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COMPETITIONS AND FELLOWSHIPS
7th ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is an online five-week intensive scriptwriters program that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks. The lab takes place mid – April through late May of 2022 and offers 7 Native American writers an opportunity to participate. Each participant will complete an original pilot during the five-week program and receive feedback from peers and an experienced writing instructor.
During the virtual lab, fellows meet with executives and literary representation from several of our industry partners. Scripts from the lab are read by several of our network and studio partners as well as being included in the Native Writes database.
Deadline: March 1, 2022
NBC TV WRITERS’ PROGRAM
NBCUniversal Launch aims to cultivate inclusive storytelling while also discovering and nurturing the next generation of diverse content creators. As one of its signature programs, the NBC TV Writers Program curates, cultivates, and elevates writers from diverse and underrepresented communities and prepares them for substantial careers within the television industry.
During the eight-month program, writers will create and workshop an original pilot to which the writer retains all rights. They will be paired with programming executives who will mentor them, as they write their original pilot and polish samples for staffing consideration.
Deadline: March 7, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. PT
WESCREENPLAY’S DIVERSE VOICES SCREENWRITING LAB
Diverse Voices is a dynamic screenwriting lab with a proven track record of helping move the needle for stories that are told from perspectives that are often underrepresented in Hollywood today. This includes writers of color, women writers, writers with disabilities, writers over 40, writers in the LGBTQ+ community, and any other voices that have historically been ignored by Hollywood.
A minimum of 4 winners will be selected to participate in this career-changing lab! Writers chosen for the lab have a long weekend PACKED with workshops to hone their craft, mentorship calls with working writers, and general meetings with studio execs, literary reps, and more.
Regular Deadline: March 15, 2022
Final Deadline: April 15, 2022
THE WRITERS LAB US
The Writers Lab is the only program in the world devoted exclusively to script development for women screenwriters 40+. We honor the fact that gender is personal and specific and seek to create an inclusive and supportive community.
Submissions of both Features and Pilots (both 1-hour and ½-hour) in English will be considered. They will select approximately 12 promising feature and pilot writers who collectively reflect the diversity of the world’s population.
Early Deadline: March 10, 2022
Late Deadline: March 30, 2022
MGM X BLACK LIST
The Black List and MGM have partnered to discover new voices with unique perspectives from historically underrepresented communities over the next two years. Every six months, The Black List will deliver a shortlist of new feature writers to MGM for consideration. MGM seeks to provide one writer from each six month cycle with a two-step Guild minimum blind deal, over a continuous period of two years.
MGM seeks to work with creative partners who want to tell original stories with universal, all audiences appeal for the big screen. The studio is genre-agnostic and aspires to work with great talent to join the ranks of MGM’s historic studio. For the first time ever, stage play (plays and musicals) samples will be considered for this opportunity along with feature film samples – no pilots or webseries, please.
Purchase eval by: March 29, 2022
Closes: April 29, 2022
ROY W. DEAN SHORT FILM GRANT
The Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring 2022 is now open for submissions. Since 1992, the Roy W. Dean Film Grants have supported independent filmmakers by awarding funding to unique films that make a contribution to society. From the Heart Productions, the non-profit sponsoring the grant, is proud to have helped talented filmmakers complete films that impacted people’s lives and to have seen many of those filmmakers go on to have great filmmaking careers.
The grant is open to documentaries, narrative features, short films and web series. Films must be unique, make a contribution to society, and be budgeted at $500,000 or less. Students are welcome to apply.
Deadline: March 30, 2022
SUNDANCE EPISODIC LAB
The Sundance Episodic Program is an entry point and sustaining force for emerging episodic writers and creators across all scripted platforms. Through a rigorous Lab experience and customized year-round support, the program provides artists with the tools, training, and industry access to move their projects and careers forward.
The Episodic Lab is an immersive six-day experience at the Sundance Mountain Resort that offers writers an opportunity to workshop an original pilot and develop their writing and pitching skills. Working with accomplished showrunners, producers, and executives, the Fellows participate in one-on-one story meetings, pitching sessions, craft workshops, and writers’ rooms, which altogether provide creative and strategic tools to develop their pilots and navigate the industry.
Deadline: March 9, 2022
KAREN SCHMEER FILM EDITING FELLOWSHIP
The newly redesigned 2022-2023 Fellowship program is a year-long group mentorship program for assistant, associate and emerging documentary film editors from historically underrepresented backgrounds and experiences – including those facing discrimination or barriers due to race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomics, immigration, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. It will consist of monthly small group meetings with seasoned documentary editor mentors. This year the program will be hybrid, both in-person and online, which now allows for applicants from across the US. We will have in-person group meetings in New York and Los Angeles (pursuant to local health guidelines) and virtual group meetings for those in other areas of the US.
Deadline: March 20, 2022
HUMANITAS NEW VOICES FELLOWSHIP
New Voices Fellowship is a four-month mentorship program for emerging television and screenwriters. The program is committed to identifying and empowering five writers each year who are unrepresented and are currently working on a 30- or 60-minute pilot or feature film screenplay that upholds the mission of Humanitas.
Through mentorship, workshops, conversations on professional development, and networking opportunities, New Voices equips writers with the tools needed to advance their careers. Since 2010, 50 fellows have completed the New Voices program and advanced to become showrunners, producers, directors, and staff writers.
Deadline: April 30, 2022
Entry Fee: $45
HBO MAX APA VISIONARIES SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The HBO Max Asian Pacific American Visionaries is a short film competition sponsored by HBO Max that provides emerging directors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent the opportunity to showcase their work. The theme for the 2022 APA Visionaries Short Film Competition is “Power of Love.” Films should center and portray ways in which Asian Pacific Americans perceive and show love in their relationships, friendships, or families. In addition to receiving cash prizes, the films will be selected to make their premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in May 2022 and offered the opportunity to have the winner’s Film premiere on HBO platform(s) (including on HBO Max). Film premieres will be at HBO and HBO Max’s sole discretion.
Deadline: March 1, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. PST
SFFILM RAININ GRANT
The SFFILM Rainin Grant program is the largest granting body for independent narrative feature films in the US. Grants support films that address social justice issues—the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges—in a positive and meaningful way through plot, character, theme, or setting and benefit the Bay Area filmmaking community in a professional and economic capacity. Awards are made to multiple projects once a year in the fall, for screenwriting, development, and post-production. In addition to a cash grant of up to $25,000, recipients secure a two month residency at FilmHouse and benefit from SFFILM’s comprehensive and dynamic artist development programs.
Final Deadline: Fri, Mar 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm (PST)
BREAKING THROUGH THE LENS
This program is open to female and non-binary directors with a feature film project in late-stage development. Submissions are being accepted from January 28th through to March 3rd, with the ten finalists to be announced at the Cannes Film Festival this May 2022. Ten successful applicants will have the opportunity to pitch their film projects in front of leading investors, funds, distributors and sales agents at Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals. Narrative and Documentary projects are accepted
Opens: January 28, 2022
Deadline: March 3, 2022
2022 BLACK LIST X WIF FEATURE RESIDENCY
The Black List and WIF will invite six promising non-professional screenwriters who are of underrepresented genders (women, NB/GNC, and/or trans, and others) to participate in a one-year residency, kicking off with a long weekend intensive in the Los Angeles area on June 23–26, 2022. Throughout the following 12 months, writers will be supported through additional events as well as arranged meetings with representation, production companies, and fellow writers to elevate their projects and career trajectories. Participants should expect these events to be held in person in Los Angeles.
Deadline: March 8, 2022
Producer for a Narrative Feature
Emerging filmmaker based in NYC, is working on her debut narrative feature film.
KID C follows Lee, a rambunctious 10-year-old, during her first year as a Chinese immigrant in Texas during the late 1990s. Cracking under the pressures of volatile parents, Lee attempts to reclaim a sense of childhood with her best friend John, an African American boy. But when she reveals a secret that he shared, their friendship is threatened and life begins to collapse.
NYC, LA, and Texas producers are preferred. Anyone who can speak Mandarin is an extra bonus.
The project is being supported by grants from Sundance, the Jerome Foundation, and NYSCA.
If interested, please contact Jingjing Tian: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the filmmaker’s website.
DOCUMENTARY SERIES EDITOR WANTED
PROJECT TITLE: “THE LAST ONES”
EDITING FORMAT: HD AVID 1920X1080 / MEDIA COMPOSER 6.5.2
SHOT ON: Super 16mm Film
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Chronicles people, places, technologies, and wildlife internationally that are almost gone from our midst. The show places each subject in an historical context, delves into how they’ve survived, what value they hold in today’s society, their future, and why they’re important to preserve. Some of our previous segments include the last crank phone system in the United States, the last supply line pack station in the United States, the last orange grove in Orange County, the last traditional kite maker in Malaysia, and one of last surviving members of the WASP- Women’s Air Service Pilots of World War 2.
Here’s a link to our PILOT EPISODE: VIMEO LINK: https://vimeo.com/445666835
PASSWORD IS: cosh
WHAT’S THE GOAL?
To have 3 completed episodes to shop around as a regular series with a full budget. PBS has already shown interest.
WHOSE PROJECT IS THIS?
Husband and wife team, Greg and Nora Cosh. Nora is a broadcast journalist from Malaysia, and Greg a director, member of the Cinema Audio Society, and union sound mixer, currently working on his 5th season of Young Sheldon for CBS. He has also worked with many AFI film makers over the years.
IMBD LINK: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0181849/
WHAT’S THE JOB ENTAIL?:
Sync footage, organize footage, complete Rough Cuts and Final Cuts based on script provided by Greg. There are 3-4 segments in each episode, each segment roughly 5-15 minutes in length.
HOW MANY SEGMENTS ARE THERE TO COMPLETE?
6 segments to make up 2 new episodes.
HOW MUCH FOOTAGE IS THERE TO DEAL WITH?
We shoot entirely on film, not only to give our visuals a unique, beautiful look, but also because of its unmatched archival qualities and the economy it affords us in post. There aren’t hours and hours of footage to sift through for each segment. We own our own Super 16 camera and sound package, so it made it financially viable for our small budget.
WHAT’S THE PAY?
This is a self-financed project, and as such, isn’t at scale. We can pay $2250-$3250 (no 1099 required) per completed segment, depending on its length.
WHEN WOULD IT BEGIN? ASAP.
HOW DO I APPLY? Please e-mail your resume and reel to: email@example.com
Position #1: Director of Photography
Position #2: Production Designer
Logline – A micro budget neo-western that chronicles the story of Whitney, a mid-twenties urbanite, who, after her mom passes, inherits a 15,000 acre cattle ranch and all the problems that come along with trying to sell it.
100% of financing secured
Transportation and Accommodation 100% covered / Daily Rates – TBD
Shooting Schedule – 10-14 days
Feature documentary by award winning director seeks cinematographer for an LA based shoot about a little known but fabulous female songwriter and artist who wrote numerous hit songs and lived a color filled life with an array of famous friends. Must love Los Angeles, Earth Wind & Fire, 1980s MTV aesthetic and Lily Tomlin. If you’re interested please email your resume to Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the project. _________________________________________________________________________________________________
Full Time Lecturer position in Film Production at ODU
The Department of Communication & Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University, seeks a full-time Lecturer (non-tenure track) for its Cinema and Television (CTV) production program. ODU’s CTV Program emphasizes students gaining hands-on experiences; the program delves deep into production in an experiential learning environment. We are seeking candidates who possess Film/TV production experience and the ability to teach either producing, directing, cinematography or animation. Norfolk is a top-50 media market. Old Dominion University is a minority-serving institution that offers a BA/BS in Communication with a Major in Cinema & TV Production and a BA in Theatre/Dance with a Major in Cinema Production.
Minimum Qualifications – knowledge, skills, and abilities
Experience in narrative/documentary Film/TV production, animation, broadcast journalism or TV News and the ability to teach related subjects to a diverse student population that includes numerous first-generation students and veterans.
Ability to teach hands-on production style courses in at least one of the following areas:
- Animation (3D and/or traditional)
Minimum Qualifications – Education or training
- Master’s degree in Film, Television, Media Arts, Animation, Mass Communication or a related discipline.
- Knowledge of current industry tools relating to your areas of specialty in production craft.
- MFA in Film, Television, Media Arts, Animation, Mass Communication or a related discipline.
- One or more of the following:
- Experience Producing.
- Desire to participate in departmentally produced film productions.
- Ability to take on Producer role for departmental film productions, which will include social-impact productions.
- Prior experience teaching at a university level.
Ability to teach additional courses from this list:
- Commercials Production
- Documentary Production
- Production Design
- Sound Recording and Mixing
- TV News Production
- Editing & Color Correction
How to Apply / Contact
Candidates should submit all applications to https://jobs.odu.edu/postings/14150
Submit a letter of application that addresses experience in production and previous creative endeavors. Also submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and approaches, a statement describing how you would facilitate the storytelling of a diverse student body and ensure equity and inclusion through your teaching, 3-5 work sample links with descriptions that clearly detail your contributions, unofficial graduate transcripts, and the names and contact information of three professional references. The search committee may ask for more materials as needed. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
Assistant Editor – PACIFIC MEDIA INC.
Job Title: Assistant Editor
Location: Burbank, CA (You work from home)
Terms: Part-time 20hrs/week
About Us: Pacific Media Inc. is a Los Angeles based production company that creates high-converting media to help companies make sales and build their brands. We do everything from start to finish including writing, pre-production, production and post-production for our clients so they don’t have to worry about their content. Our clients are usually large brands like Quest Nutrition, Adidas, Atkins Nutrition, Insomniac etc. We value hard-work, creativity and a “problem-solving” attitude. Our website, work and clients can be found at www.pacificmediacreative.com.
Role: Hire would work in Adobe Premiere sorting through footage, categorizing it, transferring it, create proxies, edit videos and prepare videos for color grading and finishing. This will help the editors work more efficiently and allow for more creativity and better videos for our clients and allow delivery to clients at a more rapid pace.
• 20hrs/week of time required (Will pay more if more is required)
• Must have a good laptop/desktop computer to work from with Premiere
• Must have basic knowledge of Adobe Premiere
• Basic knowledge of DaVinci Resolve (Ideal but not required)
• Be able to meet deadlines and work in a timely manner
• Some video production/post-production education/experience
• Must understand basic post-production terminology
CONTACT US TO APPLY: If working in the film industry, gaining experience in the field, and building a network while getting paid for it sounds good to you, email email@example.com and put “Assistant Editor” in the subject line. Introduce yourself and send any work you’ve already done in the past. Thank you!
THE THOUSAND MILES PROJECT
The Thousand Miles Project is committed to helping emerging writers tell their stories and jumpstart lasting writing careers in the entertainment industry. In partnership with Universal Content Productions (UCP) and writer/producer Soo Hugh (The Terror, Pachinko), the program will provide up to 20 writers/writing teams the opportunity to learn about television writing and the industry through panels and lectures with writers, development execs, managers, and agents in a two-day intensive virtual workshop. After the workshop, participants will be invited to apply for a 24-week development lab by submitting a series idea for further development.
Open to writers who are passionate about telling Asian and Pacific Islander stories. They are accepting Features, TV Pilots, Shorts, Web Series, Short Stories, Book/Manuscripts, Stage Plays, Graphic Novels, and Articles.
Deadline: March 31, 2022
Backstage Casting Services
AFI Alumni can access Backstage’s casting services
with the promo code: AFIALUM
Student Filmmaker/Emerging Filmmaker Office Hours are also available for additional help or have casting questions. 11:00-11:45am PST every Tuesday
. _________________________________________________________________________________________________ For producers: Discover Wscripted, the first marketplace sourcing content written by women and non-binary storytellers, which published its Inaugural Cannes Screenplay List with Variety. Wscripted is pleased to introduce “Pitch a Decision-Maker”, a monthly series featuring a producer or development executive looking to discover female or non-binary talents and 4 storytellers pitching their project available for option or financing. Producers interested in participating can contact Ellie at firstname.lastname@example.org For directors and screenwriters: Discover Wscripted, the first marketplace sourcing content written by women and non-binary storytellers, which published its Inaugural Cannes Screenplay List with Variety. Wscripted is pleased to introduce “Pitch a Decision-Maker”, a monthly series featuring a producer or development executive looking to discover female-led projects and 4 female or non-binary storytellers pitching their project available for option or financing. To apply or rsvp, you can create an account at wscripted.com
THE BLACK LIST/AFI ALUMNI NETWORK PARTNERSHIP
The alumni-led AFI Alumni Network has created a partnership with Franklin Leonard of The Black List in order to connect AFI writers with AFI producers, showrunners, and directors. We are currently in beta testing on a new search function on The Black List to allow AFI writers to identify their alumni status and for buyers to search for material from other AFI Alumni. Not only that, Franklin has agreed to extend to AFI Alumni the same privileges that WGA members get on The Black List – free listing of your scripts’ loglines, plus your contact information, so you will show up in searches even when you are not paying to host scripts on the website. If you are already on The Blacklist website, you just go to your profile and add your AFI Alumni status. If you are not already on there, set up your profile and select Alumni status. Give it a try! https://blcklst.com/
X4Y is a new type of content marketplace, to help you turn your spec content into sold content.
With X4Y, you can sell your spec commercials to brands around the world, giving your work instant credibility and earning you a profit. You can even repurpose your existing short films and other content into 30- and 60-second, brand-agnostic spots that could work for multiple companies. (Just remove any logos or other brand references.) You’ll also be able to create a personal profile that showcases your skills and work to the world.
Sign up for an exclusive, free X4Y early membership and start sharing now! x4y.com/creators
X4Y is built by Sugar23, the team behind 13 REASONS WHY, THE KNICK, MANIAC, DICKINSON, SPOTLIGHT and other award-winning projects.
WRITEGIRL IS SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!
Support the voices of teens in Los Angeles! Volunteer as a writing mentor or help behind the scenes in supporting the work that WriteGirl and Bold Ink Writers are doing to inspire teens to develop their creativity and writing skills! WriteGirl
) is a creative writing and mentoring organization that empowers underserved teen girls in Los Angeles through mentoring relationships with women writers, hosting large-scale writing workshops at such places as the Huntington Gardens, The Autry and LACMA. Since 2001, WriteGirl has maintained a 100% success rate in guiding girls to not only graduate from high school, but also enroll in college. WriteGirl
is seeking women writers in all genres including novelists, poets, journalists, songwriters, copywriters, legal writers and more to help mentor teen girls, lead workshops and inspire girls to express their creative ideas. Weekly and monthly mentoring opportunities available. WriteGirl
is also seeking women professionals to volunteer behind-the-scenes with events, public relations, fundraising and partnerships. (Strong communication skills required.) WriteGirl’s Bold Ink Writers Program
is seeking men with creative writing skills to lead writing workshops for teen boys and co-ed groups during the school day. Workshops will take place throughout Los Angeles, from alternative schools to detention camps, for teens of diverse backgrounds. Daytime/weekday availability required. Apply here: www.writegirl.org/join-us
. For more information, sign up for the WriteGirl newsletter at http://bit.ly/2tK9WUr For questions, contact WriteGirl at email@example.com or call 213-253-2655.
HIP Sound Stages located near Downtown Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium is offering a 15% discount to any AFI alumni or current fellows. Please contact info@HipstudiosLa.com
or (323) 833-5920 for further information
A new co-writing space in the heart of the Culver City Arts District, Writers Blok provides structure, support and community for writers. Modeled after a gym or a yoga studio, this dedicated writing space is available for writing sessions seven days a week. If you’re looking for a place to get work done where you’ll also find a great community of writers, you’re in luck. Writers Blok is offering a free session to AFI alumni.
Need to find film-friendly locations in the Los Angeles area? Visit Giggster.com to search and book diverse commercial, residential and studio locations.
Kitsplit is a community of tens of thousands of vetted filmmakers and production companies renting gear to and from each other. It has been called “the AirBNB for creative equipment” by Forbes and Fast Company. Kitsplit invites AFI alumni to join as LA Founding Members and list gear with exclusive benefits. Those who reach out in August will receive free concierge service — email your gear list to firstname.lastname@example.org and mention AFI. To receive 20% off your first rental, sign up for KitSplit and use exclusive code AFI15 at checkout.
Looking for studio space and equipment rentals? Loyal Studios in Burbank offers 10% discounts to the AFI community. Contact Sadie Dean (AFI Class of 2011) at email@example.com.
Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship — open until full Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund — ongoing
Big Vision Empty Wallet Kickstart Diversity Program — ongoing
Catapult Film Fund — ongoing
Cinereach Grants — ongoing
Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers — rolling Film Independent Labs & Programs – ongoing
Film Independent AbelCine Camera Grant — rolling Film Independent Camera Grant – ongoing
Film Independent Fiscal Sponsorship — rolling
Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant — rolling
Firelight Media Producers’ Lab — rolling
The Fledgling Fund — ongoing
Ford Foundation: JustFilms — ongoing
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund — rolling
ITVS Open Call — ongoing
Jerome Foundation Grant Programs — ongoing
Kaleidoscope — rolling
Merge AR VR Developer Fund — rolling
NewFilmmakers Los Angeles — ongoing
nextPix/firstPix Crowd Funding Grants — ongoing
OSVR Developer Fund — rolling
Panavision New Filmmaker Program — ongoing
Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative Program — ongoing
San Francisco Film Society’s Narrative Grants & Programs — ongoing
Scottish Documentary Institute Consultancies — ongoing
Screen Australia: Feature Film Production Program — ongoing
Screen Australia: Documentary Producer Equity Program — ongoing
Sundance Documentary Fund — ongoing
Visions Sud Est Fund — ongoing
World Cinema Fund: Distribution — ongoing
YouPix Competition (Directors and Writers) — ongoing
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