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Producers' Post January 2015

Posted on January 21, 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:

  • Announcements
  • Events
  • Festival Deadlines
  • Funding Deadlines
  • Job Opportunities
  • Resources
  • Trainings



Festival Deadlines

  • AFI DOCS (formerly SilverDocs) - deadline January 30th, late deadline March 2nd

Funding Deadlines

The ITVS Open Call funding initiative 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. The deadline for receiving all application materials is January 30th, 2015. For more information visit: www.itvs.org/funding/open-call

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide funding to feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. In addition, The Kering Foundation has joined the fund to offer the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award. Eligible films for the Gucci Fund and the Spotlighting Women Documentary Award challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter, but also in form. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. We are seeking feature-length documentaries that are in advanced development, production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition date after June 2014.

Calling all independent producers who are interested in producing documentaries for public television broadcast. CAAM's Documentary Fund provides awards that typically range between $15,000 and $50,000. Documentaries are eligible for production or post-production funding and must be intended for public television broadcast. Learn more about the application process at: caamedia.org/blog/2015/01/08/2015-caam-documentary-fund-now-accepting-applications

Vision Maker Media invites proposals for programs intended for Public Television that represent the experiences, values, and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Projects should be accessible to a broad audience, have the potential for a national broadcast, and be used for effective outreach/community engagement activities to reach audiences beyond a Public Television broadcast. Funding types include: Research and Development, Production, Post-Production, and New Media.

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 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.

Job Opportunities



Since 1991, BAVC's MediaMaker Fellowship has provided in-kind training and production grants for independent artists at work on social-issue film and multimedia projects, with a particular focus on supporting emerging artists and underserved communities. The National MediaMaker Fellowship builds an engaged national community of creative media artists from diverse fields, increases their capacity for project completion and lasting impact, and inspires new partnerships and collaboration to support future work. The Fellowship is designed to give independent artists direct access to the latest digital media technologies and prepare them for broadcast on public television or other independent outlets, with focused digital and multiplatform strategies for community engagement. The ten-month program will support the development of projects at all stages of production, and will include professional mentorship in multiplatform and transmedia storytelling, curriculum development, social media and marketing, fundraising and distribution strategy support. Learn more: bavc.org/mediamaker

The TWN Production Workshop provides 4 months of intensive "hands-on" media production training, and prioritizes students from communities with historically limited access to mainstream educational institutions and the industry.  Its focus is the development of pre-production, production and post-production skills necessary to take a short HD video project from conception to completion. Production training program begins March 5 at Third World Newsreel in New York City.

This seminar has been specially designed to teach and encourage audio producers and creative writers to reimagine the world around them, foster their creativity and sharpen their writing skills. To produce a successful audio program many skills are required, from research and journalism to sound storytelling to app designing, in addition to a considerable dose of observation, creativity and writing. The seminar will offer technical tools and skill sets for navigating through this medium and finding your own path in this emergent art. Workshops, discussions, exercises, walks in the city (Field trips on Friday and Saturday) and a work-in-progress critique will help put this new knowledge into practice.

The Summer Documentary Intensive is a 5 week program for a select group of emerging filmmakers from the US and abroad. The program explores contemporary approaches to documentary film, offers a strong understanding of the best practices and business of production, and helps to develop the foundation of your independent project. Early bird deadline: March 2, regular deadline: March 16.

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