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Producers' Post June 2017

Posted on June 02, 2017

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
  • Film Festivals
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Program/Film Festival Deadlines
  • Resources


Producing for PBS with Marie Nelson Webinar - June 7  

Join the conversation with the woman who oversees the core strands, including Frontline, Independent Lens and POV, Marie Nelson, Vice President, News & Public Affairs for PBS. Marie is responsible for collaborating with executive producers of acclaimed PBS news and public affairs series, as well as independent producers, to develop and direct innovative approaches to engage audiences in current events across these programs and platforms. 

Eating Up Easter Kickstarter Campaign 

Find out how you can help Eating Up Easter reach its goals and get this film on finished. In this documentary, follow members of the native Rapanui community on Easter Island as they battle the globalizing effects of a booming tourism industry. Previous films have often sensationalized the “mysteries” of this remote Pacific island known for its moai, massive stone statues. In contrast, this documentary provides an intimate look at the actions of the Rapanui from a native filmmaker’s perspective as they come face to face with the consequences of their rapidly developing island.


Film Festivals

LA Film Festival - June 14 - 22

The LA Film Festival is a premier platform for new works from emerging and established independent storytellers with unique voices and innovative visions. 

HFC First Short Film Festival - July 8 


Funding Opportunities 

Pacific Islanders in Communications Media Fund - R&D Funding - Deadline, July 7

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.

Independent Lens Open Call - reopens June 19

Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund - Rolling Deadline 

Over the coming 10 years, production grants will be distributed to Canadian documentary filmmakers. Up to $35,000 will be granted to three or four projects each year.



Program/Film Festival Deadlines

HFC Short Film Festival Submissions - Deadline, June 10

The Hawaii Filmmakers Collective is accepting locally-made films only: shorts, music videos and trailers.

Dok Industry 2017 - Deadline, August 1

The DOK Co-Pro Market will take place 30 & 31 October 2017. We schedule 800 curated individual meetings with possible co-producers, co-financiers, broadcasters and other professionals in order to finance new ambitious creative documentaries.

National Arts Strategies (NAS) Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy - Early Deadline, July 16

We’ve partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to build an actionable, skills-based curriculum at a uniquely affordable price. You’ll learn online at your own pace and join us for two short in-person gatherings to take your learning to the next level.



POV Fellowships, Residencies and Labs 
Professional Development - CPB


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