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Producers' Post December 2015

Posted on December 07, 2015

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:



Festival Deadlines

Funding Deadlines

Job Opportunities




The Roots of ʻUlu and Ahi Kā win at the 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival

PIC seeking nominations for "25 in 25" - through December 18

Apply for PIC R&D Funding by Friday, January 8

In Football We Trust Independent Lens national broadcast premiere - February 1 (check local listings)

The Marshall Islands Are Disappearing - New York Times interactive feature


Big Sky Pitch 2016 - submission deadline December 31

Waimea Ocean Film Festival - Hawaiʻi Island, January 1-8

The Roots of ʻUlu and Sons of Halawa Screenings - Waimea Ocean Film Festival, January 1-8

Festival Deadlines

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - late deadline December 15

Seattle International Film Festival - final deadline January 4

Funding Deadlines

Pacific Islanders in Communications R&D Funding - deadline January 8

The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities. Application available one month prior to deadline.

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund - deadline February 5

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide funding to 4-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. In 2016 the Tribeca Film Institute, through its Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, will offer grants ranging from $10,000 - $25,000. Fund recipients will be announced by June 2016.

ITVS Open Call - deadline February 5

Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Projects with public television station partnerships (formally LINCS) can now apply for completion funding through the Open Call Initiative. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.

ITVS LINCS Fund - rolling deadline

LINCS (Linking Independents and Co-producing Stations) provides matching funds to producer-station partnerships. Up to $100,000 in matching funds is available for a single broadcast program. LINCS accepts single public television programs of standard broadcast length, that include both broadcast and transmedia components, programs that can be completed within one year of contract, and will engage national as well as regional audiences, revealing universal themes through the lens of local perspectives and realities.

Ford Foundation Grants - rolling deadline

Ford Foundation grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. Requests are accepted in categories such as project planning and support; general support; and endowments. Types of support include grants, recoverable grants, loans and loan guarantees.

Sundance Documentary Fund - rolling deadline

The Sundance Documentary Film Program will accept and grant to film projects throughout the summer and fall of 2015. The program highlights the Institute's appreciation and support for artful and cinematic nonfiction filmmaking aesthetics, and stays true to their commitment to contemporary stories of meaning and moral purpose. Recently supported films include CitizenFour, The Square, The Queen of Versailles, The Invisible War, and Art and Craft.

Job Opportunities

CAAM is Hiring for CAAMFest 2016 - Operations Manager, Marketing Manager, various internships 

National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture (NAMAC) Job Bank - Comprehensive nationwide listing of job opportunities in media arts 


IDA Blog - Workflow: Proper Handling of Your Digital Media

Active Voice - Resources - Discussion tools, field resources, and case studies created by a team of communications experts who specialize in working with powerful films to advance movements for social change 

Campfire Film Foundation - Short film acquisitions, awards, resources

Center for Independent Documentary - Filmmaker services, fiscal sponsorship

International Documentary Association (IDA) - Fiscal sponsorship, funding, advocacy, events

Panavision New Filmmaker Program - Grant program loans camera packages to student and beginning filmmakers

POV - For Filmmakers - Resources for filmmakers, including video interviews with master nonfiction storytellers, articles with filmmaking tips, and news about funding and calls for entries. Also over 50 documentaries from POV series free to watch online. 

San Francisco Film Society - Filmmaker360 - Filmmaker services program that offers fiscal sponsorship, funding, and more

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition - Opportunities - Monthly submission opportunities for women in theatre & film/video


Doc U: Master Class with Director Morgan Neville - Los Angeles, December 12

An essential exploration of the art and craft of directing with Academy Award®-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom, Keith Richards: Under the Influence). This class is designed for: director/producers working on culture docs who want to learn new strategies that can be applied to their work, doc makers of all types seeking to hone their directing skills, filmmakers with a particular interest in the use of archival footage and music in documentary, and documentary enthusiasts who want to develop a deeper understanding of how high quality documentaries are made.

Social Media - How to Be Everywhere All the Time - Webinar, December 14

Led by Brad Stephenson, this 90-minute webinar covers all aspects of using social media to communicate about your work and ideas; expand your audience, peer and professional network; and create a deeper connection with the general public. Fee: $25

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