#ScreenOpps #ScreenOppsFeb17

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 

Welcome, filmmakers, to the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. We are excited about our 6th year coming up on March 31 - April 2. For 6 years, we've been bringing in the finest films from around the world. The film festival became a 501(c)3 and launched in 2009 and now screens more than 70 films each year! Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan is our creative director, and has been a powerful partner with our festival! He has brought us such films as "The Grey" and "The A-Team" with Liam Neeson and now is slated for 'Bad Boys for life'. He now has his own production company with Frank Grillo, and has recently signed a deal with Sony Entertainment to work on their Adaptation of 'UNCHARTED'. 

Most of our previous winners of 'Best Feature' have obtained distribution. Our winner two years ago, 'BEREAVE', signed a distribution deal last year and said, " I wish to take a moment to tell you that your hospitality and your wonderful festival helped our film stand out for distribution. Thank you for that, and we'll be sending you more of our work in the future.” So join us! We look forward to having you screen at our 6th anniversary!

Terms and conditions: The festival will accept works in progress but the final screener must be received 30 days prior to the festival should your film be selected. All entry fees paid are non refundable. Checks returned due to NSF will be assessed a $25 return check fee and may be assigned to collections. All entered films grant MDIFF non exclusive limited use agreement to use film titles or trailers or film posters for festival promotional use only including online, print, broadcast media to promote the festival and selected films to the industry and general public. Filmmakers fully retain all rights, title and interest in their films and all intellectual property. Official selection films must provide their final exhibition copy to the festival programming department 20 days prior to the festival. The Maryland International Film festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. Any submitters shall indemnify and hold harmless the Maryland International Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos.

Entry Fees: Checks or money orders must be made payable to Maryland International Film Festival.
If you are interested in submitting a film to the Maryland International Film Festival, the final deadline is February 10th. 

There is a 30% discount of the submission fee for #StageOpps subscribers. Don't forget to email specialoppscode@gmail.comto get the special code for this month's Special Opportunity!

Film Festivals

The Writer's Lab
The Writers Lab, produced by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television and funded by Meryl Streep, in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East, opens February 1st for submissions. The Lab, now in its third year, welcomes screenplays by women over 40 (birth date on or before 3/30/77).
  • When/Where: September 14-17, 2017, New York, NY
  • Deadline: March 23 (Regular); March 30 (Late); March 30 (Member)
  • Submission Fee: $35-$65
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have a birth date on or prior to March 30, 1977, and must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Submissions must be full-length narrative screenplays in English (no TV scripts, shorts or documentaries) exclusively by writers who identify as female. The Lab invites submissions from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups. Previous applicants reapplying should do so with revised drafts.
  • Categories: We seek a broad selection of screenplays across all genres of fiction. Scripts by more than one writer will be considered, but all writers must be female, and only one writer can attend the Lab. We welcome submissions from novices to professionals; anyone who has a story to tell and a cinematic vision. Selections are based on the script’s artistic merit and craftsmanship, not the applicant's level of professional experience.
  • Address: N/A
  • Contact: contact@thewriterslab.nyc  
  • Submission Information

Fantastic Fest
Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world.
  • When/Where: September 21-28, 2017, Austin, TX
  • Deadline: February 22, 2017 (Earlybird), April 26 (Regular), May 31 (Late), June 21 (WAB Extended)
  • Submission Fee: $35-$70
  • Eligibility: Running time for all feature films must be 70 minutes or more. Running time for all shorts must be less than 30 minutes. Selected films must be made available in a 35mm composite print, Bluray, or DCP. Film submissions in a foreign language must be subtitled in English.
    Acceptable screening format is an online screener. We do not accept hardcopy screeners. If submitting more than one film, a separate completed entry is required for each title.
  • Categories: Short Films and Feature Films 
  • Address: 916 N. Formosa Ave. c/o The Actors Company Los Angeles, CA 90046 United States
  • Contact: info@fantasticfest.com   
  • Submission Information

Chicago International Film Festival
The Chicago International Film Festival celebrates the best that cinema has to offer. Showcasing films from established masters and emerging storytellers, the Festival welcomes films from around the world. Offering an impressive selection of competitive and non-competitive programming, the Chicago International Film Festival brings films both domestic and international to silver screens in Chicago.
  • When/Where: October 12-26, 2017, Chicago, IL
  • Deadline: April 7 (Early); June 16(Regular); July 17 (Late)
  • Submission Fee: $20-$200
  • Eligibility: 1. Films completed on or after September 1, 2016 are eligible. 2. Films previously submitted to the Chicago International Film Festival are NOT eligible. 3. US premieres are given priority, but films must be at least a Chicago premiere. Films that (a) have screened publicly in the Chicago area, (b) have had a theatrical run in the US prior to the Festival dates, (c) have aired on US television prior to the Festival dates, or (d) are available for purchase in North America are NOT eligible. 4. Feature-length films (narrative or documentary) that are available for public online viewing in their entirety are NOT eligible. Short films (under 40 min) may be available online. 5. Films shown at private screenings not open to the public (for crew, investors, etc.) are eligible. 6. All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Dialogue lists are not accepted. 7. Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.
  • Categories: Documentary, Feature Film, Short Film
  • Address: 212 W. Van Buren St. Ste. 400 Chicago, IL 60607 United States 
  • Contact: entries@chicagofilmfestival.com  
  • Submission Information

The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema
The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is a non-profit organization established to support the development and help expand the audiences of independent cinema from around the globe. The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema was founded by four local independent filmmakers with a passion to get movies made and to have those artistic voices heard. Understanding the struggle in todays film environment in showcasing independent cinema, their aim is to establish a presence and awareness of cinematic creativity throughout Kew Gardens Queens and the neighboring communities.
  • When/Where: August 4-13, 2017, New York, NY
  • Deadline: January 8 (Early Bird); February 19 (Regular); March 26 (Late)
  • Submission Fee: $15- $75
  • Eligibility: Be available to screen by August 4, 2017. Filmmakers must provide the Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP or other acceptable HD digital formats (MUST be professionally authored) at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening location, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.
    Not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to August 4, 2017. Be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable. Have been completed production within 2014-2017.
  • Categories: Non-Fictional or Fictional feature films of ALL GERNES accepted including Animation and Experimental. Must have a running time over 70 minutes in length. **UPDATE** Films that are over 40 minutes may also submit under this category.
  • Address: Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema, 60 1 ave 12C, New York, NY 10009
  • Contact: info@kewgardensfestivalofcinema.com  
  • Submission Information

The AMII International Workshop and Film Festival highlights the creativity of a new generation of filmmakers inviting first, second and the third-time directors. Organized by Audiovisual Arts Industry Incubator (AMII) -- one of biggest audiovisual educational centers in the Baltic States. It is a modern well-equipped facility with quality filmmaking gear that participants will use to make their films.
  • When/Where: May 19-21, 2017, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Deadline: October 30 (Early Bird); January 30 (Regular); March 31 (Late)
  • Submission Fee: $10
  • Eligibility: AMIIFest invite young professionals with his first, second and the third-time films aplicate and participate in the festival Event. During the Festival will be held at the seminars and international resellers team consultating. AMIIWorkFest will take place at AMII in Vilnius, Lithuania and invites to participate filmmakers all over the world.
  • Categories: We are open to works in any format, including narrative, documentary, experimental, and uncategorizable styles, with no minimum or maximum run time. Part of the program are the ability to complete the movie. We hope that will be a good chance young filmmakers to get inspiration and continue their dream.
  • Address: Senojo Minsko pl. 92 Rukainai parish, Bareikiškiai village Vilnius, Vilnius district LT-01110 Lithuania 
  • Contact: amiiworkfest@gmail.com 
  • Submission Information


Girl in Art –Short Film
A fashion film about a young girl who explores all different types of art forms to discover what style fits her best. The piece is mainly voice over of the characters thoughts with a few moments where the character breaking the fourth wall and speaks directly to the audience.
  • Roles: Wennie (All Ethnicities; 18-27; Lead)
  • Audition: February 2017
  • Shoot Dates/Location: Shoot is in march for a couple of days
  • Union: Non-Union
  • Pay: Yes
  • Audition Information

Sweet Daisies- Short Film
Casting "Sweet Daisies," a film for Loyola Marymount University. Synopsis: "Sweet Daisies" is an ethereal and romantic tale in which a rancher's daughter witnesses the death of her father, and then stops at nothing to attain splendid vengeance years later. Think "Kill Bill" meets "Bonnie & Clyde" meets "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Director states: "A cold, atavistic emotional tone coupled with a bombshell western style, this production is chock-full of motifs and visuals. The film holds a disparate romantic flame to a delicate revenge tale, as the woman slowly seduces her murderous captive till the bittersweet end."
  • Roles: Daisy (All Ethnicities; 18-39; Lead)
  • Audition: February 4 & 5, 2017
  • Shoot Dates/Location: Auditions will take place in Venice Beach (at a TBD Location) all day February 4th and 5th. Callbacks will take place the February 11th. Shooting Starts February 15th and ends around February 19th.
  • Union: Non-Union
  • Pay: Yes
  • Audition Information

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


Director of Photography
Seeking a Director of Photography for a six-part web series that will be filmed primarily in midtown Manhattan, over a weekend in March. Shoot dates To Be Decided. The series is called SNACKABLE, and is centered around the Human Resources department of an advertising agency in NYC. It will consist of six episodes (approx 5 minutes each). We've secured our main shooting location in a midtown Manhattan office space. Our Director is Michael Pohorly, who has been an Assistant Director on features, and has produced and directed smaller productions. We also also seeking crew and equipment for the project.

Director of Post-Production & Video Operations
Vox Media is one of the fastest growing media companies today, combining the best content, technology, and distribution capabilities to connect with an audience of 170 million people each month who rely on us for a modern, intelligent take on the world. Simply put, we create smart media brands for smart audiences.
  • Position Type: N/A
  • Eligibility: 3-8 years editing experience (with Adobe Premiere a plus), 5+ years management experience, including remote staff and regional facilities, Experience in SAN, MAM, and automation systems (Bonus points for design & deployment experience), Strong understanding of editing software including Adobe software, Cinema 4D, DaVinci Resolve, Pro Tools, Deep understanding of delivery stands (broadcast, web, and international), Working knowledge of networking concepts and connection protocols, Detail oriented, data driven, and a great communicator, Calm under pressure, organized, and professional
  • Application Information

Sesame Studios YouTube Channel
An All-New YouTube Destination for Kids, From the Makers of Sesame Street! Sesame Studios features the same educational goodness as Sesame Street, but completely different. We are looking for fresh creative talent to dazzle and delight preschoolers. 
  • Position Type: Flexible
  • Eligibility: Must be 18 years or older and be submitting original content
  • Application Information 

Production Coordinator
Method Studios is currently in search of a Production Coordinator to join its Production team. The Production Coordinator is responsible for the assignment and tracking of tasks for assigned area of responsibility. They will facilitate the movement of shots between teams, coordinate daily reviews, and communicate status updates ensuring the delivery of shots on schedule.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Eligibility: BA or BS in film, art, communications, or related field strongly preferred. Minimum 3 years experience in visual effects production or feature animation
  • Application Information


**Women in Cinema International Screenplay Competition**
We are looking for standout screenplays by women. The competition awards the writer who pushes the boundaries of cinema with her original, nuanced characters and dynamic storytelling and dialogue. There are no limitations on content or genre. The main character does not have to be female, but the screenwriter does.
  • Deadline:  December 10, 2016 (Early); January 16, 2017 (Regular); February 28, 2017 (Late)
  • Application Fee: $25 (Early); $35 (Regular); $45 (Late)
  • Eligibility: Quite simply, the writer must be a woman. There are no regulations on content or genre. If you are writing in a team, at least 50% of your team must be women. Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest. The rights to the submitted screenplay should not have been previously optioned or sold. Entries may be adapted from the applicant's original work, works in the public domain, and from works to which the author owns all film rights—this should be noted in the entry form. 
  • Address: N/A
  • Contact: admin@wicit.org
  • Application Information

Telefilm’s Micro-Budget Program
This program targets emerging Canadian talent, supporting them in the production and promotion of their first feature-length film, with an emphasis on the use of digital platforms for marketing, distribution and audience engagement.
  • Deadline:  February 15, 2017
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Be a student or recent alumnus from a production program offered by one of the selected partners, or be a recent member of a film cooperative listed as a selected partner; have produced and/or directed at least one short film (i.e. 30 minutes or less), but not have produced and/or directed a feature length film (i.e. 75 minutes or more); submit a letter of recommendation from one of the selected partners. Note that each partner can only recommend one applicant per year; and be a Canadian citizen within the definition of the Citizenship Act, or a permanent resident within the definition of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. 
  • Address: 360 St. Jacques Street, Suite 500, Mail and deliveries - Suite 600, Montréal, Quebec, H2Y 1P5
  • Contact:  info@telefilm.ca  
  • Application Information

**Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographer**
The Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers offers approximately $10,000 worth of gear and accessories loaned on a rolling basis to any narrative short, music video, or feature film project to be shot by a female cinematographer. Recipients of the grant receive a loaned camera package for up to 21 production days.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Grant is open only to productions that engage a female director of photography. Grant is only open to films shooting in the Continental United States.
  • Address: Digital Bolex, 707 S Broadway Suite #1223, Los Angeles, CA, 90014
  • Contact: +1 213 628 3191
  • Application Information


18th Street Arts Center
18th Street Arts Center values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society. Its mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.” Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: Yes
  • When: Ongoing
  • Eligibility:  The Visiting Artist Residency Program accepts applications from working, professional artists who demonstrate a deep commitment to their practices. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines. Applicants are required to cover studio rental costs themselves. Although we primarily support visual artists, 18th Street Arts Center will consider applications from performing artists, writers, and filmmakers as well.
  • Address: 1639 18th Street Santa Monica CA 90404
  • Contact:  (310) 453-3711 
  • Application Information


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