June Opportunities


Become a member of the AFI Backlot — an exclusive networking platform designed to connect AFI alumni and assist in networking and professional development.

Here are just some of the benefits of the AFI Backlot:

  • Connect and interact with other AFI alumni.
  • Access aggregated resources and relevant filmmaking articles. Also, share useful tools with fellow alumni.
  • Find updates on AFI events (such as film screenings and crowdfunding campaigns). You can also add your own events.
  • Access thousands of job listings, including those available exclusively on the Backlot.
  • Become a mentor to a current Fellow or find a mentor for yourself, no matter where you are on your career path.

If you haven’t yet signed up for the Backlot, make sure to register today.


The AFI Conservatory Online Theater is an archive of the final short films made by alumni of the AFI Conservatory and the AFI Directing Workshop for Women. Films are now available for download ($1.99) and weeklong rentals ($0.99) on AFI.com.


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, their 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.

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.

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.

Slamdance Screenplay Competition — deadline April 8 (early), June 10 (regular), July 22 (late), July 29 (extended)Miller/Packan Film Fund — deadline May 15

LEF Moving Image Fund: Pre-Production — deadline June 7

IDFA Bertha Fund — deadline June 10

NEH Digital Projects for the Public — deadline June 12

ScreenCraft Film Production Fund — deadline June 30 (final)

National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works — deadline July 11

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 AbelCine Camera Grant — rolling

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


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.


The UTA Job List is refreshed weekly. Simply bookmark the link below or reference the newsletter and use it whenever you wish to view the updated list.


NOTE: The UTA Job List is intended for the personal use of its recipients. Posting of this list or any information derived from the list on any website or message board in its entirety or in part without the express written permission of the list administrator is neither permitted nor within the spirit of the efforts put into its creation. All rights are reserved. ©2019


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