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
On this edition of the Women’s Film Institute podcast, host, Scarlett Shepard, speaks with author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles about her book On Her Own Ground, which is slated to become a TV series about entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist, Madam C.J. Walker (1867–1919). A’Lelia Bundles shares the legacy of her great-great-grandmother, Madam C.J. Walker, the country’s first African-American millionaire, who helped women become entrepreneurs in the 20th century. Kasi Lemmons is attached to direct the series. Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer has signed on to play Madam C.J. Walker, and will become a producer of the show. LeBron James, in association with his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, has joined the team as an executive producer. The series is still in development for the kind of limited series we’ve come to expect on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, and Amazon Prime.
Madam C.J. Walker’s story is one that should be in all history books. She worked as a washerwoman, making as little as $1.50 per day. She suffered from hair loss, and created a shampoo and scalp ointment to remedy her condition. She called it, “Wonderful Hair Grower,” and in 1910, she built a hair training school and factory, the headquarters of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Co. The company trained thousands of African-Americans to become “Walker Agents,” and provided opportunities to women who otherwise would have been maids, cooks, and laundresses to gain financial independence.
“I got my start by giving myself a start.” – Madam C.J. Walker
By the time Madam C.J. Walker died in May 1919, she and her teaching faculty had trained more than 20,000 Walker agents. Tune in to our latest podcast episode with A’Lelia Bundles, and learn how Madam C.J. Walker inspired women to become entrepreneurs in the 20th century.
Women’s Film Institute is proud to be part of The Girls’ Festival 2017 (Sunday, October 1, 2017 at The Hive – 2335 Broadway, Oakland, CA). Founder of the Women’s Film Institute, Scarlett Shepard, co-curated short films for the Community and Color in the Bay: Short Films program at the Girls’ Festival 2017. Here are two films that will screen at Girls’ Festival on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm – 4:45 pm.
CULTIVATING COMMUNITY directed by Jasmine Ehrhardt and Zoe Salnave (6 min, USA, 2011)
A short documentary about the role urban farming has played in the boosting of West Oakland’s communal spirit.
GREATER THAN COLOR directed by Zoe Salnave (9 min, USA, 2011)
This short documentary consists of interviews with Bay Area high school students discussing their relationship to race and identity.
The Girls’ Festival 2017 features 16 diverse and exciting workshops that span many topic areas including nutrition for athletes, filmmaking, media literacy, safe and healthy relationships, human trafficking awareness, computer coding, and cooking classes with high profile chefs. Be sure to check the schedule ahead of time for times and locations. These workshops will fill up fast, as space is limited, so arrive to the location early to ensure your entry. We hope you will join us on October 1st, and don’t forget to buy your tickets ASAP, as we have a feeling this year’s event will SELL OUT!
Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s Mill Valley Film Festival and co-present the following films:
Mr. Roosevelt – After escaping the “velvet rut” of Austin to pursue a comedy career in LA, Emily returns to deal with a cat—and life—crisis. Writer-director Noël Wells (Master of None) stars in Mr. Roosevelt, her endearingly weird and funny debut, an autobiographical ode to 21st-century twenty something angst, the winner of audience and jury awards at SXSW.
I Still Hide To Smoke is the debut feature from Franco-Algerian director and playwright Rayhana, featuring an all-female cast. In this tight, tense, and riveting drama, award-winning actress Hiam Abbass (In Syria; The Lemon Tree, MVFF 2008) is a head masseuse at an Algerian women’s hammam (bathhouse) that serves as both warm sanctuary and steamy political crucible for a group of culturally and religiously diverse women over the course one momentous day. In Arabic and French.