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Producers' Post June 2015

Posted on May 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




Standing on Sacred Ground PBS WORLD series premieres on Sunday - Huffington Post

Defenders of sacred sites around the globe featured in PBS series - Indian Country Today Media Network

WNET keeps indie docs on Monday nights, while PBS plans to boost promotion - Current.org

For doc funders, broadcast on public TV remains key - Current.org

American Archive launches new website, with video to come - Current.org

Vote for Kumu Hina for the Independent Lens Audience Award 

POV 2016 Call for Entries now open - deadline June 15


Women of Wonders Film Festival - Honolulu, May 28-30

Winning Girl - Women of Wonders Film Festival - Honolulu, May 29

Maui Film Festival - June 3-7

Los Angeles Film Festival - Los Angeles, June 10-18

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

In Football We Trust - Los Angeles Film Festival, June 17

Festival Deadlines

Mill Valley Film Festival - deadline May 15

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival - deadline May 15

Funding Deadlines

ITVS Digital Open Call - deadline July 1

ITVS has long supported the development and production of independently produced interactive media projects and web series, and after several years of thematic-specific requests for proposals, ITVS is proud to be opening a pipeline for producers to propose independently-conceived digital series projects for R&D and potential production. The online application is now live at the ITVS website, where prospective applicants can also learn more about eligibility and submission requirements. Applications for web series in any genre are eligible, whether nonfiction or fiction, episodic or anthology in structure, and may incorporate interactive or transmedia elements, such as those found in the final season of the ITVS series FUTURESTATES released last summer. Selected applications will contract with ITVS to receive $10,000 to $50,000 in R&D funding to develop and pilot their web series over the course of a six-month term.

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. 

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.

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. 


Strategic Planning & Funding Your Work - Creative Capital - Honolulu, June 7, 2015

Based on content from Creative Capital’s esteemed Core Weekend, this workshop combines nuts-and-bolts strategies with an empowering approach for integrating strategic planning and fundraising into your creative practice. Key skills participants learn are a personalized system for using strategic planning to increase your satisfaction in your life and career, strategies for balancing time and money, how to create and use a business plan and why it is crucial to both personal and professional development, how to prepare for, organize, and pursue different types of fundraising campaigns, and strategies to form long-term donor relationships that support your artistic vision. Registration includes light breakfast, lunch, and workshop materials. Limited partial stipends available for neighbor island artists coming to O'ahu to attend.

Webinar: Social Media - How to Be Everywhere All the Time - Creative Capital - June 22, 2015

Led by Brad Stephenson, this 90-minute webinar covers all aspects of using social media to communicate about your work and ideas; expand your audience, peer and professional network; and create a deeper connection with the general public.  

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