List of Funding, Festival & Professional Opportunities - Sundance Institute May Newsletter

SUNDANCE DOCUMENTARY FUND
MAY 2013

 

FUNDING/PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

 

SFFS  DOCUMENTARY FILM FUND

The SFFS Documentary Film Fund will support riveting documentaries in postproduction distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. A total of $100,000 will be disbursed annually between 2011 and 2013 to documentary filmmakers nationwide.

Letter of Inquiry period opens April 10, 2013

Early deadline is May 1, 2013.
Late deadline is May 8, 2013

http://www.sffs.org/filmmaker360/Grants/sffs-documentary-film-fund.aspx

 

THE NEW IDFA BERTHA FUND  (formerly Jan Vrijman Fund)

The IDFA Bertha Fund (formerly Jan Vrijman Fund) supports documentary filmmakers and festivals in developing countries by offering them financial contributions to complete their projects. The Fund is always looking for new creative documentary projects from these countries, and they can be submitted in the following categories: (1) script & project development, (2) production, 3) post-production and 4) documentary festivals. Upon selection, we work with the filmmakers to determine which form of assistance and coaching would be the most suitable to their project.

Deadline:  May 15th, 2013.

http://www.idfa.nl/industry/idfa-bertha-fund/submit-your-project.aspx

 

PUMA.CREATIVE. IMPACT AWARD

The PUMA.Creative Impact Award is a major new annual award to honor the documentary film creating the most significant impact in the world. This award acknowledges the film’s makers and will help the continuation of the film’s campaign work. The aim of this award is to draw attention to the finest social justice filmmaking in the world, with a prize that underlines the role and importance of documentary film in society; a prize that encourages best practice in the filmmaking community, to collect and communicate relevant data on these films.

Deadline: May 20, 2013 at 4 p.m. GMT

http://britdoc.org/real_good/puma-creative-impact-award

 

PACIFIC PIONEER FUND

The purpose of the Pacific Pioneer fund is to support emerging documentary filmmakers.  The term “emerging” is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of making documentaries, who has demonstrated that commitment by several years – but not more than ten – of practical film or video experience.  Grants for support are limited to filmmakers or videographers who live and work in California, Oregon and Washington. Grants range from $1,000-$10,000.

Deadline:  June 1, 2013

http://www.pacificpioneerfund.com/

 

DEREK FREESE DOCUMENTARY FUND (Philadelphia)

Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF) provides production support for feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and a connection to Greater Philadelphia. This award is given biennially to an independent filmmaker and provides up to $35,000 in finishing funds.  Applicants must include a proposal and sample work that conveys the narrative and aesthetic visual for the final film, containing footage of no more than 15 minutes. We do not fund student films.

Deadline: June 7, 2013

http://derekfreesefilm.org/fund.html

 

NEH - BRIDGING CULTURES THROUGH FILM: INTERNATIONAL TOPICS

The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports documentary films that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship.

Receipt Deadline June 12, 2013 for Projects Beginning January 2014

http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/bridging-cultures-through-film-international-topics

 

THE OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT GRANT

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is offering a grant to support alternative models for presenting and disseminating documentary photography to the public. The Audience Engagement Grant (formerly called the Distribution Grant) supports photographers to take an existing body of work on a social justice or human rights issue and devise an innovative way of using that work as a catalyst for social change.

Online Application: June 18, 2013 5pm EST

http://www.soros.org/initiatives/photography/focus_areas/engagement

 

ROY W. DEAN FILM/VIDEO GRANT – CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Roy W. Dean film grant provides in-kind goods and services to support compelling shorts, documentaries, and independent features with budgets under $500K. They have expanded to further their goals of creating films that are "unique and make a contribution to society." The grant now also  funds shorts and low budget independents.  “Student filmmakers, independent producers, or independent production companies are all welcome”.

Summer Deadline:  June 30, 2013

Fall Deadline:  September 30, 2013
http://www.fromtheheartproductions.com/grants.shtml

 

THE ARAB FUND FOR ARTS & CULTURE’S DOCUMENTARY PROGRAM

The Arab Fund for Arts & Culture  is a private independent Arab initiative dedicated to empowering the Arab contemporary narrative through strategic cultural philanthropy.   This program will support short, medium and feature-length documentary projects exploring the social realities in the Arab world. The filmmaker must be an Arab. A non-Arab producer can apply for a grant provided that the film director is Arab. Applications are only available in English and should be submitted online.

Deadline: July 21, 2013

Winners announced in October 2013

 

http://arabculturefund.org/grants/opencalls.php

 

OPEN MEADOWS FOUNDATION
Open Meadows Foundation is a grant-making organization seeking projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities.
For a list of Special Funds, visit: 
http://www.openmeadows.org/special.htm

Next Deadline August 15, 2013

http://www.openmeadows.org/

openmeadows@igc.org.

718-885-0969

 

ENJAZZ - POST-PRODUCTION SUPPORT PROGRAMME

Enjaaz is Dubai International Film Festival post-production support programme. The fund awards up to USD100,000 per film, to help filmmakers working on fiction features and documentaries. Enjaaz currently aims to support up to 15 projects annually. Filmmakers of Arab origin, who are working on a film with content about the Arab world, Arab history or Arab culture are eligible for Enjaaz funding. Projects must be in production, demonstrate the quality of their work and present full details of their project and financial requirements

Next deadline August 2013

http://dubaifilmfest.com/industry/dubai-film-market/enjaaz

 

AFAC – OPEN CALL FOR CINEMA, MUSIC AND RTR GRANTS

AFAC provides grants amounting up to fifty thousand U.S. dollars each.

Cinema: AFAC offers funding for the development/scripting, production and post-production of animation, documentary, experimental and narrative films in short and feature lengths.

Music: AFAC offers funding for music production, performances, collaborations, album recordings and other musical projects.

Research, Training and Regional Events (RTR): AFAC offers funding for studies and workshops in cultural and artistic fields, collaborative projects among artists and academics, multi-media libraries, archives and cultural documentation.

Application Opens: April 15, 2013

Deadline: September 1, 2 013

http://www.arabculturefund.org/grants/general.php?section=guidelines

 

CATAPULT FILM FUND (SUMMER 2013)

Catapult Film Fund offers early, development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a trailer/reel for production fundraising purposes. They support powerful stories, moving storytelling across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.

Deadline: NOT YET POSTED

For questions, email:  info@catapultfilmfund.org

http://www.catapultfilmfund.org/index.html

 

THE BERTHA BRITDOC DOCUMENTARY JOURNALISM FUND

The Bertha BRITDOC Documentary Journalism Fund is a new global fund  awarding £10,000-50,000 to documentary filmmakers from any country as a mixture of grants and investments. The fund supports projects at the intersection of film and investigative journalism that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, bring attention to unreported issues, and cameras into regions previously unseen.

Deadline: Application Now Open

http://britdoc.org/real_funds/documentary_journalism_fund/

 

TEXAS FILMMAKERS’ TRAVEL GRANT (AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY)

The Austin Film Society sets aside $10,000 annually for a travel grant program for Texas filmmakers on a rolling, year-round basis. The program is intended to help offset travel costs for Texans whose work is invited to prestigious film festivals and events around the world. Eligibility is based on the festival or event that the film has been invited to, not on the film itself, and you need not be a member of the Austin Film Society to apply. Grants will be given out as follows: $500 for a North American festival (U.S, Canada, Mexico) $1000 for an international festival.
Deadline: Rolling (These grants will be disbursed until the $10,000 earmarked for the program runs out or the fiscal year (September 1st through August 31st ends, whichever comes first.)

http://www.austinfilm.org/page.aspx?pid=306

 

ITVS (U.S. Public television)

LINCS (LINKING INDEPENDENTS AND CO-PRODUCING PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS)

Provides matching funds (up to $100,000) to partnerships between US public television stations and independent producers. To apply for LINCS funds, independents must first approach a public television station and establish a partnership. Single documentaries and innovative genre combinations will be considered. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress tape.

Deadline: Discretionary Funding

http://www.itvs.org/funding/edf

 

ITVS COMMISSIONED FUNDING

ITVS accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for documentary projects that fall outside of the standing initiatives (DDF, LINCS, Open Call). For development funding, activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early-phase activities. For production funding, all production and post-production activities are eligible. Commissioned Funding is not a grant; applicants receive funding in the form of a development agreement or production agreement that assigns ITVS certain important rights over the project during the term of the contract.

Deadline: Year Round

http://www.itvs.org/funding

http://www.itvs.org/funding/edf

 

ITVS INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVE

The International Initiative was created to give U.S. audiences access to international stories and voices on American television and new media platforms. International funding is only available to independent filmmakers who are neither U.S. citizens nor residents of the U.S.

Deadline: Year Round

http://www.itvs.org/funding/international

 

JEROME FOUNDATION PRODUCTION GRANTS (NEW YORK CITY)

This foundation offers grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and to fiscal sponsors applying on behalf of artists for the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists in New York City. It seeks to promote artistic excellence, affirms that excellence is determined by a broad and diverse range of aesthetic criteria, and seeks quality or the potential for quality in each grant it makes. Opportunities to receive production grants in a variety of genres.

 Deadline: Ongoing

http://www.jeromefdn.org/apply/mn-nyc-film-video

 

CHANNEL 4 BRITDOC FUND

A production and completion fund for British and British-based filmmakers. The fund aims to support independent filmmakers making documentary projects that would not be commissioned by a UK broadcaster.  When the Foundation invests in a film, they fully come on board as Exec Producers; the project benefits from the editorial expertise, association and the quality guarantee that their involvement promises making it more likely that other co-producers will come on board. As their title sponsor, Channel 4 has a first look deal on everything the Foundation funds, meaning that if they choose to they can broadcast the film for a nominal license fee of £1. On average funds are given in the amount of £20,000.

Deadline: Rolling

http://britdoc.org/real_funds/britdoc-fund

 

NPBC – AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE SUBMISSIONS (U.S. Public Media)

Afro:PoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange is a US based public television show featuring independent documentaries and short films about life, art, and culture from the contemporary African Diaspora. NBPC is looking to support and broadcast strong stories that will capture the breadth and scope of the diversity of experiences of contemporary African peoples.

Deadline: Rolling

http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/QTJA9XGyb8

 

NATIONAL VIDEO AND FILM FOUNDATION (SOUTH AFRICA)

Individuals, companies and organizations may submit funding applications to the NFVF for grants or grant loans in any of the four funding categories; education and training, script development, production, marketing and distribution.  Please check website for eligibility and other regulations.

Deadline: Rolling

http://nfvf.co.za/funding

 

LABS, COMPETITIONS, FELLOWSHIPS, OPPORTUNITIES, GOOD KARMA,  ETC.

 

RADCLIFFE INSTITUTE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (Boston, Massachusetts)

Cluster proposals for the 2014–2015 fellowship year are now being accepted for small groups of two to three artists and academics with projects in common. Year 2012-2013 has already been awarded.  Each stipend is funded up to $65,000 with additional funds for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses may be provided. Fellows receive office or studio space. Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. Applicants' projects need not focus on gender, however. Women and men from across the United States and throughout the world, including developing countries, are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: May 1, 2013

http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/apply.aspx

 

CPB PUBLIC MEDIA EXECUTIVE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967. The mission of CPB is to facilitate the development of, and ensure universal access to, non-commercial high-quality programming and telecommunications services. The Public Media Executive Fellowship Program is designed to provide a college graduate from an economically disadvantaged background with an interest in public media an opportunity to learn and broaden their background with direct work experience in the public broadcasting community. The Executive Fellow will rotate to different CPB departments every 3 months for an 18 month period (there is some flexibility to customize the work to match the needs and skills of the Fellow).
Application Deadline: May 1, 2013
www.cpb.org 

 

INDEPENDENT FILM WEEK (IFP) (New York City)

Independent Film Week (formerly IFP Market) is a one-of-a-kind event that brings the international filmmaking community to New York City to celebrate, advocate and introduce new voices on the independent scene. Independent  Film Week is comprised of: Project Forum: the oldest forum in the U.S. for the discovery of new projects in development and new voices on the independent film scene. Project Forum consists of the Emerging Narrative, No Borders, Independent Filmmaker Labs, and Spotlight on Documentaries programs.  Independent Filmmaker Forum: workshops, discussions and case-studies providing filmmakers and film lovers access to the innovators and icons of independent films. Festival Forum: the leading gathering of international and U.S. film festival programmers. Sneak Preview Screening Series: where IFP alumni filmmakers introduce new works to industry & general audiences

Application deadline for the Spotlight on Documentaries Program:

Early Deadline:                 May 3rd, 2013                     $ 50.00

Final Deadline:                 May 24th, 2013  

Please visit the IFP’s website for further information and deadlines.

http://www.ifp.org/programs/independent-film-week/project-forum-2/spotlight-on-documentaries/guidelines/

 

28th ANNUAL IMAGEN AWARDS (Beverly Hills, CA)

Recognizes and reward positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as to encourage and recognize the achievements of Latinos in the entertainment and communications industries.

Awards: August 16, 2013

Deadline: May 3, 2013 (Distribution and air dates must be from May 1, 2012 –
April 30, 2013)

Fees: $100.00 (For Independently Produced Documentaries)

http://www.imagen.org/

 

NALIP MEDIA/DOCUMENTARY LAB  Latino Producers Academy

NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) is now accepting applications for the Public Media/Documentary Lab. A NALIP National Signature Program in association with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, HBO and the UA Hanson Film Institute. The Latino Producers Academy is an intensive 10-day course that provides one-on-one professional mentoring for Fellows in a laboratory environment in order to enhance the viability of their projects and make them more competitive for public media funding. NALIP invites directors of feature documentaries or new media projects to apply to the Latino Producers Academy. Projects must be about a subject concerning Latinos and/or the director must be Latino. There is a documentary track and a new media track with different eligibility requirements. This program is competitive and highly selective, and open to NALIP members.

 Deadline: Sunday, May 5, 2013

www.nalip.org/

 

GOOD PITCH @ CHICAGO ( October 22, 2013)
The event is in Chicago for the first time! Documentary makers in the Midwest have a great opportunity to get funding and raise awareness for their films through Good Pitch Chicago this October 22nd at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. Good Pitch brings in-progress documentary projects in front of potential funders and outreach partners "to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society." Since 2008 the events have raised over $8,000,000 for almost 200 different documentaries.

Deadline: May 17, 2013 at 4 p.m. CDT

http://britdoc.org/news/2013/04/08/good-pitch-chicago-call-for-entries-open

 

GOOD PITCH2 @ JOHANNESBURG  ( September 15-18th, 2013)

GOOD PITCH² @  BUENOS AIRES (August 2013)

Good Pitch2 connects good films to good people, and enables regional organizations all over the world to put on their own Good Pitch events. Once selected, the local host receives training and access to the Good Pitch model, brand and web tools. The call for entries is now open.

Deadline: May 31, 2013

https://goodpitch.org/filmmakers

 

NMAI’s CALL FOR INDIGENOUS ARTISTS ( Washington, DC)

The National Museum of the American Indian announces its call for proposals for the Indigenous Artists: Artist Leadership Program. The program targets mid-career indigenous artists from the Americas. Selected artists go to Washington, D.C., to do research in the Smithsonian collections, then return home to lead either a youth community art project, or an artist workshop. Artists in the program receive a $7,000 contract award to cover project costs, supplies and materials.

Deadline: June 15, 2013

Artists selected will be expected to be in Washington, D.C., December 2–13, 2013. Artists’ community projects should be completed before  June 2014.

http://nmai.si.edu/connect/artist-leadership-program/

 

KICKSTART SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ARTISTS LIKE YOURSELF

Here at Sundance Institute, supporting artists as a community is a core part of everything we do. And we know you join us in the thrill of seeing projects and filmmakers succeed and reach new heights. KICKSTARTER offers a funding platform through which we can all be catalysts for change by supporting fellow documentarians and artists in other fields succeed. Check-out and join Sundance Institute supported projects here:  

https://www.kickstarter.com/sundanceinstitute

 

FIRELIGHT MEDIA PRODUCER’S LAB

Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab is a mentorship program for independent producers of color. Participating producers work with award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, and his team of senior producers, writers, editors, new media, and fundraising specialists to complete their projects for a national broadcast. The Lab also provides quarterly workshops and seminars to their producers on relevant and contemporary topics.

Deadline: Year Round

http://firelightmedia.org/producers-lab/

 

MEDIA IMPACT FUNDERS ( Formerly GFEM MEDIA DATABASE (GRANTMAKERS IN FILM + ELECTRONIC MEDIA)

Media Impact Funders works broadly on media issues in order to create impact. Their key strategic imperatives are defined as to serve as a more constant convener, to become a more vibrant knowledge network; and to become a catalyst for collaboration We urge our grantees to sign up to the GFEM Media Database, allowing funders to search the database to look for projects to support. There is no fee for using this service. Eligibility: Films must have at least one foundation or government funder attached. DFP Fellows strongly encouraged to participate.

http://media.gfem.org/

 

TURNSTYLE: RECEIVE FREE SOCIAL AND MOBILE CONTENT DELIVERY

Turnstyle is a new, free content delivery service for select applicants. Chosen projects will be promoted to massive public TV and public radio audiences through their websites, mobile phone apps, and blogs—and media can be selected with or without a PBS broadcast contract. Turnstyle seeks ethnically, socioeconomically, and racially diverse media makers whose content speaks to an 18-34 year old demographic.

For more information, write to Senior Producer Nishat Kurwa nishat@turnstylenews.com

 

YOURWORLDVIEW RESOURCE FOR DOC FILMMAKERS

If you have a documentary addressing world issues, you may be interested in YourWorldView, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's online space for people around the world to share content, watch great films, and join in a new and fresh discussion about the portrayal of international issues. YourWorldView is a platform for new and emerging filmmakers to showcase their short films and other multimedia content that will stimulate discussion on the site.

http://www.yourworldview.org.uk/

 

Sundance institute/fractured atlas special discount!

Sundance Institute discounts on Errors & Omissions insurance for our grantees!  Need liability insurance for your project but don’t want to spend the big bucks? Fractured Atlas has partnered with Sundance Institute to offer major discounted rates exclusively to Sundance Institute Alumni, all while making the process as simple and easy as possible.

1.  Visit  https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/join/ and create an account.  When prompted, enter in the code FASUN and the first year of membership ($95 / year) is free.

2.  Request an E&O quote by  filling out an application: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/liability/FilmEo

3.  You will receive your quote via email in about 3-5 business days.  For more information please contact Emily Gray at Fractured Atlas by emailing  support@fracturedatlas.org

 

KICKSTART YOUR FILM

KICKSTARTER offers a funding platform through which we can all be catalysts for change by supporting fellow documentarians and artists in other fields succeed. If you are thinking of creating a campaign, please sign up here: http://www.kickstarter.com/organizations/sundance/membership/new

and contact DFP staff simultaneously. Once you complete an application, you will be contacted by Sundance Institute #ArtistsServices staff to discuss your interest and to help further develop your campaign. To learn more about Sundance Institute supported projects follow this link:  https://www.kickstarter.com/sundanceinstitute

 

SUNDANCE INSTITUTE ALUMNI RELATIONS OFFICE

The Sundance Institute Alumni Relations office is an invaluable resource for both current grantees and previously supported artists. The office coordinates events and special opportunities for Sundance Institute artists.  To ensure that you receive their emails, please add alumni@sundance.org to your address book, or email the Alumni Relations office directly to ensure you are signed up.

 

 

FESTIVAL, FORUMS AND FILM MARKET DEADLINES

 

MEDIA THAT MATTERS – ART’S ENGINE (New York City, NY)

Arts Engine’s annual Media That Matters Film Festival is now accepting all entries.  Media That Matters™ aims  to empower communities working towards social change. Through a multi-platform campaign combining online streaming with personalized screenings, film becomes a tool that opens hearts  and minds about the collective struggle for a more socially conscious world.

Festival Dates: October 2013

Late Deadline: May 13th, 2013

NO ENTRY FEE

http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org/submit

 

 

DOCS BARCELONA FESTIVAL AND PITCHING FORUM (Barcelona, Spain)

DocsBarcelona Pitching Forum is a market of financing and promotion for documentary industry, a meeting point for professionals from all over the world. Each year, more than 300 professionals from 36 countries gather at the 3rd most demanded financing forum in the world.

Deadline: April 4th, 2013

Festival Dates: May 28 – June 2, 2013

http://www.docsbarcelona.com

 

IDFA 26thANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
(Amsterdam, Netherlands)

IDFA is one of the world's leading documentary film festivals, held annually in Amsterdam in November since 1988.
Festival dates: November 20 –December 1, 2013

Deadline:  May 1  for all films completed between 1 August 2012 and 1 April 2013.

Deadline:  August 1 for all films finished after 1 April 2013.

http://www.idfa.nl/industry/Festival/film_entry.aspx

 

HAMPTONS FILM FESTIVAL (Hamptons, NY)

The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate Independent film - long, short, fiction and documentary - and to introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to our audiences. The festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.

Festival Dates: October 10-14, 2013

Early bird Deadline: April 8, 2013

Regular Deadline:  May 6, 2013

Late Deadline:  June 3, 2013

WAB Extended Deadline: June 17, 2013

http://hamptonsfilmfest.org/submit/submission-information/

 

RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Providence, RI)

Now in it’s 16th year, the RIIFF has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work. It is one of only a handful of broadly focused, independent festivals in New England accepting works of any type, on any subject matter, and in any genre.

Festival Dates: August 6 - 11, 2013

Deadlines: Regular: May 15, 2013; Late: June 1, 2013

Extended Deadline: June 15, 2013

http://www.film-festival.org/enterafilm.php

 

DOK LEIPZIG ( Leipzig, Germany)

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film – DOK Leipzig – is the largest German and one of the leading international festivals for artistic documentary and animated films. Traditionally, the Leipzig Festival stands for films advocating peace and human dignity. In view of its varied and exciting history, it celebrates freedom of mind and speech, as well as pointedly illustrated images. High-quality art house cinema, superbly narrated stories, a critical eye, subtle observation, tracing back history and scrutinizing the "memory of images" shape the Leipzig Festival's character and diversity. Alongside the festival, DOK Leipzig organizes a number of industry offers for film-makers, producers, commissioning editors, theatrical exhibitors, distributors, journalists and documentary newcomers.

Deadline: May 15, 2013 – films completed by May 1, 2013

                     July 10, 2013 – final deadline

Festival Dates: October 28 – November 3, 2013

http://www.dok-leipzig.de/festival/entry

 

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL (Mill Valley, CA)

Known as a filmmakers' festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival offers a high profile, prestigious and non-competitive environment perfect for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF in Northern California accepts short and feature length films and videos in the following categories: narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, children's films and youth produced.

Festival dates: October 3 -13,  2013

Regular Deadline: May 17, 2013

Final Deadline:  June 14, 2013

www.mvff.com

 

AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE FESTIVAL, 2013 – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS (Los Angeles, CA)

AFI’s annual celebration of artistic excellence brings the audience and the entertainment community together to explore the year in global cinema, from film masters to breakthrough talents, and is the only film festival of its stature that is free to the public. Submissions are open for narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and short films. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI Fest as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category of the annual Academy Awards. Films found solely through the submissions process are presented in the festival’s Breakthough section, providing an opportunity for new filmmaker to share their vision with the world and receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Deadline for SHORT FILMS: August 2, 2013

Deadline for FEATURE FILMS: August 16, 2013

AFI Fest: November 7-14, 2013

 

BALTIC SEA FORUM FOR DOCUMENTARIES – PITCHING WORKSHOPS AND SESSIONS (Riga, Latvia)

The National Film Centre of Latvia in collaboration with European Documentary Network, Baltic Films and the Latvian Producers Association organizes the 16th Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries. The aim of the Forum is to create a platform where documentary producers pitch their latest projects to a number of commissioning editors from the Baltic, Russian and European television channels, international film distributors and institutions..

Pitch Training and Session: September 4-8, 2013

Deadline: June 7, 2013 ( This is NOT a Postmark deadline)

http://www.mediadesklatvia.eu/baltic-sea-forum-for-documentaries-2013/complete-guidelines/

 

7TH NATIVE SPIRIT FESTIVAL (UK and Spain)

The Native Spirit Foundation is pleased to invite filmmakers, organizations and individuals to submit their film to the 7th Native Spirit Festival of Indigenous people to be held in London during October 2013. The Native Spirit Festival was founded and is directed by indigenous peoples and acts as a platform to promote the voices of indigenous cultures and the protection of their rights. Native Spirit Festival is a non-commercial, non-competitive festival.

Festival Dates: October 2013

Deadline: June 30th, 2013

http://www.nativespiritfoundation.org/?page_id=2506

 

70th VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL/ LA Biennale (Venice, Italy)

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote all the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The Festival includes retrospectives and homages to major figures as a contribution towards raising awareness of the history of cinema.

Festival: August 28th – September 7th, 2013

Deadline: June 21st, 2013

Fee: 60.00 Euros

http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/submission/

 

KCET PROGRAM SUBMISSION

Effective January 1, 2011 KCET will be the largest independent public television station in the United States. Their plan is to become the media partner for the many diverse, creative voices in our community and provide Southern California with a fresh perspective with new programming. To that end, they welcome your completed and finished programs and your ideas. All content must be cleared for distribution worldwide, in any and all media, including, without limitation, electronic media and the world wide web, in perpetuity.

http://www.kcet.org/about/submissions.html

 

GOT DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS?  SUNDANCE INSTITUTE  #ARTISTSERVICES – CREATIVE DISTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITIES

Sundance Institute launched the #ArtistServices Program, to help Sundance supported artists with U.S. distribution rights remaining who are interested in the direct / digital distribution market.  Sundance-branded storefronts and promotional support helps films succeed on our partner platforms, including YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix and Sundance Now. In addition to the Sundance Institute brand and consultation access, the program offers unparalleled revenue splits and ownership control through a unique deal with our aggregator, New Video Group. Since its inception, more than twelve films, including two fellow DFP supported artists – Semper Fi : Always Faithful (Directors: Rachel Libert and Tony Harmon) and Advise & Dissent (Director: David Van Taylor)—have activated deals and were featured on their selected distribution platforms during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Visit the #ArtistServices webpages: http://www.sundance.org/artistservices

Contact: Chris Horton, Associate Director of Sundance Institute #ArtistServices (chris_horton@sundance.org)

PLEASE advise  DFP staff simultaneously.

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