**Brooklyn Girl Festival**(TBA Spring 2015, Brooklyn, NY) – Seeks to empower women and their unique and relevant interpretation of the world around them and strengthen the community of women filmmakers. $1.00 from each submission fee will go to the Reel GRRLS scholarship fund, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA that offers high school girls the opportunity to learn filmmaking and make their own movies. Submitted films must have a woman in the role of director, writer, producer, director of photography, or lead animator. Seeking entries in the following categories: Dramatic Feature (over 60 minutes), Comedy Feature (over 60 minutes), Documentary Feature (over 60 minutes), Dramatic Short (under 50 minutes), Comedy Short (under 50 minutes), Documentary Short (under 50 minutes), and Experimental or Animated Short (under 50 minutes; includes music videos).. FEE: $20-$70. Brooklyn Girl Festival, 227 East 7th St., 7L, Brooklyn, NY 11218, email@example.com,www.brooklyngirlfilmfest.com.Deadline: September 6, 2014 (early), November 22, 2014 (regular), December 12, 2014 (late), December 19, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com); Notification February 7, 2015
OUTrageous: Santa Barbara Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (November 8-11, 2012, Santa Barbara, CA) – Seeking a diverse selection of films that entertain, challenge, and educate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered communities in the following categories: Feature, Short, Feature Documentary, and Short Documentary. FEE: $20-$60. OUTrageous, c/o Pacific Pride Foundation, 126 E. Haley St., Ste. A-11, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, T: (805) 963-3636, FAX: (805) 963-9086, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.outrageousfilmfestival.org.
Deadline: July 25, 2014 (regular), August 22, 2014 (late), September 5, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com)
Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 27-February 7, 2015, Santa Barbara, CA) – Seeking entries in the following categories: Feature Fiction (40+ minutes, Narrative Fiction film), Feature Documentary (40+ minutes, Non-Narrative Non-Fiction film), Feature Animation (40+ minutes, Animated Feature film), Short Fiction (under 40 minutes), Short Documentary (under 40 minutes), Short Animation (under 40 minutes), Feature Local (40+ minutes, must live or be a student in the Santa Barbara County, email: email@example.com to inform them your film is a local submission), Short Local (under 40 minutes, must live or be a student in the Santa Barbara County, email: firstname.lastname@example.org to inform them your film is a local submission). Check the website for further information. FEE: $30-$95 ($5 discount with “Premium” Withoutabox account). Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 1528 Chapala Street, Suite 203, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. email@example.com, sbiff.org.Submissions open July 1, 2014. Deadline: August 8, 2014 (early), September 19, 2014 (regular), November 7, 2014 (late), December 12, 2014 (drop)
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival (October 8-12, 2014) - The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival’s mission is to provide a cultural alternative to the mainstream commercial film experience and to celebrate, promote, nurture and teach non-fiction filmmaking. The festival seeks to provide a window to the world and screen movies that inspire change. For 2014, submission is 100% online. No fee. To submit, and for submission guidelines, visit http://www.flagstaffmountainfilms.org/festival-info-2014/film-submission/.Deadline July 7, 2014
SANFIC Santiago International Film Festival (August 23- 31, 2013, Santiago, Chile) - Submissions still open for Work In Progress Latin American films. Santiago International Film Festival, is a film platform, cultural, artistic, industrial, educational and privileged symbol of the city and the country. Submissions are open to fiction and documentary Chilean and International films. DVD submission. Visit http://www.sanfic.com/galeria/encuentro-con-eugenio-caballero-2/# for Work-In-Progess instructions. Deadline for Work-In-Progress: July 7, 2014
Rencontres Henri Langlois (international film school) Festival(November 28- December 7, 2014, Poitiers, France) -International film schools festival. Any film directed by students in cinema and/or audiovisual can be registered for the Competition. Films of any running time or genre. DVD by mail. Visit http://www.rihl.org/inscription2014_us.phpfor submission form and guidelines. For any information about the selection, please contact Miss Camille Sanz, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: July 8, 2014
Korean American Film Festival New York (October 24-26, 2013, Brooklyn, NY) – Seeking films of any kind that are by Korean American, Korean, and Non-Korean that are of interest to the local community. Seeking entries in the following categories: Short (maximum of 45 minutes), Short Competition (maximum of 45 minutes, completed after January 1, 2012), Feature (45+ minutes, completed after January 1, 2012), Video Art (any runtime). FEE: $10-$35. 55 Hope Street, Suite 218, Brooklyn, NY 11211. email@example.com, kaffny.com. Deadline: July 15, 2013 (regular)
Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival (September 4-7, 2014, Martha’s Vineyard, MA) - International Jury Competition: 10 films will be selected from worldwide entries and screened at 2014 Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival short film showcase. Jury members will select winning film for jury cash prize and presentation at Closing Night program on Sunday, September 7th. The festival is about exploring other cultures/people of the world. They accept either fiction or non-fiction types of less than 20 minutes. No fee. There is also a Cash Prize! http://mvfilmsociety.com/festivals/short-film-submission-page/. Deadline: July 15, 2014
AFI Fest (November 6-13, 2014, Hollywood, CA) - Submissions are now open and filmmakers are invited to submit narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films for consideration for the next edition of AFI FEST. The American Film Institute's annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers, AFI FEST features nightly red-carpet galas, special screenings, conversations and tributes. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for both Short Films categories of the annual Academy Awards®, and AFI FEST is still the only film festival in the United States to hold the prestigious FIAPF accreditation, assuring a high standard of quality and reliability for the international film community. AFI FEST is Los Angeles' longest running international film festival and has been bringing the best in world cinema to the film capital of the world since its launch as FILMEX in 1971. Visit http://www.afi.com/afifest/submissions.aspxfor guidelines and to submit. Fees are $55 for short films, $75 for feature length. Deadline: August 8, 2014
**“KIN” Women’s International Film Festival**(November 1-5, 2014, Yerevan, Armenia) - The festival’s goal is to promote women’s creativity, establish a network between woman filmmakers from different parts of the world and give hand to a better understanding of different cultures and each other. The purpose of the festival is to address through films issues of violence, inequality, discrimination and other problems related to women’s rights and gender problems. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions; visit http://kinfestival.com/call-for-entries/ for submission guidelines. International Film Festival “KIN,” Str. Hanrapetutian, 49, apt. 10, Yerevan, 0010, ARMENIA, Tel./ Fax: +374 10 52 44 19. Deadline: July 28, 2014
**Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival** (October 3-11, 2014, Tampa, FL) – Seeking films of any kind that are by, for, or about the LGBT community. Seeking entries in the following categories: Feature (60+ minutes, narrative or non-narrative, may be animated or live action), Documentary (Non-Fiction of any length, highlighting experiences of the global LGBT community), Men’s Short (under 60 minutes, any genre), Women’s Short (under 60 minutes, any genre), Transgender Films. FEE: $10-$45. 1315 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605. email@example.com, tiglff.com. Deadline: July 15, 2014 (Late)
Ann Arbor Film Festival (March 19-24, 2015, Ann Arbor, MI) - The AAFF provides at least $20,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers. All submitting filmmakers will be notified regarding acceptance by approximately February 13, 2015 with the email address provided at the time of submission. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org your contact list to ensure receipt of notification. Please contact Ellie White at email@example.com your email changes prior to notification. Fees $30-60.Deadline: August 15, 2014 (early), October 1, 2014 (regular), November 1, 2014 (late).
SlamDance Film Festival (January 23-29, 2015, Park City, UT) - The Slamdance Film Festival is dedicated to new filmmakers. They accept films in every genre, on any topic from every country around the world. The festival program is selected from 100% blind submissions and they do not disqualify any films based on premiere status or date of completion. Their mission is to bring attention to the most talented emerging filmmakers, showcasing their work in the media frenzy of festival week in Park City, Utah. This year, filmmakers may submit through Withoutabox or our Alternative Submission Form. A hard copy application form is also available upon request. Please firstname.lastname@example.org for questions. For submissions, visit http://showcase.slamdance.com/Film-Submissions. Fees range $40-110. Deadline: July 25, 2014 (early), September 5, 2014 (regular), October 9, 2014 (late), October 16, 2014 (extended, via withoutabox.com)
The Athena Film Festival (February 5-8, 2015, Barnard, NY) - Now in its fifth year, the Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. Also, in an attempt to remedy lack of gender parity in film, the Athena Film Festival has created the Athena List, an annual slate of between 3-5 screenplays with female leaders or strong female protagonists that have yet to be made into films. Screenplays can be written by any gender, but must focus on women’s leadership. For submission guidelines and to submit to the festival, or the special Athena’s List slate for unproduced screenplays, visit http://athenafilmfestival.com/submissions/. Deadline: September 15, 2014
**Citizen Jane Film Festival**(November 7-9, 2014) - Accepting submissions for the 2014 festival: films in all genres and short or feature length. The CJFF programs films made by female filmmakers in all stages of their careers--from first time filmmakers to pioneers in the industry. If accepted, filmmakers are strongly encouraged to attend the festival in person to participate and collaborate with other female filmmakers throughout the weekend. Beyong the festival in the fall, Citizen Jane continues to support and celebrate female filmmakers through an ongoing film series at Stephens College throughout the year. They host artist in residences to screen and discuss their films to the public, and they also visit classes and lead workshops. To submit:http://www.citizenjanefilmfestival.com/submit/. No Deadline posted on website, submissions made through Without A Box are still being accepted for the November 2014 festival.
**LUNAFEST** (Ongoing events nationwide, limited submission window) - Since 2000, LUNAFEST has showcased the work of more than 110 women filmmakers and raised nearly $1.75 million for women’s causes throughout North America. They seek unique stories in short film format created by, for and about women. If your film is chosen by the LUNAFEST Board of Advisors, you get a $2,500 award. If chosen it will also be screened by audiences at more than 190 venues throughout North America and serve as vehicle for raising awareness and funds for causes that women care about. $20 Fee, $15 Student Fee, made out to the Breast Cancer Fund. For questions, email email@example.com. To submit, visit http://www.lunafest.org/submit-a-film. Submissions open September 14, 2014 - April 1, 2015.
Ongoing Festivals/Calls For Entry
Ford Foundation Freedom of Expression Just Films Initiative – Supports documentary projects that address urgent social issues and help us understand our past, explore our present and build our future, with the goal of expanding the community of emerging and established filmmakers by helping them realize their visions and reach audiences. JustFilms focuses on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world. Initiative funds will be distributed through three distinct paths: partnerships with major organizations such as the Sundance Institute and ITVS; collaboration with other Ford Foundation grant-making programs where the introduction of documentary film could help draw attention to an issue or advance a movement, and an ongoing open application process. Open application process begins with submission of a grant inquiry through website. See website for complete application guidelines. Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd St., New York, NY 10017, T: (212) 573-5000, FAX: (212) 351-3677, http://www.fordfoundation.org/issues/freedom-of-expression/justfilms/for-grant-seekers.
The San Francisco Film Society/ Hearst Screenwriting Grant - The SFFS/Hearst Screenwriting Grant is given to a mid-career screenwriter who has been a practicing writer for at least five years and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The grant is open to writers residing in the United States whose project expresses both a unique personal perspective and an artistic approach to the subject. Priority is given to writers whose previous short or feature screenplays have been produced as an independent film.
Please go to the “How To Apply” section to sign intomy.sffs.orgfor access to the online application. Deadline: July 1, 2014 (late)
Alliance for California Traditional Arts Grant Programs – Three programs to support folk and traditional arts, defined as art forms that are learned as part of the cultural life of a group of people whose members share a common heritage, language, religion, occupation, or region:
Apprenticeship Program – Encourages the continuation of the state’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. A master artist is someone who is recognized as an exemplary practitioner of a traditional art form by his or her community and peers. Prospective apprentices should demonstrate investment and developed skill in the specific art form they wish to continue learning. Master artist and apprentice must apply together. Each $3,000 contract will support a 6-12-month period of concentrated learning. Contact: Russell Rodriguez, Program Manager, T: (415) 269-0026, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.actaonline.org/content/apprenticeship-program. Deadline: August 1, 2014
Living Cultures Grants Program – Funds nonprofit organizations and organizations working with fiscal sponsors to support exemplary projects in the traditional arts in California. Eligible projects include public presentations; workshops and gatherings; equipment and materials purchases; conservation, creation or acquisition of traditional arts items; intergenerational classes or educational programs within a community; documentation of traditional arts, skills, ceremonies, beliefs, or performances; media, web, and print publications; professional and leadership development; and endangered language acquisition projects when carried out within the context of traditional art forms. Limited to organizations with budgets under $250,000. Awards are generally limited to $5,000; a small number of grants of up to $7,500 may be awarded to projects that demonstrate significant impact on a particular cultural tradition. Contact: Lily Kharrazi, Program Manager, T: (415) 346-5200, email@example.com, http://www.actaonline.org/content/living-cultures-grants-program. Deadline: August 1, 2014
Traditional Arts Development Program – Contracts of up to $1,500 to support consultancies, mentorships, and travel opportunities that foster a new level of growth for individual folk and traditional artists and organizations engaged in the field in California. Individuals and organizations may apply. Contact: Russell Rodriguez, Program Manager, T: (415) 269-0026, firstname.lastname@example.org,
**Open Meadows Foundation Grants** – Funding to individuals and to nonprofit organizations for projects that are led by and benefit women. Grants of up to $2,000 support projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect diversity of community served by project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in search for funding. In addition to general grants, Open Meadows has 6 special targeted funds: the Jeanne Meurer Indigenous Women’s Fund; the Ellen Dougherty Activist Fund for Young Women; the Edie Windsor Fund for Old Lesbians; the India Fund; the Patsy Lu Fund for Women’s Music Projects; and the Susan F. Eastman Fund for Environmental Activists. Organizational budget should not exceed $150,000; small and start-up organizations strongly encouraged to apply. Open Meadows Foundation, PO Box 1363, Bronx, NY 10475, T: (718) 885-0969, email@example.com, www.openmeadows.org. Deadline: August 15, 2014
Jerome Foundation Production Grants for Individual Film and Video Artists – Funds New York and Minnesota film and video artists working in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production. Applicants must be residents of New York or Minnesota. Supports production and post-production; not pre-production. See website for complete application guidelines and instructions. Jerome Foundation, 400 Sibley St., Ste. 125, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-1928, T: (651) 224-9431, FAX: (651) 224-3439, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://jeromefdn.org/apply/mn-nyc-film-video. Deadline for Minnesota: September 26, 2014 Deadline for New York: Ongoing
NEA Art Works Grants – Supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts with grants from $10,000-$100,000 to organizations. Open to Arts Education projects that have lifelong learning in the arts as their primary outcome. Innovative projects are strongly encouraged. This deadline is specifically for school-based projects that are directly connected to the school curriculum and instructional program. Activities may take place in or outside the school building at any time of day, including after-school and summer programs. Application must be submitted through the NEA website; allow ample time to prepare the application and deal with technical difficulties that frequently arise on the site. See website for complete guidelines. National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20506, http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/arts-education (scroll down to second project on page for this particular deadline). Deadline: July 24, 2014
Fleishhacker Foundation Small Arts Grants for Bay Area Arts Organizations – Grants of up to $10,000 in support of programs in a range of disciplines, including dance, film and media arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Grants may be used for artists’ fees, production costs, exhibition/installation costs, and projects that advance the organization’s overall artistic development. Open to organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $750,000 that are based in and offer programming in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Download application from website and submit via postal mail. Fleishhacker Foundation, PO Box 29918, San Francisco, CA 94129-0918, T: (415) 561-5350,www.fleishhackerfoundation.org/grants/small-arts-grants/. Deadline: July 15, 2014
**Zion’s Bank Smart Women Grants** – Grants up to $3,000 to female residents of Utah or Idaho to support “the efforts of everyday heroines who strengthen women, children, and their communities.” Grants are awarded in 5 categories, including arts and culture. Submit application form (available on website), mission statement (how your application relates to the mission of the program), statement of purpose (clearly describe the focus, goals, and general direction of work or project, including artistic objectives), detailed description of project (including an explanation of how the grant will advance development of your work), proposed use of grant funds, plan for measuring performance and results, financial data and need (including list of other sources of funding), and supporting documents and work samples. See website for application form and complete guidelines. Smart Women Grants, Zion’s Bank – Women’s Financial Group, One South Main, 11th Floor, Salt Lake City, Utah 84133, T: (801) 844-7996, email@example.com, https://www.zionsbank.com/swsm_grant.jsp?cid=2376. Deadline: July 7, 2014
Santa Fe Art Institute (1-3 months, year-round, Santa Fe, NM) – Residencies between 1-3 months for creative artists in all fields, including film and media artists, performing artists, and writers. Organization provides: housing and studios, including access to the College of Santa Fe’s performance and moving-image arts facilities and the Institute’s digital media lab and exhibition/installment space. Residents are encouraged to participate in the Institute’s outreach program, including public presentations of work, workshops, and individual critiques with students in the community. Residents are responsible for residency fee ($1,000 per month), refundable key deposit ($150), meals, travel, and materials. Most artists receive financial support from the Institute. See website for application. FEE: $35. Artist and Writer Residencies, PO Box 24044, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM, 87502, Contact: Katie Avery, Residency Director, T: (505) 424-5050, FAX: (505) 424-5050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sfai.org. Deadline: July 5, 2014
Hawthornden Castle (Midlothian, Scotland) – International 1-month retreats for creative writers of all types from anywhere in the world to work without disturbance. Residency provides individual room/study in shared house and meals. Artist responsible for travel. Applicants must be published writers. Contact them for application instructions. NO FEE. Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade, Midlothian, EH18 1EG Scotland, United Kingdom, T: +44 131 4402180, FAX: +44 131 440 1989, http://www.transartists.org/air/hawthornden-castle. Deadline: Ongoing
Yaddo (year-round, Saratoga Springs, NY) – Residencies of an average of 5 weeks for writers, media artists, visual artists and performing artists working at the professional level in their fields. Facilities include dance/choreography studios, exhibition/installation spaces, metal shop, music studio, and performing arts space. Residency provides housing, meals, studio, travel assistance, and materials stipend. Artists responsible for additional materials or travel costs. FEE: $30 plus fee for media uploads. Yaddo, P.O. Box 395, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, T: (518) 584-0746, FAX: (518) 584-1312, email@example.com, www.yaddo.org. Deadline: August 1, 2014
**Her Film Project** - Her Film Project is a global project to support women filmmakers. Their mission is to serve as a global advocate for women filmmakers and their work. They regularly feature interviews and Q+As with women filmmakers, articles on their films, details on special screenings, crowdfunding roundups, film reviews, and articles about issues affecting women in film on their active Her Film Project blog. They award grants in the areas of film marketing and film festival travel for women filmmakers, as well as sponsor a Filmmaker-in-Residence program for filmmakers at any stage of their projects as a way to further support women filmmakers (directors, writer/directors, director/producers). They provide monetary support as a sponsor for women's film festivals and special awards for women filmmakers and partner with film festivals and organizations to support filmmakers, specifically women filmmakers, women's voices, and women's stories, and advocate for increased representation of women in film. On their website you can find a list of women's film festivals all over the world, more than 100 across 30+ countries. They maintain and update an extensive list of resources for filmmakers seeking information on how to increase their opportunities and improve their entrepreneurial efforts within the film industry. Visit http://www.herfilmproject.com/.
**Plum Alley**- Curated crowdfunding platform focused specifically on supporting women entrepreneurs, women in the arts and media, and organizations that benefit women and girls. Their website provides resource material on creating a successful project, the benefits of crowdfunding and how it works on their platform. They have also teamed up with Flexcel Networks, a female-founded third party company that specializes in flexible assignments for vetted professionals: if you choose, they can connect you with professionals ready to aid your project in the field of video, communications, marketing/PR, and project management. They follow the ‘all-or-nothing’ project model, project creators will only receive funds they’ve raised if the funding goal has been met within the dictated timeframe. A total 7.9% fee applies for Plum Alley and credit card services; the project creator will see 92.1% of total funds raised. Visit https://plumalley.co/en/projects.
Additional Opportunity for Screenwriters
UCLA Student Searching for Plays - Searching for a short 5-20 page play or screenplay to adapt and produce into short films this Summer, in preparation for a senior thesis for a UCLA student. Ideally she is looking for scripts that can be shot in the Los Angeles area and on a smaller budget. No immediate compensation will be made for the script, however if your script is selected, there will be coordination for such if the movie makes money down the line. You will receive an imdb credit as the original writer/creator, and an individual slide on the final film credit reel, as well as a copy of the film. If you are interested, please send samples of 3-4 pages as well as a full synopsis to Nerris121@yahoo.com.
WOMENARTS FUNDING LISTS - WomenArts maintains annotated lists of funders
categorized by art form in the Funding Resources section of our website at: