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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 womxn only.

Special Opportunity 

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Film Festivals
LA Women in Film Festival
The LA Women in Film Festival champions female identifying filmmakers and female driven storytelling. We will be accepting submissions from Female Identifying Directors, Writers, Majority Female Crew (at least 50%) and/or Female Driven Stories of any genre.
  • When/Where: July 23rd - July26th, 2020
  • Deadline: March 6th (Regular Deadline), April 10th (Late Deadline), May 15th (Extended Deadline), June 5th (Last Chance), June 17th (Notification Date)
  • Application Fee: $22.50-$50
  • Eligibility:
    • All Films must feature work produced by female identifying filmmakers and female driven storytelling. We will be accepting submissions from FEMALE IDENTIFYING DIRECTORS, WRITERS, MAJORITY FEMALE CREW (at least 50%) and/or FEMALE DRIVEN STORIES of ANY GENRE. 
    • All entries must be in English or - SUBTITLED, DUBBED, unless special arrangements have been made with festival. 
    • Film Entrants must submit online screeners through filmfreeway for consideration. 
  • Categories: Shorts
  • Address:
    • 916 N. Formosa Ave.
      Los Angeles, CA 90046
    • United States
  • Contact: info@lafilmfestivals.com
Manhattan Short Film Festival 
During one week of the year over 100,000 film-lovers gather in over 400 Cinemas across 6 Continents to view and vote on the Finalists Films' in the 23rd Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival - MANHATTAN SHORT is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world....it's the World's First Global Film Festival.
  • When/Where: Sept 24 - October 4th, 2020
  • Deadline:  July 31st, 2020
  • Application Fee: $35-$75
  • Eligibility: Films Must Be 20 Minutes and Under in Length. For pre screening selection purposes we ask for either 
    • Online Screeners 
    • DVDs or Blu Ray sent to our mailing address
    • If film is successful we ask for Apple Prores QT files at (23.98)
  • Categories: Shorts
Women in Comedy Festival: Film & Screenplay Competition
Women in Comedy Festival is thrilled to partner with HBO, FEIGCO Entertainment and Powderkeg , Jill and Faith Soloway (Transparent) and M. Dickson (Disenchantment) to work towards closing the gender gap in the film and television industry by featuring original comedic content created from all over the world.
The 2020 categories for your submission (Enter one or all four!):
1. The HBO Pitch Your First 5 Pages Competition
2 .WICF Comedy Short Contest with Feigco Entertainment Co-President Laura Fischer (2 TO 10 minute short film)
3. WICF TV Comedy/Dramedy Pilot Contest with Jill and Faith Soloway (under 30 minute television pilot)
4. WICF Animated Comedy Short Contest with M. Dickson (5 minutes of less animated short)
Feel free to enter all four categories. But remember, each submission requires an individual application and entry fee. You may submit no more than 5 entries in each category.
  • When/Where: May 9th, 2020/Cambridge, MA
  • Deadline: February 21st (Regular Deadline), March 13th (Late Deadline), April 6th (Notification Date)
  • Application Fee: $31.50-$45
  • Eligibility:
    • ALL GENDERS are welcome to submit.
    • For the TV/FILM CATEGORIES: your submission must have a female-identifying protagonist, and a woman must hold AT LEAST ONE of the following roles: Producer, Director, or Writer.
    • For the SCREENPLAY CATEGORY: your script must have a female-identifying protagonist.
    • For the ANIMATION CATEGORY: your animation must be written, directed and/or produced by a woman.
  • Categories: Shorts
  • Address:
    • The Brattle Theatre
      40 Brattle Street
      Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
      United States
  • Contact: film@wicf.com
Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival
The Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is 11 days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties celebrating the queer experience.
More than 200 feature and short films, state-of-the-art venues, and attendance of over 40,000 people make Outfest Los Angeles the largest film festival of any kind in LA. Since our founding in 1982, Outfest has screened more than 6500 international films for audiences of well over half a million people. Great opportunities await filmmakers at Outfest.
Outfest is the leading queer media arts organization, and its location in the heart of the entertainment industry means more industry executives attend Outfest Los Angeles than any other LGBTQ film festival.
  • When/Where: July 16th - July 26th, 2020
  • Deadline: February 7th (Regular Deadline), March 6th (Late Deadline), June 12th (Notification Date)
  • Application Fee: $35-$60
  • Eligibility:
  • Films should be of interest to the queer community.
  • We are seeking narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films (both features and shorts) and episodic content in 35mm, 16mm, or DCP.
  • Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission if the completed film will be ready for QC by June 1st, 2020. Please label the screener “Rough Cut” and specify what is missing (i.e. temp sound, needs color correction, etc).
  • Categories: Shorts
  • Address:
    • 3470 Wilshire BoulevardSuite #935
    • Los Angeles, CA 90010United States
  • Contact: programming@outfest.org
Female Voices Rock Film Festival
The Female Voices Rock Film Festival aims to celebrate women in the industry. Our goal is to put a spotlight on those filmmakers who are still underrepresented and give them the recognition they so rightly deserve.
The festival will take place in the beautiful and historic Village East Cinema in Manhattan.
  • When/Where: September 29th - October 3rd, 2020
  • Deadline: March 1st (Regular Deadline), June 1st (Late Deadline), September 1st (Extended Deadline), September 15th (Notification Date)
  • Application Fee: $15-$30
  • Eligibility: All films entered are required to have two or greater of the following different specified creative roles fulfilled by women: Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Producer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, Editor, Production Designer and/or lead talent). Any unproduced screenplay or TV pilot must be written by women.
  • Categories: Shorts
  • Contact: mariana@femalevoicesrock.com
Third Eye Film Festival
Third Eye Film Festival (TEFF) aims to build a community dedicated to showcasing 'otherworldly' stories and supports the work of visionary female filmmakers in spiritual, fantasy, and horror genres.
The 4th annual TEFF will be held at Howl! Happening Gallery in NYC's historical Lower East Side in Spring 2020!
  • When/Where: May 22nd - May 24th, 2020
  • Deadline: February 11th (Regular Deadline), March 11th (Late Deadline), April 1st (Extended Deadline), April 15th (Notification Date)
  • Application Fee: $25-$30
  • Eligibility: Films in this category MUST have female or female-identifying Director or Director of Photography, AND fit into one of our festival genres: Horror, Fantasy, or Spiritual. We proudly embrace the queer and LGBT communities.
  • Categories: Shorts
  • Contact: thirdeyefilmfestival@gmail.com
Coney Island Film Festival 
Our festival by the sea has gained a reputation for fostering a relaxed atmosphere where filmmakers and industry veterans alike gather to enjoy a jam-packed weekend of great films, parties and amusement park rides. MovieMaker Magazine named us one of the and "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" and "25 Coolest Film Festivals"!
Coney Island's independent spirit and irreverent attitude have helped the fest quickly thrive as something distinct from other NYC events. The opening night celebrations pay tribute to Coney Island's renown carnival history with live performances by sideshow freaks, sword swallowers, fire eaters and stars of the New York City burlesque scene!
  • When/Where:Sept 11-13, 2020
  • Deadline:  March 6th (Regular deadline) 
  • Application Fee: $35-$75
  • Eligibility:Entries must be submitted via FilmFreeway's online screener option. Foreign language work must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Entry fees are non-refundable. We have no film premiere requirements or date of completion requirements.)
  • Categories: Shorts, Features
  • Address:
    1208 Surf Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11224
  • Contact: info@coneyislandfilmfestival.com
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: 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 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: 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


Runner- Feature Film
Runner follows Haas, an 18-year-old girl raised by a single father in Missouri. Growing up in an isolated town composed of mostly German immigrant families, she is unsure of the life that has been set out for her by her community. When her father dies suddenly, she is left to bury him alone. In order to meet the terms of his will, she must bring him to the town where he was born, a community battling both the stresses of climate and economy. In the process of this journey, she meets another wayward soul (Will) and through this friendship, her understanding of loss begins to take shape.
'Runner' has been selected for the 2018 Cannes Cinéfondation Residence and the Torino FeatureLab. It is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 TorinoFilmLab Co-Production Award."
  • Roles: Haas (Female;15-19;Lead)
  • Audition:Online Submissions
  • Shoot Dates/Location:Mid-March to Mid-April 2020 in St. Louis, MO
  • Union: SAG-AFTRA
  • Pay:Yes; $335 a day + Agency Fee
Disciple- Short Film
A priest is at a crossroads of identity and self-acceptance as he struggles to come to terms with his past.
  • Roles: Patrice (Transgender Female;18-45;Supporting)
  • Audition:Online Submissions
  • Shoot Dates/Location:March 2020 in LA
  • Union: SAG-AFTRA
  • Pay:Yes; Rate TBD
“Untitled GQ/GVS Project” for Amazon- Feature Film
A transgender female model from Teen Vogue quickly befriends Sam, a 13 year old boy in Paris. Sam falls for her, and has to come to terms with his feelings.
  • Roles:  (Transgender Female; 14-17; Lead)
  • Audition:By Appointment, Feb 8, 9, & 15th
  • Shoot Dates/Location:April 2020
  • Union: SAG/AFTRA
  • Pay:Yes; Rate TBD
For more OnScreen opportunities, visit Backstage.com; ActorsAccess.com; or Playbill.com. 


Production Coordinator - Aspen Productions
Located in Aspen, Colorado, our growing company is looking for a motivated self-starter with an upbeat attitude, who is capable of taking on multiple responsibilities and projects at once. 
The Production Coordinator will assist with photoshoots with our Aspen modeling agency, running errands, answering phone calls and emails, office IT support, basic accounting, location research, creating schedules, call sheets and various documents. 
  • Type: Full Time, Permanent
  • Eligibility: 
    • Must have at least 1 year of Production Coordinating or Office Production Assistant experience. 
    • Someone who thrives under pressure is enthusiastic, enjoys hard work, able to follow-through, has attention to detail and is very organized. 
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, & Pages. Proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator a plus.
    • This is a full-time position as an independent contractor.
    • Pay $48K - $52K
Film Producer - Walking Shadows Productions Inc.
Well-established, Chicago-based production company seeks a seasoned film producer to partner with the director and support team on a highly ambitious and inspired film.
The vision for the project is fully formed and the screenplay is fully developed and has been vetted by multiple script consultants. This is a project where we expect to attract name talent based on the quality of the material. 
  • Type: Full Time, Temporary
  • Eligibility: 
    • Qualified candidates have a successful history in managing films through crowd-funding campaigns and/or equity partnerships as well as film festivals and securing distribution on various platforms. 
    • Multiple credits as one of Producer / UPM /Co-Producer / Line Producer / Production Coordinator
    • Compensation commensurate on candidate experience. 
Associate Producer - E! News & Pop of the Morning
E! News & Pop of the Morning are looking for an Associate Producer to join our staff in New York, NY. We’re looking for someone to pitch story ideas–especially those focused on celebrity videos and photos, engage in light writing for the show, research guests for hosts, pitch and produce fun games for the show, pitch stories that hosts can chat about on Pop of the Morning, keep track of guests and shoots for our weekly calendar.
  • Type: Full Time, Permanent
  • Eligibility: 
    • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree
    • Minimum 3-5 years of experience preferred in broadcast news, video production, or related internship
    • Knowledge of iNews is a plus
    • Experience working with photo teams and agencies also a plus
    • Control room experience
    • Good people and problem-solving skills
    • Strong pop culture knowledge
    • Strong communication skills
    • Capable of handling intense deadlines and multi-tasking
    • Excellent research skills; demonstrated creativity, responsibility and organizational abilities a must
    • Organized, responsible, accurate, able to work well under pressure and without constant supervision
    • Team-oriented
    • Hours must be flexible to accommodate breaking news
Videographer/Editor - Just The News
Just The News.com, a Washington-based news organization, is seeking a highly organized, motivated, and skilled video shooter/ editor to help us build breakthrough daily video news interviews, segments, and podcasts. 
The shooter/ editor should bring an exceptional creative eye and an ability to translate ideas and concepts into effective visuals. He/she works with JTN’s senior correspondents and news managers to produce compelling multimedia that integrates graphics, video and audio into cohesive packages.
  • Type: Full Time, Permanent
  • Eligibility:
    •  3-5 years of professional production experience at a media organization, preferably in news and documentaries.
    • Experience working as an ENG photographer or advanced proficiency in digital and DSLR shooting.
    • In depth understanding of news gathering and streaming technologies (Multi-camera interviews, remotes LiveU).
    • Advanced proficiency with AfterEffects, Photoshop, Audition,Premiere and the Adobe Creative Suite production workflow. Knowledge of Audacity is a plus.
    • Demonstrated knowledge and prior experience in lighting and audio
    • Must be available to work a variety of schedules including weekends to meet production and broadcast deadlines.
    • Excellent communications skills, online and in person.
    • Working knowledge of the best types of video for digital platforms, including YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and OTT.
    • Must have a relentless commitment to accuracy, precision, fairness and balance.
Editor/Production Team Member
Vignette Creative is looking for a motivated editor and production team member who wants to dive in and make a difference at a boutique agency/documentary production company. The job is a full time position and is based on Bainbridge Island, Washington (a 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle) but may involve flexible work locations and periods of intensive travel. While editing is vital to this role Vignette is a collaborative, team-oriented company that is looking for someone who also has production and creative skills to bring to the table.
  • Type: Full Time, Permanent
  • Eligibility: 
    • At least two years of experience in film/multimedia/journalism, shooting and editing video
    • Extensive experience editing story-driven/documentary video content 
    • Familiarity with Adobe Premiere or equivalent NLE 
    • Knowledge of DaVinci Resolve, After Effects, and the Adobe CC suite a plus 
    • Strong communication and people skills 
    • Ability to self-manage, be resourceful, and meet deadlines 
    • Enthusiasm for innovating and growing a documentary-based agency
Studio Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY
Cinelease is looking for a Studio Coordinator who will act as the liaison between Studio Operations and Production, and is responsible for professional management of Studio facility.
Since its creation in 1977, Cinelease Inc.’s intent has been to serve and deliver the best in quality lighting and grip equipment, power distribution, grip trucks, expendables and sound stages to both small and large-scale productions. Wherever the productions go – we will be there to greet them. Whatever the job, wherever the shoot, there’s one clear choice.
  • Type: Full Time, Permanent
  • Eligibility: Candidates must be proactive, have a working knowledge of production departments, and establish and maintain working relationships with production crew. Problem solving and multitasking issues are a plus. Must have at least a High School Diploma/GED. Associates/Bachelors a plus, 2+ years’ experience in the film industry a plus 


Sundance Documentary Fund
In its ongoing search for artists and projects to support, the Documentary Fund is seeking filmmakers with a distinct voice and vision, and a meaningful connection to the work they create. We are especially keen to raise the voices of underserved or underrepresented communities from around the world in the service of building a more fair, free, and open society.
The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund supports the work of nonfiction filmmakers from around the globe. In a changing media landscape, the fund has been a stable, progressive force in supporting work that has expressed the world in creative, complex, beautiful, and provocative ways, and has created real cultural and social impact around some of the most pressing issues of our time.
  • Deadline:February, 17th 2020
  • Application Fee: N/A
  • Eligibility: 
    • We accept feature-length (52 minutes or more) nonfiction projects. The fund is open to projects and film teams from around the world.
  • Contact: N/A
Slamdance Writing Competition
The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world. A unique feature of the competition is providing constructive feedback for every entrant. In addition to this, we also offer a more intensive coverage service for a supplementary fee.
Now in our twentieth year, we have a history of highlighting talented, independent screenwriters and introducing them to the entertainment industry. All of our readers approach scripts differently, but in general we are looking for originality and promise in a work. As an organization, we strive to foster an independent spirit among new writers and filmmakers.
  • Deadline:February, 19th 2020
  • Application Fee: $35-$90
  • Eligibility: 
    • Scripts submitted to the competition must NOT have been previously optioned, purchased or produced at the time of entry.
    • If a submitted screenplay becomes optioned or purchased between the time of submission and the end of the judging period, the applicant must notify us and that screenplay will no longer be eligible for an award.
    • Scripts submitted to the competition must not have received awards from other competitions over $1,000 at the time of entry.
    • Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
    • Screenwriters who earn their living writing for television are ineligible.
    • No adaptations of other written work will be accepted unless the writer owns the rights to the original material, unless the udapted work is in the Public Domain.
    • No specs will be accepted for the TV Pilot category.
  • Contact: submissions@slamdance.com
2020 Vision Maker Media Short Film Production Fellowship
Vision Maker Media (VMM) invites proposals for fiction and non-fiction shorts by and about American Indians and Alaska Natives for production funding award of $25,000. Selected Fellows will have access to tools, training, mentorship and communal support for becoming a successful filmmaker. Topics include tribal cultures and values, Indigenous histories and modern experiences, environmental and social justice, youth and elders and empowerment. The call is open to short documentaries, narratives, non-fiction, experimental and animation.
  • Deadline:March 1, 2020
  • Application Fee: N/A
  • Eligibility: 
    • Independent and Public Television producers, film and video makers. Applicants must hold artistic, budgetary and editorial control and own the copyright of the proposed Project.
    •  Applicants must be 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen or legal resident of the United States or its territories.
  • Contact: visionmaker@unl.edu 
Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant
The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary directors for travel and accommodations to attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 2-5, 2020. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, discussions, and mentorship by experienced filmmakers. Recipients will also present short excerpts from their works-in-progress at the festival. Two filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its fourteenth year.
  • Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020. Applications must be RECEIVED before 11pm PST
  • Application Fee: N/A
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be American, first-time filmmakers, living in the United States, who are 18 or older. By “first-time filmmakers,” we mean directors who are in the early stage of their documentary careers and have not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival or broadcast play). All applicants should anticipate finishing their project by March 2021. Filmmakers still qualify as “first-time” if they’ve made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crewmember on other films, or recently completed a documentary that has not yet been released. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.
  • Contact: submissions@fullframefest.org 
The Film Independent Camera Grant
The Film Independent Camera Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows and alumni. Film Independent will select a qualified filmmaker, on a rolling basis, who will be loaned a digital camera body (based on availability) to use for their narrative or documentary short, feature film production or web series. The grant includes an ARRI Alexa SXT Plus camera body OR a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K.
  • Deadline:Rolling
  • Application Fee: $65
  • Eligibility: 
    • Applicants must be the director, producer or cinematographer of a narrative or documentary short, feature film production or web series.
    • Applicants must be either: A) alumni of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs; B) alumni of the LA Film Festival; C) a past Film Independent Spirit Award Nominee; or D) solicited by Film Independent. Grant recipients must show proof of production insurance.
    • Camera body will be awarded for prep and principle photography. Dates must be provided in the application.
    • Project must be at least 75% financed when applying.
    • If the applicant is not the cinematographer, a cinematographer must be attached.
    • If awarded, grant winner(s) must be, or become, Film Independent Members.
  • Contact:info@cinereach.org
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 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship was created in 2010 to honor the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer. Our mission is to support an inclusive group of documentary film editors through programs that help them grow as artists and build their community. By investing in editors, we affirm and strengthen the critical role editors play in independent documentary storytelling.
As the only documentary editing fellowship in the United States, we have annually awarded year-long fellowships to emerging editors since 2010. In 2018, we launched our Diversity in the Edit Room Program.
  • Deadline: Ongoing, open call begins on February 3rd, 2020
  • Application Fee: N/A
  • When: Ongoing
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be based in the United States and reside there March 2020 - March 2021. Applicants must have edited at least one feature-length documentary (60 minutes or longer), but no more than three feature-length films (fiction or documentary). The feature documentary work sample (60 minutes or longer) must be a film that the applicant did not direct or co-direct.
  • Address: American Cinema Editors
    • ACE Educational Center: Karen Schmeer Fellowship
      5555 Melrose Ave
      Marx Brothers Bldg., Room #108
      Los Angeles, CA 90038
  • Contact: info@karenschmeer.com
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


NOTE: For more resources, visit our pages of Resources - Funding, Submissions, and more.
NYFA SOURCE - The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains the most comprehensive national directory of awards, services and publications for artists in the NYFA Source section of their website.
backHer- Women specific grants for all fields
WITHOUTABOX - Film/Video artists can check Withoutabox at:


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