Calls for Submissions

Submit now to Nickelodeon’s Content Accelerator Program,in collaboration with Ghetto Film School Roster. This program invites emerging professionals (age 21+) in the field of kid-focused content creation to pitch ideas for new live-action and animated series for Nickelodeon platforms. The deadline to submit is Sep 30. Learn more and submit.

Working on a film that explores Jewish history, culture, or identity? Apply to the Jewish Film Institute’s 2023 Filmmakers in Residence Program. The year-long, collaborative residency provides creative support and professional development for independent documentary filmmakers whose projects (in any length and form) expand and evolve the Jewish story. Get your project the support, mentorship, and momentum it needs. The deadline to apply is Oct 31. Learn more and apply.

Hunter Mountain Film Festival is accepting submissions. HMFF honors the skill of filmmaking by connecting ambitious independent artist to share, learn, communicate, and network over the three day festival. Only 2 hours away from NYC, Hunter Mountain is the perfect festival destination bringing in many industry representatives to make your selection to this festival an exciting premiere event. The deadline to submit is Oct 1. Learn more and submit. Enter code HMFF2022WAIVER for free entry submission.


IF/Then x The Redford Center Nature Connection Pitch is accepting applications. Presented by IF/Then Shorts and The Redford Center, the IF/Then x The Redford Center Nature Connection Pitch is an open call for filmmakers to share their short documentary works-in-progress focusing on connecting or reconnecting with nature for a pitch and workshop series at Big Sky Film Festival in February 2023. The opportunity celebrates storytellers and stories that spotlight the physical, mental, spiritual, social, and planetary benefits of restoring and strengthening humanity’s relationship with the natural world. They invite projects poised to help attain the vast benefits that time outdoors can contribute to individual, community, and environmental health. The deadline to apply is Oct 3. Learn more and apply


The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is now accepting submissions. Now in its 30th year, the grant is offered by non-profit From the Heart Productions. Over three decades, the grant has awarded over $2,500,000 to filmmakers to help them complete their projects. Submissions can be documentaries, short films, narrative features, or web series. The grant is awarded to a unique film that makes a contribution to society; the winner will receive $3,000 cash and $30,000 in film services to finish their project. The deadline to submit is Oct 31. Learn more and submit.


New York City’s Winter Film Awards are accepting submissions. Now in its eleventh year, the rapidly growing Festival showcases the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. For the 2021 Festival, 91 films from 28 countries were screened, including an eclectic mix of animated films, documentaries, feature narratives, horror films, music videos, narrative shorts and web series. 50% of the films were created by women, 53% were created by or about people of color. The deadlines to submit are Earlybird – Sep 5, Regular – Oct 5, and Late – Nov 5. Learn more and submit. Enter code WFA23GRPD20 for 20% off submission fees.


CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival is accepting submissions. The festival, located in beautiful Bellingham, WA, is entering its seventh season dedicated to showcasing the exceptional work of women directors from around the world. Approximately 40 films will be screened over the course of the four-day in person festival and in an online festival version afterwards. Their area of the Pacific Northwest is an ideal location for both filmmaking and viewing. Bellingham is a city of approximately 90,000 on the shores of Puget Sound and lies halfway between Seattle, WA.and Vancouver, BC. The festival will run in-person in Bellingham, WA, May 4-7 and online May 11-21.

The film deadlines to submit are Earlybird – Sep 16, Regular – Oct 31, and Late – Nov 20.
The film deadlines to submit are Script Early – Dec 15 and Script Regular – Jan 31.

Learn more and submit. Enter discount code NYWIFT23 for 50% off short film submission fees. Films must be directed by a woman, 25 minutes or less, completed or released no earlier than October, 2021 and must be submitted via Film Freeway.



The Wyoming International Film Festival is officially open for submissions. The Wyoming International Film Festival is a 4-day celebration of movies, artists, and filmmakers taking place in Cheyenne Wyoming. Screenings in a state-of-the-art theater, Q&As, and nightly parties give filmmakers ample opportunity to network and exhibit their work. WyoIFF is capped off with an award ceremony where they present 20 awards, along with other prizes, to the winners of the festival. Join them for food, fun, and film. The deadlines to submit are Earlybird – Sep 30, Fall – Nov 11, Winter – Jan 6, Regular – Feb 10, and Final – Mar 31. Learn more and submit.


The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre is accepting applications. The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre, administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME), is part of a groundbreaking series of initiatives that address the underrepresentation of women in film, music, television and theatre. The Fund provides grants to encourage and support the creation of content that reflect the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women. The deadline to apply is Nov 1Learn more and apply.


American Film Institute is accepting submissions for their year-long directing workshop AFI DWW+. AFI DWW+ educates traditionally underrepresented filmmakers through the production cycle of a short film, providing hands-on instruction led by industry experts. Since the program’s inception in 1974, DWW+ has trained over 350 filmmakers who give voice to historically underrepresented perspectives. The deadline to submit is Sept 25. Learn more and submit


NBCUniversal’s Global Talent Development & Inclusion (GTDI) initiative is accepting application to all three of its writing programs: Writers Lab, Animation Writers Program and the new Global Writers Program. All three experiences are paid, one-year opportunities that provide professional development through workshops, seminars, executive and creator-led roundtable discussions, as well as in-depth, immersive look at the Studio’s production process. The deadline to apply is Oct 5. Learn more and apply.

NYWIFT Member Petra Terzi has announced call for submissions for three upcoming film festivals in Greece! Click within to read more about each festival:

  • The 17th annual Cyprus International Film Festival. The deadline to submit is Sep 6. Learn more and submit. Enter code INVITECYIFF22 for discount.
  • The 13th annual Bridges International Film Festival in Loutraki, Greece. The deadline to submit is Oct 8. Learn more and submit. Enter code INVITEBRIDGES2022 for discount.
  • Women in Film & Television Cyprus’ new CYWIFT International Film FestivalThe deadlines to submit are Earlybird – Aug 24, Regular – Sep 24, Late – Oct 24, and Extended Nov 24Learn more and submit. 


NYWIFT Members Beni Matias and Tami Gold are producing a documentary about the movement to decriminalize sex work and looking for footage and photos of New York City during the COVID lockdown (the empty streets, closed stores, a sense of stillness). The pandemic has exposed the inequality of social support systems specifically impacting sex workers. If you have footage and or still photographs (cell phone, professional camera. Any format) please contact them at , or (718) 801-0381.



Terrebonne Productions is looking to film bilingual families for their educational video series. The production team are looking for Spanish and English speaking, or only Spanish speaking, families with children in Grade 1 and Grade 2. The production film families in their homes or at a library doing Math and ELA lessons. The lessons are short (2 minutes long) and should take about 20 minutes to film, and families are paid $50 per lesson so they can earn $100 in 40 minutes. The videos will live on, an app that shows parents how to do fun after-school learning activities with their kids! Watch their videos sampled in both English and Spanish. For more information contact Christiane Arbesu at (646) 634-3401.


Black Public Media is now accepting submissions for AfroPop on a rolling basis.To celebrate the 15th season of the award-winning series, AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange, BPM is revamping the application for their annual call for completed films. The Rolling Call, which kicks off this week, includes long form documentary projects as well as narrative and nonfiction shorts. BPM are looking for strong, completed films that capture the breadth, scope and diversity of the global Black experience. Learn more and submit.

Submissions are open for the 8th edition of The Greenwich Village Film Festival. The Greenwich Village Film Festival celebrates Greenwich Village as a physical place, as one of the most photogenic neighborhoods of New York City. Their mission is to honor and keep alive this sense of community and creative environment by discovering and bringing together new independent artists and their work. The festival was founded by NYWIFT member Alessia Gatti. The festival is currently accepting  short films, short animations and short documentaries under 20 minutes in length. Learn more and submitEnter code NYWIFT2022 to receive $5 off submission fees.

Reel Families for Change are accepting applications for The Screenworkers’ Family Care GrantThanks to the generous contributions of The Mom Project and, RFC has launched its flagship grant program: The Screenworkers’ Family Care Grant. The grant is open to filmmakers currently working on a narrative project for film, television, or the web. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate parent, guardian, or caregiver status. Recipients will receive $1,000 to help offset the cost of family care. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply.


The Shiny Awards are now accepting submissions. New directors building a career in commercials are encouraged to submit. The Shiny Awards act a launch pad to further commissions and more awards. Many directors go on to be signed, commissioned and win elsewhere. 


As anti-Asian violence continues to rise and it appears that police and government entities are reluctant to truly step up, the Asian American Film Lab is commissioning a multi-media project to stop AAPI hate. AAFL invites you to empower the community by sharing your voices and stories. Send AAFL your stories of anti-AAPI Haye and how you dealt with them. Hindsight is always 20/20 and you can be sure someone else has or will experience what you did – what would your advice to them be? Send photos, videos, poems, or however best suits your voice to


Black Market Releasing (BMR) has announced their call for submissions.  BMR serves as a source connecting diverse voices and BIPOC stories to the big screen. BMR is a theatrical distributor of bold, new and authentic stories from diverse perspectives. Serving the dynamic, untapped theatrical market for diverse voices, its parent organization, CaribbeanTales has been connecting BIPOC stories to screens, and mobilizing audiences for over 20 years. Submissions are currently being accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and submit.


GreenLight Women are accepting applications for their International Writers’ Workshop. The workshop will bring together six writers who have current and or new works in development and will provide a forum for a review of material including feedback on story, dialogue, pacing and character. The twelve-week program will be conducted via Zoom and at the conclusion, completed works will qualify for a table reading, either on Zoom, or in person at a suitable location. Submissions are currently being accepted for theater, television and film projects. Learn more and apply.

Created by Women, from Little Dot Studios, are accepting submissions for their curated YouTube channel. Created by Women is a YouTube channel with content directed, written, or produced by women. Their goal is to generate attention and revenue for independent female and female-identified creators by offering a generous revenue share on monetized videos and using our media teams’ expertise to maximize their YouTube audience. They are currently accepting submissions for comedy, action, drama, unscripted and documentary content. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.  Learn more and submit.





From Script to PreProduction are accepting applications for their Online Development Lab. You’ve made shorts. You’ve written a script. What’s stopping you from making your first feature?  For most filmmakers, it’s the mountain of stuff you need to create before the industry will take you seriously. At From Script to PreProduction participants will develop all the elements they need to move forward – loglines, synopses, pitches, lookbooks, reels, websites, schedules, budgets and pitch decks. At the end of the lab, participants will be ready to go out and get partners and financing. Learn more and apply.


AbilityE, a free platform for performers with disabilities to connect with entertainment studios, has launched. Casting studios are seeking disabled talent more than ever, and so to make these connections happen more quickly, abilityE was created. Disney, Netflix, NBC, and more major studios have expressed enthusiastic interest in this platform. The website also details its origin and how the platform helped Netflix cast their hit show The Healing Powers of Dude. Learn more and create a profile.


The Peter Roth Internship Program at Paley Center is accepting applications beginning TOMORROW April 30. The Peter Roth Internship Program, named in honor of the legendary television executive, offers a paid internship each year for 20 talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities who are interested in a career in television. Applicants must be rising junior or senior students currently enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university. There is currently no deadline to apply. Learn more and apply.


Just Jill Productions, from NYWIFT member Jill Salvino, is seeking subjects that have had breast or ovarian cancer and that had high school or junior high school aged kids at the time of diagnosis for an upcoming documentary. The production is also seeking kids of the same age who had a parent who was diagnosed as well. The film will be used as part of a curriculum for schools to have conversations around how to be there for others and what peers may need when going through rough times. If interested please contact Jill at


Sloan Distribution Grant from Film Independent is accepting submissions. The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase. Eligible films must depict themes, stories and characters grounded in real science, technology or economics. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Learn more and apply.



Osmosis Films is seeking submissions from filmmakers and producers for projects in development or early stages of production. The creative studio would assist in creative development, provide production services and some funding, and take projects to market to secure further financing and distribution. For more information contact: and include NYWIFT in the email subject.

The Multicultural Sci-fi Organization (MCSFO) are searching for the next biggest writers in Sci-fi!  MCSFO is the premier marketing agency for multicultural sci-fi, fantasy, and comics. MCSFO celebrates sci-fi films and series that bring inclusion and diversity to the genre by honoring their work. The organization are looking for serious geeks who love talking about Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi film, and comics for fun!  Must be well-versed in the sci-fi genre with excellent writing and storytelling skills! For more details, contact


The Red Bull Arts Microgrant Program is accepting applications. The adapted Microgrant program will award two $1000 grants each month to artists in 20 cities across the United States. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and there is currently no deadline. Learn more and apply.


Flag TV, a new digital channel in partnership with Nashville Women in Film &TV, is seeking content submissions. FLAG-TV offers independent female filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their content on television via on-demand streaming services.The channel is available on Roku, Amazon Fire and Twitch-TV. To inquire about submissions, email


Filmmaker Caitlin Mae Burke is seeking documentary filmmakers in the US who are already shooting characters through the pandemic, shooting smaller pandemic films, or just have excellent access to contribute to a global pandemic documentary. Producers of the documentary, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel (The White Helmets, Virunga), are looking for character-driven stories that speak to the human experience of or response to the coronavirus pandemic. They are seeking to include a diverse selection of stories that represent a geographical and societal spread – from top policy makers to doctors on the frontline, community leaders and ordinary families coping with illness and loss. Filmmakers will be compensated. Learn more and email and include”Pandemic Documentary Footage” in the subject line if interested. 


NYWIFT member Paola Bernardini and her team are looking to interview people who have experience with sexual violence for their upcoming documentary, What Were You Wearing. The film is about victim-blaming from the point of view of people affected by sexual violence and seeks to deconstruct rape culture and the widespread misconception that survivors are somehow responsible for their assault. If you would like to be interviewed or are interested in learning more about the film, contact Paola at What Were You Wearing is also a NYWIFT fiscally sponsored project and is currently accepting donations.



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.