December 2021 Opportunities


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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 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

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!

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.

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X4Y is built by Sugar23, the team behind 13 REASONS WHY, THE KNICK, MANIAC, DICKINSON, SPOTLIGHT and other award-winning projects.


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 to learn more about the project. 


Video Editor

Overview We are looking for an experienced video editor with a compelling portfolio who can help create films about one of the most significant trends of our time–the emergence of a new science: The Science of Where.   You will join a growing team of highly experienced, award-winning creatives charged with implementing a new strategy–to use visual storytelling not only to increase brand awareness, but to show how geography, mapping, and Esri’s technology can help address the great challenges of our time. These stories include mitigating climate change, building smarter cities, making businesses more sustainable, and responding to natural disasters. For examples of the kind of work we do click here:   You are passionate about storytelling and ideally have some experience making science and technology content accessible to general audiences. You will work with producers and executive producers to bring compelling video to life across various platforms including theatrical display for major conferences, high profile advertising campaigns, and online publication across highly trafficked web sites.  

Senior Video Writer-Producer


We are looking for an experienced video storyteller who can create compelling films about one of the most significant trends of our time–the emergence of a new science: The Science of Where. You will join a growing team of highly experienced, award-winning creatives to help implement a new strategy for Esri–to use the power of visual storytelling not only to dramatically increase brand awareness, but to show how the power of geography, mapping, and Esri technology can address the great challenges of our time. These stories will involve mitigating climate change, managing refugee crises, building smarter cities, responding to natural disasters, and helping businesses run more sustainably. For examples of the kind of work we do click here:  

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) Cinematography Directing Producing 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. Preferred Qualifications 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 Lighting Production Design Sound Recording and Mixing TV News Production Editing & Color Correction How to Apply / Contact Candidates should submit all applications to  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


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 and put “Assistant Editor” in the subject line. Introduce yourself and send any work you’ve already done in the past. Thank you!


Position #1: Director of Photography
Position #2: Production Designer
The Project:
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 at Flying M Ranch – March 2022
Shooting Schedule – 10-14 days
Contact Info: Producer/Director – Ben Mathews –– IMDB Pro Page

Seeking a Producer excited to jump into to co-producing with the Writer/Lead Actress on a 15-minute sweet SAG/AFTRA compliant short film for the festival circuit with the intention of shooting in the desert 60 miles east of Barstow and one other location in Nov/Dec 2021. Small cast: 2 leads, 2-day players plus extras. Budget goal of $8-10K. Please note the project is not funded and no other cast/crew attached yet. I am open to Producers who wish to Direct or DP as well. Fundraising will be involved. This will be a paid position. Pay rate TBD. Contact Glory for more info at: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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: For more information, sign up for the WriteGirl newsletter at For questions, contact WriteGirl at 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 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 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 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

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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