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

ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest (June 23 – 25, 2017)

ScriptFest and the Great American PitchFest return for the 14th exciting year, June 23 – 25, 2017 at the Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center in LA, with more options than ever:

FULL DAY WORKSHOPS & MASTER CLASSES: Screenwriting Consultants, Pilar Alessandra and Carole Kirschner offer a team-teaching intensive to help whip your TV series into shape.  You can also attend a full day with the SUPER STORIES guys, Houston Howard and Steve Mitchell, where you will learn the same lessons they usually only teach at the studios about developing your concepts to successfully create story empires.

PITCHING: Pitch to more than 120 companies, such as the Paradigm Talent Agency, Cross Creek Pictures (BLACK SWAN, PRIDE & PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES), Echo Lake Entertainment (AWAY FROM HER, NEBRASKA), Radar Pictures (MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, COCKTAIL, THREE MEN AND A BABY), Ramo Law (BONE TOMAHAWK), End Game Entertainment (LOOPER), Garlin Pictures (DRUNK HISTORY for HBO), Longitude Entertainment (YOUTH IN REVOLT), Rat Pac Entertainment (THE REVENANT), Circle Of Confusion (THE WALKING DEAD, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, THE GREAT WALL, JOHN WICK 2), and dozens more.  Scroll down to check out the latest list of companies and agencies at http://scriptfest.com/home/the-great-american-pitchfest/.  Only 500 tickets are sold and the event sells out every year.

AGENT, MANAGER & INDUSTRY LUNCHEON: At this three course luncheon, writers are seated directly with agents, managers, staff writers, produced screenwriters, distributors, and other industry professionals to offer advice, and to network with new writing talent.

CLASSES & PANELS: Produced screenwriters, gurus, and other experts give you all the knowledge you need to kickstart your writing and screenwriting career.  Previous special guests have included Oscar and Emmy award winning screenwriters such as Diablo Cody (JUNO), David Seidler (THE KING’S SPEECH), David Gould (BREAKING BAD) and the writing staff from BETTER CALL SAUL, as well as writers such as Nia Vardalos (MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING), Shane Black (NICE GUYS, LETHAL WEAPON), Simon Kinberg (MR & MRS SMITH, SHERLOCK HOLMES), Carl Gottlieb (JAWS), Gary Goldstein (Producer, PRETTY WOMAN), and dozens of other A-list screenwriters, agents, managers and industry professionals.

For 10% Discount, use Discount Code: WRITERJUDY10

Visit www.scriptfest.com for details.

Women In Film Los Angeles Opens 2016 Grant Applications

WFI_resourcespage_pic01Women In Film Los Angeles has begun accepting applications for their 2016 Finishing Fund grants. WIF will give up to $25,000 in grants for films, animations, documentaries and experimental shorts of longform cinema by women or films about women. Applications close on June 30, with winners to be announced in November. Applications for a grant can be found here. http://womeninfilm.org/film-finishing-fund/

Get your FREE Bonus report includes a list of 30+ funding opportunities for filmmakers! 

2016 Film In California Conference with special presentation by Jamie Lee Curtis

1455033_1719466978333696_3089197756307464035_nSAVE THE DATE!!! Women’s Film Institute is proud to be a community partner at this year’s FILM IN CALIFORNIA Conference. Plan on attending the FILM IN CALIFORNIA Conference on Saturday, May 21st at CBS Studio Center/Radford Ave. in Studio City. The 9th annual Film in California Conference celebrates the best California has to offer entertainment industry professionals. The only conference held exclusively to promote filming in California gets bigger and better each year and is the go-to event for those seeking to make the most of California’s unmatched production resources, including its incredibly diverse locations and vast infrastructure.

  • Come for the amazing panels, including the CHiPs panel with Director/Actor Dax Shepard
  • Come to see Jamie Lee Curtis honor California Golden SLATE Award recipient Producer-Writer-Director Ryan Murphy
  • Come for the terrific speakers, the exhibits, the networking

920x920Come help us celebrate the productions and production jobs that have been returning to California. Come meet film commissioners from across the state.

And for the first time, FILM IN CALIFORNIA Conference will be presenting the California Golden SLATE award to an individual who has championed filming in California. Hosted by the California Film Commission and Film Liaisons in California Statewide (FLICS) — a network of 40-plus film commissioners from throughout California, this conference attracts over 500 industry professionals from all facets of the film, TV, commercial and digital production industry.

REGISTER TODAY! Special discount code to receive half off on admission: WFI50
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-film-in-california-conference-tickets-20938310049?discount=WFI50

 

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Looking for funding and support for your film? 

Film Independent Documentary Lab – Apply today (Deadline 12/7)

WFI_resourcespage_pic01What is Film Independent’s Documentary Lab?
Held in Los Angeles in April, the Film Independent Documentary Lab is an intensive five-week program designed to help filmmakers who are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary films. Through a series of meetings and workshops, the Documentary Lab provides creative feedback and story notes to participating filmmakers, while helping them to strategize for the completion, distribution, and marketing of their films.

Additionally, the program serves to advance the careers of its Fellows by making introductions to film professionals who can advise on both the craft and business of documentary filmmaking. Lab Fellows attend multiple guest-speaker sessions with established documentary directors, producers, and editors, and each is paired with an experienced Creative Advisor who can provide support and insight as the Fellows ready their projects for release.

Applications for the 2016 Documentary Lab are OPEN.
Application deadline: December 7, 2015 – APPLY HERE

Looking for funding and support for your film? Make a donation of any amount today and receive a Grants List for All Filmmakers as a free gift!  CLICK HERE

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Here’s Why It’s So Important to Hire More Female Directors

kathryn-bigelow-ava-duvernayFilms directed by women are much more likely to employ women in other behind-the-scenes roles

Putting a woman in the director’s chair makes it much more likely that the film will also achieve gender parity in other behind-the-scenes roles, according to a new study that examines last year’s top-grossing films.

The study makes an ongoing federal probe in Hollywood’s hiring practices all the more urgent. Women made up just 13% of directors who released a film to theaters last year and not even one-tenth of the directors on the 250 top-grossing films.

“The findings suggest that women directors, executive producers and producers may serve and important gateway function in the employment of other women in key behind-the-scenes roles,” Martha Lauzen, who conducted the study of 700 films from last year and acts as director at the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, said in a statement. (Eliana Dockterman @edockterman Oct. 27, 2015, Time Magazine) Read more:  http://time.com/4087813/female-directors-study/

Brave New Fellows Program – Accepting Applications Until Sept. 15th!

PrintBrave New Films champions social justice issues by using media to inspire, empower, motivate, engage and teach civic participation that makes a difference.  Our goal is to support the active civic engagement of an informed citizenry by calling attention to important issues through non-partisan social media production and our ingenious multi-platform distribution network.

Recent media industry reports show a lack of opportunities at every level and in every job sector in traditional media, news production and distribution for people from racially diverse backgrounds and marginalized communities.  Their voices and concerns are often ignored in traditional media narratives.  Brave New Films is looking to provoke a shift in this state through a unique fellowship opportunity.

The Brave New Fellows Program envisions a world in which visual storytellers from all racial and economic groups have a voice and a place in creating media that has an impact.  The program seeks to help break down systemic barriers that limit opportunities by empowering fellows with tools and training to become stronger activists and versatile advocates for social justice.

In January 2016 we will bring on five individuals to do a year long, paid fellowship.  The Brave New Fellows Program seeks passionate, driven, and creative people who have a desire to use storytelling as a means to positively impact the world.  Fellows will benefit from hands-on experience in filmmaking and advocacy by spending a period of time in each of Brave New Films’ departments (short films, post production, campaigns/research and social media).   Through the year, fellows will build up a set of practical skills that will prepare them for work.

Also during the year, fellows will participate in seminars and trainings on topics such as campaigns, social media platforms, script writing, studio production, resume writing and job interview skills.

Responsibilities

  • assist in organizing online campaigns
  • email and phone outreach to partner organizations and college professors, departments and student organizations
  • support management of Twitter and Facebook pages
  • create graphics for online campaigns
  • prepare/optimize videos for You-Tube
  • assist social media team in building and expanding online communities
  • research and find detailed information to flesh out stories
  • track down information, videos, images and relevant pieces of audio
  • sift through video and print news reports along with social media to find personal stories
  • work with editors on research and element gathering
  • assist in scripting and creating rough cuts of stringouts
  • learn editing in Adobe Premiere
  • learn and execute motion graphics
  • understand and gain expertise on graphic design through Adobe Illustrator
  • learn to record audio
  • script writing for nonfiction video shorts
  • download web clips for content
  • ingest footage from a variety of cameras and sources
  • manage media using naming conventions, markers, searchable terms

Qualifications

  • experience with storytelling and social justice activism
  • a strong interest in using visual media as an advocacy tool
  • solid writing and communication skills
  • basic skills in Adobe Premiere, or an equivalent editing software,  Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office
  • familiarity with social media (Facebook and You-Tube)
  • a quick learner

Compensation

  • $750/week for the duration of the fellowship
  • medical and dental insurance
  • holidays/hiatus
  • visa/immigration assistance if coming from overseas.

Requirements/Other

Fellows will work full time (M-F, 9:00-6:00) in our Culver City, CA office.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the online application at the following link: http://www.123contactform.com/form-1519826/Job-Application-Form.

Application materials must be received by Tuesday, September 15th.

Have a question? Please send to:  fellowships@bravenewfilms.org 

Women’s Equality Day with special guest Gloria Allred

2cc2c57e-a1d5-4460-a401-c53c4d9acf4cIn this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with feminist lawyer and activist Gloria Allred about her passion for fighting for victims’ rights and women’s rights. Gloria talks about the upcoming 95th anniversary of how women won the right to vote. Have you ever wondered what Gloria Allred would do if she were President of the United States? Tune in to find out. Listen here:

This podcast episode was part of Women’s Equality Day 2015! The Women’s Film Institute was proud to co-sponsor the West Hollywood City Council and the West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board for an empowering and inspirational event commemorating the 95th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. The celebration  featured an address by special guest speakers Gloria Allred,  Attorney, Women’s and Civil Rights Activist and founding partner of Allred, Maroko & Goldenberg (AM&G) and Lisa Bloom, Attorney, NBC News Legal Analyst, and founding partner of The Bloom Firm.  The event featured video shorts, a raffle, and an interactive photobooth and followed by a reception. The Women’s Film Institute was proud to co-present the following short films at the event:

Syria: Brides of Peace – In the early days of Syria’s uprising, sisters Kinda and Lubna Zaour walked through the main souk in Damascus dressed as brides, a symbol of love, and carried banners calling for peace. They were arrested almost immediately. Upon their release, each sister became a bride once again under circumstances that also called for tremendous bravery: in the midst of a sectarian war and despite death threats from their extended family, both married outside of their religion.

Miss Todd‘ is a short, animated musical about the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane, made at the National Film and Television School, England.

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Register Now: http://conta.cc/1HEOShy

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Women’s Equality Day with guest speakers Gloria Allred & Lisa Bloom

The Women’s Film Institute is proud to co-sponsor the West Hollywood City Council and the West Hollywood Women’s Advisory Board for an empowering and inspirational event commemorating the 95th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. The celebration will feature an address by special guest speakers Gloria Allred,  Attorney, Women’s and Civil Rights Activist and founding partner of Allred, Maroko & Goldenberg (AM&G) and Lisa Bloom, Attorney, NBC News Legal Analyst, and founding partner of The Bloom Firm.  The event will also include featured video shorts, a raffle, and an interactive photobooth and be followed by a reception. The Women’s Film Institute is proud to co-present the following short films at the event:

Syria: Brides of Peace – In the early days of Syria’s uprising, sisters Kinda and Lubna Zaour walked through the main souk in Damascus dressed as brides, a symbol of love, and carried banners calling for peace. They were arrested almost immediately. Upon their release, each sister became a bride once again under circumstances that also called for tremendous bravery: in the midst of a sectarian war and despite death threats from their extended family, both married outside of their religion.

Miss Todd‘ is a short, animated musical about the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane, made at the National Film and Television School, England.

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public! Register Now: http://conta.cc/1HEOShy

 

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Penelope Spheeris Reveals the Backstory Behind Cult Documentary ‘The Decline of Western Civilizaton’

75For a movie about the underground punk scene, the film’s nearly impossible-to-find status contributed to its cult appeal. The director explains why it hasn’t been legally available until now.

For decades, there were only two ways to watch “The Decline of Western Civilization”: buy a bootleg or download it online. Both are illegal. For a movie about the underground punk scene, the film’s nearly impossible-to-find status contributed to its cult appeal. Like hunting down a rare vinyl record or an out-of-print fanzine, scoring a copy of the 1981 documentary required a rabid degree of dedication in exchange for street cred.

Penelope Spheeris, the film’s director, has a less romantic way of explaining the movie’s thriving underground market: theft. “You know that feeling you get in your stomach that’s like this fluttery kind of fear?” she told Indiewire recently, describing the sensation that would wash over her when she’d stumble across a bootleg copy of “The Decline of Western Civilization,” including the 1988 and 1998 sequels of the same name. “The worst part about it was that they were making really bad copies, that my work looked like shit. And that’s the part also that really upset me.”

After years of what she describes as paralyzing anxiety surrounding the films she considers her life’s most important work, Spheeris finally did something about that queasy feeling in her gut. At the insistence of her daughter, Anna Fox, who has stayed in touch with many of the subjects in her mother’s films, Spheeris undertook an intensive two-year process of digging up and editing archival footage, restoring the movies and shopping for a distributor. Beginning on June 30, all three DVDs will be available in a box set from Shout! Factory. (By Jennifer Swann | Indiewire)

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