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Producers' Post September 2015

Posted on September 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




Winning Girl Hawa'i Broadcast Premiere - Sunday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. on channel OC16

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

Countering Bullying with AlohaKumu Hina - Huffington Post

A List of Asian American and Pacific Islander Film Festivals - Center for Asian American Media


PIC Exchange - Girl Power! Honolulu - September 11

Aotearoa New Zealand Film Festival - Honolulu - September 12-17

Hawai'i Film Office: A View from Inside with Donne Dawson - Honolulu, September 15

The Pā Boys Screening and Q&A - Creating Futures Rooted in Wonder Symposium - Honolulu - September 16

CAAMFest San Jose - September 17-20

Kumu Hina Screening and Q&A - Oakland Museum of CA - September 18

In Football We Trust - CAAMFest San Jose - September 19

In Football We Trust - Guam International Film Festival - September 26

Festival Deadlines

CAAMFest - normal deadline September 14

Sundance Film Festival - deadline September 21 (shorts) & September 28 (features) 

SXSW Film Festival - official deadline October 1

San Francisco International Film Festival - early deadline October 5

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - late deadline October 14

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - regular deadline October 31

Funding Deadlines

Roy W. Dean Filmmaking Grant - deadline September 30

This grant gives filmmakers a chance to get their films going or completed with an award of $2,500 in cash and $30,000 in film products and services. Films can be documentaries, short films, and features and must be unique and contribute to society.

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: Get Grants - How To Create A Project & Proposal that Gets-To-Yes, with Hoong Yee Krakauer - Creative Capital - September 10

In this session you will learn the key mindsets & strategies — from a grant reviewer’s point of view — that you can use to position yourself as the best candidate for the grant and give the grant panel everything they need to say YES to you. You will gain confidence knowing how all this works so you can focus on building your career and life as an artist or a creative professional.  You will be ready with everything you need to get grants to fund what you love and to get your work out there.7:00-8:30 p.m. (EST), $25

Webinar: How to Pitch - ITVS - September 17

Need to make a great pitch at Good Pitch? Don't want to leave them cold at Hot Docs? Sign up for the ITVS webinar on pitching with ITVS Sr. Content Director Noland Walker. Learn tips & tricks on how to wow a funder. 

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