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Producers' Post October 2018

Posted on October 10, 2018

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 Festival Submissions

Funding Opportunities

Job Opportunities





The Digital Shorts Fund application is now closed. We will be accepting applications again between April 18, 2019, through May 3, 2019. Please check back for a link to the application at that time.


Film Festival Submissions 


HotDocs - early deadline, November 14 

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000.


SXSW - late deadline, October 18

SXSW provides the game-changing buzz every filmmaker dreams about for the premiere of their feature film, short, episodic or VR/AR/MR project in front of press, industry, and smart, enthusiastic audiences. We’re the only place in the world bringing together creative people from so many different industries, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.


FirstGlance Film Fest Los Angeles - early deadline, October 19

Applauded by filmmakers and attendees as one of the best-programmed festivals, FirstGlance accepts all genres and shows an amazing mix of short and feature-length films, the best indie films on the festival circuit, before they hit theaters. Audiences vote for “Best of the Fest” and are invited to come mix and mingle with filmmakers, cast and crew at great after parties.


Funding Opportunities


JustFilms (Ford Foundation)

The Ford Foundation seeks to reduce inequality in all of its forms, and artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects are crucial to this effort. As part of the Creativity and Free Expression program, JustFilms funds social justice storytelling and the 21st-century arts infrastructure that supports it. The projects and people we support inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform the conditions that perpetuate injustice and inequality.


125 Fund (New Zealand Film Commission) 

This unique investment initiative has been created to celebrate 125 years of women’s suffrage, promoting New Zealand’s international leadership in women’s rights. 


The Independent Filmmaker Project 

IFP’s Fiscal Sponsorship program focuses exclusively on documentary films and other works of nonfiction, short films and low-budget fiction/narrative features (50 minutes+).


Commonwealth Short Story Prize

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. Translated entries are also eligible, as are stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan and Tamil. The competition is free to enter.


California Documentary Project Grants 

The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective and reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond. 


Job Opportunities 




Current.org Media Center 

University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu - now closed

Oregon Public Broadcasting




POV Fellowships, Residencies and Labs 

2018 Film Festival Calendar 


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