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Producers' Post April 2018

Posted on April 12, 2018

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 Festivals

Funding Opportunities

Call for Submissions

Job Opportunities





Pacific Heartbeat Season 7Premiering in April on WORLD Channel and in May on PBS! 

PIC Exchange - Making Good Men - April 26 

NMC Fellowship in Nebraska 


Film Festivals 


HIFF Spring Showcase - April 6-15 

The 21st Annual HIFF Spring Showcase presented by Halekulani is here! Taking place from April 6th-15th at Regal Dole Cannery Theaters in Honolulu, the Spring Showcase is HIFF's annual 'mini-festival', showcasing some of the best Spring season films from across the globe. Like the main festival in November, the Spring Showcase is a bridge between “East and West,” and will include 33 films from 12 countries — ranging from festival favorites from Sundance, Berlin, and Toronto, to Spring hits from across Japan, China, India, Korea and Southeast Asia. 


San Diego Asian Film Festival - April 19-26

Welcome to the 8th Annual Spring Showcase, a presentation of 15 films from nine countries, from Asia and beyond. The Spring Showcase is one of many year-round programs of the non-profit media arts organization Pacific Arts Movement (Pac Arts), including the popular San Diego Asian Film Festival, which takes place this year November 8-17, 2018.


Vision Maker Film Festival - April 20-26

Vision Maker Media is bringing Native storytelling and film to life at the seventh biennial Vision Maker Film Festival. More than 30 new films by diverse filmmakers will be showcased at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, April 20-26.


CAAMFest - May 10-24

CAAMFest is an 11-day celebration of film, music, food & digital media presented every March by CAAM, the Center for Asian American Media. It is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian American and Asian films, annually presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Jose. Since 1982, the festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema.


Funding Opportunities 


HotDocs Ted Rogers Fund - June 20

The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund will provide successful applicants with a grant of up to 20 percent of the total production costs to a maximum of $20,000. Eligible costs include those that are standard in the industry during production.


Sundance Documentary Fund 

The Documentary Film Program (DFP) has evolved its mandate to focus on the values of Art, Reach, and Change. We accomplish these by encouraging experimentation and excellence in form, championing under-represented voices, and supporting the social and creative impact of this work upon release. Recently supported films include CitizenFour, Hooligan Sparrow, Whose Streets?, Casting JonBenet, Cameraperson, and I Am Not Your Negro.



Call for Submissions


Firelight Media Documentary Lab Open Call - June 12  

Firelight Media is looking for applicants who make artful and innovative documentary films that focus on underrepresented communities and provide new narratives about the most pressing issues of our time. Firelight Media will consider all types of long-form documentary projects - historical, investigative, personal, verité, and experimental.

Firelight Media utilizes the Core Documentary Application. As part of your submission, you will need to share a work sample no longer than 15 minutes (for projects in production) or a rough cut at any length (for projects in post.)


imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival - June 15 for Film and Video submission 

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival - the organisation's primary activity - launched in 2000 and celebrates 18 years in October 2017. The Festival was founded to support the diverse, contemporary work of Indigenous directors, producers and screenwriters working in film, video, audio and digital media. We also present the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Video Tour (to primarily northern and First Nations communities) and the indigiFLIX Community Screening Series to multi-ethnic community centres in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area.


Tacoma Film Festival - Late deadline is May 7

"Whether you’re itching to show off the film that’ll draw in your next great creative collaborators, in search of a training ground where you’ll swap ideas at every screening series, or simply seeking high-quality features and shorts, TFF’s 2017 run is proof that rising stars would be remiss not to add it to their annual itinerary." - MovieMaker Magazine Winter 2018.


Job Opportunities


Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking 

PBS Jobs

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Professional Development




POV Fellowships, Residencies and Labs 


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