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: October 21st, 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.
GlobalGirl Media UK, the charity that empowers young women through digital media training, is proud to announce their first GlobalGirl Film Festival. Our mission is to change the male-dominated media landscape, bringing more young women’s voices to the fore - in front of and behind the cameras. We invite submissions BY, FOR and FEATURING GIRLS and YOUNG WOMEN that present their unique perspectives and the issues that concern them. At our short film festival, there’ll also be industry speakers and workshops to inspire and inform you, including a taster session of our GGM UK Summer Academy (which is open to young women aged 14-22. We’re excited to be broadening the festival scene for diverse young female filmmakers. Open our eyes, surprise us, disturb us, move us with your vision and insight into communities and topics that the world needs to know about.
When/Where: March 12th-13th, 2021
Deadline: November 1st (Extended Deadline), January 29th 2021 (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $5-$15
Films that are over 20 minutes in length will unfortunately be disqualified.
Please be sure to include gender and age of the director, who should be a self-identifying woman aged 14-30 (not yet turned 31 by the submission deadline of 1 October 2020).
Student entries will only be accepted if we receive proof of your student status
Film subject matter should reflect young women’s life experience and concerns, and feature girls or women. We don’t want to be overly prescriptive about this criterion, but at the same time won't accept films that are completely off-topic such as horror or a male-centric story.
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.
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 17th, 2021
Deadline: October 31st (Super Early Bird Deadline), November 30th (Early Bird Deadline), February 28th 2021 (Regular Deadline), April 30th 2021 (Spring Deadline), June 30th 2021 (Late Deadline), July 31st 2021 (Extended Late Deadline), August 31st 2021 (Final Deadline), September 6th 2021 (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $15-$70
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 focussed storyline.
The Feminista Film Festival and Tour tells the most inspiring stories about women and girls through documentary film. Our goals are to inspire audiences and connect women and girls to female role models.
Note: The Feminista Film Festival has moved to March 2021 in celebration of International Women’s Day! A selection of films will also be chosen for the Feminista Tour, which runs year round. Last year, approximately 40 screenings were held throughout the UK during the week of International Women's Day.
We are looking for inspiring stories about women in their chosen passion or profession. Subjects may include artists, athletes, beautiful minds, change makers and beyond! Inspiring Q&A discussions are core to our festival and we encourage filmmakers to attend and take part!
When/Where: March 5th-6th, 2021
Deadline: October 16th (Early Bird Deadline), November 6th (Regular Deadline), November 27th (Extended Deadline), December 4th (Notification Date)
Application Fee: $10-$20
Eligibility: We are looking for inspirational documentary films about female role models from every passion and profession, and from all corners of the world. Films of all lengths will be considered: we have submission categories for feature length and short documentaries. If films are not in english, please include english language subtitles. If your film was made long ago or has been previously screened, no problem!
Casting "Eagle Rock," a feature-length film. Synopsis: In the early 1970s, a young woman in prison for murder explores her role in a doomsday cult, her relationship with the leader and several of its members, and the breakdown that ultimately leads to the act.
For more OnScreen opportunities, visit Backstage.com; ActorsAccess.com; or Playbill.com.
Digital Video Producer – Tegna
The TEGNA Central Content Team (CCT) is seeking a Digital Video Producer with strong storytelling and video editing skills. The right candidate will be able to identify, conceptualize and produce strong narrative video content. CCT Digital Video Producers must adhere to the highest journalistic standards and audience experience across all platforms. This person will be responsible for all facets of the production process, including researching, writing, editing and distribution. Content produced by the CCT is distributed on broadcast and digital platforms across TEGNA’s network of 51 local newsrooms. The CCT also creates content for TEGNA’s good news brand, HeartThreads, and fact-checking brand, VERIFY.
Type: Full Time
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, film or equivalent experience in the field.
At least two years of experience working as a digital producer or digital journalist.
Experience creating content for Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat.
Adobe Photoshop and Premiere a must, After Effects preferred.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to prioritize and manage various requests on deadline.
Outstanding interpersonal, organizational and time-management skills.
Sound news judgment.
Ability to work both autonomously and as a part of a team.
Walking Shadows Productions in Chicago, IL is looking to hire a film Producer to partner with the Director, Producer and support team on a highly ambitious and inspired feature film. The vision for the project is fully formed. The screenplay is fully developed and has been vetted by multiple script consultants and is currently in breakdown with our Line Producer. Pitch Deck is in final stages and this is a project where we expect to attract name talent based on the quality of the material. Qualified candidates would have a demonstrated history in assisting or leading efforts in more than one of the following stages: packaging (deck development & attachments), crowd-funding campaigns, film festivals and securing pre- sale distribution on various platforms. If you are a hungry, dedicated film industry producer looking for that exceptional project to make your mark - this is it. This is a paid position. Compensation commensurate on candidate experience.
Type: Full Time, Temporary
Eligibility: Must have multiple credits as one of Co-Producer, Associate Producer, and/or Production Coordinator.
LiteWave Media in St. Petersburg, FL is looking for a full-time editor to work in house at our St. Petersburg film studio. The job will mainly focus on short Youtube videos and other films and commercial work. The hours are flexible but often the hours are later in the day. We typically pay by project. Our top need right now is an editor to manage and edit our weekly YouTube videos for our FILM JAMS series. Litewave Media is a full-service video production company based in St. Petersburg, Florida. For the past 15 years, our film studio has produced thousands of videos for a variety of companies all around the globe– a true one-stop resource for professional video crews, Tampa video production, and Tampa post production. We have produced the feature films Elfette Saves Christmas and Jules Dongu Saves the World, and our team has been a part of TV shows like ABC's "Shark Tank," Netflix's Captive, PBS's "American Masters", and more. Our professional Tampa video company also produces a YouTube channel on filmmaking called Film Jams where we create filmmaking tutorials, equipment reviews, and shorts films.
Type: Full Time
Eligibility: We are looking for someone who is a ninja with Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop. It is preferred for someone to also be familiar with Youtube optimization.
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.
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.