Submission opportunities for women in film/video.
(previously known as Film/Video Funding Newsletter)
*Opportunities in red are for selected populations.
**Opportunities starred and in red are for women only.
January’s Featured Opportunity
Extended Deadline: Call for short (five minute) works on Reproductive Freedom!
The Reproductive Freedom Festival sponsored by Words of Choice is seeking five-minute selections on reproductive rights, freedom, health or justice. We want your bold, passionate, elegant, funny and just plain good writing!
Selected works will be presented live in New York City in Spring 2016 with broadcast across the country (and the world) in collaboration with VirtualArts TV, the premier Live Streaming organization in theater.
Submissions are open to all. Extended Deadline for #ScreenOpps subscribers: January 16, 2015
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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: 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: January 15, 2016 (Late), February 01, 2016 (Extended)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.frozenfilmfestival.com. Deadline: March 31, 2016 (late), May 31, 2016 (extended, via withoutabox.com)
##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, email@example.com, http://www.iaac.us. Deadline: February 1, 2016 (late)
##Boston LGBT Film Festival (April 2015, Cambridge, MA) – The largest, longest running LGBT media event in New England seeks films about topics of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in the following categories: Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Experimental. FEE: $0-$35. Boston LGBT Film Festival, 955 Massachusetts Ave. #361, Cambridge, MA 02139, T: (617) 233-1190, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.bostonlgbtfilmfest.net/submissions/. Deadline: January 2, 2016 (regular), February 1, 2016 (late), February 12, 2016 (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: 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, email@example.com, www.trueindependent.org. Deadline: January 4, 2016 (regular), February 15, 2016 (late)
**The Gracie Awards** – Given by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, honors outstanding programming for, by and about women, as well as individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the industry. Programming entries must reflect subject matters of interest and concern to women; entries that reflect diversity in women’s issues are encouraged. Entries must be produced, directed, or written by at least one woman. See website for complete guidelines and application. Applications must be submitted online. FEE: $35-$250. Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, Gracies Call for Entries, 1760 Old Meadow Rd., Ste. 500, McLean, VA 22102, T: (703) 506-3290, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thegracies.org. Deadline: January 7, 2015 (final deadline)
American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes (May 2016, Cannes, France) – Supports upcoming filmmakers by showcasing their films at the American Pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival while providing an opportunity for filmmakers to connect with the Cannes Film Festival, Marketplace attendees and to a global audience. Seeking entries by emerging and student filmmakers (current undergraduate and graduate school students and emerging filmmakers up to three years post graduation) in the following categories: Short Film, Short Student Film, Short Documentary, and Short Student Documentary. FEE: $35-$85. American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at Cannes, 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Building C, Ste. 106, Culver City, CA 90232, T: (310) 202-3370, email@example.com, http://www.ampav.com/index.php/student-programs/cannes-emerging-filmmaker-showcase/
Deadline: January 25, 2016 (regular), February 12, 2016 (late)
AFI DOCS Documentary Festival (June 22-26, 2016, Silver Spring, MD) – Honors the creativity and passion of independent, non-fiction filmmakers and the power of the moving image to alter our perspective and expand our world-view. Seeking Feature (41 minutes or longer) and Short (40 minutes or shorter) documentaries that demonstrate a bold commitment to subject matter, excellence in cinematic craft, and innovation in storytelling. FEE: $30-$90. Silverdocs, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910, T: (301) 495-6720, FAX: (301) 495-6798, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.SILVERDOCS.com. Deadline: February 5, 2016 (regular), March 4, 2016 (late)
Sarasota Film Festival (April 1-10, 2016, Sarasota, FL) - The SFF emphasizes the best in new cinema alongside exciting repertory work and with almost 50,000 attendees each year, we rank among the largest festivals in the southeastern United States. Our industry attendance is also impressive — recent guests include reps from IFC Films, Magnolia Pictures,, First Run Features, Fortissimo Films, Cinetic and Participant Media. What's more, SFF selections are heavily promoted by attending media outlets, which in the past have included USA Today, GQ Magazine, Vanity Fair, Variety, Indiewire, Filmmaker Magazine, The Huffington Post and Screen International. http://www.sarasotafilmfestival.com/2015-festival/submit-your-film. Deadline: January 8, 2016 (final)
**Female Eye Film Festival** (June 2016, Woodbridge, ON, Canada) – An annual competitive international independant women directors film festival. Seeking entries in the following categories: Drama (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Comedy (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Documentary (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Experimental (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Animation (Shorts: Maximum 40 minutes, Features: Minimum 40 minutes), Canadian Feature (Minimum 40 minutes), Foreign Film (Minimum 40 minutes), Late NIGHT [horror, suspense, thriller] (any length). FEE: $20-$100. Female Eye Film Festival, 50 Wallace St., Woodbridge, ON L4L 2P3, Canada, Phone: (905) 264-7731, email@example.com, http://www.femaleeyefilmfestival.com/. Deadline: February 29, 2016 (late), March 31, 2016 (extended, via withoutabox.com)
Workers Unite Film Festival (May 2016, New York, NY) – Celebrating Global Labor Solidarity. Seeking films that highlight the struggles, successes, and daily lives of workers in their efforts to unite and organize for better living conditions and social justice. Seeking entries in the following categories: Feature Narrative, Narrative Short (under 50 minutes), Documentary Feature (over 60 minutes), Documentary Short (under 50 minutes), Films from the Front Lines (3-30 minutes; dealing with current labor struggles either in the U.S. or globally), and Working Lives Screenplay Competition. Workers Unite Film Festival, PO Box 1525, Radio City Station, New York, NY 10101-1525, T: (646) 455-2225, FAX: (646) 328-4559, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.workersunitefilmfestival.org/. Deadline: March 6, 2016 (regular), March 16, 2016 (late), March 28, 2016 (extended, via withoutabox.com)
Indie Feature “Home Movie” (Fairfield Country, CT) - Casting "Home Movie," a dark comedy indie feature. Shoots winter and spring 2016 in and around Fairfield County, CT. SAG-AFTRA minimum deferred pay, per SAG-AFTRA Ultra Low Budget Agreement, plus meals and negotiable travel expenses provided. Seeking submissions from: New York, NY; New Haven, CT. Submit any worthwhile video link(s) along with headshot (or website link). Producer states: "Lead roles require spirit and flexibility, so divas need not apply." Auditions will be scheduled in NYC and CT. Submit via Backstage: http://www.backstage.com/casting/home-movie-99146/
“Trip to the Moon” (Deer Park, NY) - Casting two soldier roles for a feature-length re-imagining of George Melies' 1902 film "Trip to the Moon," set in 1862 with a steampunk/cyberpunk visual style. All shooting will take place in a production studio on green screen in Deer Park, NY. Shoots Jan. 10-17, 2016 (this specific role will shoot Jan. 13, with additional shoot dates if required for future scenes). Pays: $100/day, plus travel reimbursement provided. Seeking submissions from: New York, NY; Long Island, NY. Actors need only have a video reel, headshot, and resume for this role. No in-person auditions will be held. Submit via Backstage: http://www.backstage.com/casting/trip-to-the-moon-99133/.
Crew for “The John Kerwin Show” (Los Angeles, CA) - Seeking crew members for "The John Kerwin Show," a late night comedy talk show. Producer states: "The show airs nationally on JLTV and online. Each show is taped one Wednesday every four or five weeks in Encino, CA. Guests have included: Brian McKnight, Cloris Leachman, Tom Bergeron, Bruce Dern, Nancy Cartwright, Steve Wozniak, and others." Shoots Jan. 13 (3-11 p.m.) in Encino, CA. After that, once every 5 weeks--always on a Wednesday. Producer states: "This is a non-profit show. All positions are unpaid. Show credit and IMDb credit will be given." Seeking submissions from: Los Angeles, CA. Along with an email of interest, submit any video or audio clips if applicable. Visit the show website at thejohnkerwinshow.com. Submit via Backstage: http://www.backstage.com/casting/the-john-kerwin-show-crew-98211/
Director of Photography (NYC/ Washington, DC) - Seeking DP for a dark internal drama, "Wintry Mix," attacking the hypocrisies of modern relationships. Shoots in Summer 2016, in suburban indoor location in greater New York City or greater Washington, DC areas. Pays $5,000 for seven or eight day shoot. Seeking submissions nationwide/worldwide. Must have feature film DP experience, demo reel and gear list. Local to NYC or DC preferable. Submit via Backstage: http://www.backstage.com/casting/wintry-mix-98202/.
Director and Editor for Web Series (NYC) - Seeking a Director and Editor to work with on a comedic new web series. Series focuses on a group of actors living in an NYC apartment building. The show has a "Friends" kind of vibe and the characters are all involved in each others lives. Shoot dates TBD (based on actors' and director's availabilities) in the NJ & NYC area. Pay provided, meals and copy. Seeking submissions from: New Jersey, NJ; New York, NY. Include links to any work you directed and note your availability. Submit via Backstage: http://www.backstage.com/casting/webseriessitcom-pilot-97897/
Cinestory Fellowship and Awards – Seeking up-and-coming screenwriters for developmental mentorship program. Prizes include cash award, free tuition, room and board at the Cinestory Writers Retreat, 12-month fellowship with 2 Hollywood professionals, and other prizes for first place; cash, mentorship, and other prizes for second and third place. Submit original feature-length screenplay (85-130 pages) in any genre. Your name and contact information must not appear on the title page or in the file. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. FEE: $45-$70. Cinestory, PO Box 661962, Los Angeles, CA 90066, T: (323) 900-0502, email@example.com, www.cinestory.org. Deadline: January 15, 2016 (regular), February 15, 2016 (late), March 15, 2016 (extended)
Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund - As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of domestic and global social issues, documentaries have become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to these contemporary international conflicts. At the same time, the craft of the documentary is expanding in exciting directions, merging diverse points of view with new technologies and responding to the immediacy of the Internet. The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide funding to 4-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. Films will be selected from an open call for submissions. Weight will be given to projects that best fulfill the mission of the program (as shown in the submitted work and the strength of proposal) and to those where granting amounts will have significant impact. Selection will be done by Tribeca Film Institute staff and a final selection committee comprised of notable talents in the field. There is no entry fee for projects submitted to the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. To submit: https://tribecafilminstitute.org/pages/gucci_tribeca_documentary_rules. NO FEE TO SUBMIT. Deadline: February 5, 2016
America's Media Makers: Development Grants - NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience. Media Projects grants support the following formats: film and television projects; and radio projects. To apply: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-development-grants. Deadline: January 13, 2016
LEF Foundation Grant - The goal of LEF New England is to fund the work of independent documentary film and video artists in the region, and to broaden recognition and support for their work, both locally and nationally. It also supports programs that highlight the rich history and ongoing legacy of innovation within New England’s independent film community. LEF New England launched the Moving Image Fund (MIF) in 2002 to support new film and video work. The Moving Image Fund provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film’s completion. In this way, MIF offers a continuum of support for selected projects, while also identifying new talent. Through MIF, LEF New England champions work that is provocative, heartfelt, and challenging in style and substance. Since its inception, LEF’s Moving Image Fund has supported over 300 independent filmmaker projects with approximately $4 million in funding. The overarching goal of LEF New England’s philanthropic investment is to help build a sustainable and strong community of support for artists and their work. To submit: http://www.lef-foundation.org/NewEngland/Deadlines/tabid/165/Default.aspx Production & Post-Production Letter of Inquiry Deadline: January 29, 2016
ITVS Open Call – Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories. Accepts proposal of single programs of standard broadcast length (one hour; feature-length works considered in rare cases) that have begun production and can be completed within one year of contract. Programs must be based in countries outside the U.S. and present other places, people, and points of view to an American audience. See website for complete guidelines and application procedures. ITVS International Call 2011, 651 Brannan St., Ste. 410, San Francisco, CA 94107, T: (415) 356-8383 x445, Cynthia_kane@itvs.org, http://itvs.org/funding. Deadline: February 5, 2016
The Docs In Progress Fellowship Program (Washington, D.C.) - The Docs In Progress Fellowship Program is a selective program for emerging Washington DC/Baltimore Metro area documentary filmmakers with works-in-progress. Over the course of the Fellowship (between March and October), Docs In Progress is providing this cohort of filmmakers a monthly facilitated meeting where they will come together to share and hold each other accountable for progress on their projects, and have a facilitated discussion with each other and with special guest speakers about issues related to the documentary landscape, work/life balance, and the creative process. In addition to the Cohort Meetings, the Fellows receive a series of other benefits as participants in the program: There is no fee to apply. However, you must either be a current member of the Docs Insiders Program ($95 per year) or be an alumni of a Docs In Progress program (class, workshop, Peer Pitch, or have presented a work-in-progress at a Docs In Progress screening or Roundtable). If accepted into the Fellowship Program, Fellows must commit to attending at least 80% of the monthly cohort meetings and paying a participation fee is $500. The fee includes eight monthly Fellowship Cohort meetings (see schedule below), one 60 minute consultation with Docs In Progress staff, three master classes with experienced documentary professionals being given during the course of the year, and a voucher which can be applied towards one other Docs In Progress single-day or single-evening professional development program or workshop during the year (. Fellows will also be spotlighted on the Docs In Progress website and will receive added consideration for work-in-progress screenings. Applications for the 2015 Fellowship Program are now open. To apply, visit http://docsinprogress.org/services/fellowship/. Deadline: January 8, 2016Elsewhere Collaborative (April-November, 2014, Greensboro, NC) – Residencies between 2-6 weeks for creative artists working in all media. The collaborative is a three-floor former thrift store turned into a living museum. Residents constantly compose and re-imagine the environment through projects that respond to layers of objects, artworks, collections, architecture, histories, and concepts within the building. Residents enter into an evolving collaborative artwork, inhabit production spaces, and establish living sites throughout the museum, using the resources from the 58-year-old inventory. Residency provides housing, workspace, and materials; artist responsible for program fee ($500), travel, and participation in food co-operative ($50/week). See website for application and complete guidelines. NO FEE. Elsewhere Collaborative, 606 and 608 S. Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27406, http://www.goelsewhere.org/residencies/. Deadline: February 13, 2016