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:


Looking for funding for your film? The Women’s Film Institute has compiled a comprehensive list of funding opportunities. When you make a gift in any amount today, you will receive the complete list of 200+ funding opportunities in your inbox.

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

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!

NEH Media Projects: Production Grants

Don’t miss out on this funding opportunity for your film, television, and radio projects! NEH Media Projects: Production Grants is accepting applications for consideration. The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience. Deadline: January 11, 2017 for Projects Beginning August 2017. More info:

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



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Podcast: Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers with Thomas Crowell

cache_893894009In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) has an in-depth conversation with Thomas A. Crowell, TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer and Author of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers. Thomas A. Crowell demystifies some of the business and legal aspects of protecting your film. He discusses the basics of copyright protection for filmmakers and artists. He also shares the following tips:

  • How to protect your film (or screenplay or comic book) from concept creation to financing to shooting to distribution.
  • How to get a script to popular Hollywood actors and actresses.
  • How to take advantage of production incentives and tax benefits for your film production.


DISCLAIMER: None of Mr. Crowell’s comments on this program should be construed as or relied upon as legal advice, a legal opinion, or attorney advertising.

You can also check out The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers on our resources page under filmmaking book recommendations.

More about Thomas Crowell:  He has earned a living as both a television producer and an attorney.  Most notably, he was the head of development for the Science Technology Network. His children’s home video series, Professor Potto’s Videolabs, was awarded a National Parenting Center Seal of Approval. Mr. Crowell received his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum laude and was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif, the national legal honors society. Mr. Crowell earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Film and Television Production. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from comic book publishing, film, television, music, and the graphic arts.

51wUP8nDwEL-1._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_He has taught courses in film and media law at Cardozo Law School, Seton Hall, and the School of Visual Arts. A frequent lecturer on entertainment law topics, Mr. Crowell has taught legal seminars to comic book professionals at New York Comic Con since 2007. In 2011, he became the Director from Practice of Cardozo Law School’s “Indie Film Clinic.” He is the Executive Director emeritus of the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and an honorary member of the Graphic Artists Guild. Like on FB  & Follow on Twitter
Find quick answers to hundreds of questions in The Pocket Lawyer for Film and Video. Avoid common pitfalls, save money, avoid lawsuits, and become empowered in your daily work. The next best thing to having an entertainment attorney at your beck and call is having one in your pocket!

FREE Filmmaker Toolkit

WFI-WITH-SPACE1We’re working on creating the Fierce Filmmaker Toolkit that will be available on our site to download for FREE. We need your help. We want to create the Fiercest Filmmaker Toolkit ever and that will help filmmakers around the world to be more productive, from concept to distribution. We want to create a toolkit that is valuable, current and that can help emerging talent to established professionals in filmmaking be the best that they can be.

We’ve created a quick survey. There are only 5 questions that will take a couple of minutes to complete. Your feedback will give us more insight into what you would like to learn and what tools/advice/tips that you can recommend that increased your success as a filmmaker. We look forward to hearing from you. Take a minute to fill out the Fierce Filmmaker Toolkit Survey. We promise it will be worth your time!

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