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and WomenArts present


Submission opportunities for women in film/video.

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

Special Opportunity

**Bluestocking Film Series
The 6th Annual Bluestocking Film Series seeks well-produced, edgy and provocative female-driven short films (< 30 minutes). Late Deadline ends April 29, and ScreenOpps readers save 10% off the submission fee with this month’s special code! All submissions must feature a female protagonist and pass the Bechdel-Wallace Test (include 2 or more female characters who talk to each other about something other than men). With a preference for complex characters, diverse voices and stories, narrative shorts may be in any genre, but no documentaries are considered. For 2016, Bluestocking is also calling for Complex Female Protagonist Road Movies to World Premiere in honor of the 25th anniversary of the release of Thelma and Louise.

Set in the beautiful, arts-loving city of Portland during Maine’s finest weather month, Bluestocking is a one-of-a-kind, destination festival and competition with cash and other prizes determined by an international jury. The 2016 fest will open on Thurs., 14 July, with a late afternoon, star-studded panel discussion on female representation in film and strategies for changing the ratios in front of and behind the camera. That evening, our Opening Night Bash will take place at a local soundstage. Gala screenings take place the evenings of Friday, 15 July and Saturday, 16 July, with special afternoon screenings on Friday and Saturday, as well. 
Don’t miss the Bluestocking Film Series, July 14–16, 2016.

Don’t forget to email specialoppscode@gmail.com to get the special code for this month’s Special Opportunity!

Indigo Moon Film Festival 
  • IMFF will feature the best in filmmaking from filmmakers in grade school to adults and first time filmmakers to seasoned pros! The film festival will include opening night and closing night films, closing night film awards, filmmaker talks, equipment displays and of course, GREAT FILMS!
  • When/Where: Oct. 7-9, 2016, Fayetteville, NC
  • Deadline: April 1, 2016 (Early); May 15, 2016 (Regular); July 1, 2016 (Late).
  • Submission Fee: $15-$45
  • Eligibility restrictions: Filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to submit films for consideration. A special prize will be given to a filmmaker from NC
  • Categories: Narrative Feature (40 minutes or longer); Narrative Short (under 40 minutes); Documentary Feature (40-90 minutes); Documentary Short (under 40 minutes); Animation (under 40 minutes); Middle & High School Students
  • Address: GroundSwell Pictures, 221 Hay Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301
  • Contact: info@GroundSwellPictures.com or call (910) 309-6580
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

##San Francisco Black Film Festival
  • Celebrating African American Cinema and the African Cultural Diaspora by showcasing a diverse collection of films - from emerging and established filmmakers. By presenting Black film, which reinforce positive images and dispel negative stereotypes, while providing local, national and international filmmakers a forum for their work to be viewed and discussed.
  • When/Where: June 16-19, 2016, San Francisco, CA
  • Deadline: April 1, 2016 (Late); April 15, 2016 (Extended via withoutabox)
  • Submission Fee: $55-$75
  • Eligibility: film submissions are accepted worldwide from filmmakers and screenwriters who are of African descent and others, or feature actors representing the African Diaspora.
  • Categories: Documentary, Short, Feature, Animation, Student (made by a college student or younger; submit copy of current student ID with submission), Youth 5-12 (for a young audience, grades 5-12), African (films shot in Africa), Music Video, Lesbian/Gay, HIV/AIDS (films of any length about the effect of HIV/AIDS on community, family, etc.).
  • Address: San Francisco Black Film Festival, PO Box 15490, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • Contact: sfbff@sfbff.org or call (415) 400-4602
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

**St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival
  • SJIWFF is one of the longest running women’s film festivals in the world. Established to support and promote women filmmakers, the SJIWFF produces screenings and industry development events throughout the year, culminating in a five-day film festival held each October in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
  • When/Where: October 18-22, 2016, St., John’s, NL, Canada
  • Deadline: April 8, 2016 (Regular); May 13, 2016 (Late); May 20, 2016 (extended via withoutabox)
  • Submission Fee: $15-$38 USD
  • Eligibility: Directed and/or written by a female filmmaker. Co-gender productions will be considered. 
  • Categories: Short narrative fiction dramatic films, which may include comedy; Short Documentary; Short Animation; Short Experimental. *All films 30 minutes and under.*
  • Address: 28 Cochrane Street, Suite 101, P.O. Box 984, Station C, St. John's NL A1C 5M3, Canada
  • Contact: info@womensfilmfestival.com or call (709) 754-3141
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival
  • The Society for Visual Anthropology screens the best ethnographic films and video productions at our annual SVA Film & Media Festival, held in conjunction with the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. This gives independent filmmakers as well as distributors broad access to a market of several thousand anthropologists and educators.
  • When/Where: November 16-20, 2016, Minneapolis, MN
  • Deadline: April 15, 2016 (Regular); May 15, 2016 (Extended)
  • Submission Fee: $20-$70
  • Eligibility: Works created as the result of ethnographic fieldwork or those which use, are informed by, or illustrate the principles of anthropological theory or methods.
  • Categories: Ultra-shorts (under 5 minutes. Cell-phone and youtube-style videos permitted and encouraged); Shorts (30 minutes or less); Feature length (30-120 minutes). SVAFF prefers feature films that are closer to 50 - 90 minutes in length. We encourage filmmakers with feature films longer then 120 minutes to submit a shorter, edited version of their films.
  • Address: Attn: Dr. Ulla Berg (Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies/ Anthropology), Lucy Stone Hall, Room A262, Rutgers University, Livingston Campus, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040
  • Contact: svafilmfestival@gmail.com or call (848) 445-4230
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

##Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
  • PAAFF is dedicated celebrating and elevating the Asian American experience. Since 2008 PAAFF is proud to have presented dozens of culturally relevant films to broad and diverse audiences through our Main Festival Program each November, and year-round screening series. 
  • When/Where: November 10-20, 2016, Philadelphia, PA
  • Deadline: April 15, 2016 (Early); June 1, 2016 (Regular); July 5, 2015 (Late)
  • Submission Fee: $20-$40.
  • Eligibility: Accepting films written, directed, or principally acted by an artist of Asian Pacific Islander American descent or whose subject matter relates to Asian Pacific Islander American issues
  • Categories: Short Film (under 40 minutes); Narrative Feature Film (40 minutes or more); Documentary Feature Film (40 minutes or more).
  • Address: Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Attn: Rob Buscher, 1010 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107,
  • Contact: Rob Buscher at rob@phillyasianfilmfest.org or call (203) 449-6140
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival
  • An annual human rights forum that combines film, art, and a conference into one festival. This multi-faceted forum seeks not only to give a voice to human rights violations from around the globe, but also to offer practical solutions in order to shape a better tomorrow and give hope to the future.
  • When/Where: October 27-29, 2016, Utica NY
  • Deadline: April 30, 2016 (Regular); May 15, 2016 (Late); May 31, 2016 (Extended via withoutabox)
  • Submission Fee: $20-$40
  • Eligibility Restrictions: Films that expose human rights violations around the globe
  • Categories: Documentary Feature (50 minutes or longer); Narrative Feature (50 minutes or longer); Documentary Short (under 50 minutes); and Narrative Short (under 50 minutes)
  • Address: Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival, 309 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13502
  • Contact: info@mvrcr.org or call (315) 520-8410
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

**##LezPlay Screenplay and Stageplay Contest
  • The mission of Pride Films & Plays' LezPlay Contest is to enhance the visibility and advance the viability of lesbian-centered stories for stage and screen. To that end, LezPlay honors excellence in storytelling by women-identified writers who present lesbian characters and themes—past, present, and future—in a pivotal, positive way
  • When/Where: September 9-11, 2016, Chicago, IL 
  • Deadline: April 30, 2016 @ 11:59pm CT
  • Submission Fee: $30. Members of the Dramatists Guild are entitled to submit one entry for free. PFP Network Writers can submit one script exempt from the entry fee by using the code PFPWN16 on the payment page.
  • Eligibility: Writers who identify as women.
  • Categories: Short Screenplays; Full Length Screenplays; Teleplays
  • Contact: Allison Fradkin at pridewomen@gmail.com
  • Address: Pride Films and Plays, 2215 W Giddings 1, Chicago, IL 60625
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

  • Shriekfest is a festival dedicated to getting horror/thriller/scifi/fantasy filmmakers and screenwriters the recognition they deserve. The festival is held in Los Angeles at the world famous Raleigh Studios! Shriekfest has a NEW category and we are very excited about it: Demo Reels. Most industry people have a demo reel and many have trouble getting people to watch it. This new category allows industry people to judge it and then the top demo reels will screen at the festival! We will be awarding prizes to the winning filmmaker in each category. 
  • When/Where: Oct. 9-16, 2016, Los Angeles, CA
  • Deadline: May 1 (Regular); July 1 (Late); Aug. 10 (Extended)
  • Submission Fee: $20-$125
  • Eligibility: Horror/thriller/scifi/fantasy
  • Categories: Narrative Feature (over 45 minutes); Narrative Super-Short Film, Webisode, Trailer (10 minutes and under including credits); Narrative Short (11-45 minutes); Feature Screenplay (over 45 pages); Short Screenplay (under 46 pages); Demo Reel (under 2 minutes, any genre, any category: ex: Acting, Directing, Special FX, Makeup, Editing, Sound, etc.)
  • Address: Shriekfest, PO Box 950921, Lake Mary FL 32795
  • Contact:  shriekfest@aol.com
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

**##Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and Lecture Series
  • A two-day annual film festival founded by African Voices magazine and Long Island University's Media Arts Dept., Brooklyn Campus. Reel Sisters is dedicated to providing opportunities for women of color filmmakers to advance their careers in the film industry. 
  • When/Where: Oct. 22-23, 2016, NY, NY
  • Deadline: May 2, 2016 (Early); June 10, 2016 (Regular); June 20, 2016 (Late); June 30 (Extended)
  • Fee: $20-$35.
  • Eligibility: directed, produced, or written by a woman or women of color
  • Categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short; Animation; Web/New Media.
  • Address: Reel Sisters, c/o African Voices, 270 W. 96th St., New York, NY 10025
  • Contact: coordinator@reelsisters.org or call (212) 865-2982
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

Michelle's Not Dead – Short Film
  • Naelle is a lesbian woman who finds herself having trouble with her sexuality when an encounter with her now transgender ex, Michael, forces her to question her sexual identity. Coordinators state: "No nudity required but authentic kissing and intense sensuality is needed. Must be 18 years or older to act in this production. All characters will kiss Naelle. A compelling performance is desired. This short film is a wonderfully sensual way of asking the world what love has to do with gender.”
  • Audition: April 8th, 2016, Hillside, NJ
  • Shoot Dates: late April/early May (one day for a rehearsal/partial shoot of 5 hrs; one full-day shoot of 6-8 hrs.) in NJ. Be open to film on a 3rd day if necessary (3-5 hours)
  • Union: No
  • Pay: $50-$75 for the entire shoot for leads. $35 for the entire shoot for supporting roles.
  • Roles: Naelle, Rose, and Michelle (21-35, all ethnicities)
  • Audition info

Grave Secrets - TV Series
  • Investigative Discovery (I.D.) channel TV Series seeking a wide range of characters.
  • Audition: Submit resume and headshot online
  • Shoot Date: Week of April 18, 2016
  • Union: No
  • Pay: $150-$200 per day
  • Roles: Kathleen (Caucasian, brunette, 30s-40s); Renee (Caucasian, blonde, 20s-30s)
  • Audition info

Short Film Production Crew Members
  • Seeking crew for the short film "The Tooth Will Set You Free." Synopsis: For years, Adam and Kira Spencer have been telling lies, hiding evidence, and erasing their tracks. One night, after the tooth fairy misses a visit, their three mischievous children start to suspect something isn’t right. Adam and Kira’s lies have caught up with them and are now afraid for the future of their family, and may be forced to come clean...but could it be too late? Will Adam and Kira have to face the reality of their children growing up? Only the truth can set them free.
  • Position Type: Grips, gaffers, sound operators, camera operators, etc.; note if you have your own equipment.
  • Shoot Dates: Spring 2016, Queens, NY
  • Union: No
  • Pay: Info not available
  • Job info

CineStory Fellowship
  • The Grand Prize of the CineStory Foundation annual screenwriting competition, the fellowship is a 12-month long mentorship program. During this time, the winner works with two Hollywood professionals hand picked to help the writer advance his/her craft and career. Each fellow also receives a cash award, free tuition, meals and accommodation at the CineStory writers’ retreat (Oct. 15-18, CA), along with other prizes.
  • Deadline: April 5, 2016 (Extended)
  • Application Fee: $70
  • Eligibility Restrictions: Feature Film
  • Address: CineStory, PO Box 661962, Los Angeles, CA 90066
  • Contact: visit http://www.cinestory.org/contact or call 323-900-0502
  • Application guidelines and instructions

Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund
  • The Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund is the first European based outreach and engagement fund and is open to filmmakers from around the world. The fund is looking to support smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious independent documentary feature films with a social issue at their core; films which have the ability to achieve real change on a local, regional or global level. Grants will range from £5,000–£50,000.
  • Deadline: April 18, 2016
  • Application Fee: None
  • Eligibility: Applications can come at the planning, trial, delivery or evaluation stage of a campaign.
  • Address: None available
  • Contact: Luke Moody at luke@britdoc.org
  • Application guidelines and instructions

The Roy W. Dean Video Grant
  • From The Heart Production awards grants for independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made. Grant winners receive a cash award as well as goods and discounted services offered by film industry companies and professionals who care about getting good films produced.  
  • Deadline: Postmarked by April 30, 2016
  • Application Fee: $48, students $38
  • When: Spring 2016
  • Eligibility: This grant is available for short films, low budget independent features, documentaries, and web series with budgets under $500,000. Projects with strong story-telling aspects are most likely to be awarded grants. Projects must be original, but may be of any length and may be works-in-progress. Employees of From the Heart Productions, employees of any of the sponsors, or family members of any employee of From the Heart Productions or any of the sponsors, are ineligible to apply.
  • Address: From the Heart Productions, Inc., 1455 Mandalay Beach Rd, Oxnard, CA 93035
  • Contact: info@fromtheheartproductions.com or call (805) 984-0098
  • Submission guidelines and instructions

ITVS Digital Open Call
  • Independent Television Services (San Francisco, CA) provides up to $30,000 in R&D funding to develop and pilot digital series concepts on any subject, and from any viewpoint, for public media’s digital platforms. Projects must be in development, and cannot have begun principal production.
  • Deadline: May 2, 2016
  • Application Fee: None
  • Eligibility: US citizens or legal residents 18 years of age or older. Open to independent producers and persons with some previous film or television production experience in a principal role (director, co-director, producer, co-producer) as demonstrated by submitting a previously completed work sample
  • Address: 651 Brannan Street, Suite 410, San Francisco, CA 94107
  • Contact: clementine_briand@itvs.org. or call (415) 356-8383
  • Application guidelines and instructions

Macdowell Colony
  • The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.
  • Deadline: April 15, 2016
  • Application Fee: None
  • When: Fall 2016
  • Eligibility: artists working in: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way. Artists who are enrolled in any degree program at the date of the application deadline are ineligible.
  • Address: The MacDowell Colony, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458
  • Contact: admissions@macdowellcolony.org or call 603-924-3886
  • Application guidelines and instructions

Bogliasco Foundation Fellowships
  • The Bogliasco Foundation (Bogliasco, IT) supports the Arts and Humanities by providing residential Fellowships at its study center in Italy’s most vibrant, historic crossroads, where gifted artists and scholars of all cultures come together to connect, create and disseminate significant new work. Approximately 50 Fellowships - or residencies – are awarded to artists and scholars in the various disciplines of the Arts and Humanities. Residencies last approximately 30 to 34 days.
  • Deadline: April 15, 2017
  • Application Fee: $30
  • When: Spring 2017
  • Eligibility: Those doing both creative and scholarly work in: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts. Applicants should demonstrate significant achievement in their disciplines, commensurate with their age and experience. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of the application are ineligible.
  • Address: Bogliasco Foundation, East 53rd Street (8th Floor), New York, NY 10022
  • Contact: info@bfny.org or call (212) 486-0874
  • Application guidelines and directions

Sitka Center/Artist and Ecologist Residency Program
  • The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology (Otis, OR) provides artists, writers, musicians, architects and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work in the unique environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary. Up to six residents at a time, usually from different disciplines and stages in their careers, live and work on campus for up to 3 1/2 months free of charge.
  • Deadline: April 18, 2016
  • Application Fee: $15.
  • When: Fall 2016 or Spring 2017
  • Eligibility: Artists, writers, musicians, architects, and natural science scholars
  • Address: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, PO Box 65, Otis, OR 97368
  • Contact: info@sitkacenter.or or call (541) 994-5485
  • Application guidelines and instructions

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