October 2022 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.


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
Production Generalist: https://apply.interfolio.com/112493 
Screenwriting Professor: https://apply.interfolio.com/112491 


Project Name: WISE GUYS


Location and Timeline of Project: OHIO (PP) + LOS ANGELES (POST). NOVEMBER 2022 ~ AUGUST 2023

Application Deadline: 11/4/2022

For questions or if interested, please email MAKO KAMITSUNA: makokamitsuna@gmail.com

Realm Pictures International is interviewing for Directors of Photography, Production Designers, Costume Designers and Composers for our theatrical feature Steal Away. Based on Andrew Ward’s post-Civil War epic “Dark Midnight When I Rise”, Steal Away will feature sweeping cinematography, production design, costume design and an epic soundtrack.

Principal photography is scheduled to commence March 2023 in Atlanta, GA (USA). Applicants from all countries are being considered, irrespective of current union status.

Please visit StealAwayMovie.com/cast-and-crew for more information.

In search of an NYC based editor for our next Black Queer short film called “AN INTENT TO THE SPIRIT”, directed by Saheem Ali, starring Moses Sumney and LaChanze




Rashid is a queer graduate student from Tanzania in his late 20s living in New York City. When his beloved aunt Maryam and her girlfriend Sheila come to visit him, he and Sheila go out dancing in the city, leading to nights spent together in a hotel. What at first glance is a possible betrayal, then an exploration of desire and queerness, is ultimately revealed to be something more nuanced, beautiful and complicated; a story about commitment, love, and the unconventional ways family is created.


Director: Saheem Ali

Writer: Saheem Ali

Director of Photography: Joshua Echevarria

Producers: Adrian Alea, Kristian King

Genre: Drama

Length: 10-15 mins

Shooting Dates: September 24th-30th (4 days only within window)

Shooting Location: NYC

Final Delivery Date: October 31st, 2022

Rate: TBD (negotiable, low budget and indie) 

Please email adrian.alexander.alea@gmail.com for more information.

Editor- Social Media Short Video Production
Palette Pictures
Job Details:
– experienced in editing, color grading, photoshop and graphic design
– good research and communication skills
– embrace social media and experienced in gaining exposure on platforms like Douyin/Tiktok, YouTube, Instagram
– self-starter and self-motivated with good work ethic
– editing experience related to travel, food or wellness is a plus
– fluency in Chinese Mandarin and English languages is a plus but not a must

Primary Responsibilities:
– edit, color grade, sound mix, the video for posting

Timeline of Project: 1 year

Submit applications and inquiries to yandanwang@palettepictures.com


Ida B. Wells Short Film Fund:


The Ida B. Wells Fund is brought to you by Chromatic Black. Chromatic Black™ is a collective of 10,000+ Black artists – activists across a spectrum of creative disciplines. They are storytellers, and use their artistic platforms – art, education, film, television, live and digital entertainment – to bring about cultural change.


Chromatic Black™ supports projects that are reflective and illustrative of the theme of Disrupting the Master Narrative by offering partners accompaniment, funding, legal support, technical assistance, audience development support, artist retreats and gatherings, as well as connectivity to a broader collective of creative pioneers.


The fund will invest in five projects that critique dominant social and historical narratives and embody artistic attributes: commitment, communal meaning, disruption, cultural integrity emotional experience, risk-taking, coherence, openness, stickiness and resourcefulness. The Short Film Fund will support five filmmakers at $15,000 each. 


Please note: is fund is for creating an original, new short film only.


Applications are due FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2022 at 11:59 pm EST.


For questions or to talk through ideas, feel free to email Jessica Green at Chromatic Black: jgreen@drypowderworks.com

Tribeca Festival

Features Discount Code: TF23@instAFI


This code will take $10 off the submission fee for the features category when entered on the payment page. This code only works for submissions made on Tribeca’s website (not on FilmFreeway).

WAVE Grant awards five women filmmakers $5,000 seed funding to direct their first short film. The grant program offers mentorship and support to emerging, talented, young female filmmakers of color that may not otherwise have the resources to complete their first short film. At Wavelength, we champion creating a pipeline for women of color in the film industry. Filmmakers in our program have moved on to work for Netflix, FX, and more, in addition to receiving offers to submit to the Sundance Screenwriting Program.

Opened Sept 1 and closes Nov 1.

More here: https://www.wavelengthproductions.com/grants  

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

The Black List is thrilled to announce that it has once again partnered with NRDC’s (Natural Resources Defense Council) Rewrite the Future program, The Redford Center, and The CAA Foundation to launch a second iteration of the NRDC Climate Storytelling Fellowship.
The Fellowship will grant $20,000 each to three writers to support revision of a feature screenplay or pilot that engages with climate change in a meaningful way through events, actions, character, emotions, plot, and/or setting.
The first 400 writers that opt in with a qualified screenplay or pilot will receive one free month of hosting and one free evaluation. If you meet these criteria when you opt in, you will receive a notification.
Evaluations purchased before midnight on October 30, 2022 will be guaranteed consideration.

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. 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.

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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