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The 8th Bi-Annual ISA Fast Track Fellowship was developed to give two undiscovered screenwriters a direct line to meet with and be mentored by eight top executives in Los Angeles. Plus, the two Fellows will immediately be invited onto the ISA Development Slate and work directly with the ISA Development Team for an entire year in an effort to Fast Track their careers. 54 Scripts on the ISA Development Slate have been produced or optioned. Many more are out to top producers as well as many of these emerging screenwriters have received representation as a result of getting onto the Slate. Applications are due July 12. Learn more and apply.
The Franklin International Independent Film Festival in Franklin, Tennessee is now open for submissions. The festival takes place Nov. 1-4. Regular deadline for submissions is July 15 and late deadline is Aug. 25. Submissions are available here. NYWIFT members are eligible for a submission fee waiver. To receive the waiver discount code, email Nancy Puetz at email@example.com or Julianne Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org directly and request a waiver mentioning NYWIFT.
Are you looking for a diverse community of filmmakers to collaborate and grow with as you develop your personal projects? Founded in 2009, Filmshop is a nonprofit collective of independent filmmakers committed to developing new work through peer support and collaboration. They meet weekly to workshop projects, offer constructive critique, and incubate new ideas. Filmshop members include some of the most talented and accomplished filmmakers in New York City (and, as of 2018, New Orleans), whose work has screened on major networks such as AMC, IFC, and PBS and at top-tier film festivals including the Berlinale, Sundance, and SXSW. Submissions are currently open for the Fall 2018 season. The submission deadline is July 23, and the season begins the week of Aug. 20. Apply here. They are also hosting a pre-season Open House event on July 16 at 7 PM. They encourage all prospective applicants to attend. RSVP here.
Sony Diverse Directors Program is committed to helping artists of diverse backgrounds build TV industry relationships. Program participants may be selected to shadow directors on episodes of scripted SPT series. Participants who secure a shadow assignment on an episode will be paid a weekly stipend when actively shadowing on any aspect of the production. Deadline: July 16. Apply online.
Submissions open now for Big Vision Empty Wallet's Comedy Lab! The selected creators will have the opportunity to develop series concepts and pitches with the Big Vision team leading up to an in-person lab in NYC, where the pitches will continue to be workshopped and rehearsed. The final pitch day will take place on September 14th at the Writers Guild of America East, where the participants will present their pitches to executives from Comedy Central, Refinery 29 and TruTV. Learn more and submit online by July 25.
MACRO and the Black List offer writers of color the opportunity to develop and produce an original digital or television pilot script through the MACRO Episodic Lab. Their mission is to discover and empower episodic storytellers with the proper creative tools, resources, and access needed to help launch their careers. In partnership with Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe and Actress/Producer/Director Eva Longoria, MACRO aims to amplify fresh voices that are rooted in authenticity, creativity and excellence. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 6. Up to three (3) winners will receive development support and a pilot presentation or sizzle at a budget of up to $30,000 each. Learn more and apply.
The Ruderman Foundation is giving away more than $20,000 in cash to the winners of the Foundation Awards for Excellence in Reporting on Disability. The contest will be held Nov. 8 in Washington D.C. Submissions are now open, and reporters in both small and large media markets (print, radio, TV, and digital) are welcome to apply. The Ruderman Foundation welcomes stories from all over the world, in hopes that the contest will encourage more accurate and fair coverage of the disability community. There is no fee to apply and the deadline for applications is Aug. 6. Applications are available here and more information on the contest can also be found here.
The 2019 Athena Film Festival is accepting submissions through Aug. 15. They look for short films that are under 40 minutes in length that: reveal the diverse narratives of women leaders from all walks of life—narratives of ambition, courage, and resilience; showcase women leaders who currently are making or have made a difference in the world — captivating stories of truth, determination, innovation and vision; and highlight the talents of new and recognized artists — capturing their take on what truly makes exemplary women leaders. Keep in mind: all films must feature a female in a leadership position at the center of the story; films may be directed by a person or people of any gender; and films that are directed by women but do not focus on female leadership will not be considered. Read more and submit your film.
Winter Film Awards International Film Festival (Feb. 14-23) showcases emerging filmmakers in all genres from around the world, with a special emphasis on highlighting the work of women and under-represented filmmakers. Submit your latest work now via FilmFreewayand use our discount code WFA19GRP20 to take 20% off Early Bird Rates. The early bird deadline is Sept. 5.
Submissions are now open for the 2019 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWIFF) and the International Screenplay Competition. Now in its 14th year, VIWIFF showcases an impressive line-up of short and feature-length films (narrative, documentary, experimental and animation) by established and emerging women filmmakers from around the world. The festival will be held March 5-10, 2019 and screens films with women in at least three of the following seven key creative roles: Writer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer, Lead Performer. Films completed after March 2016 are eligible. International films, as well as films from students, are encouraged and welcomed. Full film submissions guidelines available here. The Screenplay Competition accepts English-language feature screenplays written by women. They encourage you to submit a feature film script of any genre, challenging the perceptions of what stories women write, and what we want to see. Women tell amazing, dynamic, interesting, thought-provoking, affecting, inspiring, funny and down-right exciting stories. They want to read them all! Full screenplay submissions guidelines available here. Various deadlines for each competition now through early October.
Submissions are now open for Tango Dango Awards, co-founded by NYWIFT member MaryLynn Suchan. Tango Dango seeks to inspire and lift up creatives looking to create short films and short-form content. They believe that short-form content has a tremendous value in the advertising world and are working to bridge the gap between content creators and advertisers who are looking for incredible, short-form stories to advertise their products and services. Submissions are open via Film Freeway. Deadline Oct. 31.
Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. They look for projects (at any stage) that create deep and lasting impressions through story, character, or cinematic approach. They seek to work with both unknown and established filmmakers who may face creative, financial or systemic obstacles to realizing ambitious visions. Their films range widely in content and style. Please visit their Films page to review their recent work. Submissions are rolling. Learn more.
The WORLD Channel series America ReFramed is currently accepting submissions of completed feature-length non-fiction projects. Each year, Emmy-nominated public television series America ReFramed features diverse personal storytelling often tied to hot-button social issues. With 60 to 90-minute documentary films, followed by provocative conversations, this weekly program offers an unfiltered look at stories rarely given a voice on national television. America ReFramed documents the times in which we live. It airs Tuesdays at 8 PM on the WORLD Channel. Read the guidelines and submit online.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Jul. 10, 2018