minutes), Experimental Short (25 minutes or under), Experimental Feature (over 25 minutes), Narrative Short (25 minutes or under), Narrative Feature (over 25 minutes), and Texas Show (under 20 minutes; made by Texas residents). FEE: $30-$55. Dallas VideoFest, 1405 Woodlawn, Dallas, TX 75208, info@videofest.org, www.videofest.org. Deadline: June 1, 2014 (regular), August 1, 2014 (late)

Ongoing Festivals/Calls For Entry

The DIY Film Festival (year-round screening in Los Angeles, CA, and some other U.S. cities) – Honors independent filmmakers and self-produced films that demonstrate that great art can be created without large expenditures. Seeking entries in the following categories: Dramatic Feature, Documentary Feature, Comedic Feature, Animation, Dramatic Short, Documentary Short, Comedic Short, Mocumentary, and Student. FEE: $20-$55. DIY Film Festival, c/o Martini Prods, PO Box 248, Santa Monica, CA 90406, T: (310) 200-2745, FAX: (310) 451-7222, diyfilmfest@yahoo.com, http://diyfilmfest.com.

*Opportunities in red are for selected populations.**Opportunities starred and in red are for women only.

Funding Opportunities

**Women in Film Finishing Fund** – Provides cash awards ranging from $1,000-$15,000, as well as in-kind services, for the completion of films by, for or about women. Open to short and long formats in all genres, including narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental. Principle photography and rough cut must be completed by time of application. Applications accepted from filmmakers around the world (men may apply, as long as their work is about or for women). Student projects ineligible. See website for complete guidelines and application. FEE: $50-$100 (depending on whether applicant is a WIF member and when she applies). Women In Film Foundation, Film Finishing Fund, Los Angeles Office, 6100 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 710, Los Angeles, CA 90048, T: (323) 935-2211, foundation@wif.org, http://www.wif.org/foundation/film-finishing-fund. Receipt Deadline: May 23, 2014 (early), June 6, 2014 (final)

**Leeway Transformation Award** – $15,000 unrestricted award for women and trans artists living in the Delaware Valley who create art and social change and have done so for the past five years or more. Open to artists working in any art form who respectfully engage communities and audiences in creating a vision of a more just world, raising consciousness, and challenging oppression and mainstream culture. Applicants must have lived for the past two or more years in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia Counties, with the intention of remaining in the Delaware Valley throughout the award year (ending December 31, 2015); applicants must demonstrate financial need and a commitment to making art for social change. Artists may apply collaboratively if they meet the basic eligibility requirements, but each co-applicant must submit a separate artist information form. For full guidelines and application forms, contact the Foundation. Leeway Foundation, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut St., Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107, T: (215) 545-4078, info@leeway.org, www.leeway.org. Receipt Deadline: May 15, 2014

Pacific Pioneer Fund – Supports emerging documentary filmmakers who live and work in California, Oregon, and Washington with grants of $1,000-$10,000. Open to organizations and individuals with fiscal sponsorship. Filmmakers should have demonstrated a commitment to the craft of making documentaries with several years (but no more than 10) of practical film or video experience. Submit application (available on website), along with a DVD of up to 10 minutes of edited footage from the project for which support is sought. Pacific Pioneer Fund, 2887 College Ave., Ste. 106, Berkeley, CA 94705, Contact: Armin Rosencranz,armin@stanford.edu, www.pacificpioneerfund.com/. Deadline: May 1, 2014

Vermont Arts Council Creation Grants - Supports the creation of new work by Vermont artists with fixed grants of $3,000. Where possible, projects should strive to stimulate greater public understanding of the art form. Experimental and underrepresented art forms encouraged. Funds the time, supplies, facilities (rehearsal or studio space), etc. for the creation of new work. Work may be at various stages of completion; work should have strong potential for public presentation. Projects must take place between September 1, 2014, and August 30, 2015. NOTE: Application is entirely online this year; see website for instructions. Sonia Rae, Community Programs Manager, Vermont Arts Council, 136 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-6001, T: (802) 828-5425, http://vermontartscouncil.org/Portals/0/tabid/80/Default.aspx.Deadline: May 13, 2014

Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants – Supports and assists artists at various stages in their careers with grants of $2,000-$10,000 to encourage creative development and career building opportunities. Open to artists in all disciplines who reside in Minnesota. For full guidelines and application, see website. Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants, Park Square Court, Ste. 200, 400 Sibley St., Saint Paul, MN, Kathee Foran, Program Officer, T: (651) 215-1626, Kathee.Foran@arts.state.mn.us, http://www.arts.state.mn.us/grants/artist-initiative.htm. Deadline: June 13, 2014 (literary arts), July 11, 2014 (performance arts), August 1, 2014 (visual and media arts)

Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media Content Fund - Open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, series or short web-based digital video (of no longer than 20 minutes) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms. Programs should bring new audiences to public media and have a recognizable impact on a broad range of viewers, presenting a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms from a variety of Latino producers that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories, and have previous film or television experience demonstrated by detailed personnel bios or resumes, and by sample tapes upon request. Average funding amounts are $5,000-$100,000 for projects at any production stage in most genres, including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, mixed genre, or new media. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. NOTE: Submit online, through website. Latino Public Broadcasting, Attn: Luis Gutierrez, Program Coordinator, Public Media Content Fund, 2550 N. Hollywood Way, Ste. 301, Burbank, CA 91505, luis.gutierrez@lpbp.org, http://www.lpbp.org/fundingguidelines.php. Receipt Deadline: June 3, 2014, 5pm PST

**New York Women in Film and Television In-Kind Post Production Grants** – Grants of in-kind post production services to films directed and produced by New York area-based women filmmakers. Grants for an on-line session and/or a sound mix will be awarded to help complete a work-in-progress. Films may be up to one hour long in any genre, and must have completed principle photography and be at a rough cut or fine cut stage to be eligible. Fill out application form (available on website), and submit along with a 2-4-page description of the project, a project budget (indicating amount raised to date), a list of key creative personnel with one-paragraph bios, and a DVD of the work-in-progress. NOTE: Paperwork may be sent electronically, but DVD’s must be mailed or delivered. New York Women in Film and Television, In-Kind Post Production Grants, 6 East 39th St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016, Contact: Easmanie Michel, T: (212) 679-0870 x39, development@nywift.org, www.nywift.org. Receipt Deadline: June 9, 2014

**Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant** - Film completion grant of $7,500 to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues. Director and producers are eligible to apply. Films may be of any length or genre, and must be works-in-progress that have completed principle photography. Filmmakers must be U.S.-based. Submit application form (available on website), 2-page description of project and project budget (indicating amount raised to date), list of key creative personnel with one-paragraph bios, and a DVD of the work-in-progress. NOTE: Paperwork may be sent electronically, but DVD’s must be mailed or delivered. New York Women in Film and Television, Nancy Malone Directing Award, 6 East 39th St., 12th Floor, New York, NY 10016, Contact: Easmanie Michel, T: (212) 679-0870 x39, development@nywift.org, www.nywift.org. Receipt Deadline: June 6, 2014


NOTE: Visit WomenArts' Residencies With Ongoing Deadlines page for more opportunities.

Creative Arts Residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (Bellagio, Italy) – 4-week residencies between March 10 and July 31, 2015. Open to composers, novelists, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers and visual artists from around the globe, with the goal of bringing together people of diverse expertise and cultures in a thought-provoking creative environment. Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident, or may apply for a concurrent residency. The Center also offers collaborative residencies for two to four persons working on the same project. Residents will engage with each other over meals and informal presentations, and interact with the participants of international conferences hosted at the Center. Applicants must demonstrate a history of significant achievement in their discipline. Individuals from developing countries and young artists with significant accomplishments — exhibitions, publications, performances — are particularly encouraged to apply. Residency provides housing and studio/work space. Residents are responsible for travel, food, and materials. NOTE: Application must be completed online in English. Applicants from developing countries who have trouble accessing online forms may contact the office by phone or e-mail to discuss alternative ways to submit application. Hard copies of work samples should be sent to the program administrators in New York. NO FEE. Residency address: Bellagio Center, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio (Lago di Como) 22021, Italy; Administrative address: Program Administrators, Institute of International Education (IIE), Bellagio Competition, 809 United Nations Plaza, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017, T: (212) 984-5537, bellagio_res@iie.org, http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center/residency-program/arts-literary-arts-residency/overview. Deadline: May 1, 2014

betterArts (Redwood, NY) – Provides an opportunity for creative exploration and growth to visual artists, writers, and musicians within the context of Better Farm, which offers a rural living experience. Facilities include a 2-story rustic Art Barn for dance, choreography, painting, sculpture, etc., practice space for musicians, shop space, an on-site pond, two lakes within walking distance, and vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens. Residency includes private bedroom, food, linens, wifi, parking, and field trips. Artists are expected to participate in farm activities for several hours a week, and must pay a residency stipend ($400 for 2 weeks, $550 for 3 weeks, $650 for 1 month). See website for complete application guidelines. NO FEE. betterArts, 31060 Cottage Hill Rd., Redwood, NY 13679, http://www.betterarts.org/#/residency-info/4547750760. Deadline: Rolling

Ragdale Foundation (September-December, 2014, Lake Forest, IL) – 18-25 day residencies for film and media artists as well as writers (screenwriters, playwrights, etc.). Program provides housing, all meals, and studio space. Residents are responsible for travel, materials, residency fee ($35 per day). Fellowships available. See website for application. FEE: $40. Ragdale Foundation, 1260 N. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest, IL 600445, T: (847) 234-1063, FAX: (847) 234-1063, mosher@ragdale.org, www.ragdale.org. Deadline: May 15, 2014

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Year-round, Amherst, VA) – Residencies for playwrights, screenwriters, performance artists, and video artists. Average stay is 4 weeks. Residents receive housing, all meals, and studios. Residents responsible for travel, materials, suggested contribution ($30 per day), and deposit ($50). Occasional full funding available. See website for application. FEE: $30. Virginia Center for the Arts, 154, San Angelo Dr., Amherst, VA 24521, T: (434) 946-7236, FAX: (434) 946-7239, vcca@vcca.com, www.vcca.com. Deadline: May 15, 2014

The Mesa Refuge (Fall, 2014, Point Reyes, CA) – Supports creative writing on the natural world. Open to writers of all disciplines whose work addresses the environment, the economy, and related social issues. Residents are invited to think and write about the intersections between human activity – capitalism in particular – and the natural world we are obliged to preserve. Residency provides housing and most dinners; artist responsible for travel and other meals. Application must be completed partially by e-mail and partially by regular mail; see website for complete guidelines. NOTE: No phone calls. FEE: $25. The Mesa Refuge, Attn: Juliet Kirkham, PO Box 3286, Berkeley, CA 94703, mesarefuge@gmail.com, http://www.mesarefuge.org/index.php/residencyguidelines. Deadline: June 2, 2014

Headlands Center for the Arts Residency (4-10-week residencies, 2015, Fort Barry, Marin Headlands, CA) – Open to artists working in all media (visual, literary, performance, film and video, audio, music, digital media, and interdisciplinary art), with the goal of providing a supportive working environment for experimentation, reflection, and growth. All residencies are fully sponsored, and some stipends of $500 per month are available (artists may apply for stipend when applying for residency; availability of stipends depends on funding and sponsorship secured each year). Offers both live-in and live-out residencies. Live-in artists are provided with a studio, shared housing, and 5 meals a week. Live-out artists are provided with a studio and dinner twice a week. See website for complete guidelines and application. NOTE: Online applications (through website) strongly encouraged. FEE: $45. Headlands Center for the Arts, 944 Fort Barry, Sausalito, CA 94965, T: (415) 331-2787 ext. 24, hblake@headlands.org, http://www.headlands.org/program/air/. Deadline: June 6, 2014

Vermont Studio Center (Year-round, Johnson, VT) – Residencies of an average of 4-12 weeks for serious, emerging, or mid-career visual artists and writers of all types from all over the world. Residency provides housing, meals, and studios; artist responsible for residency fee ($3,950/month; $2050/two weeks; fellowships available; see website). FEE: $25. Vermont Studio Center, 80 Pearl St., PO Box 613, Johnson, VT 05656, T: (802) 635-2727, FAX: (802) 635-2730, info@vermontstudiocenter.org, www.vermontstudiocenter.org. Deadline: June 15, 2014

Caldera Artist Residency (January-March, 2015, Sisters, OR) – Residences of between 2-4 weeks (average) open to playwrights, actors, and directors, as well as all other types of writers and performers. Caldera provides housing and studio; artist must pay for travel, food, and materials. Artists who stay longer than 2 weeks are encouraged to engage in outreach activities, such as workshops, with the local community. Submit Application form (available on website), one-page project description, resume or CV, two letters of reference, and work sample (see website for sample guidelines). NOTE: Applications accepted online (see website) or by postal mail. FEE: $35. Caldera, Artists in Residence Program, 31500 Blue Lake Dr., Sisters, OR 97759, Elizabeth Quinn, Artist In Residence Manager, T: (503) 937-7594, FAX: (503) 937-8594, elizabeth.quinn@calderasarts.org, www.calderaarts.org. Deadline: June 15, 2014

Other Resources

NOTE: For more resources, visit WomenArts' Funding Resources pages.

WOMENARTS FUNDING LISTS - WomenArts maintains annotated lists of funders
categorized by art form in the Funding Resources section of our website at:
NYFA SOURCE - The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains the most
comprehensive national directory of awards, services and publications for
artists in the NYFA Source section of their website at:
WITHOUTABOX - Film/Video artists can check Withoutabox at http://www.withoutabox.com for a more comprehensive list of general-interest
film festivals.

Follow this link to the Theatre Funding Newsletter
on the website of our member organization, the

Follow this link to our affiliate member organization WomenArts 
who originally created the Film/Video and Theatre Funding Newsletters and
who list many ongoing Funding Opportunities.

Follow this link to Submit a Listing for the Funding Newsletters.

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