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The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. is sending out a call for Submissions to all who identify as a woman 
Conversations In America: 
“2020 Vision”—The Year We Saw Everything
(Submissions accepted February 14th - March 21st
from Valentine’s Day to the Solstice)

"It’s up to all of us – Black, white, everyone…” Michelle Obama

“Women's empowerment is intertwined with respect for human rights.”  Mahnaz Afkhami

“A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt

"I just want to recognize that women are never congratulated for their hunger. We are never rewarded for taking up space musically. So, I just wanted to take a second to thank everybody for what we teach each other and that is to hunger for more, to not accept less, to make sure our voices are heard because the point of view that we have is required." Jeanine Tesori, Composer

 No one is able to hide anymore. No one. 

Frustrations, emotions, in 2020 and Covid and how we move forward in 2021 with the new administration and what that means.

We are still in a health, social, economic, political crisis which has impacted all of us. The stress of our lives multiplied over the last few years and exploded in 2020. Now time for change and renewal is at hand. How do we move forward?

How can we as artists discuss what justice for all of us looks like?  What do we want for our future?  How can we increase compassion and understanding to give voice to those voices that fall on deaf ears? How do we find ways for those deaf ears to hear, see and feel outside their understanding? Art can be the language of constructive action towards being heard. We want to work toward an understanding and developing movement forward through our art.

Some Topics to launch from:

Pandemic: How it has changed/impacted/escalated our lives

Discrimination: How has it changed? Not changed? What questions should we be asking?What are the answers? 

BLM: social/racial justice, behavior, protesting, outsiders looting,  How we are coming together?

#MeToo: equal pay, equal treatment in the office, the worldconstant harassment in life and work  

Division in the Country:  We have never been so divided. How do we find common ground? How do we actually make these United States exactly that - United? Can we? Can this new administration?

Concentrate on one, or draw on more than one, it is all up to you and your imagination. Go for it! Written and performed pieces 3 to 5 minutes tops. 
We will host a virtual evening to perform, display, discuss and enlighten the many sides of these issues that impact us all.  Looking for: Scenes, Short plays, Short films, Monologues, Music, Poetry, Dance, Paintings, Sculptures and Photography - again nothing to exceed 3-5 minutes.
The entire evening will run 75-90 minutes with no intermission and will be via Zoom link.  We will have a cast of professional NY actors reading the chosen pieces, and all art for the evening - photography, paintings, sculptures, music - will be put on display.

As in the past, this is open to all members of our organizations and affiliate organizations (see the list here).

Film Festivals

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 17th, 2021 

  • 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.

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

  • Address:

  • Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Gardens

  • 1010 White Street Southwest

  • Atlanta, Georgia 30310 

  • United States

  • Contact: festival@cinemalife.org

New York Lift-Off Film Festival 

For over ten years Lift-Off has been screening in the city of New York. It stands tall as the central hub of creative ambition. Bursting from its emergence out of the 20th Century as one of the worlds most recognizable and iconic cities. It is an undeniable powerhouse of independent art - a city of massive cultural, and business-relevance to the entire film industry.


When/Where: June 21-28, 2021, New York, NY
Deadline: January 20, 2021 (January Deadline), February 22, 2021 (Regular Deadline), April 12, 2021 (Late Deadline), May 10, 2021 (Final Deadline), June 4, 2021 (Decision Deadline), June 15, 2021 (Notification Date), June 27-July 4, 2021 (Event Date)
Submission Fee: $30- $100
Eligibility: We accept all films and scripts in any length or genre.
Digital online submission screeners only.
Feedback is sent shortly after the commencement of the festival.Proudly, we have no other restrictions for your work. This includes your works premier status, it's age and/or whether your work has been made available online.
Categories: All
Contact: new-york@lift-off-festival.com
Submission Information

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: September 24 - December 4, 2021 in Durham, NC

  • Deadline:  July 31, 2021 (Regular Deadline)

  • Application Fee: $30-$50

  • Eligibility: Short films must be under 18 minutes. Screenplays for short films only (Must be 

    • 20 pages or shorter). Featured Musical Artist Competition: MANHATTAN SHORT will be featuring a Musical Artist or Band leading up to and throughout the duration of the Festival each year. The selected Musician or Band will have his/her music featured in over four hundred venues and to over 100,000 people worldwide during the MANHATTAN SHORT intermission and in all promotional materials leading up to the festival dates, including exclusive headline billing on our website. This is a tremendous opportunity for new or unknown musical talent to have their music broadcast to our ready-made worldwide audience of eager festival attendees. It is also a unique chance to gain name recognition and immediate exposure.

  • Categories: Short Film, Screenplay, and Music Video



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.

  • When/Where: September 17 - 19, 2021 in Brooklyn, NY

  • Deadline:  January 8 (Early Bird Deadline), March 12 (Regular Deadline), May 14 (Late Deadline), June 25 (Extended Deadline), August 6 (Notification Date)

  • Application Fee: $25-$45

  • 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. Shorts must be under 40 minutes, and Features must be over 40 minutes.

  • Categories: Drama Short, Comedy Short, Feature, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Horror, Sci-Fi, Music Video, Experimental, Animation





Entre Los Muros (In Between Walls)


Casting USC thesis film "Entre Los Muros," a short poetic drama which criticizes the neglected cases of femicide haunting both Mexico’s past and present. Following two victims of femicide while confined in a limbo after death, they must wait until the discovery of their remains. Despite their generational differences, the two women learn to cope with the injustices behind their death in learning from each other.

Roles: Daniela (Lead): Female 21, Doña Carla (Lead): Female 40-60, Dani’s Mother (Voiceover) Female 40-55, Radio Announcer (Voiceover) All Genders 30+, Police Officer (Voiceover) Male 25-60, Female Protestors (Voiceover) Female 10-70

Auditions: Online Submissions
Shoot Dates/Location: Rehearses over zoom starting late January/early February. Shoots on weekends starting late February or March. This film will be shot remotely over zoom, with actors filming themselves with the virtual help of the director and production crew.
Union: N/A
Pay: No Pay - Copy, credit, meals
Audition Information



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






Production Assistant, The Eleventh Hour with Brian Williams

  • Type: Full Time, Temporarily Remote

  • Qualifications:

    • - At least one year of news production experience.

    • - Bachelor’s degree.

  • Additional Job Requirements:

    • - Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered.

    • - Must be willing to work in New York, NY.

    • - Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.

    • - Must be willing and able to work flexible hours, under tight deadline pressure, including breaking news.

  • Desired Characteristics:

  • - Excellent knowledge of politics, history and current events.

  •   - Must have the ability to work under deadline pressure.

  • - Knowledge of Avid/Interplay and iNews preferred.


  • Responsibilities: 

    • - Work closely with producers to research, select and locate required footage for broadcast.

    • - Print scripts for anchors and build scrolling crawl daily and maintain with continual updates and breaking news.

    • - Assist in compiling research for anchors, maintaining on-air updates during live program.

    • - Gather information on breaking stories for anchors to relay on air.

    • - Order and coordinate all graphic elements for air.

    • - Oversee the airing of all graphic elements in control room during live program.

  • 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: Rolling
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.
Film must be entering its distribution phase.
Contact: artistdevelopment@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
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

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
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 a 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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