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Producers' Post October 2015

Posted on October 01, 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




PIC Media Fund Production and Completion Funding Application Deadline - October 9

New Media, New Paradigms? Free Workshop with Photographer Cory Lum - Honolulu - October 22

Firelight Producers' Lab Retreat Public Event: Distribution & Impact - San Francisco, October 23

Island Soldier: Micronesians Fighting in America's Wars Kickstarter Campaign - through October 30

INPUT - International Television Screening Conference - submission deadline November 13

The Multiplicity of Us: Immigrant/First Generation Women - Third World Newsreel - free educational video resource


Deep Waters American Samoa - October 13 & 15

Jenny Fraser and SOLID SCREEN Special Event - Hawai'i Women in Filmmaking - October 27

San Diego Asian Film Festival - November 5-14

Deep Waters University of San Francisco - November 11 & 12

Hawaii International Film Festival - November 12-22

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival - November 12-22

Festival Deadlines

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - late deadline October 14

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - regular deadline October 31

Funding Deadlines

PIC Media Fund - Production or Completion Funding - deadline October 9

The Media Fund is PIC’s standing funding initiative, which provides funds for single non-fiction programs. This application deadline is for Production or Completion 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. 

Diversity Development Fund (ITVS) - deadline November 6

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 


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


Webinar: Creating a Marketing Strategy with Dread Scott - Creative Capital - October 12

This 90-minute webinar covers all aspects of marketing your work, including defining your goals; developing effective tools, tactics, and messaging; and identifying, engaging, and building your audience and support community.  The webinar also provides an overview of several effective case studies of artists who have used both traditional and non-traditional marketing strategies in support of their work.

Doc U: Master Class with Executive Producer/Director Abigail Disney - International Documentary Association (IDA) - Los Angeles - October 17

Executive Producer/Director Abigail Disney (The Armor of Light; Pray the Devil Back to Hell) kicks off IDA’s 2015/16 season of Master Classes with this special session that focuses on the important role of the Executive Producer on docs. Abigail will address such critical questions as: How can an EP help raise money at crucial stages in your film’s life? What are the “do’s” and “don’ts” of approaching someone to EP your film? What makes for a successful relationship between an EP and a Director/Producer? As a special aspect of the class, a limited number of attendees will be given the opportunity to make a short pitch in class, receiving “live” feedback from Abigail.

Adventures in Screenwriting with Brian Watanabe - Honolulu - Saturdays, October 17-31

This three-session workshop for beginning screenwriters and filmmakers is a fun and informative overview of the craft of screenwriting - including story basics, creating great characters, story structure, the process and business of filmmaking, notes on craft and a few screenwriting secrets.

2016 Summer Fellowship Program - IRTS Foundation - deadline November 1

When: June 5 - August 6, 2016 
Where: New York, New York

The Summer Fellowship Program teaches up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an expense-paid fellowship, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice. Each year college juniors, seniors and graduate students are selected nationwide to participate in the nine-week Summer Fellowship Program. The Program includes orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising, and interactive media, field trips and industry social functions, followed by a full-time "real world" experience at New York-based media corporations. Students must be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students as of April 2016.

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