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/
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
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.
Spotlight on Documentaries is an extremely successful and viable forum for U.S. and International buyers, sales agents, and financiers to meet with filmmakers with new documentary feature and serialized projects. Presenting 60+ documentary projects ranging from those at an early financing stage (i.e. early development or in production) to those nearing completion (i.e. in post-production or at a rough cut stage), this section includes emerging and established filmmakers working in non-fiction.
Accepted filmmakers take part in pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings with potential financing and distribution partners, speed dating meetings with festival programmers, invitations to private documentary events, and exclusive access to the Filmmaker Conference. Applications are now open. (Early Deadline: May 2nd. Late Deadline: May 23rd). Apply here!
A grant for films in production or post that highlight the welfare of animals. From the Humane Society: $20,000 prize is awarded to the filmmaker who best succeeds in merging animal issues with a compelling narrative. Film projects must contain an animal welfare or animal protection issue. http://www.humanesociety.org/about/events/ace/
Join us for the Art of Securing Grants for your Film or Media project on 3/23 or 3/30 at 1:00 PM PST. This introductory session will help you confidently navigate the request for proposals process, build successful relationships with funders, and get you closer to finishing your film.
Professional development sessions are donation-based. We want to make sure that they are accessible and affordable. This session will be about an hour with room for Q&A. Led by Scarlett Shepard – Founder of the Women’s Film Institute. Please select a session that you’d like to attend. https://doodle.com/poll/pbc6eysyatp264xe
IFP is the sole U.S. Partner Organization for the Cannes Producer’s Network, annually selecting and sponsoring attendance for up to seven independent producers to participate in the Producer’s Network & Workshop’ prestigious week-long immersion programs.
Running concurrently with Cannes International Film Festival, the 2017 Producer’s Network will be held May 18-26, 2017 and is specifically designed for established producers to build up their international networks and share expertise on the international production, financing, legal and packaging. The Producer’s Workshop, for emerging producers, will be held May 17 – 19th, 2017, and provides additional opportunities to producers to understand how to navigate Cannes and its international marketplace. Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 8th. Apply today: https://tinyurl.com/zwgnth8
Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television. Open until February 10, 2017 4:00 PM PST. https://itvs.org/funding
Grab your backstage pass and take a visceral immersion into the 1990s with one of its seminal grunge punk bands, L7. Pigeonholed as an all-female band despite their every effort, L7’s fierce members struggled against music industry and fan expectations even as they contended with questions of celebrity and success. Assembling a dynamic combination of never-before-seen home video footage, candid interviews, and raucous performances, director Sarah Price explores the rise and fall of the influential band. Filmmaker and members of L7 expected in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
Date: Friday, February 17th, 2017
Location: Roxie Theater, SF
Time/Admission: 9:00PM / $12