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Submission Opportunities Newsletter for Women in Film & Video

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Artist Relief - Cycle IV

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

  • Eligibility: 

    • 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

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: info@artistrelief.org

  • Application Information

The Actor’s 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.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: 

    • Based on current financial need (inability to pay next two month’s bills)

    • A minimum of five years of 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 years of recent dance earnings of at least $2,000 a year

  • Address:

    • The Actor’s Fund National Headquarters

      729 7th Ave 10th floor

      New York, NY 10019

  • Contact: 

    • New York City: 800.221.7303

    • Chicago: 312.372.0989

    • Los Angeles: 888.825.0911

  • Application Information 

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

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. 

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All BIPOC artists who need financial assistance during this crisis are encouraged to apply.

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: info@aacdmv.org

  • Application Information 

Emergency Survival Fund for LGBTQ2S Artists, Performers & Tip-Based Workers

Glad Day Bookshop has set up an emergency fund to help LGBTQ2S artists, performers & tip-based workers. This fund is not meant to help people recover lost income.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All LBBTQ2S artists, performers, & tip-based workers are encouraged to apply.

  • Address: 

    • Glad Day Bookshop

      499 Church Street

      Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Contact: michael@gladday.ca

  • Application Information

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.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All SAG-AFTRA members in need are encouraged to apply.

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: https://sagaftra.foundation/emergency-assistance-contact/

  • Application Information


Feedback Female Film Festival

The FEEDBACK Female Film Festival (FFFF) was created for women filmmakers and screenwriters. The goal is to showcase the best of female talent in film & TV from around the world. 

  • When/Where: November 4th, 2020

  • Deadline: August 7th (Earlybird Deadline), August 28th (Final Deadline), October 10th (Notification Date)

  • Application Fee: $26.25-$150

  • Eligibility:

    • All film submissions must have at least 3 out of the 4 major positions held by a female (director, producer, lead actor, writer). One major exception is that if the film is directed by a female, then the submission is immediately valid. OR, the film's major plot and lead characters are female driven.

    • All screenplay submissions must be written by a female writer.

  • Categories: Shorts, Student Films, Screenplays, Comedy, Drama, Animation

  • Address:

    • LA Live

      800 West Olympic Boulevard

      Los Angeles, California 90015 

      United States

  • Contact: festival@femalefilmfestival.com

  • Submission Information

Female Voices Rock Film Festival

The FVR Film festival is confirmed to take place sometime in October. We are working with local officials to determine what format the festival will take: whether it will be held at a physical venue, or online via Eventive’s Virtual Festival format, or in some combination of the two. Regardless of the format, prizes will still be presented. Female Voices Film Festival is committed to creating a platform for female artists to be able to share their work. The event will take place in October and feature short films by women filmmaker, Q & As, and a closing award ceremony.Our industry panel of judges include Emmy award winner and Oscar nominated producers. For this year’s judges please visit our website. We celebrate films that empower female producers, directors, writers and/or protagonists. We welcome all films that focus on women’s stories or experiences.

  • When/Where: October 22nd-24th, 2020 

  • Deadline: August 17th (Extended Deadline), October 1st (Notification Date) 

  • Application Fee: $9-$45

  • 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, Student Films, Screenplays, Comedy

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: catherine@femalevoicesrock.com

  • Submission Information

Black Women in Comedy Film Festival

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

  • Eligibility: 

    • 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.

  • Categories: Shorts, Student Films, Screenplays, Comedy

  • Address:

    • 5581 W Manchester Ave,

      Los Angeles, CA 90045

      United States

  • Contact: blackwomenincomedyfestival@gmail.com

  • Submission Information

Black Women Film Network Summit

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: August 12th (Final Deadline), August 12th (Late Deadline), September 21st (Notification Date) 

  • Application Fee: $30-$65

  • Eligibility: 

    • Submitted shorts 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.

  • Categories: Shorts, Student Films, Drama, Comedy,

  • Address:

    • Black Women Film Network

      P. O. Box 311288

      Atlanta, Ga. 31131

  • Contact: theblackwomenfilmnetwork@gmail.com

  • Submission Information

Atlanta Women’s Film Festival 

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: 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 

  • Contact: caroline@cinemalife.org

  • Submission Information

Female Filmmakers Fuse Film Festival

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: 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

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: femalefilmmakersfuse@gmail.com

  • Submission Information

Fem.Cine.Anarchy Film Festival

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: August 7th (Late Deadline), August 14th (Notification Date)

  • Application Fee: $5-$10

  • Eligibility: 

    • 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.

  • Categories: Shorts, Student Films

  • Address:

    • Slab

      25 Preble Street

      Portland, Maine 04101

      United States 

  • Contact: gitgoproductions@gmail.com

  • Submission Information

Women In Horror Film Festival

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: 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.

  • Categories: Shorts, Feature, Student Films

  • Address:

    • Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre

      117 North Park Square

      Marietta, Georgia 30060

      United States 

  • Contact: wihfilmfest@gmail.com

  • Submission Information

Black Muslim Girl Fly Film Festival

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: 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.

  • Categories: Shorts, Feature, Student Films, Documentary, Animation

  • Address:

    • Regency West

      3339 West 43rd Street

      Leimert Park

      Los Angeles, California 90008

      United States

  • Contact: audaz.entertainment@gmail.com

  • Submission Information


Secrets of the Red Desert - Feature Film

Logline: A 21st Century teenager finds herself transported to ancient Egypt.

  • Roles: 

    • Sahara (Middle Eastern;Female;18-20;Lead)

    • Anora (Middle Eastern;Female;30-40;Lead)

  • Audition: Online Submissions

  • Shoot Dates/Location: Shoots TBD dates in the Los Angeles, CA and New Mexico areas.

  • Union: SAG-AFTRA

  • Pay: Travel, accommodations and per-diem provided. SAG theatrical rates will apply once production is officially signatory.

  • Audition Information

Dognapped - Short Film

Casting “Dognapped," a comedy that focuses on Dee, who steals her ex's dog, Rosie. “Dognapped” showcases the stories of those who are down on their luck and feel forced into their current situations. The story functions as an outlet; a way to let go of things that have already passed, learning to move on, and realizing there is only forward.

  • Roles: 

    • Dee (Black;Female;22-30;Lead)

    • Hannah (All Ethnicities;Female;22-30;Supporting)

  • Audition: Online Submissions

  • Shoot Dates/Location: Rehearsal will most likely be virtual until further notice. Note: This project is in preliminary planning stages as budget and specific locations are finalized. Location of production will be within the Central New York region (e.g. Oswego, Syracuse, Hamilton).

  • Union: SAG-AFTRA

  • Pay: Professional Pay: Budget is currently under review and being finalized. Compensation is yet to be determined.

  • Audition Information

Eleanor & Park - Feature Film

Francine Maisler Casting is looking for two actors to play teenagers in the film adaptation of “Eleanor & Park”.

  • Roles: 

    • Eleanor (White;Female;16-25;Lead)

  • Audition: Online Submissions

  • Shoot Dates/Location: TBD

  • Union: SAG-AFTRA

  • Pay: SAG-AFTRA Student Film Agreement.

  • Audition Information

Perfect Party - Short Film

Casting "Perfect Party," a tragic comedy about Laura, a woman struggling to fit into her late 20s, told through a one day period: preparing for and trying to host a perfect party in her newly rented apartment during the start of an unexplained US domestic political/economic crisis.

  • Roles: 

    • Laura (White;Female;24-34;Lead)

    • Juliette (All Ethnicities;Female;23-33;Supporting)

    • Mary (All Ethnicities;Female;23-33;Supporting)

    • Nadia (Eastern European;Female;20-30;Supporting)

    • Task Rabbit (All Ethnicities;All Genders;27-45;Supporting)

    • Customer Service Representative (All Ethnicities;Female;35+;Supporting)

  • Audition: Online Submissions

  • Shoot Dates/Location: Rehearses and shoots TBD, likely winter of 2020/2021.

  • Union: SAG-AFTRA

  • Pay: Compensation $200-2000, based on role, experience, and hours of work in rehearsals and production.

  • Audition Information

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


Director of Photography - Short Film

We are an indie film production in Louisville, KY looking for a DP with their own crew for a short film. Even though the story takes place in the present day, we are approaching the film like it is a period piece. We’re looking for a grittiness. An evocative of a film in ‘70s New York. This is a character driven short proof of concept short. Think Sharone Meir, the DP from Whiplash.

Media Coordinator – Catch Co.

Catch Co. in Chicago, IL is looking for a creative, tenacious and organized team member to assist with content and influencer-related initiatives. The Media Coordinator will assist in execution of long-form content production, including pre-production, production logistics and post-production coordination. This role will also be responsible for assisting with various influencer marketing activities, including researching new influencers, assisting with proposals, contracting, tracking deliverables and reporting KPIs. Our rapid growth will require this individual to partner with a number of leaders across the marketing team and ensure we are maximizing the impact of our extensive content and influencer efforts. 

  • Type: Full Time

  • Eligibility: 

    • 3+ years experience in a role related to media production.

    • Understanding of influencer marketing ecosystem and strategies. 

    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 

    • Experience working with creative and/or production resources is highly valued, but not required. 

    • Interest in the outdoors is always a plus, but not required. 

  • Application Information 

Producer - Telemundo

Telemundo Deportes is looking for an experienced and creative producer for the No. 1 sports studio show in Spanish-language TV, Titulares y Más…the late-night program at the intersection of sports news, opinion and pop culture. This position will concentrate primarily in producing the department’s late-night sports franchise, Titulares Y Más, across all linear, digital and social platforms. The Producer will also assist in similar capacities with other productions, as needed. 

Producers are responsible for the successful creation and execution of a show. The role of the producer is to create and arrange all editorial content for the broadcast, manage all aspects of the production. Producers also supervise show staff, and coordinate other deliverables with sales, traffic, digital, technical production and other internal teams. The producer will report to the show’s Director of Production or Executive Producer.  

  • Type: Full Time

  • Eligibility: 

    • Seven years’ experience working in a live TV environment or ten years’ experience working in television is required. 

    • A bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications and/or Broadcasting from an accredited university is required. 

    • Solid knowledge of sports content with an emphasis on Mexican and International soccer, US domestic sports, boxing and combat sports targeted for the US/Hispanic market. 

    • Candidates must be able to line produce live shows in a traditional PCR environment, and learn new production workflows, including automated PCRs. 

    • Solid editing, writing and production principals are a must. Familiarity with production and editing software, technology, formats and tools. 

    • Computer skills: INEWS, Cameo, Avid Interplay, MS Office, etc. 

    • Must be fully fluent in English and Spanish (both written and verbal), and live in the Miami, FL area. 

  • Application Information

Video Content Producer - Austin F.C.

Austin FC joined Major League Soccer in January 2019 as the League’s 27th Club. It will begin play in 2021 in a new, state-of-the-art 20,500-seat soccer stadium and public park scheduled to open during Austin FC’s inaugural season. Austin FC is seeking a proven, driven, and motivated Video Content Producer who will be responsible for leading the planning, development, management, and execution of the Club’s video content. The role will be responsible for content published across the Club’s owned and operated channels in the lead-up to the Club’s anticipated sold-out inaugural season. This unique role to help build a major league property and help establish the core identity of a globally ambitious brand from the earliest stages is a once-in-a-lifetime and career-defining opportunity. The position is based in Austin, TX. Austin was selected by U.S. News and World Report in each of the last three years as the No. 1 place in the nation to live, while Forbes placed it at the top of its “Cities of the Future” list. 

  • Type: Full Time

  • Eligibility: 

    • The ability to think creatively, using inspiration inside and outside the soccer world. 

    • A capacity to thrive within a team environment. 

    • Experience producing, editing and publishing world-class video content. 

    • Adeptness with video production equipment and editing tools, including Adobe Premiere / Final Cut Pro, After Effects, Adobe Audition, along with a working knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator. 

    • English language proficiency is essential and Spanish/English bilingual skills are a plus. 

    • Additional languages – even better. 

    • An outstanding work ethic and attention to detail. 

    • +5 years of experience in video production; past experience in sports and/or entertainment a plus. 

    • Bachelor’s Degree required. 

  • Application Information


National Endowment for the Humanities Media Production Grants (NEH)

The Media Projects program supports the development, production, and distribution of radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways.  All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical.  The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection.  Media Projects offers two levels of funding: Development and Production.

  • Deadline: August 8th, 2020

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Contact: questions@neh.gov

  • Application Information

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)

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.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Free

  • Eligibility: Independent Artists and Groups

  • Contact: 212.513.9300

  • Application Information

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

  • Application Information

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.

  • Contact: jkushner@filmindependent.org

  • Application Information

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

  • Application Information


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

  • Application Information

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

  • Application Information


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

  • 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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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.

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