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Producers' Post January 2017

Posted on December 21, 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: 

  • Funding Deadlines
  • Program & Festival Deadlines
  • Film Festivals Deadlines 
  • Job Opportunities
  • Resources


Funding Deadlines 


Pacific Islanders in Communications Media Fund, R&D Funding - January 6, 2017, by 5 p.m. HST

Media Fund provides up to $15,000 for Research & Development (R&D) funding for single programs of standard broadcast length (56:46 or 26:46). In rare cases, when the story warrants it, PIC will consider feature-length programs in accordance with PBS broadcast specifications. Producers applying for R&D funds will need to enter into an exclusive four-year public television broadcast rights license for the US and its territories – this is not a grant.

ITVS Digital Open Call - February 17, 2017 

ITVS provides up to $30,000 in research and development funding to help you take your original digital content idea to the pilot stage for distribution on public media. This is not a grant. You’ll receive funding in the form of a development agreement that assigns ITVS first-look rights over your project during the term of the contract.


Ford Foundation, JustFilms Inquiry - Ongoing deadline

This inquiry supports artist-driven film and new media storytelling projects that explore aspects of inequality, as well as the organizations and networks that support these projects.


WNET Thirteen Children's Series Proposals Open for Submissions - January 9, 2017 

THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship PBS station and a leading producer of quality educational media for children, is seeking concepts for original or book-based children’s series for national public television and media platforms. 



Program & Festival Deadlines 


Vision Maker Media Public Media Internship - March 1, 2017 

Vision Maker Media is pleased to offer Public Media Internships to undergraduate or graduate students. With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of the paid internship is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in Public Broadcasting.


Mammoth Lakes Film Festival - January 15, 2017 


Honolulu Film Festial - Late Deadline - January 20, 2017


Outfest Screnwriting Lab - January 20, 2017

This 3-day lab takes place in June of 2017 and includes guest speakers and one-on-one sessions with industry professionals. Fellows will be given a badge to attend all 11 days of the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival in July 2017, where you’ll pitch your project to executives, and see a scene from your script performed in a live staged reading.  Five will be selected by a committee of writers/ directors, producers and development executives.  All participants will receive year-round mentorship and be paired with and Outfest alumni director for their live staged reading at the Director’s Guild of America. 


Film Festivals


Sundance Film Festival - Jan 19-29, 2017 


Palm Springs International Film Festival - January 2 - January 16, 2017


Job Opportunities


National Alliance for Media Arts + Culture 

Visit NAMAC's job bank to search for a job opening near you. 


Oregon Public Broadcasting, Senior Visual Producer 


Vision Maker Media Opportunities 




POV for filmmakers

Use POV's free and comprehensive resources to get your project made and seen. Find grant information, public television initiatives, film festivals and much more. 





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