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and WomenArts presents
Submission opportunities for women in film/video.
(previously known as Film/Video Funding Newsletter)

**Opportunities starred are for women only.
##Opportunities with double hashtags are for special populations.

Special Opportunity

Liverpool Lift-Off is the only Film Festival in Liverpool and is one of the best attended international film festivals in the North of England. With sell out screenings that span a week of celebration, where the focus is sat heavily on the directors and teams behind each piece that we showcase. All of the awards are audience choice and our winners get to enjoy full official selections at every-single subsequent Lift-Off Film Festival around the world.

Hong Kong has a film industry bursting with opportunity for filmmakers from any where the world. Hong Kong is a priority city for the Lift-Off Global Network. As more and more film professionals head there from countries all over the world, this mega city for cinema is quickly becoming an alternative professional destination for filmmakers outside of NYC, LA and London.

Liverpool and Hong Kong Lift-Offs are film festivals that form part of a wider network of connected film festivals around the world. A unique channel consisting of ten global cities and an on-demand platform. By submitting to any Lift-Off Film Festival you are giving your work the unique possibility of joining the only real alternative to global distribution.

If your work wins Liverpool or Hong Kong Lift-Off then you could be screened to audiences in Hong Kong, Liverpool, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Singapore, Sydney and London. Along with the possibility of earning money by forming part of Lift-Off's On-Demand Initiative at the end of the respective season.

Lift-Off's aim is to help you launch your professional life in film.

Showcasing your work, building press coverage, exposing you to global production companies, industry agencies, and worldwide producers.

Our motto and selection ethos...

Look beyond the gloss. Put talent before technology.

If your work is rich in substance, has exceptional subject matter, a superior execution of story structure and you want to screen your work to a truly remarkable and global audience then this is your film festival.

FOR DISCOUNT CODE: Be sure to email specialoppscode@gmail.com to retrieve the discount code for 30% off of the submission fee - available only to #screenopps subscribers!

**WAM! Boston Film Festival (April 2016; Boston, MA) - The WAM! Boston Film Festival is back! The festival will be held in April 2016 (exact dates and locations to come)— and we want to see you and your film there! WAM!Boston is seeking submissions in all genres for a film festival centered on films by and about women. All subjects are welcome — drama, comedy, documentary, experimental, short and feature length alike. The sky’s the limit! For guidelines and to submit, visithttp://womenactionmedia.org/events/2016-wamboston-film-festival/Deadline: November 6, 2015

The Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays (January 2016) - The 11th Kairos Prize is an exciting screenwriting competition honoring feature-length scripts that champion Judeo-Christian values while telling outstanding stories. Grand prize of $25,000, 1st Runner Up $15,000 and 2nd Runner Up $10,000;  plus connections with key industry professionals. Fee: $50-80. For more information and to submit, please visit https://kairosprize.com/guidelines-criteria. Deadline: November 2, 2015 (Late)
**Women’s Independent Film Festival** (December 4-6, 2015; Tarzana, CA) - Welcome to the Women's Independent Film Festival! Offering a platform in Los Angeles for the many diverse perspectives of women within the world of independent film, Women's Independent Film Festival awards and screens the best independent films made by women filmmakers from around the world. In order to qualify for entry, a woman must fill at least one of the following key positions: Director, Producer, Writer, Lead female Protagonist, Editor, or Cinematographer. We hope to give voice to the many talented and underrepresented women creating great work in the independent film world. Certificates will be awarded for Best of Category, Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Editing. Top films of each category will screen at the festival and compete for the audience award. The winner of the best of Script category with have a chance to read an excerpt from the winning script at the festival. For more information and to submit: http://www.womensindiefest.com/WomensIndieFest/About_Us.html.  November 3, 2015 (WAB Extended).

Cinequest Film Festival (Silicon Valley; March 1-13, 2016) - Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers. Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) in San Jose / Silicon Valley: Set in the home of the world’s most influential media technology companies (Apple, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, LinkedIn etc.) CQFF showcases premier films, renowned and emerging artists, and breakthrough technology—empowering global connectivity between creators, innovators and audiences. Cinequest has led the world in its showcase and implementation of the innovations that have revolutionized film making, exhibition and distribution. CQFF’s highest honor, the Maverick Award, recognizes bold, visionary and creative forces—exemplary in the worlds of Silicon Valley innovation and the film arts. Its Maverick Spirit Awards recognizes artists (Harrison Ford, J.J. Abrams, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ben Kingsley, Kevin Spacey and Sir Ian McKellen are amongst the guest recipients). Its Maverick Innovator Award recognizes technologists (including Martin Cooper, father of the cell phone). A Maverick stands apart from the crowd willing to create and innovate from a place of personal yet global vision. Although over 100,000 attend CQFF, the three-block proximity of its state-of-the-art venues along with Cinequest’s renowned hospitality, makes the festival experience as warm and personal as it is electrifying. Cinequest presents over 90 World and U.S. premieres with groundbreaking innovations by 700+ participating filmmakers from over 50 countries each year. Fees: $30-85. For more information and to apply, visit: http://www.cinequest.org/film_submissions. Deadline: November 13, 2015 (late); November 20, 2015 (extended).
Aspen ShortsFest (Aspen, Colorado; April 5-10, 2016) - Aspen Shortsfest is one of the world's premier international showcases for the trend-setting art form: the short. This Oscar®-qualifying international competition offers a lively, thought-provoking, and humorous selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary - all at 40 minutes or less. Fees: $35-100. For more information and to apply: http://www.aspenfilm.org/index.php/events/aspen-shortsfest.  Deadline: November 30, 2015 (regular); December 15, 2015 (late); December 31 2015 (extended).

Short. Sweet. Film Fest. (Cleveland, OH; March 4-6, 2016) - These films must be either made in the greater Cleveland area or made by filmmakers who reside in the greater Cleveland area.The Short. Sweet. Film Fest strives to showcase up and coming filmmakers at the local, national and international levels who strive to advance the art of film. In today’s film climate it is hard to showcase short films. Many festivals only care about features and it seems like this art is dwindling to silly videos about kittens on the internet. Even though we love kittens (who doesn’t?) here at the Short. Sweet. Film Festival, we love short films (heck, short is even in our title). Our festival will take place in the Alex Theater at the Metropolitan at the 9 hotel in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Filmmakers and patrons can stay at the hotel at a discounted rate and enjoy food and beverages throughout the festival. For more information and to apply, visit http://shortsweetfilmfest.com/. Deadline: December 1, 2015 (Extended)

Chicago Underground Film Festival (June 1 - 5, 2016; Chicago, IL) - CUFF welcomes a mix of films and videos of all lengths and genres, but the festival’s dominant focus is on works that chart new, experimental ground in form or content. Selected feature filmmakers receive travel stipends to attend the festival, as well as all-access passes to screenings, parties, and other events. Every day at CUFF is filled with unforgettable screenings, and every night is packed with invigorating parties and concerts. For more information and to submit, visit http://cuff.org/. Fee: $15 -55. Deadline: December 1, 2015 (Regular), January 5, 2015 (Late).

**Artemis Women In Action Film Festival** (April 22-24, 2016; Santa Monica, CA) - Artemis Motion Pictures brings you the first ever film festival dedicated to honoring female driven action films, the people who pioneered them and contributed to the success of the genre, and the undiscovered talent of the future.We celebrate powerful women taking action on the silver screen. From superheroes to super stuntwomen, from martial artists to mighty athletes, from women in law enforcement to women in the armed forces, we will shine a spotlight on females in fiction and documentary films who are fearless, fierce, and revolutionary. All submissions must feature women either starring or co-starring as a physical action character. For more info and to submit, visit http://www.artemisfilmfestival.com/. Deadline: November 15, 2015 (Early), December 15, 2015 (Regular), January 15, 2016 (Late), February 01, 2016 (Extended)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (February 3-13, 2016, 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: programming@sbfilmfestival.org 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: programming@sbfilmfestival.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. generalinfo@sbfilmfestival.org, http://sbiff.org/film-festival/submit_a_film/, sbiff.org.  Deadline: November 6, 2015 (late), December 18, 2015 (drop)

Tribeca Film Festival (Tribeca, NYC; April 13-24, 2016) - The festival, once again presented by AT&T, will return for its 15th year on April 13-April 24, 2016, along with its key programs and attractions. For the second year, TFF’s creative hub will be Spring Studios, where attendees, industry and press congregate for innovation events, parties, Tribeca Talks® panels and the fourth annual Storyscapes program, TFF’s juried showcase of interactive storytelling, and the TFI Interactive lineup. This year’s TFF broke records in regards to gender diversity behind the camera, with 33% of the 2015 feature film program’s directors being women. That momentum will carry over into 2016, as TFF reteams with Coach to present The Nora Ephron Prize for the third straight year, awarding $25,000 to one special female filmmaker. Fees: $35-110. For more information and to apply: https://tribecafilm.com/festival/submissions.  Deadline: November 25, 2015 (regular); December 23, 2015 (late).

San Francisco Frozen Film Festival(July 21-24, 2016, San Francisco, CA) – Celebrating “razor’s edge independent films and bands” during July, the coldest month of the year in San Francisco. Seeking entries in the following categories: Filmstock Film (all forms, lengths, and genres; must be shot on 8, 16, or 32mm), Digital Film (all forms, lengths and genres; must be shot with a digital camera), Feature Documentary (45 minutes or longer), Short Documentary (under 45 minutes), Animation, First-Time Director, Student Director (filmmaker must be enrolled in high school or college during production), Surf/Skate Video (videos about skaters, surfers, and snowboarders; winners may be asked to skate or perform at opening gala), Music Video, International Film (made outside the U.S.), Music Documentary, and Environmental Film. FEE: $20-$55. San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, 588 Sutter St. #103, San Francisco, CA 94102, T: (415) 846-1375, FAX: (415) 392-7500, frozenfilmfestival@gmail.com, http://www.frozenfilmfestival.com. Deadline: December 31, 2015 (regular), March 31, 2016 (late), May 31, 2016 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

Winter Film Awards Indie Film Festival (Febuary 24-27, 2016, NYC) - WINTER FILM AWARDS announces a CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 2016 Indie Film Festival to be held Feb 24-27 2016 in NYC. We seek diverse, fresh voices & creative indie films from NYC and the entire world in all genres – feature length and shorts, narrative fiction, documentary, animation, horror, web series and music videos. Submissions deadlines: Early-Sept 1, Regular-Nov 1, Late-Dec 1. Now in its fifth year, the rapidly growing Festival showcases the work of emerging filmmakers, and we build our screening program from submissions, not invited films. Each year, roughly 90% of selected films were received via regular submissions. For the 2015 Festival, 76 films from 29 countries were selected for screening, including 34 by female directors and 20 student films, and 75% had a budget under $50k. Works of all genres, forms, and lengths are considered for Festival screening. Outstanding work will be awarded for each category, along with Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Original Score, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Student Film and the NY PERSPECTIVES Award for best depiction of the New York multi-cultural experience. Submit films via https://filmfreeway.com/festival/WFA16; Visit www.WinterFilmAwards.com for more information! Deadline: December 1, 2015 (late)

##New York Indian Film Festival (May 7-14, 2016, New York, NY) -  Celebrating alternative, independent cinema from the global South Asian community. Seeking works by veteran as well as emerging South Asian filmmakers in the following categories: Feature (over 40 minutes), Short (under 40 minutes), Documentary (over 40 minutes), and Short Documentary (under 40 minutes). FEE: $25-$80. Indo-American Arts Council, 517 East 87th St., Ste. 1B, New York, NY 10128, T: (212) 594-3685, nyindianfilmfest@gmail.com, http://www.iaac.us. Deadline: December 1, 2015 (regular), February 1, 2016 (late)

Crossroads Film Festival (March 31 - April 3, 2016, Jackson, MS) - Seeking films in the following categories: Feature Narrative (45 minutes minimum), Short Narrative (45 minutes maximum), Student (film by an Undergraduate or Graduate Student 18+, any runtime), Feature Documentary (45 minutes minimum), Experimental (any runtime), Youth (must be under the age of 18 on date of submission, any runtime), Short Documentary (45 minutes maximum), Animation (any runtime), Mississippi Music Video (maximum 9 minutes). FEE: $40-70. Crossroads Film Festival, P.O. Box 22604 Jackson, MS 39225, T: (601) 345-5674, F: (769) 233-8893, info@crossroadsfilmfestival.com, www.crossroadsfilmfestival.com/. Deadline: November 30, 2015 (extended, via withoutabox.com)

Seattle International Film Festival (Seattle, WA; May 19-June 12, 2016) - 25 days. More than 450 films from 90 countries. 150,00 attendees. Be part of the largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States, now in its 42nd year. SIFF has been bringing great film experiences to the Northwest for over 40 years! We connect the wide interests of our audience with the passion and craft of filmmaking artists. Partnerships with small businesses, international consulates, nonprofits, and community organizations throughout the region are vital to SIFF's mission. We collaborate with over 50 different organizations that sponsor and promote films directly impacting their interests and passions in our community. For more information and to submit: http://www.siff.net/festival-2016/call-for-entries-2016.  Deadline: November 2, 2015 (regular); January 4, 2015 (final).  

Seattle True Independent Film Festival (Seattle, WA; May 2016) – Seeking diverse new voices in independent film from the Northwest and the rest of the world in the following categories: Short, Feature, Student Short (director must be enrolled at time of submission in a film school, college film program or high school; 16 minutes or under), Indepenetration (subjects that most people would find offensive), Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Web Series Episode. FEE: $20-$75. Seattle True Independent Film Festival, 2311 N. 45th St., #194, Seattle, WA 98103, T: (206) 650-7470, contact@trueindependent.org, www.trueindependent.org. Deadline: January 4, 2016 (regular), February 15, 2016 (late)

Iris (Feature Film; Brooklyn, NY) - Iris lives like any other typical woman in her early 20s in Brooklyn, New York although she is far beyond her years at heart. Struggling with the imminent death of Adelaide, her last and closest family member who is in hospice, she joins a support group and meets Tom, a young drifting artist who she slowly grows attached to. When she begins to sense the presence of Ben, her long lost love who disappeared years ago, a shocking secret is revealed that threatens the very existence of those she is closest to, most of all Tom. Seeking the role of “Justin” (Male, 20s-30s) and Extras of all ages, types, and ethnicities. Submit via Actors Access: http://www.actorsaccess.com/projects/?view=breakdowns&breakdown=476253&region=2.

For more OnScreen opportunities, visit Backstage.com; ActorsAccess.com; or Playbill.com.

Wildflower + Co. Photo Shoot (Brooklyn, NY) - Seeking a photographer for a photo shoot for Wildflower + Co. Company states: "We are a start-up, fashion driven DIY supply company & planning a photoshoot for our new website, which is about to launch! The intended vibe: a small group of creative ladies gathered for an afternoon/brunch craft party & having a great time! We will also be shooting a look book & some on-model product photography." Shoots one day between Nov. 5 & 12 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in a very bright, residential building in Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn. Pays $200-$400 for full 8-hr day, depending on experience, equipment, and if there is an assistant. Photographer: professional photographer who specializes in lifestyle, portraits & on-model product photography & is well versed in lighting & directing shoots. Bright, happy, & whimsical is our goal – not moody/gritty/urban. We are looking for someone collaborative who wants to help bring our vision to life! Must have your own equipment – we have some equipment but want to ensure you have what you are comfortable working with. We will need all pictures at the end of the shoot & will most likely be retouching them internally. We may also require a preliminary meeting to run through the plans, shots needed, space, lighting, etc. Apply via Backstage: http://www.backstage.com/casting/photographer-for-wildflower-co-photo-shoot-92825/photographer-346669/#seeking.

Reel Jobs NYC (NYC) - Reel Jobs List is a free job listing, which is limited to job opportunities in the film, television and theatre industries. It is published by the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting each Monday.  It can be downloaded in PDF format or picked up at our offices at 1697 Broadway in New York City between 9am and 5pm weekdays.  In the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday, the listing will be available on Tuesday. The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting (MOFTB) accepts job listings by email only, which must be submitted using this email form.  The weekly deadline for filing new announcements is Thursday at 12/noon for the following week's Reel Jobs NYC.  Your free listing will run for one week.  If you would like the listing to run longer, please re-submit your listing for each week that you would like it to run.  The MOFTB is not responsible for changes in listings not reported to us.  The MOFTB reserves the right to edit and/or modify submitted listings, and has final approval for all listings. PDF format here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/film/html/jobs_training/reel_jobs_list.shtml.

Individual Artists Program (Chicago, IL) - The goal of the Individual Artists Program (IAP) is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s practicing artists and creative professionals. Through this grant program, DCASE will award project-based grants to Chicago-based artists and creative professionals over 18 years of age, at all career levels (emerging, mid-career, mature), and working across numerous disciplines. Funds are awarded through two separate IAP programs Track 1: Creative Projects Track 2: Professional Development. Artists may only apply to one of the two funding tracks per year. Website: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/culgrants/programs/individual-artist.html. Deadline: November 4, 2015

##Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund/ ESPN Prize - A grant within the TFI Doc Fund earmarked specifically for sports docs, the TFI/ESPN Prize is open to any project in any stage as long as it does not have distribution attached. From TFI: The TFI/ESPN Prize will award one annual grant of $30,000 to a feature-length work-in-progress documentary that presents sports, competition and athleticism as a backdrop within a character-driven story.

##ITVS Diversity Development Fund - Intended to bolster much needed representation from producers of color in the industry, the DDF gives out funds to producer to support documentary projects that have not yet begun production. From the ITVS: The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities. Got to: http://itvs.org/funding/ddf/how for more info and to apply.
Deadline: November 6 (application opens in October)

##Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award Unrestricted award of $25,000 to 2 Washington State generative artists in any discipline who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older by application date, have a minimum of 5 years in professional art practice, and be a resident of Washington State at time of application and when the award is granted. Students ineligible. A letter of recommendation is required. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award, 1835 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, T: (206) 467-8734, FAX: (206) 467-9633, info@artisttrust.org, http://artisttrust.org/index.php/for-artists/money#arts_innovator_awards. Deadline: November 16, 2015

Ford Foundation: JustFilms - If you have a social justice documentary at the rough cut stage, take a look at the JustFilms eligibility to see if you can apply. (A few topics of docs that are not eligible: health, sports, early childhood, advocacy, educational, scientific.) If you are located internationally, see if you are in one of the ten places where the Ford Foundation has regional offices. From the Ford Foundation: 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...Beginning in 2011, we are investing $10 million a year over five years in documentary projects that address urgent social issues and help us understand our past, explore our present and build our future. Our goal is to expand the community of emerging and established filmmakers who often lack funding, and help them to realize their visions and reach audiences. Website: http://www.fordfoundation.org/issues/freedom-of-expression/justfilms/for-grant-seekers.
Deadline: Rolling

Film Independent Documentary Lab - Held in Los Angeles in April, the Film Independent Documentary Lab is an intensive five-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. Through a series of meetings and workshops, the Documentary Lab provides creative feedback and story notes to participating filmmakers, while helping them to strategize for the completion, distribution, and marketing of their films. Additionally, the program serves to advance the careers of its Fellows by making introductions to film professionals who can advise on both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Lab Fellows attend multiple guest-speaker sessions with established documentary directors, producers, and editors, and each is paired with an experienced Creative Advisor who can provide support and insight as the Fellows ready their projects for release. Website: http://www.filmindependent.org/labs-and-programs/documentary-lab/#.VjQElBCrTVp. Deadline: December 7, 2015  

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

Bitch Media Fellowship for Writers - Bitch Media, for almost 20 years an independent, nonprofit feminist media organization, is pleased to announce the Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers, a series of three-month intensive writing fellowships whose goal is to develop, support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop-culture media. The program will be directed by Bitch cofounder Andi Zeisler. This fellowship was created in order to cultivate and amplify new voices. If you are a writer who is just getting started and have little publication experience, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are passionate about one of the above subject areas but do not have a history of writing or blogging about them, we strongly encourage you to apply. (Writers who have contributed to Bitch before will be considered on a case- by-case basis, but again, this fellowship is focused on emerging writers.) This is not a full-time position, but an independent fellowship designed for writers who want to develop confident, well-rounded voices and are particularly interested in feminist and social-justice journalism. Fellows may be based globally, and U.S. citizenship or residence is not required to be a fellow. Website: https://bitchmedia.org/article/announcing-bitch-media-fellowships-writers. Deadline: November 1, 2015; but fellows selected bi-annually.

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