To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.
Deadline: July 22nd, 2020
Application Fee: Free
Practicing artists able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience
Experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic
21 years of age or older
Provide a W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)—we will collect this information after you’ve been notified of your selection
Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years
Not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners
Not previously awarded a relief grant from this fund
To help our community manage during this public health crisis The Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs. Please note, while some of the funds are for members of entertainment unions, you do not need to be a union member to receive help from The Actors Fund. Please know that we are experiencing an extremely high volume of requests and ask for your patience during this time.
Emergency financial assistance is available for people who are unable to pay their basic living expenses (food/housing/health care) over the next two months. We ask that if you have the resources to cover that period, please wait to apply. These are unprecedented times and we all must steward our resources very carefully.
Application Fee: Free
Based on current financial need (inability to pay next two month’s bills)
A minimum of five yearsof recent entertainment industry employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years OR a minimum of 20 years of industry employment with a minimum of 10 years of earnings of at least $5,000 (please note that income from teaching does not qualify)
Eligibility requirements for dancers—three yearsof recent dance earnings of at least $2,000 a year
The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance – we would like to help.
Application Fee: Free
Eligibility: All BIPOC artists who need financial assistance during this crisis are encouraged to apply.
SAG-AFTRA Disaster Relief Fund & SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund (MPPWF) have a COVID-19 Disaster Fund to provide urgent financial support to SAG-AFTRA members and families affected by this global pandemic.
Application Fee: Free
Eligibility: All SAG-AFTRA members in need are encouraged to apply.
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: September 10th - September 13th, 2020
Deadline: July 24th (Last Chance), August 5th (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $22.50-$50
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 the festival.
Film Entrants must submit online screeners through filmfreeway for consideration.
Black Women in Comedy Festival is celebrating its 2nd Year. The Festival celebrates women in Comedy from the African diaspora. We seek comedic films centered in the Black female experience from the US and across the world. The Festival also showcases live comedy with stand up acts, sketch comedy, Improv and Musical Comedy. This two day Festival brings together #blackgirlmagic in its truest comedic form.
When/Where: October 16th-18th, 2020
Deadline: August 21st (Late Deadline), August 21st (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $30-$65
BWICF aims at sharing the comedic experiences of the women of the African diaspora. We celebrate allies showcasing us and aggressively seek to showcase many layers of our comedy. We are not monolithic.
This Festival welcomes those who want to celebrate in our sisterhood, our funny and layers of comedic art.
Established in 1997, the Black Women Film Network (BWFN) was founded to prepare black women to enter the film and television industries. The organization seeks to preserve the voice of these women through film and educational programs that empower and inform. A 501(c)3 non-profit, BWFN provides student scholarships, hosts screenings and workshops, and honors individuals who have excelled in this difficult industry.
Each year, BWFN hosts the BWFN Summit, a two-day cultural celebration of black women in the arts and entertainment that aims to connect key industry players with content creators. Taking place March 8th and 9th, 2019 in Atlanta, the BWFN Summit includes a Short Film Competition featuring emerging and established filmmakers. Participants will screen their film in front of a live audience and have the opportunity to host a post-screening talk-back.
When/Where: October 10th-December 10th, 2020
Deadline: July 12th (Regular Deadline), August 12th (Final Deadline), August 12th (Late Deadline), September 21st (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $30-$65
Submitted short must be produced or directed by a Black woman or feature a Black woman in a leading role.
Selected participants will be notified by BWFN staff three weeks prior to the festival.
Filmmakers are allowed to submit more then one film, however each film will require a separate entry fee.
Films cannot exceed thirty minutes running time. Non-English films must have subtitles.
Established in 2018, the Detroit Shetown Film Festival screens short films in the following genres: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary, LGBTIQA+, Music Video, Short Episodic, and Thriller/Horror. Our emphasis is female-driven independent short form cinema in performances, stories and key filmmaking production positions.
We showcase important creative works of female directors and filmmakers from Michigan and around the world, using state-of-the-art digital projection provided by our host venue, Cinema Detroit in midtown Detroit, Michigan, with sold-out audience screenings all weekend long!
When/Where: October 17th-20th, 2020
Deadline: July 6th (Final Deadline), July 20th (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $30-$40
All entries MUST have at least one of the following: a female lead actress/role, female-centric story/documentary issue, female director, female cinematographer, female screenwriter, female editor, female producer or co-producer
Running Lengths must be a Minimum of 2 Minutes ~ Maximum 25 Minutes, and have been completed after January 1st, 2018.
All non-English language films must have legible English subtitles.
Categories: Shorts, Documentary, Comedy, Animation, Web Series
Her International Film Festival is Ireland's First and Largest Film Festival For Young Women In Film and TV Industry. It is a local, national and international celebration of cinema running the first year on-line In Killarney, County Kerry.
When/Where: October 10th-11th, 2020
Deadline: July 25th (Late Deadline), August 10th (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $1.50-$4
Films are eligible if young women are in two or more of the following positions: director, writer, producer, director of photography, editor, or composer.
We have a category for a male director and/or producers to nominate an actress for the Best Actress award
All the images and soundtracks used in your film must be your own or you must have the permission of the copyright holder to use their music/images in your film.
Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English unless dialogue or commentary is unnecessary for comprehension and appreciation.
Please make sure that your film will be downloadable on FilmFreeway.
Please submit two still images from your film, any poster artwork, and press materials that can be used for promotional purposes (Hi-resolution JPEG – no more than 3MB in size).
Films submitted for consideration must be clearly marked with the film title, director/filmmaker name, age, running time, and a contact telephone number. Please ensure you have included everything requested in the pack and on the form.
The Atlanta Women's Film Festival is a live screening of short films and table read events that takes place in Atlanta, GA. This event is an amazing opportunity to promote female filmmakers, directors, writers, producers, actors, and female centered storylines to our incredibly supportive film community. There will be live screening blocks of films with Q&As with the filmmakers, table reads for the screenplays in our competition, live panels with influential women in the film industry and networking events for anyone that would like to attend.
When/Where: October 3rd, 2020
Deadline: July 31st (Extended Late Deadline), August 31st (Final Deadline)
Submission Fee: $45-$100
Eligibility: You DO NOT have to be a female to submit to this festival, however, all films entered must feature a female in at least one of the following: Director, Writer, Lead Actor, Producer, Female Focused Storyline. We currently project in 1080p, 23.976. (30 fps and 25 fps are also accepted, we will convert them) .mov or .mp4 formats are accepted.
Categories: Narrative Feature and Shorts, Documentary Feature and Shorts, Music Videos, Trailer, Web Series
We celebrate both emerging and established female filmmakers during a three day jammed pack festival in Los Angeles, California!
Films that will be selected will showcase the talents of what female filmmakers can and have done. But don’t let the name fool you! Men and all identifying individuals have submitted and have been official selections of the festival, and some have even won! We do not discriminate, we encourage diversity, equality and inclusion; which has been lacking in this industry. If you support that, WE support you!
When/Where: November 6th-8th, 2020
Deadline: July 31st, 2020 (Late Deadline), August 31st, 2020 (Extended Deadline), October 24th, 2020 (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $15-$65
Eligibility: The film must feature a female lead in the production aspect; producer, director, cinematographer and or writer. The film can have male roles in production, but the major key crew members must be female. We are currently only taking online submissions.
Categories: Shorts, Features, Web Series, Student Films
Fem.Cine.Anarchy is a free admission, popup screening that celebrates diverse, intersectional, edgy films directed by women. Presented during the month of September, Fem.Cine.Anarchy was created to coincide with #Scalarama and #DirectedbyWomen's Worldwide Film Viewing Party.
When/Where: September 17th, 2020
Deadline: July 17th (Regular Deadline), August 7th (Late Deadline), August 14th (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $5-$10
Fem.Cine.Anarchy seeks provocative and edgy, *narrative short* films of no longer than 15 minutes, directed by female-identified persons and featuring female-identified main characters. No nonfiction or documentary films will be considered. Male protagonist-led films will not be considered. This event puts the focus squarely on narrative fiction films and female voices and vision.
You must be 18 years of age or older to submit a film.
Entries can be from any year as long as they are no longer than 15 minutes total running time (including credits). Entries should not be available online to the general public.
By submitting your work, you guarantee that your entry is your original work, and does not infringe on the copyright or other rights of other people. You further guarantee that all listed creators have authorized submission to Fem.Cine.Anarchy.
If selected, you agree to allow Fem.Cine.Anarchy to screen your film in public when the popup event is scheduled. Reminder: this is a popup event, generally held outdoors during September. Dates are changeable and dependent on venue availability and weather conditions.
By submitting your film, you also guarantee that you have no distribution agreements that would disallow us to screen your film as described.
Until dates and venues are confirmed on our website, please note that dates and venues are subject to change.
The Women in Horror Film Festival was founded in late 2016 by filmmakers Vanessa Ionta Wright and Samantha Kolesnik. We are a filmmaker and screenwriter focused festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing women creatives in genre film, as well as promoting inclusion and diversity in order to foster an equal and level playing field.
Winners in select categories will receive a truly one-of-a-kind "Lizzie" trophy. Each trophy is hand-painted ensuring that no two Lizzies are exactly alike. Winners in all categories will be awarded and announced live at the event.
ALL Finalists will receive 2 full weekend passes to the event which include all parties, screenings, workshops, and panels.
When/Where: February 25th-27th, 2021
Deadline: August 1st (Late Deadline), October 1st (Extended Deadline), December 1st (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $11.25-$40
Eligibility: All films entered are required to have 3 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 or co-written by a woman.
The Black Muslim Girl Fly Film Festival (BMFF) is an annual one-day event of film showcases that profile stories by Black Muslim Girl filmmakers and creative talent in the film, television and digital space. Originally founded in February 2018 with the purpose of creating a platform to showcase film content by Black Muslim women filmmakers, BMFF is also designed to create opportunities to network with industry professionals and cultivate community among Black Muslim Girls in film around the world.
When/Where: December 13th, 2020
Deadline: August 1st (Early Deadline), September 20th (Regular Deadline), October 20th (Late Deadline), November 20th (Extended Late Deadline), November 23rd (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $18.75-$55
Eligibility: You (or someone on the project's above-the-line OR below-the-line staff) must identify as female and Black, and/OR must identify as a Muslim from the Diaspora, (non-Arab, and/or South Asian.) OR, there must be a Muslim of Color, (non-Arab, and/or South Asian) representing the Diaspora, in the film.
‘Out of Breath’ is a very loose adaptation of Godard's 'Breathless' set in present day NYC amidst the pandemic, recession and BLM protests. The shoot will be set mostly outdoors in the streets and parks and will have a documentary feel to it.
Jean-Michel, a charismatic black actor who works as a delivery man, accidentally stumbles upon a stolen necklace and a gun. Running away with the necklace he is confronted by a cop whom he impetuous shoots. While he negotiates selling the necklace he spends his days with Audrey, trying to convince her to run away with him. Primarily I am looking for the two leads right now. Actors of all races are encouraged to apply as I have played with the idea of switching the genders/races of the two roles - or applicants will be considered for other roles in the film.
The two leads will be tested for COVID prior to filming as well as the crew.
Cop (All Ethnicities;18+;Day Player)
Ava (Black;51-69;Day Player)
Shavinma (All Ethnicities;18-28;Day Player)
Chloe Fairbanks (White;55-69;Day Player)
Audition: Online Submissions
Shoot Dates/Location: Shoots Aug. in Brooklyn, NYC.
Pay: Professional Pay: $1,500 - $2,500. The two leads will be paid a living wage through the shoot. Day players will be paid something small like $200 or so for a half day.
The NYC DCLA is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City's vibrant cultural life. Among our primary missions is to ensure adequate public funding for non-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the five boroughs.
They have many grants tailored to the needs of artists living and working in the city throughout the year.
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.
Application Fee: $65
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.
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.
Application Fee: $65
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.
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.
Application Fee: Free
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
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.
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.
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.
Application Fee: Free
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.
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.
Application Fee: $15 if not from Maine
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
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.
Application Fee: Yes
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.