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Producers' Post November 2015

Posted on November 04, 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




Pacific Heartbeat Season 4 premiere on PBS Guam - November 6-20

Tribeca Hacks <NDN Identity> seeking Pacific Islander applicants - deadline November 11

A Place in the Middle - PBS Hawaii broadcast - November 12

INPUT - International Television Screening Conference - submission deadline November 13

Millenium Island Kickstarter Campaign - through November 30

PIC seeking nominations for "25 in 25" - through December 4

Film Independent's Documentary Lab - application deadline December 7

Distribution and Impact Tips from Firelight Media's Latest Retreat - by Producer Ciara Lacy

Pacific Worlds Exhibition at Oakland Museum of California

POV and Independent Lens are television’s most diverse documentary series, new study finds


San Diego Asian Film Festival - November 5-14

Deep Waters University of San Francisco - November 11 & 12

Hawaii International Film Festival - November 12-22

In Football We Trust Free Screening with Director Q&A - UH Manoa - Honolulu, November 16

IDA Conversation Series with Renee Tajima-Peña - Los Angeles, November 16

In Football We Trust Filmmaking Workshop - UH Manoa - Honolulu, November 17

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival - November 12-22

Pacific Worlds exhibition and Skin Stories screening - Oakland, November 27

Tribeca Hacks <NDN Identity> - Oklahoma, December 3-6

Festival Deadlines

Tribeca Film Festival - official deadline November 25

Los Angeles Asian Film Festival - final deadline November 27

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - late deadline December 15

Funding Deadlines

Diversity Development Fund (ITVS) - deadline November 13

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. Application available one month prior to deadline.

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.

Sundance Documentary Fund - rolling deadline

The Sundance Documentary Film Program will accept and grant to film projects throughout the summer and fall of 2015. The program highlights the Institute's appreciation and support for artful and cinematic nonfiction filmmaking aesthetics, and stays true to their commitment to contemporary stories of meaning and moral purpose. Recently supported films include CitizenFour, The Square, The Queen of Versailles, The Invisible War, and Art and Craft.

Job Opportunities

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


IDA Blog - Workflow: Proper Handling of Your Digital Media

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

International Documentary Association (IDA) - Fiscal sponsorship, funding, advocacy, events

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. 

San Francisco Film Society - Filmmaker360 - Filmmaker services program that offers fiscal sponsorship, funding, and more

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition - Opportunities - Monthly submission opportunities for women in theatre & film/video


In Football We Trust Filmmaking Workshop - UH Manoa - Honolulu, November 17

A filmmaking workshop with directors Tony Vainuku & Erika Cohn, where they will discuss the making of their film In Football We Trust, from initial idea to development and shooting to funding and production. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A with the directors. The event will be hosted by Luseane Raass (MA program, CPIS) and PIC-funded producer Lisette Flanary (ACM). The workshop is sponsored by UH Manoa's SAPFB, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, Dept. of Sociology, Native Hawaiian Student Services, and Pacific Islanders in Communications. RSVP required.

NBPC 360 Webinar: What Does Impact Have to Do With It?November 18

Led by Jessica Clark, Founder/Director, Dot Connector Studio. Funders like to see their work connecting to a real world audience. What are some tools you need as a producer to accurately reflect the impact your story is having in the real world? Register at: blackpublicmedia.org.

Crowdsourcing: How to Finance your Creative Endeavors through Kickstarter and Indiegogo with Gordy Hoffman - UH Manoa - Honolulu, November 18

Do you need money to support your artistic goals? Want to make a film, produce a book, develop an app or design a game, but do not have the financial resources to support your vision? This workshop provides hands-on experience and directions on how to avoid the common mistakes, develop a successful crowdsourcing campaign, and fund your next project.

Webinar: Real Life Budgeting, with Andrew Simonet - Creative Capital - November 19

Led by choreographer Andrew Simonet, this 90-minute webinar is geared to artists working in all disciplines and covers all aspects of real life budgeting, including misconceptions about money, four things you can do for your financial life this week, establishing sustainable life-long principles, determining what your time costs, and creating a realistic budget for an artistic project.

NBPC 360 Webinar: Where is Your True Audience? - December 2

Led by Jennifer MacArthur, Borderline Media. "Everyone" is not a target audience for any serious work of art. How do you find your project's true audience? And how do you engage that audience where they live to share and spread your project? Register at: blackpublicmedia.org. 

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