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Producers' Post July 2020

Posted on July 22, 2020

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.



Film Festival Submissions

Funding Opportunities



Job Opportunities






ADA Summit 2020: RespectAbility Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

You are invited to join RespectAbility for five fantastic sessions that prepare people with disabilities and the disability community for a better future.

Over the course of five days – Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31 – we will host daily two-hour virtual events (1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET; 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT). These events will be free and fully accessible, with an ASL interpreter and live captions. Transcripts of each event will be posted following the presentations as well. Each event will also be recorded and shared with open captions. This series is made possible through the generosity of Comcast NBCUniversal, the Murray/Reese Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company.


Register Here


Armed with a Camera Fellowship

Visual Communications is pleased to announce that the application for the nineteenth season of the Armed With a Camera (AWC) Fellowship is NOW OPEN!

Visual Communications is seeking artists, 30 years old and under, who are committed to empowering communities and challenging perspectives through their creative works. For the 2020 - 2021 cycle,  Visual Communications are looking for works that engage themes of racism/anti-blackness, immigration, voting, COVID-19, or other systemic issues. 

Women, non-binary, LGBTQ+, undocumented, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, South Asian, and Southeast Asian filmmakers are highly encouraged to apply to the AWC Fellowship.

The AWC Fellowship is a nine month program that includes mentoring, training, networking opportunities, access to facilities and equipment, and a cash stipend to create a 5 minute short film. A special program is intended to premiere completed works at the 2021 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

During this time of COVID-19, our partners and funders are supporting filmmakers by covering the application fees, so it is FREE TO APPLY! 

The deadline to apply for the AWC Fellowship is Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:59pm PT.



Firelight Media's Beyond Resilience: After the Call Out


Join us for a conversation entitled After the Call Out - Towards Equity, Equality, and Racial Justice

The recent announcement that golfing icon Tiger Woods would be the subject of a two-part HBO documentary series set in motion a heated debate in the documentary industry about equity, power, and BIPOC's filmmakers' demands for structural change. Join us for a conversation with filmmakers Iyabo Boyd, Geeta Gandbhir, Grace Lee, Marjan Safina and other members of Brown Girls Doc Mafia as they reflect on the path towards equity, equality, and racial justice in the documentary field. Moderated by Marcia Smith, President of Firelight Media

Register for this LIVE event, and we'll send a link to join about 30 minutes before the start.



Funding Opportunities


CAAM Documentary Fund Open Call

With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), CAAM provides production funding to independent producers who make engaging Asian American works for public television. Documentaries are eligible for production or post-production funding and must be intended for public television broadcast. Awards typically range between $10,000 and $50,000.

The CAAM Documentary Fund is made possible with funding from CPB through a federal mandate designated public funding for programs that increase the representation of diverse stories and communities on public television. As such, please note that in the event your project gets recommended for funding, CAAM is required to ask for certain rights on behalf of CPB through a licensing agreement, including exclusive U.S. television rights for four years after the completion of the project.


IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund 

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides production funds to feature-length documentary films taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. In addition to funds, grantees will receive additional resources and expertise tailored to the needs of the project. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.





Open Sundance Institute Artist Applications 

From filmmakers in short, feature, and episodic storytelling to theatre artists and composers, Sundance Institute has year-round artist programs designed to provide dynamic support throughout the creative journey. The programs consist of grants, workshops, resources, and labs to guide artists, nurture projects, and grow careers.


Screenwriting: Core Elements

Learn the core elements of writing a screenplay for a feature film, with an accomplished screenwriter as your guide. In this live, online course, you will develop a new script idea into an outline that can be used to write your first draft. The eight weeks will cover character development, theme, story arcs and visual storytelling. Sessions include presentation, discussion, and interactive exercises. The course concludes with a one-on-one mentoring session focused on your project.

The course will be held live in our virtual classroom. All sessions are recorded for registered participants who are unable to attend live.

  • DURATION: Eight weeks, Sept 1 - Oct 25
  • SCHEDULE: Tuesdays, 8am - 10am PT 
  • Extended first class session: Tuesday, Sept 1, 8am - 11am PT
  • Extended last class session: Tuesday, Oct 13, 8am - 10:30am PT
  • One-on-one mentoring sessions are held between Oct 19 - Oct 25

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, August 11 at 2pm PT


Course applications are now being accepted.


Sundance Indigenous Program Opportunities

Sundance Institute has been committed to supporting Indigenous artists since its founding. Learn about open opportunities for Indigenous artists, including year-round fellowships, lab opportunities, and events. Deadlines vary by opportunity.





Hot Docs Industry Market & Conference 

The Hot Docs Conference Pass offers unparalleled professional development opportunities—from hands-on workshops to keynote addresses from industry leaders—covering all aspects of the art and business of documentary.


Film Festivals


Hawai‘i International Film Festival - Summer Fest

Mark your calendars for the upcoming HIFF @ HOME Summer Fest presented by Halekulani, scheduled for August 7-14! HIFF is also planning some great and exciting programs, as well as their annual membership drive with some initiatives leading up to their 40th Hawai‘i International Film Festival presented by Halekulani (November 5-15, 2020).


Virtual Panel – The Future of Festivals: Creating Community, Connection, & Curation Online

Film Festivals continue to be the bedrock for providing platforms to highlight diverse stories and filmmakers. In this new virtual world festivals’ space in the film landscape is more important than ever – providing connection, community, and curation in these complicated times.

Join us for a conversation on Tuesday, July 28th with regional & community driven festivals – BlackStar Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, and Third Horizon Film Festival – as they discuss their decisions to go virtual, how online festivals create more opportunities for filmmakers, and the positive impact the online format has on the future of these festivals. The conversation will be moderated by Jessie Fairbanks, film curator/programmer (DOC NYC, Tribeca, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival).


For questions, please contact reception@nymediacenter.com 


Job Opportunities


Vision Maker Media - Assitant Director

Vision Maker Media is looking for a professional to help lead and nurture Native American and Alaska Native films and storytelling. This individual will provide resources to Native filmmakers and network in the film, TV and Native arts spaces.


Planned Giving Officer

The Planned Giving Officer is a member of the WHYY development team who works to cultivate and manage planned giving. The Planned Giving Officer will develop and implement plans for securing major gifts and deferred gifts from donors through estate planning and other types of gifts.  Working closely with the Director of Philanthropy and senior executive staff, this position will develop and position planned giving as a critical component to WHYY’s strategic fundraising plan.


WUNC - Digital Assets Manager

The Digital Assets Manager takes a leading role in developing digital strategy and coordinating optimal execution for organizational staff. This includes working closely with station content creators and providing best practice guidance to ensure alignment with North Carolina Public Radio’s principles, while also maximizing the impact of WUNC.




POV Fellowships, Residencies and Labs 

Sundance Inclusion Resource Map

Find the support you need with the Sundance Institute Inclusion Resource Map. Whether it's funding, mentorship, or a hub to connect you with like-minded creatives for your next project, the Inclusion Resource Map is a catalog where filmakers from underpresented communities can discover opportunities geared toward their needs.


Sundance Co//ab


Vision Maker Media Youth Media Guidebook

The Native Youth Media Guide is for instructors of youth media programs. Vision Maker Media (VMM) seeks to provide Native youth with the skills and tools necessary to harness the power of media for Native-driven storytelling and narrative empowerment. VMM has partnered with MIGIZI in designing a Native Youth Media Guidebook that will aid instructors in classrooms, after school programs and more.


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