Pacific Pioneer Fund for emerging documentary filmmakers due 12/1/17

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

 

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Tribeca All Access® Fund Open for Submissions

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

Apply today: https://tribecafilminstitute.org/pages/taa_rules

 

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Coming soon to Mill Valley Film Festival (Oct. 5 – 15)

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.

Date/time/location: Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 9:15 PM at Century Larkspur
Date/time/location: Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 PM
at CinéArts Sequoia

Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/2xldezM


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.

Date/time/location: Monday, Oct. 9 at 4 PM at Smith Rafael Film Center
Date/time/location: Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 11:15 AM at CinéArts Sequoia

Buy tickets: http://bit.ly/2xkW7xY


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 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

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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IFP Opens Submissions for IFP Film Week

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!

Women’s Film Institute: An Interview with Founder Scarlett Shepard

Scarlett Shepard, Founder of the Women’s Film Institute, talks with Sterling James of KBLX Cares about how she started the Institute, San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival, and digital media mentorship program for girls. Women’s Film Institute has transformed from a three-day festival into a growing global network of individuals, professionals, and organizations dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls while working toward bringing greater diversity to the film and entertainment industry.

The Humane Society’s Ace Documentary Film Grant

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/