Angelina Jolie ‘First They Killed My Father’ Film on Netflix

Coming soon to Netflix, Oscar-winning actress’ Angelina Jolie’s fourth feature directorial effort, “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.” Adapted by Loung Ung and Jolie from Ung’s memoir of the same title. It is told from the perspective of a Cambodian girl, Loung Ung, as she and her family struggled to survive the brutal genocide of the Khmer Rouge regime that murdered one-quarter of the population after the United States withdrew from Vietnam. Jolie recently screened the film at the Telluride Film Festival to a standing ovation, as reported by IMDB pro. The film is also eligible for the best foreign language film Oscar should Cambodia choose to submit it. The film will be simultaneously released by Netflix in select theaters and on its streaming platform on Sept. 15. (image courtesy gettyimages.com)

‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Creator Developing Female Police Series at Fox


Rizzoli & Isles creator Janet Tamaro writer for and producer of shows like Bones, Sleeper Cell, CSI: New York, Lost and Law & Order: SVU, is developing a new female police drama series for 20th Century Fox Television entitled Smoke and Mirrors. According to IMDB pro, the series would follow a seasoned former detective who is now a mom stuck behind a desk and raising two children. She is unexpectedly pulled back into the field to cover for a sick colleague and work alongside a young rookie female detective who has been deep undercover.

Octavia Spencer stars in TV Series as “Madam C.J. Walker”, one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire

Variety reports Oscar-winning actress, producer and author Octavia Spencer is set to play entrepreneur and activist Madam C.J. Walker (1867–1919) in a new TV Series based on the critically-acclaimed, best-selling biography “On Her Own Ground” by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s granddaughter. Madam C.J. Walker suffered from a scalp condition that made her lose her hair, which was the impetus for her to invent a successful line of hair care products, and is ultimately what led her in 1905 to become one of the first female self-made millionaires in America. The series is being produced by SpringHill Entertainment, the production company of NBA star LeBron James, whose mission is to spotlight the hidden African-American figures who helped shape American history.

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund – Apply now

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund will provide successful applicants with a development grant of up to $10,000 CDN which could reflect up to 100 per cent of the development budget. Grant money must be spent in the region on development activities and pre-production. Eligible costs include research, development of a script and story proposal and production of a teaser or trailer. Other eligible costs may include production of pitch and marketing materials, community engagement strategy research, as well as distribution strategy research.  Application deadline: August 18, 2017. Apply now: http://www.hotdocs.ca/i/hd-big-fund-how-to-apply#

 

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The 2017 Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund – Deadline: July 31

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work, exhibiting objective research, artful storytelling, strong visual style, high production values, artistic writing, and outstanding music composition, as well as skillful direction, camerawork, and editing. A program of the International Documentary Association, the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund is made possible by The New York Community Trust. Deadline: July 31, 2017. More information: http://www.documentary.org/pare-lorentz-doc-fund#

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ITVS open call to help you finish your film & distribute it on public television

ITVS  is looking for exceptional storytelling that’s in line with their mission: stories that take risks, tackle important issues, and are seldom seen in public media. They’ll partner with you to help you finish your film, then distribute it on public television.

As part of your application, you’ll submit a work in progress video from your production. For pre-production projects, see Diversity Development Fund or Digital Open Call. On average, Open Call applicants spend 1-2 weeks completing their applications. One to three percent of Open Call applicants receive funding. Amounts average between $150,000 and $350,000.

Open Call is not a grant. ITVS provides a co-production investment in your project.  Open until July 28, 2017 11:59 PM PDT. Apply today: https://itvs.org/funding/open-call

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The Roy W. Dean Grant for Summer 2017 is now open for entries

The Roy W. Dean Grant for Summer 2017 is now open for entries.  Now celebrating its 25th year, the grant seeks independent film projects that are unique and contribute to society.  It is open to documentaries, short films, features, and web series.  Deadline for entering the grant is June 30th, 2017.

Founded in 1993 by film funding non-profit From the Heart Productions, the Roy W. Dean Grant winner receives $30K in cash film related products, and services to help them complete their film. This includes $3,500 donated by From the Heart, a hard drive from G-Technology, $600.00 for your Free Closed Captioning by NetCaptioning, $1,000 expert post-production consultation for both film and tape projects from colorist Sam Dlugach.

Unique about the grant is that each applicant is able to discuss their film project with a staff or board member of From the Heart.  They can get advice on funding, story, distribution or whatever they’d like to discuss. Consultations can be reserved after grant has closed. To apply to the grant, go to http://fromtheheartproductions.com/roy-w-dean-grant-form-summer/

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Acclaimed Script Consultant Kathie Fong Yoneda talks about how she made the leap from Secretary to Studio Reader in Hollywood

In this podcast episode, Kathie Fong Yoneda talks about the power of networking and how building relationships with key influencers helped her rise from secretary to studio reader. She has over thirty years of experience working in film and television. She was the first Asian female hired on a full-time basis at Universal back in 1969. She has worked for such prestigious studios as Paramount, 20th Century Fox, and Disney, focusing on analysis and development of live action/animated film, television, novels and web series projects. She is the author of The Script-Selling Game: A Hollywood Insider’s Look At Getting Your Script Sold and Produced.



Kathie will be at ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest held from June 23 – 25, 2017 in Los Angeles.  You can meet her and sign up for a private, half hour consultation at ScriptFest. She will help you fine-tune your pitch, script, and offer career advice. Private consultations will be scheduled on a first come/first served basis so book early to secure your spot.  Click here to purchase your session.

Opportunities are often found in the form of screenwriting competitions, where budding writers compete to win cash prizes, as well as making a name for themselves. Which screenplay contests should you enter in 2017? Kathie shares her personal list of screenwriting contests and fellowship programs worth entering. OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS IN TV

Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s www.scriptfest.com

Derek Freese Documentary Fund provides up to $35,000 in finishing funds

Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF) provides production support for feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and compelling story, across a broad spectrum of subject matters. This award is given biennially (every other year) to an independent filmmaker and provides up to $35,000 in finishing funds. Deadline: June 12, 2017. More info: http://www.derekfreesefilm.org/fund.html

 

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Project Involve 2018 (Non-Member Deadline: June 12, 2017)

Project Involve is a free, intensive, nine-month annual program that offers 30 up-and-coming film professionals from under-represented communities the opportunity to hone skills, form creative partnerships, utilize free or low-cost production resources and ultimately gain the industry access necessary to succeed as working artists.

Running from October through June, the Lab is comprised of:

  • Mentoring: Each Fellow is paired with a notable professional in the same field, e.g. screenwriters with screenwriters. Mentors share knowledge, contacts and experience, giving young filmmakers invaluable guidance.
  • Masters Workshops: Ten Masters Workshops with top professionals offer insights and information on the art and business of filmmaking.
  • Short Film Production: Fellows are given the resources and opportunity to gain hands-on practical experience. Fellows team up to produce at least six 10-minute shorts during the program, which are screened at the LA Film Festival.
  • Educational and Networking Events: Opportunities to learn from and connect with working artists and key professionals include the LA Film Festival and the Film Independent Forum, an annual event that brings together roughly 80 filmmakers and executives for a series of enlightening panel discussions.

Past Industry Mentors include Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station, Dope); Ava DuVernay (Selma); Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight); Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines); Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12); Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler, The Bourne Legacy); Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four); Reed Morano, ASC (Meadowland, Vinyl); Alexander Payne (Sideways, The Descendants); Rodrigo Prieto (The Wolf of Wall Street); Justin Simien (Dear White People); Christine Vachon (Carol, Boys Don’t Cry) and Bradford Young, ASC (A Most Violent Year, Selma).  For more information on the application deadline please visit our applications page.

 

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