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Producers' Post May 2017

Posted on April 28, 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: 

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


Film Festivals 

HotDocs Festival - April 27 - May 7, 2017

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will present its 24th annual edition from April 27 – May 7, 2017. An outstanding selection of approximately 200 documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. Hot Docs will also mount a full roster of conference sessions and market events and services for documentary practitioners, including the renowned Hot Docs Forum, Hot Docs Deal Maker and The Doc Shop. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs owns and operates the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, a century-old landmark located in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood.

Festival De Cannes - May 17 - 28, 2017 

In order to achieve this level of longevity, the Festival de Cannes has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films, with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level. And to this day, this profession of faith constitutes the first article of the Festival regulations.

San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival - June 16 - 26, 2017

Since 1977, the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival has showcased LGBT films and filmmakers on an international stage, while the Frameline Completion Fund helps filmmakers put the finishing touches on their works.

New Zealand International Film Festival - July 20 - August 6, 2017 

Auckland is the first stop for the New Zealand International Film Festival, which also hosts screenings throughout the summer in 11 other New Zealand towns.


Funding Deadlines 

HotDocs CrossCurrents Doc Fund - Summer 2017

The CrossCurrents Doc Fund is an international production fund that fosters storytelling from within communities whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented or marginalized.

HotDocs Ted Rogers Fund (for Canadian filmmakers) - Rolling deadline 

The Ted Rogers Fund will provide successful applicants with a grant of up to 20 percent of the total production costs to a maximum of $35,000. Eligible costs include those that are standard in the industry during production.

Women Make Movies Fiscal Scholarship - Rolling deadline

Fiscal Sponsorship is the largest component of the Production Assistance Program. Fiscal Sponsorship is designed for women filmmakers who are actively fundraising for their film or video project and need 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status. 


Program Deadlines 

Open Documentary Lab (OpenDocLab) Fellowship at MIT - Rolling deadline

The program hosts a limited number of distinguished artists, creative technologists, and scholars who want to engage deeply with new documentary storytelling techniques and technologies in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment.

National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship - October 6, 2017, 5 p.m. ET

The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society. Storytellers publish stories on the Fulbright-National Geographic Stories blog.


Job Opportunities

Political Reporter/Producer - Oregon Public Broadcasting

Public Media Employment Opportunities at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) 

Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking - Deadline, May 5 

The Alliance for Media Arts & Culture Job Bank



Professtional Development - CPB

POV Fellowships, Residencies and Labs





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