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Producer's Post: May 2021

Posted on May 14, 2021

We update this list bi-monthly to keep producers informed of announcements, film festivals, funding opportunities, job opportunities and other resources of interest.




Film Festival Submissions

Funding Opportunities



Job Opportunities






Film Festival Submissions


Hawaiʻi International Film Festival 2021

The HIFF41 Regular Deadline for submissions is Friday (5/21) for the following categories: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, New American Perspectives, Series, Pacific Islander Showcase Features, Pacific Islander Showcase Shorts, Made in Hawai'i Features, Made in Hawai'i Shorts, Kau Ka Hoku, XR Showcase & Hawai'i University Student. For more information please go to https://filmfreeway.com/HIFF


Funding Opportunities


Daniel K. Inouye Institute Future Filmmaker Contest

Young Americans who are coming of age in a time of the COVID-19 pandemic are faced with unprecedented challenges and isolation. Similar to those of the “Greatest Generation,” or those who were shaped by the Great Depression and World War II, how will youth of the “COVID Generation” now decide how history will define them?

For this year’s prompt, we want to hear from middle school and high school students, through the lens of resiliency and hope, what will it take for us as a state, a nation, and a world to move forward? The deadline to submit is September 17, 2021. Apply here.


Firelight Media Documentary Lab Open Call

Firelight Media is looking to support emerging, visionary nonfiction filmmakers who are telling new narratives about the most pressing issues of our time through its flagship Documentary Lab. The Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories who are working on their first or second feature-length documentary film. The Documentary Lab provides filmmakers with a $15,000 grant toward their projects as well as customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities.

Apply now through June 15!


LPB announces its 2021 Production Funding Cycle

Latino Public Broadcasting’s 2021 LPB Funding Cycle is open and they’re accepting applications for three distinct funding initiatives -- the Current Issues Fund (CIF), Public Media Content Fund (PMCF) and Digital Media Fund. LPB is looking for filmmakers with great stories, fresh ideas and strong story-telling skills. LPB is looking to fund a wide variety of projects that celebrate and reflect the diverse Latino experience and bring new audiences to public media. These can be documentaries or fiction, full-length or short, traditional or digital media. For more information and to apply, please visit: www.lpbp.org/funding






Disney Launchpad

The Disney Launchpad Shorts Incubator returns for Season II with exciting new changes!

For the first time ever, writers will be eligible to apply for the program as well as directors. This means you can apply as a writer, writer/director, a director with a script someone else wrote (so as a team), or as a director. You can only apply once in either of these categories. Check out the FAQ to learn how teams will be formed.


(Egg)Celerator Lab

Chicken and Egg Pictures is accepting applications to their (Egg)celerator Lab for directors working on their first or second feature-length documentary, with a special focus on supporting stories by women and gender-nonconforming individuals.

The application deadline for the 2022 (Egg)celerator Lab is Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 3:00 PM EDT.

If you are interested in applying, please first review the eligibility criteria, guidelines, and FAQ on this page. When you are ready to begin your application Click Here

All applicants will be notified of their application status by December 2021. 





Job Opportunities



Black Public Media - Manager of Engagement

The Manager of Engagement supports all Black Public Media activities by establishing engagement goals for programs, events and digital campaigns. This detail-oriented and strategic thinker develops and supports national partnership development and audience engagement strategies across the organization. 

The Manager of Engagement will develop and manage external partnerships with media, tech companies, public institutions, event collaborators and community organizations while expanding awareness of existing BPM content and resources among the National Multicultural Alliance, PBS stations, diverse communities, and industry partners. This position requires a strong relationship manager that initiates new relationships and sustains existing partnerships while staying committed to data-driven analytics and tools to target audiences and track results.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to jobs@blackpublicmedia.org 


CAAM is hiring a Program Coordinator

CAAM seeks motivated individuals who are passionate about Asian American issues and working with the Asian American film and media arts community to join our program team. The Program Coordinator will support and manage CAAM’s talent development and special projects activities, including: the Documentaries for Social Change Fund, Fellowship Program, CAAM's regional initiatives, and other special projects. Learn more and apply here.



OPB is hiring a Digital Planning Editor

OPB is hiring a Digital Planning Editor to oversee daily digital operations to help broaden audience reach and engagement across digital distribution channels. This role will also be responsible for leading half of our digital team guiding their work and supporting the balance of producing and creating original content. For additional information and application instructions, please visit OPB’s careers page. OPB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Pacific Community - Culture Programme Assistant

The Culture Programme Assistant will be responsible for providing logistical and administrative support to ensure efficient and smooth operation of HRSD’s Culture for Development program and more specifically towards the “ACP-EU Programme (Pacific) Enhancing Capacity for the Sustainability of Cultural and Creative Industries in the Pacific” Project.


Pacific Community - Finance and Grants Officer

The Finance and Grants Officer will manage the project accounting, audit, budgetary controls, monitoring of financial performance/progress in compliance with EU requirements, procurement for services contracts and project assets, disbursement of funds. The position will also provide the Project Manager with strategic financial advice, ensure the completion of assigned project and donor reporting, oversee, and manage audit functions and assist with the administrative and coordination duties associated with the project.


WGCU - Digital Director

The Digital Director is responsible for the operation, design and performance of the WGCU digital portfolio including websites, mobile platform, social media, engagement and marketing initiatives. This position provides oversight of digital product analysis, data and performance metrics across digital platforms, with a focus on audience and revenue growth opportunities. Works collaboratively to ensure consistency of WGCU’s digital brand and quality in the creative presentation of news and associated public affairs programming for digital publication.

WGCU - Executive Producer

The Executive Producer, Multi-Media Content manages a team of reporters and content creators in the production, programming and publishing of multiplatform news products that are high quality and maintain WGCU’s brand. Works collaboratively with journalism production services to engage in continual-improvement of news products. Ensures that news products maintain public media editorial standards and funding guidelines.


Women Make Movies –Administrative and Finance Manager

Are you a whiz with finances and exceptionally organized? Do you have 5+ years experience working in operations and finance? Would you love to work for a nonprofit media arts organization dedicated to supporting women filmmakers and amplifying women’s voices? Our friends @womenmakemovies are hiring an Administrative and Finance Manager. Learn more and apply today: 




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.



Think Tank for Quality and Inclusion

Tips for accurate representation of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders


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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