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Producers' Post May 2020

Posted on May 20, 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






Firelight Documentary Lab Open Call 2020


It's with much excitement that we announce the Documentary Lab Open Call 2020

As so many of you know, we pride ourselves on this program—on its ability to turn emerging storytellers into vetted filmmakers, on its staff who encourage fellows to deconstruct, reinterpret and challenge long-standing narratives, and, most importantly, on the unique community of POC artists that the Firelight Doc Lab fosters.
In this moment, when POC voices are being left out of the conversation about the industry's future, it's this lab—and these filmmakers—that give us hope and renewed commitment to our mission.

If you know filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first of second feature-length documentary film, please encourage them to apply here. The deadline for all submissions is June 22, 2020.



Funding Opportunities


IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund 

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides production funds to feature-length documentary films taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. In addition to funds, grantees will receive additional resources and expertise tailored to the needs of the project. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.


Latino Public Broadcasting - Funding Cycle

Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 5PM PST

Attention filmmakers! We are excited to announce the launch of the 2020 LPB Funding Cycle with two initiatives, the Current Issues Fund (CIF) and the Public Media Content Fund (PMCF). LPB is looking for strong story-telling techniques that give voice and provide a lens to the diverse Latino community. Applications are being accepted now.





Open Sundance Institute Artist Applications 

From filmmakers in short, feature, and episodic storytelling to theatre artists and composers, Sundance Institute has year-round artist programs designed to provide dynamic support throughout the creative journey. The programs consist of grants, workshops, resources, and labs to guide artists, nurture projects, and grow careers.


Sundance Indigenous Program Opportunities

Sundance Institute has been committed to supporting Indigenous artists since its founding. Learn about open opportunities for Indigenous artists, including year-round fellowships, lab opportunities, and events. Deadlines vary by opportunity.



The 48 Feature Script Project 

Do you have a feature script that you want to write--or have already written and are looking to enter into a contest?

The first step is to submit a 3 page synopsis of your script, along with a 5-10 page writing sample. Our judges will read through the submissions and select Round 1 finalists. Those selected must submit a treatment and the judges will select finalists who must submit a full script.

Deadline for the first round is June 15.  Visit the Feature Script Website for details. 






Hot Docs Industry Market & Conference 

The Hot Docs Conference Pass offers unparalleled professional development opportunities—from hands-on workshops to keynote addresses from industry leaders—covering all aspects of the art and business of documentary.


Film Festivals


Job Opportunities


Vision Maker Media - Assitant Director

Vision Maker Media is looking for a professional to help lead and nurture Native American and Alaska Native films and storytelling. This individual will provide resources to Native filmmakers and network in the film, TV and Native arts spaces.


Planned Giving Officer

The Planned Giving Officer is a member of the WHYY development team who works to cultivate and manage planned giving. The Planned Giving Officer will develop and implement plans for securing major gifts and deferred gifts from donors through estate planning and other types of gifts.  Working closely with the Director of Philanthropy and senior executive staff, this position will develop and position planned giving as a critical component to WHYY’s strategic fundraising plan.


WUNC - Digital Assets Manager

The Digital Assets Manager takes a leading role in developing digital strategy and coordinating optimal execution for organizational staff. This includes working closely with station content creators and providing best practice guidance to ensure alignment with North Carolina Public Radio’s principles, while also maximizing the impact of WUNC.




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.


Sundance Co//ab


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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