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Producers' Post January 2016

Posted on January 13, 2016

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


  • Watch January 25th - In Football We Trust national broadcast premiere on Independent Lens
  • Merata documentary film awarded PIC R&D funding
  • Independent Lens is seeking submissions - deadline March 25   


Festival Deadlines

  • AFI DOCS - deadline February 5, late deadline March 4

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 February 5, 2016. For more information visit: www.itvs.org/funding/open-call

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. The AOL Charitable Foundation Award provides funding to two-five additional feature documentaries on the lives of women and youth around the globe, and spotlight the ways they are working to improve their communities and futures. Eligible films for the Gucci Fund and the AOL Charitable Foundation Award challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter, but also in form. Films should also be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and resonate with a wide audience. We are seeking feature-length documentaries that are in advanced development, production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition date after June 2016.

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 10 at Third World Newsreel in New York City.

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