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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 

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Film Festivals

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: Must 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 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 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, Bareiki┼íkiai village Vilnius, Vilnius district LT-01110 Lithuania 
  • Contact: amiiworkfest@gmail.com 
  • Submission Information


The Pretender –Student Film
Casting "The Pretender," a feature-length psychological thriller about a 1920’s theater director named Hitch Ludrick and his quest to outwit his ghost writer, a playwright named Arnold. No longer satisfied with the other's existence, the pair risk terrible repercussions as they attempt to manipulate and outsmart, and, perhaps, eliminate one another.
  • Roles: Rose Winters (All Ethnicities; 18-35; Lead), Honey (All Ethnicities; 27-49; Supporting)
  • Audition: March 2017
  • Shoot Dates/Location: Rehearsals TBA. Production approximately 3 shooting days a month for six months between March-August, in and around the Chicago, IL area. Number of actual days varies by role.
  • Union: Non-Union
  • Pay: Day rate varies by role, plus travel and meals provided. No participation fees required
  • Audition Information

A Happy Divorce- Short Film
An unfaithful wife finds out the meaning of until death do us part in this interracial drama.
  • Roles: Mother (Middle Eastern; 40-50; Supporting); Elle (All Ethnicities; 21-28; Supporting)
  • Audition: March 4, 2017, 12-2pm
  • Shoot Dates/Location: TBD
  • Union: Non-Union
  • Pay: Lead actors will receive $200 a day. Supporting actors pay TBD
  • Audition Information

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


Video Editor
Atlantic Studios explores multimedia storytelling in the rapidly evolving world of online video. We produce original documentaries, interview series, and other nonfiction video content for The Atlantic’s digital properties and beyond. We also feature a diverse selection of videos by independent creators on the Atlantic Video channel. We seek an experienced staff editor who is equally comfortable cutting documentaries, sizzles, and hosted explainers. The editor will be primarily responsible for working closely with The Atlantic’s in-house producers to edit our ongoing and new off-platform series (e.g., YouTube, Facebook). We value sharp storytelling skills, a web-native sensibility, and a no-frills, get-it-done attitude. Above all, we’re looking for that rare blend of breathtaking speed and attention to detail. The editor will report to the executive producer and work out of The Atlantic’s offices in New York. 
  • Position Type: Contract
  • Eligibility: A track record of proven success editing compelling, shareable video for the web. A creative, innovative sensibility and high editorial standards. A deep knowledge of industry-standard software (Adobe CC), digital video production, Premiere editing system, and online video platforms. A love of story, collaboration, and experimentation. 
  • Application Information

EP/Showrunner, The Liz Plank Show (Name - TK)
Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. We're looking for a producer with experience in both digital and television to help launch a new digital series hosted by Liz Plank, that will span multiple platforms, including television. The producer must understand how and why people consume content on the Internet, and have a clear vision for how something started online could work on television, or vice versa.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Eligibility: Demonstrated experience working across different mediums. A deep understanding of the online video landscape. Ability to tell complex stories in simple ways, with a distinct point of view. A track record of creating unique, shareable videos.
    Writing experience in comedy or satire a plus
  • 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


Franklin Furnace Fund
The Franklin Furnace Fund awards grants annually to emerging artists to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace. 
  • Deadline:  April 1, 2017
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, artists selected by the panel are expected to present their work in New York. Full-time students are ineligible. 
  • Address: Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205
  • Contact: 718 687 5800 
  • 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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