July 2023 Opportunities


We are excited to invite you to join AFI Backlot – the new, exclusive networking platform for AFI Alumni! There’s also exclusive career opportunities that are only listed in Backlot! You can register in under two minutes by following the simple steps below:

  • Visit backlot.afi.com
  • On first visit, click ‘Get Started’
  • Fill out the information requested, including name and email
  • Choose your own unique password
  • Verify your email address when prompted
  • Upon approval, start using the site!

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Did you know that, as an alumnus, you receive lifetime borrowing privileges from the Louis B. Mayer Library? Library accounts for AFI Conservatory Alumni and DWW Alumnae are complimentary and include the following services based on availability:

  • Facility access to the Louis B. Mayer Library and the Computer Lab
  • Borrowing of circulating material, up to three (3) items at a time regardless of format
  • Use of non-circulating Library materials
  • On-site access to Thesis, Cycle, and DWW films
  • Remote access to the Library online catalog, LibraryWorld
  • Use of Library and Computer Lab hardware and software
    • Access can be requested from Library or Computer Lab Staff
    • Priority will be given to current Fellows
  • In-person reference assistance
  • Access to electronic resources (only available on Library computers)

Important note: Photo identification must be presented when borrowing Library materials. Use of printers in the Library and the Computer Lab is prohibited. Alumni also receive discounted rental rates for screening rooms on the AFI Campus. Learn more about all of the exclusive benefits and special discounts that come with being an AFI alumnus.


Project: Kiyama
I am an independent filmmaker based in Fort Lauderdale, FL who is looking for an editor to do editing and color correction on a three minute AI-generated film. Experience with motion graphics and After Effects is appreciated. The film is about the last woman left alive after a nuclear apocalypse has destroyed Earth. I plan to submit the film to film festivals and seek distribution. Please email me a copy of your reel and include details about your rates. We can collaborate via Zoom and via telephone, and I am seeking candidates based anywhere.
If interested, please email Hillary Wright, hillarywright101@gmail.com 

Producer for Podcast About Distribution for Independent Filmmakers

We are seeking an experienced audio producer to join our team and produce an interview podcast for a client focused on distribution for independent filmmakers. The candidate will be the main point person with the client and will lead all creative tasks with support from Moso Haus’s team who will provide creative feedback and project management. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the film industry, be skilled in audio production, and have a passion for creating informative and engaging content for a diverse audience.

Moso Haus (www.mosohaus.com) is a women-owned, black-owned audio production company. We produce content that makes us think, laugh, and reflect.

-Conduct research on various topics related to distribution for independent filmmakers and suggest potential topics for the podcast.
-Develop and pitch show concepts to the team and work collaboratively to finalize episode ideas and content, including creating and reviewing the final show treatment.
-Identify and book guests who can provide valuable insights and perspectives on distribution in the film industry.
-Conduct pre-interviews with guests to ensure they are well-prepared and can contribute to the conversation.
-Create interview preps for the host.
-Coordinate logistics for recording sessions, including scheduling, equipment setup, and audio quality control.
-Script and workshop any tracking for the host.
-Assist host during interviews and direct during tracking sessions.
-Edit and produce episodes to ensure high-quality audio and engaging content that aligns with the podcast’s brand and messaging.
-Follow the production schedule created by Moso Haus and adjust with the team when needed.
-Draft show description and episode copy.
-Stay up-to-date on film industry trends and changes in distribution strategies to inform future episode topics and content.
-Act as point person with client and work with team in a collaborative manner, with creative feedback and project management support from Moso Haus.

-Bachelor’s degree in film, media, or a related field.
-At least 3 years of experience in audio or film production.
-Deep knowledge of the film industry, specifically regarding distribution for independent filmmakers.
-Strong research skills and ability to identify and vet potential guests.
-Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with a team.
-Proficiency in audio editing software, such as Descript, Pro Tools, or in film editing software.
-Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
-Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

If you are passionate about the film industry and have a talent for audio production and storytelling, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity: https://airtable.com/shrDIGih108TMtKlU 

The Department of Film and Electronic Arts at California State University, Long Beach invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Screenwriting with expertise in film and television writing.
Click here to apply and for more details.

The Division of Film and Media Arts in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University is seeking a two full-time faculty positions teaching film and media production.
Screenwriting Professor: https://apply.interfolio.com/112491 


The Los Angeles Public Library and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles are thrilled to announce the first ever open call for creative Angelenos to apply for the LAPL Creators in Residence program!

This opportunity, which comes with a $20,000 honorarium, celebrates the creative talent found throughout the city and highlights the potential of our libraries to inspire new original work and ideas.

We invite applications from anyone in Los Angeles County over the age of 18 to submit their ideas regardless of their creative medium or field of interest — swipe through to see possible types of Creators we can imagine engaging through this unique initiative.

Applications are due July 14th with projects culminating in the Spring of 2024.

For more information and to apply visit lapl.org/creators

Short Script Screenwriting Lab

Short scripts are a fantastic way to get your screenwriting feet wet, explore a new genre, hone your craft, and gain recognition within the entertainment industry.   At least 4 winners will be invited to take part in our exclusive Virtual Shorts Lab to help define the next steps in their projects journey – whether that’s self-producing, crowdfunding, or connecting it with producers looking for short content. This year WeScreenplay is excited to partner with Talon Entertainment Finance who will select one project from this year’s submissions to receive a $10,000 short film grant. Talon Entertainment will also offer development mentorship and support to the selected project and writer. They will also review all of this year’s lab finalists scripts and meet with select finalists   Late Deadline: June 15, 2023 Final Deadline: July 15, 2023
Operation Street Kidz is hosting its first script producing competition and is looking for submissions! Thanks to funding from La Plaza de Cultura y Artes’ Eastside Arts Initiative, as well as a partnership with Two Seas Media, we are looking to produce short films from Mexican American writers located in and around the Los Angeles area. Thanks to our partners and their contributions, we are now able to produce high quality, low budget short films that will provide aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to take that first big step as creators!
Application: Year-Round

Do you love children’s storytelling? Or dream of writing animated films? Oak Tree Comics would love to read your stories. Oak Tree Comics is a new independent publisher of children’s graphic novels that’s currently accepting story submissions. Founded in 2020 by a former AFI fellow, Oak Tree Comics focuses on socially and environmentally-conscious storytelling for readers of all ages. Want to learn more about submission policies? Visit www.oaktreecomics.com/submissions

HUSSLUP is offering you an exclusive invite to join their Invite-Only Beta. In the first 16 weeks, they already have over 1,600 talented showrunners, writers, producers, directors, editors, execs, and managers, including many AFI alums, on the platform to connect, collaborate, and staff.
All you have to do is RSVP with your full name and your AFI affiliation and they will send a unique invite code: support@husslup.com
On HUSSLUP, you can discover new professional opportunities and amplify your creative network by connecting with diverse creative talent from premier organizations, including the professional guilds, Women in Film, NALIP, and Outfest, as well as execs from over 45 top studios and production companies, including Universal Studio Group and Universal Film Group.
Making your professional profile is super simple! And you can join the AFI Community Group to connect with each other.
HUSSLUP is transforming Hollywood’s old clique with one click. We can’t wait to HUSSLUP with you!

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 at: https://backstage.zoom.us/j/86842171638.

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 (www.writegirl.org) 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.
For more information, sign up for the WriteGirl newsletter at http://bit.ly/2tK9WUr
For questions, contact WriteGirl at membership@writegirl.org 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 contact@kitsplit.com 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 sadie@loyalstudios.tv.

Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund — ongoing  Film Independent Labs & Programs – ongoing  Film Independent Camera Grant – ongoing Film Independent Fiscal Sponsorship — rolling Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant — rolling  Ford Foundation: JustFilms — ongoing Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund — rolling ITVS Open Call — ongoing Jerome Foundation Grant Programs — ongoing   NewFilmmakers Los Angeles — ongoing nextPix/firstPix Crowd Funding Grants — ongoing   Panavision New Filmmaker Program — ongoing Roadmap Writers Diversity Initiative Program — ongoing Scottish Documentary Institute Consultancies — ongoing Screen Australia: Feature Film Production Program — ongoing Screen Australia: Documentary Producer Equity Program — ongoing  Visions Sud Est Fund — ongoing World Cinema Fund: Distribution — ongoing


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