Calls for Submissions

Documentary filmmakers can apply to International Documentary Association‘s Enterprise Documentary Fund and Pare Lorentz Fund simultaneously. The Enterprise Documentary Fund will award $25,000-75,000 to in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. The theme for the 2024 Pare Lorentz Fund will be Gender Justice. Three projects will be selected and awarded a grant of $25,000. Apply today.


Seeking actors for Main Character Support Group‘s upcoming Table Read Series on May 29. This is a FREE event designed to provide emerging screenwriters with the opportunity to have their Un-produced TV Pilot Scripts read and performed by actors for the very first time, all in a safe and laid-back environment. You will meet other TV & Movie enthusiasts, play games, make plans for movie date nights / watch parties, and even find a movie theatre buddy to go see the next big summer blockbuster with. This event is unpaid. Sign up.


The application is now open for the 2024 Emerging Filmmaker Contest! The Claims Conference will award one winner $60,000 to make a short film about the Holocaust. Four runners up will receive $1000 each. The contest is open to filmmakers worldwide and emerging filmmakers who have not made more than one feature-length film and who have had one previous work publicly screened. The deadline for submissions is June 17. Enter now.


NYWIFT members are invited to enter the 20th annual 72 Hour Shootout filmmaking competition, empowering AAPI and other underrepresented voices in entertainment. The Film Lab will present the return of their 72 Hour Shootout, an annual, global filmmaking competition designed to support artists at every stage, while championing diversity in front of and behind the camera. From June 6 to June 9, participants will come together to create short films within an intense three-day timeframe. Apply here

Come join us live in NYC at 389 5th Ave or virtually, from anywhere in the world with WiFi via livestream, for an exciting kickoff event where filmmakers gather to kickstart their creative engines. Learn more.


The 25th Woodstock Film Festival is accepting submissions. Founded in 2000 in the famed artists’ colony of Woodstock, NY, WFF presents high-quality films, panels, concerts and special events, and is the perfect setting for independent filmmakers to network with industry members, filmmakers, musicians and artists. Submit your film today to the Academy Awards® qualifying WFF named by MovieMaker Magazine once again one of “The Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”. Enter by June 21 to meet the late deadline.

The Global Drama Project invites NYWIFT members to submit projects to the Global Drama Project Short Film Festival with a special discount. The Global Drama Project Short Film Festival will be showcasing selected short films at a live screening event in NYC, followed by live Q&A’s. Films will be showcased in categories like Narrative Films, Documentary Films, Queer Cinema, Best Female Filmmakers, International Films and more. There will be a red carpet awards ceremony honoring the winners of each category, along with Best Actor and Best Film grand prize. Use code NYWIFTSHORT and enter before May 14 for the early bird deadline, July 14 for the regular deadline or August 5, final Deadline. Learn more.

Applications are currently open for the Bandung 2024-25 Residency. Presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4) and The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), the residency is seeking artists who are interested in fostering solidarity between Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Black communities. As part of the year-long residency in New York, participants will receive a $3,000 honorarium⁠ and create a new or build upon an existing project that will inspire solidarity or create discourse between AAPI and Black communities⁠.

The deadline for applications is May 14. Apply here.


Golden Arrows Grant Program is accepting submissions from first-time filmmakers. All scripted projects (feature films, shorts, TV pilots, web series) featuring diverse stories that push past conventional themes and offers a deeper perspective will be considered. Projects in post-production will also be considered. Golden Arrows Grant Program will award four first-time filmmakers with prizes – one $2000 prize and three $1000 prizes.When is the deadline?- Friday, May 31 at 11:59pm

Apply here.


The Conch Shell International Film Festival is accepting submissions. Looking for an international film festival that celebrates Caribbean Diaspora and Caribbean filmmakers? Entering its 3rd year, Conch Shell International Film Fest (CSIFF) will be taking place in October 2024 in New York City and virtually. CSIFF ‘24 is a competitive festival featuring short films written by indie and student Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora talent and established filmmakers. The deadlines to submit are: Earlybird – March 29, Regular – June 1, and Late – July 12. Learn more and submit.

Enter code NYWIFTCARIB25 for 25% off submission fees.


Latitudes Cinema is seeking short film submissions. Latitude Cinemas champions world cinema and works featuring diasporic perspectives are encouraged to apply. All genres, styles, and themes are eligible. Accepted participants will have the opportunity to share their work in New York City and engage with audiences in post-screening discussions. Submissions are being accepted through May 20.

Apply here.


NYWIFT members get 20% off of their submission fee to Off Page Short Play and Film Festival. Off Page Short Play and Film Festival is accepting short films up to 15 minutes, short plays up to 15 minutes and music videos up to 4 minutes. Awards and prizes will be given for Best Narrative Short Film, Audience Award Short Film, Best Music Video and more. In addition to plays, films and workshops, the event will feature music, food, cocktails, a silent auction and more. Use code NYWOMEN and submit before June 12 to meet the early bird deadline. Learn more and enter the festival.


Urbanworld Film Festival 2024 is accepting submissions. The Urbanworld Film Festival is the largest internationally competitive festival of its kind, hosted in New York City. The five-day festival includes narrative and documentary features, short films, web originals, branded content, spotlight screenings and conversations, and live staged screenplay readings. The deadlines to submit are: Regular – April 30, Late – May 31, and Final – June 30. Learn more and submit. Enter code UFFCOMM2524 for 25% off submission fees.

Registration is open for Asian American Film Lab’s 72 Hour Shootout. The Shootout is an annual, global filmmaking competition celebrating diversity in front of and behind the camera. Teams compete for access to a year of free educational and networking events, mentorships with executives at major networks like ABC, cash, prizes and the chance to have their films screened at film festivals, both nationally and internationally, and on television.The 2024 Shootout will take place June 6-9. The deadlines to register are Regular – April 30, and Late – May 31. Learn more and register.


The 22nd Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition is accepting submissions. The competition connects talented writers with production companies, agencies, and managers. As one of the longest-running and most successful screenplay contests, they focus specifically on finding writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing ambitious storytelling, helping finance independent projects, and pushing original projects into production. The grand prize will be $20,000 as well as 4 finalists being awarded $1,000 each. Now accepting features. The deadline to apply is May 1. Learn more and submit.


Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab is now seeking applications! This 18-month fellowship is designed to nurture underrepresented nonfiction storytellers working on their first or second feature film. The Lab provides holistic support for fellows’ projects and careers through professional development retreats, customized mentorship, and $25,000 project grants. Firelight Media seeks applicants who are making artful and innovative documentary films that focus on underrepresented communities and provide new narratives about the most pressing issues of our time. The deadline for all submissions is May 13. Learn more + apply!


Submissions are now open for the 2024 Gotham Week Project Market. Proof-of-concept short films with an accompanying feature-length screenplay can be submitted to be featured in Gotham Week Project Market’s Shorts to Features section. Fiction feature-length projects at the script stage can also be submitted to the U.S. Features in Development section. Taking place September 30 through October 4 in Brooklyn, the Project Market facilitates career-spanning relationships with distributors, financiers, production companies, festival programmers, sales and talent agents, collaborators, and more for all participating artists. Gotham Memberships are no longer required to apply. Regular deadline for all submissions is May 16. Extended members-only deadline is May 30.  

Submit your proof-of-concept short films and accompanying feature-length screenplay here.

Submit your feature-length script here.


Chelsea Film Festival is accepting submissions. Chelsea Film Festival is an international film competition that aims to discover upcoming talents by raising awareness about American & foreign independent films. The Festival attracts filmmakers, artists and audience members from across America and the world. It premieres independent narrative features, documentaries, short films and TV series focusing on global issues. The deadlines to submit are Late – May 31 and Extended – July 7. Learn more and submit.



Denver Film currently seeks Letters of Interest (LOI) from filmmaking projects for the Music on Film – Film on Music grant. The MOFFOM grant is for projects that directly focus on music. The grant awards up to $20,000 annually in finishing funds for scoring, composition, and music licensing efforts for feature-length documentaries. The application period will run March 1 – June 3. Learn more and apply.


The Black List‘s Annual Labs support promising, non-professional twelve writers in two cohorts: the Writers Lab cohort and the Projects Lab cohort. The Labs support writers on two distinct career tracks: those who are interested in being a career writer, with a focus on working within the studio system, and those who are interested in writing and directing their own work in the independent space. The goal of the Labs is for all twelve writers to emerge with the strongest possible script and the knowledge of how to move forward in their careers, with Black List support. The Labs are in-person, weeklong intensive writers workshops. Writers in both cohorts will workshop their feature screenplay through one-on-one sessions with professional screenwriting mentors and in peer workshops. The Labs will also include several story- and industry-related sessions with executives, producers, literary agents and managers. Apply by July 1. Learn more!



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.


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.


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.


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


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.