June 2021 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! Don’t know how to navigate Backlot very well? Here’s a couple of step-by-step tutorials: Directory https://vimeo.com/329074511/e50b834df3   |   Update profile  https://vimeo.com/335661218/170d7d987b

How to post or find jobs on platform                  



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.




Looking to hire a staff assistant editor at Goode Films, founded in 2015 by director/producer Eric Goode (Tiger King).  We operate in an Avid workflow, and the job will be based at our offices in Ojai, CA. Please send a resume to carissa@goodefilms.com if interested.

An Oscar-nominated director/producer is seeking a very strong writer with a background in documentary for documentary pitch decks, proposals and treatments. The ideal candidate should be a quick study on a wide range of topics, good at implementing notes and feedback and able to work on tight turnarounds. Also someone who is neat in their presentation (grammar, punctuation and formatting) and thorough with research.  Pay is competitive/industry standard. Work can be done remotely. Any interested parties can email their CV to jobs@meraltafilms.com.


Post production needed for indie pilot.

Location: Los Angeles

Rate: TBA according to experience

Description: Indie pilot presentation requires recent grad for post production. Experience with tv like episodes with complex transitions is required. Ability to edit sound, and also looking for a colorist.


Please send applications with your contact info and links to your work. Email sunsetandvine2021@gmail.com or call/text 609-321-2187. Many thanks!


Cherokee Nation Film Office (CNFO) launched the first-ever all-Native directories of talent, crew, consultants, and film-friendly business and support services that are within the Cherokee Nation and/or are Native American. These directories are one-stop-shop for productions looking to hire Native Americans.

To register, just log onto www.cherokee.film and sign up under our “Directories” tab.

Hi, my name is Keta Brown, a writer/director MFA candidate at Mount Saint Mary’s University. I have produced several short films, including award-winning SPIN, and now, I’m focused on directing my upcoming Thesis project, a psychological thriller short film “Siege of a Living Soul.”

My story explores the secrecy surrounding mental illness in the Black community. It is seen through the eyes of an African American single mother who suffers from Dissociative Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and whose memories of childhood horrors implode, leading to the unleashing of her destructive Alter.

I am seeking a cinematographer who is looking to make a limit-pushing, visual story with a great team. This is a SAG micro-budget film school project, 3-day shoot ( 7/9 – 11/21) with a flat fee of $750 designated for the DP, plus copy and meals.

We are grateful to have an A-list casting company on board, and the short will be submitting to film festivals. I am looking to hire a cinematographer ASAP. Please contact Keta Brown 310-502-9994 or ketabrow@msmu.edu.

Seeking 1st A.D. for a short film based on a true story. Shoots in June in LA. Two-day shoot. Women of color are encouraged to apply. Please email resume and IMDB link to Jackieprod333@gmail.com

We are in search of an EDITOR for YOU GO GIRL!, a short film which was a co-production with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and awarded a BIPOC centered “Outdoors are for Everyone’ grant from Oregon Made Creatives Foundation/Travel Oregon.


ABOUT “YOU GO GIRL!” [Short Film]

Director: Shariffa Ali

Writer: Kamilah Long, Shariffa Ali, David Zheng

Director of Photography: Tyler Maddox

Producers: Adrian Alea, Courtney Williams, Kamilah Long and Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Genre: Dark Comedy

Length: 8-10 mins

Final Delivery Date: August 31st, 2021

Rate: $2,500 (negotiable)


O! Resident Artist Shariffa Ali (Ash Land, The Copper Children at OSF) brings her second short film to OSF’s digital platform. In You Go Girl!, a Black stand-up comedian finds herself in the beautiful forests of Southern Oregon to distribute the ashes of her late mother. Can this city woman overcome her fear of stillness, and in the process take control of her own healing? You Go Girl! is created in partnership with producers Adrian Alea (ALIALEA Productions), Kamilah Long (The Black Whole, Inc.), and Courtney Williams, and is made possible, in part, by an “Outdoor Adventure Grant” from the Oregon Made Creative Foundation, Travel Oregon and Oregon Film.

Contact Adrian Alea at adrian.alexander.alea@gmail.com if interested.

Attention recent AFI Film Graduates: 

I am currently looking to work with a cinematographer filming a series of comedic and dramedy video shorts in the Hollywood and Los Angeles area.  I need a d.p. who has a meticulous eye for lighting and composition, who appreciates nuanced, visual story-telling, and can work well with a director.  The filming will be relatively staid, not a lot of fancy camera work, more about enhancing the talent in every regard.  The experienced actors on board for this project are preparing extensively and bring a high degree of professionalism.  At most, each short requires one to two days of shooting, and will occur at roughly one month intervals, with occasional one hour prep meetings/virtual readings.  Preferably, I need someone who has their own camera, lighting and sound equipment, or is able to rent it.  Though a low budget project, there will be pay, the amount contingent on your level of expertise.  This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to network, enter the profession via being part of socially-constructive, independent vision with an environmental theme.  Women are highly encouraged to apply.

If interested, please email me at BAlicialoves@aol.com, or call 818 398 4891.

Thank you,

Alicia Sterling Beach

Thomas Meyer is looking to add a producer to his NYU Grad thesis film, ROYAL SECRETS: RESORT & CASINO. The film is aiming to shoot July 5-July 9th in Vero Beach Florida.

Producer responsibilities would include:

-Managing the budget (alongside the other producer)

-Scheduling actors, crew flights, housing, and transportation

-Assisting in the hiring of heads of department

-Overseeing the post-production process (Festival applications)


The film is a comedy about Ulee, an older, wannabe casanova as he roams a Caribbean resort seeking one last shot at love. Attached is an updated lookbook. He’s happy to answer any questions and send the script, he can be reached at thomas.b.meyer@gmail.com.


Backstage.com offers AFI alumni a promo code for FREE use of their casting services. Visit Backstage.com, click “Post a Job” to add a casting notice, then use the promo code AFIALUM during checkout.

LOOKING FOR EDITORS: We’re an LA/London based production company looking for an editor to work with us on cutting together a pop star’s concert/tour documentary. This is a paid position that is short term, but we have a lot of projects slated, so this has potential to turn into a longer-term position. You’d be working remote, and ideally would have your own editing set-up. If you’re interested, please email patrick@babyfoot.net with any reels or relevant information. This is an ideal position if you have a background in music and narrative!

The Department of Communications at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Digital Filmmaking to begin in the fall of 2020. The ideal candidate will be an experienced teacher and filmmaker in narrative fiction filmmaking with demonstrable knowledge about a vast range of forms, approaches and sensibilities in all phases of the production process from screenwriting to post-production. Click here for the full post and application!

R&D is a consultancy agency in the advertising industry. We focus on high-end commercial directors — whether they are at the beginning of their career or are very established — and serve as consultants for commercial production companies, recruiting EPs and representation. I’m currently looking for someone that is interested in this corner of the industry. Someone that has a positive attitude and who is organized, takes strong initiative and has a keen eye for talent. The part time position involves:

  • Keeping R&Ds social media up to date
  • Researching up-and-coming talent through festivals: AFI, SXSW, Vimeo, Music Videos
  • Researching alternative markets as well; France, London, etc.
  • Organizing google docs and database
Click here for more info and to apply!

We are seeking an outstanding and versatile individual who is savvy in social media, Youtube uploading and programming, and editing and shooting rather sophisticated and high-end digital cameras (Sony). Our location is at 994 S. La Brea, Inglewood, CA 90301. This is a paid position with an outstanding opportunity for growth. Please respond to George at Georgesaunders59@aol.com. We would like to schedule applicants as soon as possible. You will be meeting America’s Healing Dancing Doctor – Dr. Tabassian. Please respond ASAP with a resumé and brief background on yourself in the body of the email, detailing why you would be ideal for this position. I am also in ongoing production (IMDB link:  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006438/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2)

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. 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 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.

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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