May 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
  • 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.


Creative Lead Visual Effects – Remote with Travel as Needed

The Jackson Laboratory
As the potential Creative Lead for Visual Effects, you’ll have the opportunity to flex your creative muscles; establish new boundaries of the JAX brand standards; embrace and assess calculated risks; and thrive in an impact-centric environment. Collaborating with a diverse ensemble of talented peers, you’ll bring projects to life.
We are an award-winning in-house agency with an insatiable appetite for innovation. By joining our creative team of trailblazers, you’ll not only contribute to a world-renowned research institution, but also collaborate with a diverse ensemble of imaginative professionals who share your passion for excellence. You’ll help us engineer top-tier storytelling solutions that bolster the Laboratory’s strategic priorities and the future of human health. Together, we’ll craft captivating visuals, mesmerizing stories, and unparalleled experiences that resonate with our global audience.
Job Description and Application can be found here.

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: 


Paramount Studios is accepting applications for their 19th annual Paramount Writers Mentoring Program, an eight-month program that provides networking opportunities, supports emerging writers, and hones essential interpersonal skills. 
Submission Deadline: May 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm PST 

The North Star Fellowship is one of the cornerstones of the Points North Institute, supporting four innovative media artists and filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds who are developing projects that span the latitudes of creative nonfiction. These might include film, video installation, audio and photo-based work, immersive experiences, performance or other modes and genres.

Submission Deadline: May 8, 2023 @ 11:59 p.m. eastern (8:59 pm PT)

The Development Track application allows an artist’s work-in-progress fiction feature screenplay to be considered for several programs, fellowships, and grants. Screenwriting Labs and intensives encourage a creatively rigorous process focused on original storytelling experimentation, and risk-taking.
The application is open for fiction feature writers, directors, writer/directors. Or writers/director teams. Applicants will be considered for several opportunities within the Feature Film Program. More details on eligibility requirements in the application.
Submission Deadline: May 15, 2023 at 6pm Mountain Time (5pm PT)

Fred Rogers Productions Writers’ Neighborhood

The Fred Rogers Productions Writers’ Neighborhood for emerging BIPOC writers focuses on how to build and sustain a career as a freelance writer of in children’s media. Program participants will learn from the current writers, story editors, head writers, and producers working on the children’s series FRP currently produces for PBS KIDS, including Donkey Hodie, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and Alma’s Way, as well as other top industry creatives.

Applications will be accepted May 1-15, 2023.

More information about the program here.

Writers! Creators! Comics! Submit now for the chance to showcase your comedy show ideas to a panel of industry experts, live on stage, at Just for Laughs ComedyPRO 2023. All genres welcome: Scripted episodic, serialized, single or multi camera, dramedy, animation, sketch, variety, improv, unscripted, game show and alternative formats and proof-of-concept web series. Join THE global gathering of the most prominent executives in the comedy industry.
Submission Deadline: May 16, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST (8:59 pm PT)

2023 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film Are you working on a documentary about American history? The 2023 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film is seeking film submissions now through May 15. The folks behind this prize believe that documentaries are relevant and powerful educational tools that give us the means to explore history and ourselves. You can learn more and apply here:

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

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:
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:

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.
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

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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