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for Women in Film and Television

You can view #ScreenOppsFeb21 online by clicking on the links below.

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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



(Submissions accepted February 14th - March 21st;

from Valentine’s Day to the Spring Equinox)


"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. 

We are still in a health, social, economic, and political crisis which has impacted all of us. The stress of our lives has multiplied over the last few years and exploded in 2020. Now time for change and renewal is at hand. How do we move forward? Especially when we have citizens who follow lies and live in hatred and attack our sacred grounds of Government?

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 world… constant 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.

This is open to all members of our organizations and affiliate organizations (see the list at this link).

Email your submission between the morning of February 14 and 11:59 p.m. on March 21 to conversations@womenartsmedia.org




Toronto International Women Film Festival

Toronto International Women Film Festival celebrates and recognizes films made by talented female filmmakers from all over the world. The Festival focuses on female driven stories, independent female directors, producers, writers, actresses, cinematographers, editors, and all female artists contributing to the language of cinema as women in film. The festival also selects films created by all genders from all over the world from various backgrounds, cultures and traditions dealing with women in society. Films created by male directors about female characters and social issues dealing with women in society are qualified to submit to the festival as well.

When/Where: September 2021 in Toronto, Canada

Deadline: March 20, 2021

Application Fee: $35-60

Eligibility:  Films must have been completed within the past three years.

Films must be either produced, directed or written by a female or include a female cast or female characters, themes, or a female cinematographer or editor. 250 films will be screened.

Categories: Multiple Categories

Address: Regent Theatre

551 Mount Pleasant Road

Toronto, Ontario M4S 2M5



Contact: info@torontowomenfilmfestival.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 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


Wild Heaven West End Brewery & Gardens

1010 White Street Southwest

Atlanta, Georgia 30310 

United States

Contact: festival@cinemalife.org

Submission Information


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: 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

Contact: info@manhattanshort.com

Submission Information


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:  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

Contact: http://www.coneyislandfilmfestival.com/

Submission Information



Queer Queen - Woman of Her Dreams

The film is poetically narrating a lesbian love story in its romantic, sentimental and erotic dimensions, and depicting not only female intelligence and beauty, but also female strength and power – at the same time revealing essential traits and aspects of human nature and human condition, from both historical and futuristic perspectives, and with a strong social emphasis on present time (original screenplay).

The actor co-operation is based on written contracts, and the leading role actresses co-funding their own roles will receive percentages of the completed feature film’s Total Sale Revenue (not just of its profit) on all markets worldwide, as well as Leading Actor credits and Co-Executive Producer credits in the film titles and in all relevant related media.

Roles: Various

Audition: Submit by March 8 to Dorobantu Film & Television

Shoot Dates/Location:  TBD, Sweden

Union: No

Pay: No pay, but part ownership

Submission Information


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



Seeking Submissions for Corruption Inc. – A Monologue Festival Competition & Short Film 

CORRUPTION INC. is a powerful two-fold project encompassing an exciting and exclusive livestream monologue festival competition and culminating in a critically important theatrical short film featuring a series of chosen monologues which will be produced and showcased on various digital platforms and submitted to film festivals across the country.


This project was conceived based on the need to open the conversation to encompass all points of view regarding the current state of society, and the emotional & mental impact it has on us as a whole. We hope that this project will help us listen to each other, enlighten, and ultimately come together.


Living in America has a unique set of challenges. Living in America during the last 12 months has been even more of a challenge. 


Although the Media and freedom of the press was formed and protected under the Bill of Rights in an effort to inform American citizens of activities and events with accuracy and impartiality, promote transparency in government and politics and expose corruption in business and government practices, some would suggest it has become a perversion of itself and almost omnipotent in its power to affect perception and general constructions of truth.


The Media – whether Magazines, Newspapers, Internet, Television, Radio, or Social Media Platforms – is one of the most influential factors shaping the opinions and viewpoints of what people believe life and culture to be.


Every day the media tells us who we are, who we should be, who we're not, what we should think, and how we should feel. As a result, many of us take on narratives and identify with them as if they are our own. Though, many of these narratives do not truly belong to us, the majority of people will go along with the media's conditioning out of fear, oblivion, exhaustion and/or a host of other reasons. 


However, there are a growing mass of individuals who bravely go the other way, who ask questions, who challenge the status quo, who refuse to blindly accept the stories they've been told to live. The monologues requested are about these outliers. 


We are looking for bold playwrights & writers who will

confidently write about today’s controversial topics.


Each monologue should have all of the elements of great storytelling, and be original.

The piece should be no longer than 8 minutes, and be written in the first person narrative.


We want to take the audience on an emotional journey with ebbs and flows from the character's first person perspective as they tackle challenging topics such as the one's listed below. 

1. Do government restrictions/lockdowns impact the constitutional rights of the people? What about small business owners? 

2. Can mask and vaccine mandates be a violation of someone's right to govern their own body? Do citizens lose those rights during a crisis? If so, is this ethical?

3.  Has the media become an antagonist by only permitting a one-sided, limited narrative that purposely shapes the information we consume and serves to divide? 

4. Has the Media purposely created exaggerations and false delusions about individuals or events to sway a particular audience or group of people? Should they be held accountable?

5. Has the Media contributed to the loss of culture, tradition and history in the country?  Is that important?  Do Americans truly care whether the media is reporting the truth or not? How do you know if the media is reporting the truth or not?

6. Has the media participated in the conditioning African-Americans and minorities throughout their lives to feel inferior? Has Media narrative formulated depictions that stigmatize various groups of people? Has that helped to divide us?  Could the very people who are in opposition be more similar than they realize?

7. Could social media be distracting people from critical thinking, individual thought and reaching their highest potential?  Does social media disconnect us from each other and reality?

Is freedom of speech being compromised?  When social media platforms remove posts and censor individuals, does it infringe upon a person's constitutional right to free speech? Are we in danger as a society of losing those rights?  Have we become unable to decide what's best for us as a society so that it is necessary for someone else to decide for us? 

We know what the official media narrative says about these topics. 

How is your character's outlook different?

Does your character question or disagree with the way these issues are presented by the media?


How does your character feel about the media?

How has it impacted her/him?

Does he/she feel that there is unbiased, neutral reporting taking place in the present day? 

Are regulations ethical? Why or not? 

What are the psychological, physical, emotional, and mental effects of consuming media regularly? 

How have the current events impacted your character’s relationships with family, friends, neighbors and/or fellow citizens?

Why do we care?

How is this relevant?

How can this story empower and/or enlighten others?

**NOTE: We are looking to hear various perspectives from people and characters of different generations, cultures, nationalities, genders, ethnicities, citizens of socialist & capitalist countries, the LGBTQ community and everyone in between.  We would like to evoke conversations that make people think and come to their own conclusion of what "the truth" is. 


This project is a livestream monologue festival, and competition, ultimately resulting in a theatrical short film featuring a series of monologues which will be produced and featured on various digital platforms and submitted to film festivals.

CORRUPTION INC. Livestream Festival Competition will premiere at The Nubox located at John DeSotelle Studio, Spring 2021. Dates TBA

For immediate consideration, please email submissions@bluepearltheatrics.com

Place "CORRUPTION INC. Submission from #StageOpps" in the email subject. You will be notified if selected.

The monologue must be original and unpublished. 

The deadline for submissions is March 1st except for #StageOpps readers. For you, the deadline is March 15.

The top 6 monologues will be featured in the short film, and receive a $100 cash prize.

CORRUPTION INC. Film release TBD. The project will be filmed on location in New York City, NY.

Orchard Project Labs

More than 30 projects will be selected to participate in the Orchard Project's programs. Each will receive support in flexible, collaborative environments that put faith in artists to create new works. In 2021, our offerings will remain virtual.

In summer 2021, the Orchard Project will offer:

The Orchard Project Performance Lab, for professional makers of live performance, either staged in traditional or digital venues;

The Orchard Project Greenhouse Program, for collaborators generating multiple new works and collaborations in a multitude of forms;

The Orchard Project Episodic Lab, for writers working on the advancement of original TV scripts; and

The Orchard Project Audio Lab, for early development of scripts and ideas in the audio storytelling form.

Learn more about the labs or apply online at https://secure.orchardproject.com by March 10, 2021.

All applications are now submitted via a common, simplified application. There is no application fee at all to apply to any Orchard Project program.


Deadline: March 10, 2021

Submit to Parity Productions

Parity Productions is in the midst of some changes.

If you've been on our website lately, you may have noticed one or two of them. There are more on the way, but here's what we can share for now.

One—We have a new mission statement:

Parity Productions promotes parity by empowering women, trans, and gender-expansive artists in theatre.

In fulfilling our mission, we:

  • Commission and develop original plays

  • Produce and promote the work of playwrights, directors, and designers

  • Provide opportunities for underrepresented voices to work in theatre

This new mission statement gets to the heart of what we do simply and clearly, and reflects our gender language shift—from the term trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) to gender-expansive.

Which leads us to...

Two—Our artists database has a new name:

The Women and TGNC Artists Database is now The Parity Database. Same party, new nametag.

The Parity Database is a free online resource we provide to the NYC theatre industry to create visibility for women, trans, and gender-expansive artists and provide easy access to them for artistic leaders who seek to create more equitable hiring practices for creative teams, with a goal of New York City productions meeting our 50% gender parity hiring standard. And because we intend to lead by example, we hire artists to all our own creative team positions through Database profiles.

We're also actively adding Parity Database profiles during the COVID-19 theatrical shutdown, as a way Parity can support the New York artists who continue to create and make the performing arts accessible through even the most challenging periods, and to best champion these artists when live theatre returns. Artists interested in having a free profile in the database can complete this form at theparitydatabase.org.

If you have any questions or feedback about these changes, please feel free to email us at info@parityproductions.org.



2021 Community Builders Grant from Camera Ambassador

Camera Ambassador is pleased to announce its 2021 Community Builders Grant. Founded in 2019, the Community Builders Grant is meant to arm filmmakers with the necessary tools they need to do what they do best, create. This $3,000 cash production fund and $5,000 gear credit supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for young and emerging artists.

DEADLINE Applications are open March 1st through March 31st, 2021. 

APPLICATION FEE $10 for general applicants. $5 for students. If you are unable to cover your application fee, contact us for other options.


A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

Project must be shot in the Midwest. We are about building our community.

At least 21 years old.

A working artist with at least three years of professional experience.

Students with experience can apply. If you are a student, please mention that in the application.

All submitted projects must be under 15 minutes in length.

Projects must be in advanced stages of the pre-production process. This means projects must have at least one producer attached. 

For More info: (https://cameraambassador.com/pages/community-builders-grant). Contact: communitybuildersgrant@cameraambassador.com or Dominique Chestand, Grant Manager, at dominique@cameraambassador.com.


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

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


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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