Established by Nikon, Inc. as part of its hundredth anniversary celebration, the Nikon Storytellers Scholarship supports the next generation of visual content creators. Academic scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to students to help foster their creative growth and encourage them to pursue a career in creative fields. Semi-finalists will be invited to submit a portfolio of images or brief video for consideration by a selection committee, which will then select the ten winning applicants. Scholarships will be awarded for use in the 2018-19 academic school year. Deadline: March 1, 2018
In the second largest opening weekend ever (trailing only slightly behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Star Wars: The Last Jedi brought in an estimated $220 million, according to Disney. With powerful female characters taking charge in this film, opening day demographics show a near-balance of male and female viewers – 58% male vs. 43% female. The Star Wars fan-base has been majority male since its introduction to the world 40 years ago, but with more portrayals of the strong female lead characters many women have always craved, the Star Wars fandom will only continue to grow.
The Program offers aspiring television writers, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the opportunity to hone their skills while writing for live action and animated shows. You’ll meet with series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. For consideration in the 2018 – 2019 Writing Program, materials must be submitted together between January 2, 2018 and midnight January 31, 2018. https://www.nickanimation.com/writing-program
Kathryn Newton, who appeared in HBO’s Big Little Lies, is in negotiations for the female lead for the live-action movie adaptation of Pokémon. Production is set to start mid-January in London with Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch writing the latest draft.
Ava DuVernay-directed fantasy film ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ has a brand-new trailer. The film is set for release on April 6th, 2018 and features a cast that includes: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Michael Peňa, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine. disney.com/wrinkleintime
Pacific Pioneer Fund supports emerging documentary filmmakers. The term “emerging” is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of making documentaries, who has demonstrated that commitment by several years — but no more than ten — of practical film or video experience. Grants to support filmmakers are limited to filmmakers or videographers who live and work in California, Oregon and Washington. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. The next application deadlines are 12/01/17, and 06/01/18. Apply today:http://www.pacificpioneerfund.com
UNVEILED explores the Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan, where females are forbidden to attend school, listen to music, or walk outside unescorted or uncovered, and the idea of a female athlete is an anathema. As the living embodiment of that radical idea, Maria Toorpakai has been a target of Taliban death threats since the age of sixteen. But against all odds, she is the top-ranked female squash player in all of Pakistan. From the excitement of a high-stakes international squash tournament to the dangers of driving through Taliban-controlled territory, director Erin Heidenreich captures both the peril and the perseverance of an athlete who dares to defy those who seek to contain her.
Tribeca All Access® seeks feature-length scripted and documentary projects from both established and emerging storytellers whose team include a director, producer, and/or screenwriter from a community that is underserved in the industry. Projects may be in any stage of development, from the treatment/screenplay stage through post-production. Projects of any genre and/or budget range are welcome to apply.
Five scripted filmmakers and five documentary filmmakers will each receive $10,000 in grant money that may be used in the following ways:
For All Programs: Grants can be used towards any stage from development through post-production. Grantees will participate in workshops and info sessions with industry during the Tribeca Film Festival – including Tribeca Film Institute’s center-piece film market, TFI Network. Deadline: November 6