September 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:

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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 complementary 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.


Camera Operator

Project:” Loitering with Intent”
Camera Operator needed for this upcoming documentary film project.

It is approx. 2-3 shooting days in Los Angeles compensation depends on experience. Reels required to be sent by email, shooting starts late in September.

All episodes of this documentary series has gained official selections at domestic and international film festivals.

If interested, reach out to Eve Jablonkay,

Position Title: Senior Production Coordinator

Department: Content Development & Production


Work with a Purpose!

Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC) is looking for a talented Senior Production Coordinator to join our growing organization. If you are excellent at creating smart, original content for broadcast and digital platforms, with unscripted video production and occasional studio production, then submit your cover letter and resume today!


About Public Media Group of Southern California (PMGSC)

Public Media Group of Southern California (KCET, PBS SoCal and LINK TV) tell stories that matter through original programs that reflect the diversity of the region, and the full schedule of trusted PBS programs. Our content channels – KCET and PBS SoCal – are available for free on internet – connected screens and seven local broadcast channels. LINK TV can be accessed through national satellite channels.


A donor- supported community institution, PMGSC sparks the sharing of ideas at in-person cultural events and community conversations and delivers social impact through services that prepare our most vulnerable children for school. 


Job Overview:

The Senior Production Coordinator is responsible for assisting Producers, Associate Producers, and Production Management in the creation of smart, original content for multiple distribution channels—on broadcast and digital platforms—with a heavy emphasis on unscripted video production, as well as occasional studio production. The ideal candidate has the ability to work collaboratively on high-quality digital video productions. They excel in working in a fast-paced environment and are excellent collaborators with rigorous attention to detail and organization.

Primary Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate communication between core team members on their assigned show/project(s)—particularly the Producer, Associate Producer, Production Manager and Production Assistants.
  • Manage the coordination of production tasks on their assigned show/project(s) as directed by the Producer, including:
    • Field production as necessary (includes running audio, assisting camera and/or grip, script supervising, etc.).
    • Knowledge of film permitting and coordination for on-location production.
    • Organizing off-site productions in conjunction with Production Management.
    • Responsible for all releases (personal, material and location) pertaining to production.
    • Post production as necessary (includes logging footage, transcribing, creating graphic files, editing, media management, etc.).
    • Tracking and processing licenses for sourced material (footage, archival photos and video, music, etc.).
  • Continuously monitor the status of their show/project(s) using Production Department collaborative tools: Outlook calendars, Sharepoint/Microsoft OneDrive, the Producer Checklist, etc.
  • Assist in communication with Co-Production Companies which includes: 
    • Help Producer track Co-Pro budgets and expenses.
    • Assist Producer in creative collaboration with Co-Pro team members (includes collaboratively creating treatments, scripts, paper edits, etc.).
    • Assist Producer in managing Co-Pro production and post schedules.
    • Assist Producer in shepherding project through every stage: development, pre-production, production, post, delivery, air, and archiving.
  • Responsible for production wrap binder in conjunction with Production Managers
  • Manage project and department calendars
  • Set meeting agendas 
  • Take notes in meetings when present
  • Support department needs for creating show sizzles and presentations
  • Professional judgement for handling confidential information
  • Collaborate with Production Managers to meet the needs of cast and crew
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues to jointly meet company-wide goals.
  • Arrange meetings and travel
  • Attend meetings and events as requested, including evenings and weekends.
  • Performs other duties as requested.


Minimum Qualifications

  • 2-3 years’ experience as a production coordinator on high quality video content, particularly the production, pre-production and post-production of long form documentary, episodic series and/or digital programming.
  • Basic knowledge of documentary field production processes: lighting, sound, camera.
  • Basic knowledge of digital film/video post-production processes:
    • Proficient in editing in at least one NLE software application: either Adobe Premiere or AVID.
    • Experience working in LOG workflows for filming/editing/color correcting.
    • Experience in using digital cinema cameras (eg. Arri Amira and Alexa Mini, RED cameras, Canon C300, and Sony FS7).
    • Experience in sourcing and securing licensing rights for music, acquired footage, archival photos and videos.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Strong attention to detail. Ability to multi-task with accuracy and to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


Education and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree; film, television, media or related field (preferred)
  • 2-3 years of production experience in related roles.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, it is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is also required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


Work Environment

The working conditions are primarily a telecommuting setting. However, the position will require off-site travel to donors and/or other such locations as necessary. Depending on the position, job duties, and subject to the discretion of the company, the position may be telecommuting eligible in whole or part (Please see the telecommuting policy and telecommuting agreement for additional information concerning telecommuting terms and work environment.)


Equal Opportunity Employer

PMGSC provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 


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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.


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Free class: Screenplay Structure for Non-Writers class, Sep 16 and 17

Taught by AFI Screenwriting Alumnus and AFI Screenwriting Faculty member, Cari Daly.


Do you wish you understood movie and tv structure better? Do you want to be able to give smarter notes to collaborators or select stronger scripts? Do you feel like you don’t always speak the same language as your writers? Do you want to better prioritize your department’s time, money and crew hours?


Then this class is for you!


Screenplay Structure for Non-writers is designed for producers, directors, editors, DPs and PDs to bridge the gap between departments and make even stronger collaborators!


Since this is the first time teaching this particular class I’m teaching it for FREE!

Yep, FREE!!!


We will cover the core design of film and television from theme to character to world, plus the flexible, emotional structure that lurks inside dramatic literature, from the most mainstream to the most independent, for both drama and comedy. We will also look at scenes and emotional arc from a writer’s POV…plus a whole lot more!


It’s a two-day lightning class on AFI campus, Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17, from 10 AM to 1 PM both days.


Email to register!


So come join us, hang out with fellow alums, and get some continuing education!!

The Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film is open to emerging Latinx video/filmmakers based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. The award will support dynamic, Latinx cinema production by emerging filmmakers that contribute towards a deeper understanding of Latinx expression and identity.
General Requirement for Eligibility.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must be based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
Must be a Latinx artist, cultural worker, or ensemble.
Must have an active NALAC Membership.

View guidelines for application here:

The mission of the American Zoetrope Screenplay Competition is to find and promote new and innovative voices in cinema. The competition considers feature-length film scripts, as well as pilot scripts for television/streaming services. Every script is read closely by a select handful of professional readers, and the American Zoetrope staff and Francis Ford Coppola choose a winner from among the ten finalists.

The winner will receive a grand prize of $5,000.

The winner and nine finalists will be considered for representation by the agencies CAA, Circle of Confusion, Energy Entertainment, Exile Entertainment, the Gersh Agency, ICM, Oasis Media Group, the Radmin Company, UTA, and William Morris Endeavor. Their scripts will be considered for option and development by the production companies American Zoetrope, Anonymous Content, Array, Cats & Dogs Productions, Double Hope Films, Fox Searchlight, Groundswell Productions, Icon Films, IFC Films, Jean Doumanian Productions, Lionsgate, LIT Entertainment Group, Lleju Productions, Number 9 Films, Oasis Media Group, Pretty Pictures Productions, Roserock Films, Sony Pictures Classics, Verisimilitude, and Working Title Films.

The FINAL DEADLINE is September 5, 2023, at 11:59:59 PST.

One winning script and nine finalists will be announced on February 12, 2024.

Semi- and quarterfinalists will be announced at the same time.

The standard fee is $50.

Before you enter the competition, please read the Official Rules. Answers to commonly asked questions can be found on our FAQ page. With further questions, please email

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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