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Producers' Post July 2015

Posted on June 25, 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




Vote for The Fishing Club in the 2015 PBS Online Film Festival - June 15-July 17

ITVS Open Call Webinar Series - July 2-28 (see more details in Trainings below)

Support Kickstarter campaign for Homecoming: A Film About Pukapuka by July 3

Apply for POV Hackathon 9, Chicago - deadline July 10

PIC seeking submissions for Pacific Heartbeat Season 5 - deadline August 7

Watch Fishing Pono and Breadfruit & Open Spaces on Local, USA series - through September 2015

Vote for Kumu Hina for the Independent Lens Audience Award 

Five POC-Centric Public Media Projects Coming Soon from NMC - Blackpublicmedia.org


Protecting Indigenous Intellectual Property Workshop - Hawaiian Media Makers - Honolulu, July 18

The Fishing ClubPBS Online Film Festival - June 15-July 17

POV Hackathon 9 - Chicago - August 15-16

Festival Deadlines

San Diego Asian Film Festival - deadline July 17

CAAMFest - early deadline August 24, normal deadline September 14

Funding Deadlines

PIC Media Fund - R&D Funding - deadline July 10

The Media Fund is PIC’s standing funding initiative, which provides funds for single non-fiction programs. This application deadline is for R&D Funding applications only. Projects applying to Media Fund must be intended for national public television broadcast and therefore must be able to enter into a license agreement – this is not a grant. 

ITVS Open Call Funding Initiative - deadline August 7

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 August 7, 2015. For more information visit: itvs.org/funding/open-call/how

MacArthur Foundation - Documentary Film Fund - proposals accepted Apr 1 - Sept 1, 2015

MacArthur funds the production of documentary films and participatory web-based documentaries that combine exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. They look for projects that challenge preconceptions and examine underreported social issues. These documentaries are intended to reach a large U.S. broadcast audience and, often, a targeted audience of educators, community leaders, advocates, and policymakers, and have the potential to spark dialogue, create understanding, and contribute to social and policy change. MacArthur accepts applications for documentary production funding once a year through the Documentary Fund.

Diversity Development Fund (ITVS) - deadline November 6

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.

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.

Job Opportunities

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


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

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. 


Creating Competitive Work Samples – ITVS Webinar - July 2nd at 4pm PT/7pm ET

Learn how to craft strong work samples that will make your project competitive for Open Call. Watch several successfully funded work samples and ask the filmmakers about their editing process.

Moderator: N’Jeri Eaton, Content Development & Initiative Manager

Guest Speakers: Robert Gordon (Director/Producer of Best of Enemies), Kate Trumbull-LaValle & Joanna Sokolowski (Directors/Producers of The Ovarian Psycos)

Writing the ITVS Treatment – ITVS Webinar - July 6th at 4pm PT/7pm ET

We’ll break down the ITVS program description requirements and see excerpts of recently funded treatments.

Moderator: N’Jeri Eaton, Content Development & Initiative Manager

Guest Speakers: blair dorosh-walther (Director/Producer of Out in the Night), Lacey Schwartz (Director/Producer/Writer of Little White Lie)

Basic Budgeting for ITVS – ITVS Webinar - July 15th at 4pm PT/7pm ET

Hear how to craft a budget for ITVS that will get your film finished on time and pay everyone an equitable salary.

Speaker: David Eisenberg, Senior Production Manager

Protecting Indigenous Intellectual Property Workshop - Hawaiian Media Makers - Honolulu, July 18

This 90-minute session is designed to share information and research on indigenous intellectual property issues, specifically issues surrounding misappropriation in the dominant culture and mainstream media. Time will be alloted to invite comments and questions on misappropriation issues facing the creators of content. The goal of this session is to foster an on-going discussion and bring awareness to the importance of protecting indigenous intellectual property.

Open Call Live Chat – ITVS Webinar July 28th at 10am PT/1pm ET

From application troubleshooting to distribution, and everything that falls in-between, the Open Call team will be on hand to answer any last minute questions before the deadline.

Moderator: Alex Cantin, Programming Coordinator

Speakers: N’Jeri Eaton, Content Development & Initiative Manager

David Eisenberg, Senior Production Manager

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