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Producer's Post: March 2020

Posted on March 25, 2020

The Producers' Post is a regular update intended to keep producers informed on announcements, upcoming deadlines and events and anything else of interest. To be notified when a new post is up, please subscribe to the PIC newsletter. Included in this month's post.



Film Festival Submissions

Funding Opportunities



Job Opportunities






Webinar: Film Crowdfunding Strategies with Kickstarter

Learn best-practices for launching a successful film crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter from two insiders with years of experience. Join Senior Directors of Film Liz Cook Mowe and Elise McCave as we explore two case studies to reveal what's worked and what hasn't when building a Kickstarter campaign. You’ll learn tips on how to prep, present yourself, and personalize your pitch. You’ll get advice on how to create your project video, work with rewards and incentives, how long to run your campaign and how to choose your funding goal. You’ll leave with the skills, ideas and inspiration to launch––and successfully fund––your own campaign. Register Free


Master Class: Creating Branded Content with Stacy Fuller - Sponsored by Refinery 29

Today, you find branded content everywhere - from web series to podcasts to virtual reality. In this live, three-hour, online Master Class, marketing expert Stacy Fuller reveals the evolution of branded content, who is making it, how to develop for it, and how you can find opportunities in this space. Presented by Refinery29. Register Free



Funding Opportunities


ITVS Open Call

ITVS has relaunched its call for short-form series and films, accepting applications on a rolling basis all year round. This marks the first ITVS funding initiative to feature a rolling application window in order to expand opportunities for filmmakers 

Short-Form Open Call offers development and co-production funding to help content creators complete their short nonfiction film or series for distribution on public media's web-based platforms. 

To apply to Short-Form Open Call and for more information please visit: https://itvs.org/funding/short-form-open-call 

ITVS funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.


Deadline: March 27, 2020






Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge

Sundance Ignite identifies and supports new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers and fosters fresh audiences for independent storytelling. Established in 2015 with founding support from Adobe, the program offers individuals ages 18 to 25 the Ignite Ticket Package, an exclusive chance to see the newest films at the Sundance Film Festival; the Ignite Fellows Program, a competitive and year-round artist-development program supporting emerging filmmakers with a year of mentorship and program opportunities; and Sundance Ignite traveling programs.


HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition

Asian Pacific American Visionaries, together with the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), is a short film competition that provides emerging directors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent to showcase their work.


Impact Kickstart

For a documentary film to make a difference, a solid strategy for audience engagement and strong partnerships are key. Filmmakers often lack time to do this work themselves or the expertise and the funds to pay for it. Emerging artists, creators of color, and other underrepresented artists can face the biggest hurdles, despite the potential of their projects. Working Films’ response to this challenge is Impact Kickstart, a program offering in-kind strategy development to underrepresented documentary makers with feature films in progress that hold great promise to catalyze action to address critical issues of our time.


Up to four filmmakers receive an Impact Kickstart from Working Films each year. The 2020 Impact Kickstart application will open in December 2019 and close in February 2020. Find out how to apply and view past awardees here.


Seeking Mentors for the Next Generation of Doc Makers

Reelworks is currently seeking mentors for their documentary, narrative and fellows programs as part of their MediaMKRS initiative. 

If you’re a highly experience media professional and want to help a young filmmaker tell their story to the world, reach out to Reelworks through the form below.


Vision Maker Media Summer Internship

Vision Maker Media is pleased to offer paid multimedia public television internships to undergraduate or graduate students. With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of the paid internship is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in public broadcasting. Interns can locate throughout the United States at the Public Television station—or at Vision Maker Media in Lincoln, Nebraska!





Film Festivals


CAAMFest 38 - May 14 - 24, 2020 (POSTPONED)


Job Opportunities


Operations Manager

CAAM is accepting applications for the role of Operations Manager. The Operations Manager, under the direction of the Events Production Manager, is responsible for coordinating and managing logistical and day-to-day operations necessary for CAAMFest, which takes place May 14-24, 2020. To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter (in PDF format) to: jobs@caamedia.org with “Operations Manager” in the subject line.


Development Intern

CAAM seeks skilled, enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to assist with the planning and production of CAAMFest 2020 (formerly the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), which takes place May 14-24, 2020. The internship consists of project-oriented tasks such as event planning, sponsor relations, database management, and clerical work. These are part-time and unpaid positions. Scheduling is flexible. The internship is best suited for someone who wants to gain skills in the arenas of event production, donor management, and non-profit arts administration, with a sincere interest in Asian American and Asian media arts.

To apply: send resume and cover letter to jobs@caamedia.org with “Development Intern – Sponsorship & Special Events” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline through Friday, March 13, 2020. No phone calls. Check CAAMedia.org for additional information.



Digital Photo Editor

OPB is looking for a Digital Photo Editor to join our team of digital-first storytellers. This is an exempt, full-time position with benefits. For additional information and application instructions, please visit OPB’s careers page. OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 




POV Fellowships, Residencies and Labs 


Sundance Inclusion Resource Map

Find the support you need with the Sundance Institute Inclusion Resource Map. Whether it's funding, mentorship, or a hub to connect you with like-minded creatives for your next project, the Inclusion Resource Map is a catalog where filmakers from underpresented communities can discover opportunities geared toward their needs.


Vision Maker Media Youth Media Guidebook

The Native Youth Media Guide is for instructors of youth media programs. Vision Maker Media (VMM) seeks to provide Native youth with the skills and tools necessary to harness the power of media for Native-driven storytelling and narrative empowerment. VMM has partnered with MIGIZI in designing a Native Youth Media Guidebook that will aid instructors in classrooms, after school programs and more.

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