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Submission opportunities for women in film/video.

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

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Film Festivals

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Each spring, Full Frame brings together filmmakers and film lovers from near and far to celebrate the power and artistry of documentary film. 
  • When/Where: April 2 – 5, 2020 in Durham, NC
  • Deadline: November 15-Regular, December 15-Late 
  • Application Fee: $35-$75
  • Eligibility: Short and feature documentary films completed after January 1, 2019, are eligible for Full Frame 2020. Films 40 minutes or less are considered shorts. Films 41 minutes or longer are considered features. Full Frame does not accept entries with total running times over 180 minutes.
  • Categories: Shorts,Features
  • Address: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 320 Blackwell St Suite 101 Durham, NC 27701
  • Contact: submissions@fullframefest.org
Boston International Film Festival
The Boston International Film Festival was created to celebrate the art of filmmaking and to honor the filmmakers who make it all possible. This is a festival dedicated to rewarding artists for their individual talents and for their creative expression through the medium of film. The festival strives to bring together in Boston local, national and international filmmakers by promoting the world’s most artistic and creative independent and experimental films.
  • When/Where: April 16-21, 2019, Boston, MA
  • Deadline: October 4, 2019 (Standard), December 6, 2019 (Final Deadline Feature), December 30, 2019 (Extended for Short), January 10, 2019 (Extended for Feature)
  • Submission Fee: $45-$90
  • Eligibility: Feature Narrative and Documentary (45 minutes or longer) Short Narrative and Documentary (Less than 45 minutes)
    All genres are welcome. The festival programming staff will place your film in the appropriate category.
  • Categories: New Work
    Address: AMC Loews Boston Common 19
    175 Tremont Street
    Boston, Massachusetts 02111
    United States
  • Contact: info@bifilmfestival.com
The Women’s Film Festival
The Women's Film Festival is an annual festival during Women's History Month in March that showcases work made by and/or about women. The Women's Film Festival is the only event of its kind in Philadelphia that celebrates and elevates women in film and television.
  • When/Where: March 20-29, 2020, Philadelphia, PA
  • Deadline: October 5, 2019 (Regular), November 5, 2019 (Late), December 5, 2019 (Extended)
  • Submission Fee: $31-$70
  • Eligibility: Please submit your work (documentary, short, feature, animation, or music video) featuring a strong female role in the category of director, writer, producer, editor, director of photography, or lead actress. Work cannot be screened in Philadelphia area prior to this film festival and must not be open to the public to view. No submission waivers.
  • Categories: New Work
  • Contact: mail@thewomensfilmfestival.org
The Bush Films
The Bush Films is a monthly intersectional film series based in New York dedicated to showcasing work about and for queer women, feminists, trans and non-binary people. We provide a platform for filmmakers and connect them with audiences that want to see themselves reflected and represented in cinema.
  • When/Where: Jaurary- March 5, 2020
  • Deadline: October 12, 2019 (Earlybird);  December 31, 2019 (Extended)
  • Submission Fee: $3-$5
  • Eligibility: Short films no longer than 35 minutes.
    This is a free/donation based event. We are a monthly film series, we are not a film festival. Every film that is not in English language needs to have English subtitles.
  • Categories: New Work
  • Contact: info@thebushfilms.com
New York Lift-Off Film Festival 
For ten years Lift-Off has been screening in the city of New York. It stands tall as the central hub of creative ambition. Bursting from its emergence out of the 20th Century as one of the worlds most recognizable and iconic cities. It is an undeniable powerhouse of independent art - a city of massive cultural, and business-relevance to the entire film industry.
  • When/Where: June 21-28, 2020, New York, NY
  • Deadline: November 18 
  • Submission Fee: $30- $100
  • Eligibility: We accept all films and scripts in any length or genre.
    • Digital online submission screeners only.
    • Feedback is sent shortly after the commencement of the festival.Proudly, we have no other restrictions for your work. This includes your works premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.
  • Categories: All
  • Contact: new-york@lift-off-festival.com
The Valley Film festival
Now in its 20th year, VFF supports local and international voices that advance storytelling, while furthering the education, production, and exhibition of film. In 2010, the City of Los Angeles recognized our cultural contributions with the city seal, and in 2018 the California State Senate stood with us #UnitedByFilm in our efforts to practice conscious programming to unite the international film community.
  • When/Where: September 5-13, 2020, North Hollywood, CA 
  • Deadline: December 1st (Early) January 31 (Regular) April 5 (Last Chance)
  • Submission Fee: Yes, see submission
  • Eligibility:
    • The Valley Film Festival (VFF) screens on DCP (Digital Cinema Package). Our venue, Laemmle NoHo7, uses Christie 4K projectors. Please do not submit to VFF20 if you cannot provide the Festival with a DCP.
    • While we consider all genres, if you’re unsure if your film fits our programming, please review our archives.
    • Studios and Sales Agents: Please do not submit to VFF20 if you require a fee for screening at VFF. As a non-profit arts organization, it is not in our budget.
  • Categories: Narritive Feature and Shorts, Documentary Feature and Shorts, Music Videos, Trailer, Web Series 
  • Contact:info@valleyfilmfest.com


The Brazen End - Short Film
Amidst the financial crisis of 2008, a small investment bank saves its skin after a successful acquisition by the conglomerate Somner & Company. What starts as another typical meeting about the upcoming merger abruptly turns into a horrifying test of morals. A gun, a revelation, and a change of character.
  • Roles: Charlotte (Any Ethnicity;30-50;Lead)
  • Audition: Online Submissions
  • Shoot Dates/ Location: Late January in NYC
  • Union: SAG/AFTRA
  • Pay: $200/day
No Way Out- Short Film
A surrealist horror film about an overworked and anxious young man studying for an exam who is greeted by three disturbing figures.
  • Roles: Mary (Any Ethnicity;18-27;Supporting)
  • Audition: Online Submissions
  • Shoot Dates/Location: Dec. 2-6 in Jersey City, NJ.
  • Union: SAG/AFTRA
  • Pay: Yes; Rate TBD
Mother’s Day- Short Film
 For as long as he can remember, 22-year-old, Eddie Jackson has had to take care of his ailing mother, Renae, whose mental health has continued to decline following the death of her husband during Eddie’s early childhood. When Renae is released from the hospital in present day, Eddie is excited to have his mother back home, but Renae becomes so desperately reliant on Eddie that she goes to drastic measures to keep him in the house, threatening suicide. With the feelings of isolation from the rest of the world looming, Eddie ultimately has to make the decision of whether to continue to stay with his mother, or abandon his responsibilities to pursue another path.
  • Roles: Renae Jackson (Black;40-65; Lead)
  • Auditions: Online Submissions; Nov 16th
  • Shoot Dates/Location: Jan. 16-20, 2020 in the Long Island, NY or NJ areas.
  • Union: SAG/AFTRA
  • Pay: $100/day
For more OnScreen opportunities, visit Backstage.com; ActorsAccess.com; or Playbill.com. 


Production Coordinator- USA and SYFY Network
USA Network and SYFY are looking for a Production Coordinator of Branded Content to support the BrandWorks team. As the Production Coordinator, you’ll be assisting both networks with all branded projects.
  • Type: Full Time, Permanent
  • Eligibility: 
    • 1+ year of previous experience as a Production Assistant or Coordinator in a production or creative role.
    • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
    • Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered.
    • Willingness to work overtime with short notice.
    • Willing to work in New York, NY.
    • Willing to submit to a background investigation.
    • Have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.

Production Assistant/Runner for Feature Documentary 
We need an assistant in and around NYC over 6 day period – 4th Nov to 9th Nov while filming for a feature documentary – some studio and some exterior days. Would suit someone who is very familiar with NYC and getting around.
Production Assistant for Drama Series
Production Assistant needed various filming dates now through the summer 
  • Position Type: Temporary
  • Eligibility: Must have some knowledge of camera setups, hooking up Lav mics, boom, slate etc. Knowledge of Canon cameras a big plus and could lead to steady work.Must be available most weekends in Manhattan.

Vision Maker Media Executive Director
The Executive Director of Vision Maker Media (VMM), leads this national nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska, that is administratively affiliated with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Eligibility: The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, and administratively to the General Manager of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. Criminal history background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including a staff/dependent scholarship program.


Sloan Distribution Grant
The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase. Eligible films must depict themes, stories and characters grounded in real science, technology or economics.
  • Deadline: Rollling
  • Application Fee: $65
  • Eligibility: 
    • Applicants must be the producer of a narrative fiction feature film.
    • The film should prominently feature science, mathematics and/or technology in the story and/or have a leading character that is a scientist, engineer or mathematician.
    • Films with innovative marketing and distribution plans are encouraged to apply.
    • All submitted films must be at least 70 minutes in length.
    • Applicants must be legal residents of the United States.
    • Film must be entering its distribution phase.
Panavision New Filmmaker Program
Panavision believes in helping students and beginning filmmakers achieve their dreams. More than 25 years ago, Panavision launched the New Filmmaker Program, an ongoing grant program that loans camera packages to film schools, training programs, and independent filmmakers – at little or no charge. Panavision’s commitment to the industry's future provides student and beginning filmmakers the opportunity to work with professional grade equipment early in their careers.
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility:
    • Submit your proposals at least two months before you plan to shoot. Due to the high demand for Panavision cameras and equipment, it is essential that you plan ahead and contact us early.
    • Proposal materials will not be returned.
    • The New Filmmaker Program does not discriminate as to the nature of the project that can receive equipment grants. Any form, from experimental to documentary to musical to traditional narrative, is welcome.
    • Camera grants are available only for productions in the United States. Customs laws make transportation of cameras out of the US prohibitive. No exceptions.
    • The New Filmmaker Program will not allow cameras to be used on projects that perpetuate racial or sexual stereotypes and prejudices. Pornography is absolutely unacceptable.
    • Grant recipients must obtain insurance must from an outside insurance agent. Students can generally have the school issue the necessary policies. Plan ahead! This can take several weeks to implement. The process varies from school to school, so check with your film department. Productions that are not attached to a school must obtain the necessary insurance from an independent broker. Panavision must receive proof of insurance two weeks prior to prep dates. EQUIPMENT WILL NOT LEAVE THE BUILDING WITHOUT PROPER INSURANCE. NO EXCEPTIONS!
    • Approved proposals are subject to a service fee for equipment.
    • Anamorphic lenses are not available via the New Filmmaker Program
      All gear is requests are subject to availability
  • Contact: nfp@panavision.com
Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. We look for projects (at any stage) that create deep and lasting impressions through story, character, or cinematic approach. We seek to work with both unknown and established filmmakers who may face creative, financial or systemic obstacles to realizing ambitious visions. Our films range widely in content and style. Please visit our Films page to review our recent work.
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: Projects eligible for consideration must be feature-length (over 60 minutes), and intended for theatrical exhibition.We do not currently consider short films (under 60 minutes), serialized or episodic work, web series, virtual or augmented reality, or other immersive/interactive work.
  • Contact: info@cinereach.org
Catapult Film Fund
Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story, and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their films to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find.
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility:
    • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Catapult does not fund student films.
    • Documentaries must be 28 minutes or longer in length. We do not fund series.
    • Animation is okay. Documentary/narrative hybrids will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Development funds must specifically be used for the process of completing a fundraising piece, which may include writing, shooting and editing once story and characters are in place.
    • Applicants must own the copyright of their production, and have artistic, budgetary and editorial control over their project.
    • Applicants should preferably have previous film or television production experience in a principal role (director, co-director, producer, co-producer) as demonstrated by submitting previously completed work sample. -Applicants who have not yet produced or directed their own feature length documentary should demonstrate that they will be working with an experienced filmmaker in a principal role.
    • Catapult only makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, this will mean getting a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project. A film production company or individual, including applicants from outside the US, may submit an application without a fiscal sponsor in place. Please see the FAQ section for more details.
  • Contact: info@catapultfilmfund.org
The Miller / Packan Documentary Film Fund
The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich. The Fund is financed through the Rogovy Foundation. We believe in the transformational power that comes from enlightening narratives and inspiring characters.
  • Deadline: November 15th
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility: At the highest level, the Fund’s subject categories are Education, the Environment and Civics. Please review our Ideals and Values for a sense of what types of topics we might support. Grants will be awarded to filmmakers who most closely match our defined areas of interest.
  • Contact: info@rogovy.org
Black Public Media Open Call 2019
This year’s Open Call is for feature-length documentaries, shorts (non-fiction or scripted) or limited podcast series for public media distribution. Selected projects will receive production funds to advance their work. There are no limits on the subject area. However, we encourage work that will promote discourse and engage audiences around a critical social issue. In addition, we welcome proposals that target specific viewers such as children and teen audiences.
  • Deadline: November 15th, 2019
  • Application Fee: Free
  • Eligibility:
    • The applicant must (a) be the project’s producer or director (b) be a US citizen (c) have a minimum of three (3) years professional producing and/or directing experience, or have a senior producer attached to the project;
    • Key creative personnel must include a person of African descent or person of color;
    • The proposed content must be  nonfiction or scripted shorts, feature-length documentaries, or limited podcast series for public media distribution;
    • The project must be in R&D or production/completion phase and must be completed no later than May 31, 2022;
    • Total Project Budget should not exceed $600,000 for a stand alone or one-off documentary or the pilot for b'cast/web series; and $100,000 for all other project types; However we will review projects at all budget levels;
    • The applicant must hold artistic, budgetary and editorial control, and must own the copyright of the proposed project;
    • Projects or production entities that are foreign-based, owned or controlled are NOT eligible. Neither are industrial, promotional or student films.
  • Contact: funding@blackpublicmedia.org


2020 Documentary Edit and Story Lab
The Documentary Edit and Story Lab supports filmmakers with nonfiction feature films in post-production. Lab fellows advance their projects through rigorous creative exploration and discussion of story structure and character development with world-class advisors. Filmmaking teams work closely with director and editor advisors and staff in a dynamic and supportive environment, and after the lab they receive ongoing creative and strategic support. To take best advantage of the lab, teams should be at a place in their edit at which creative exploration with trusted advisors will advance their project and bring a greater clarity of vision. First-time feature directors as well as mid-career artists are encouraged to apply. 
  • Deadline:  December 9th
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: June 2020
  • Eligibility: The lab is open to feature nonfiction projects in mid- to late post-production (from assembly through rough cut). There is no restriction of genre or storytelling style—we are looking for projects with a bold, contemporary vision made by courageous storytellers. Ideal candidates are directors and editors who are eager to engage in a collaborative, exploratory environment and are receptive to feedback and experimentation. Projects that are far along in the edit, for whom creative input and exploration would be detrimental to the creative process, are not ideal candidates. Ideally, projects should have an editor attached at the time of application and should attend the lab as a director-editor team. (Projects for which the director is also the editor will also be considered.) Ideally, projects will attend the lab at a late assembly/rough cut stage. At the time of application, you may submit edited sequences, specific scenes, or character assemblies. The material submitted in combination with the written application should reflect your current creative vision and challenges and explain the edit process as you work towards an assembly/cut.
  • Contact: dfpfellowships@sundance.org
Sundance 2020 Episodic Makers Lab
The Episodic Makers Lab is designed to identify exciting independent voices who are taking the initiative to produce their own short-form episodic content. The two-part program focuses on the craft of serialized storytelling over multiple episodes, and targets artists who are already developing their body of work across a variety of disciplines (i.e.- digital series, short film, animation, theatre, stand up comedy, improv, music).
  • Deadline: November 13th
  • Application Fee: $40
  • When: April - June 2020
  • Eligibility:
    • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
    • The project must be the applicant’s original creation.
    • The project must be written in the English language.
    • The project must be new: not previously submitted to Sundance Institute, not already produced, not already sold to a third party, and not distributed online or otherwise.
    • The project shall not infringe the copyright or any other proprietary right of another individual or entity. The creator/applicant is responsible for all rights pertaining to the project.
  • Contact: episodicprogram@sundance.org
Tribecca All Access
Tribeca All Access® is TFI’s flagship program for fiction and documentary storytellers. TAA specializes in providing a full range of services for storytellers who are best described by one word: fearless.
  • Deadline: November 5th
  • Application Fee: Free
  • When: 2020
  • Eiligibility: See Online Per Category Requirements
  • Address:
    32 Avenue of the Americas 27FL
    New York, NY 10013
  • Contact: institute@tfiny.org
The Fiore Center
The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm is a program of Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) that actively connects the creative worlds of farming, conservation and the arts.
The purpose of the Fiore Art Center is to stimulate and advance the dialogue between human and environment within the context of agriculture and today’s culture at large. We hope to instill passion for preservation through the arts, create awareness and build community.
We do this through exhibitions and public educational events, through research and application of ecologically sustainable farming practices and by hosting residencies for artists on a historic farm.
  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Application Fee: $15 if not from Maine
  • When: Ongoing
  • Eligibility: All residency positions are open to emerging, mid-career and established artists/writers.

  • Address:

    97 Main Street
    Maine Farmland Trust, attn. Anna Witholt Abaldo
    Belfast, Maine 04915
    United States
  • Contact: 207-338-6575
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


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