Calls for Submissions

The CinemaStreet Women’s Short Screenplay Competition is accepting submissions. The competition invites women screenwriters to submit short dramatic scripts of any genre (20 minutes and under) to CinemaStreet Pictures for production consideration. The winning screen writer will receive a $1,000 prize for the option to produce the film. The first year’s winning screenplay, 6:18 to Omaha by NYWIFT Member Leah Curney. Screenplays may be from anywhere in the world, but must be in English. Sponsored by CinemaStreet is managed by former NYWIFT Executive Director Terry Lawler. The deadline to submit is June 30. Learn more and submit. The application fee is $30; $20 for Members of Women in Film Chapters



The Roosevelt Island Film Festival, founded by NYWIFT Member Toni Vitale, is accepting submissions. RIFF takes place in the heart of New York City on the stunningly beautiful, two-mile island, nestled between Manhattan and Queens and straddled by the 59th St. Bridge. The festival is seeking submissions for the category Female Filmmakers. The deadline to submit is May 28. Learn more and submit. Enter code RIFFnywift for 80% off submissions fees.


Music on Film, Film on Music from Denver Film Festival are currently seeking Letters of Interest (LOIs) from feature-length documentary film projects with emphasis on music for prospective grant funding. MOFFOM is a grant program that offers up to $20,000 annually in finishing funds for scoring, composition, and music licensing efforts for feature-length documentaries. Denver Film will accept LOIs until June 1. Learn more and submit.


The Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York is accepting submissions. EFFNY brings some of the best and newest Ecuadorian movies to both, the Ecuadorian community and Independent film aficionados in New York City and the Tri-State area; it opens a window into this diverse country, and inspires people to have meaningful conversations while celebrating Ecuador and the magic of cinema. The festival is produced by NYWIFT Member Giovanna Aguilar. The deadlines to submit are Regular – June 10 and Extended – June 30. Learn more and submit.


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 June 30. Learn more and submit.


TIDE Film Festival 2022 is accepting submissions. The TIDE Film Festival unites directors, producers, and writers of color with audiences across communities to highlight and celebrate stories of historically under-represented groups in the film industry. The 2022 TIDE Film Festival accepts films where at least one of the key creative positions (director, writer, producer) are held by people of color. Submit by May 15 to take advantage a special Earlybird discount. Learn more and submit. Enter code TIDEFF22FLASH50 for 50% off submission fees. 


Just for Laughs ComedyPRO 2022 is accepting submissions for their pitch festival. Writers! Creators! Comics! Submit now for the chance to present your cutting-edge comedy show ideas to a panel of industry experts, live on stage, at Just for Laughs ComedyPRO 2022. All genres welcome: episodic, serialized, scripted fare, single or multi camera, dramedy, animation, sketch, variety, improv and new this year – innovative, unscripted and alternative comedy. Join The global gathering of the most prominent players in the comedy industry. The new extended deadline to submit is May 17. Learn more and submit


The 12th Annual Queens World Film Festival is accepting submissions beginning May 1. QWFF leads with their signature thematic programming, grouping films that are exploring similar themes together to create specific cinematic experiences with a Q&A following every screening. Audiences know that this guarantees an exciting screening with films from around the world and around the corner. The deadlines to submit are Early Bird – May 22, Regular – June 15, Late – July 6, and Extended – Aug 8. Learn more and submit. Enter discount code 2022NYWIFT50 for 50% off submission fees.


The Claims Conference is accepting submissions for its Short Film, Large Subject: Emerging Filmmaker Contest. The contest invites directors from any country, that are aged 18 and over, to submit a screenplay or documentary treatment for a short film about the Holocaust and/or the experiences of Jewish Holocaust victims. Fictional stories are accepted for this contest, however the information relating to the Holocaust must be historically accurate. For the purpose of this contest, the Claims Conference defines ‘emerging filmmakers’ as those who have not completed more than one feature film and whose previous work has been publicly screened. There is no restriction on the number of previously directed short films. The deadline to submit is June 6Learn more and submit.

Filmarket Hub has launched its 2022 International Screenwriting Contest for TV Pilots. Online platform Filmarket Hub has launched the 2022 edition of its screenwriting contest for English language TV pilots. This yearly initiative aims to discover fresh voices writing for the screen and connect them with the industry. The deadline to submit is June 16. Learn more and submit.



Montauk Film Festival is accepting submissions. The festival is in the town of Montauk New York that is located on the Eastern tip of Long Island. MFF is hosting a nighttime outdoor film festival that will highlight and hopefully inspire the awareness of our environment and sustainability through themes of athleticism, comedic & dramatic performances, and documentaries. The deadlines to submit are Earlybird – April 30, Regular – May 31, and Extended – June 30. Learn more and submit. Enter code NYWIFTatMFF22 for 50% off submission fees!



MOM Film Fest is accepting submissions. Are you a mom who made a film? Did you have a mom in a leadership position on the team for your film? Then submit to the 3rd annual MOM Film Fest! As a nonprofit organization that serves as a career development and advocacy resource for mothers working in film and television, this annual film festival is part of their mission to amplify content made by moms and create job opportunities that will get moms back on set and back to work in the film and television industry. The deadlines to submit are Early – April 15, Regular – May 13, and Final – June 3.  Learn more and submit. Enter code NYWIFTMOM to receive 10% off submission fees.

CBS Studios is seeking three entry-level BIPOC candidates for its 2022 Casting Fellowship. This fellowship is a paid opportunity that aims to provide invaluable hands-on training in pilot and episodic TV casting while offering mentorship from the CBS Studios casting team. Through this 10-week program, the fellows will be placed with an independent casting office and be immersed in the entire casting process from start to finish. CBS Studios Casting will provide ongoing support throughout the duration of the fellowship with regular check-ins. Candidates must be based in LA or NY. To apply, the following information should be sent to

  • Resume
  • Short Self Tape (3-5 min), stating the following – your name and location, a brief description of yourself (education, hobbies, etc.), and why you are interested in pursuing a career in casting. 

The deadline to apply is April 29.


Urbanworld Film Festival is accepting submissions. The festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind. Each year, UWFF curates a programming slate that represents the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures. From narrative to documentary content, Urbanworld presents a selection of features, shorts, and episodics from around the world.  The deadlines to submit are Earlybird – April 29, Regular – May 27, Late – June 24 and Extended July 8. Learn more and submit.


The Gotham  are accepting fiction feature screenplay in development submissions for the U.S. Fiction Features in Development section of the 2022 Gotham Week Project Market. The Gotham’s U.S. Features in Development section includes a selection of 20+ fiction feature films at the script stage, offering emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to introduce new work in development to attending industry professionals during our annual Gotham Week Project Market in September. The Project Market is oldest and largest curated marketplace in the U.S. fiction feature films. Recent notable alumni include Honk for Jesus, Save Your SoulI Was a Simple ManLingua FrancaMiss JuneteenthThe NoviceResurrectionSelah and the SpadesSwallowTopside; and more. The deadlines to apply are Early – March 22 and Final – April 5. Learn more and apply.

Please note, to apply to Gotham Week, applicants must be a member of The Gotham community. The Gothem will be offering a discount code, GW22EARLY for 20% off the annual membership fees for new members joining at the Pro or Essential level through March 22. Learn more.


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 March 31. Learn more and submit.


The Claims Conference is now accepting submissions. The Claims Conference supports projects about the Holocaust, both narrative and documentary, short and feature-length, at any stage of development, production and post. The grant is open to filmmakers worldwide. The deadline to submit is April 1. Learn more and apply.


YoFi Fest is open for submissions. Now in its 10th year, YoFiFest was created for filmmakers by filmmakers. From their opening night Red Carpet Reception, through closing night’s Audience Choice Awards Ceremony, YoFiFest is an inclusive atmosphere that welcomes and celebrates early career filmmakers, seasoned industry professionals, and everyone in between. YoFi offers a full schedule of screenings, workshops, panels, networking opportunities and parties that honor and celebrate the independent, artistic spirit from around the world, and right in their own backyard. NYWIFT member Patty Schumann is YoFiFest’s Co-Founder and Festival Director. The deadlines to submit are Early Bird – April 17, Regular – July 31, Extended – Aug 21, and Final – Sept 18. Learn more and submit. Enter code NYWIFT22 for a 20% discount off submissions fees.


SFFILM’s Rainin Grant is currently accepting applications for its 2022 cycle. Open internationally, the grant supports features examining social justice in screenwriting, development, or post-production. The SFFILM Rainin Grant program is the largest granting body for independent narrative feature films in the US. Grants support films that address social justice issues—the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges—in a positive and meaningful way through plot, character, theme, or setting and benefit the Bay Area filmmaking community in a professional and economic capacity. The deadlines to submit are Regular – Feb 25 and Late – March 25. Learn more and submit.


UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, is accepting applications for The Thousand Miles Project, a new incubator program open to writers who are passionate about telling Asian and Pacific Islander stories. The program, created by writer, showrunner and producer Soo Hugh,  aims to create a pathway for the next generation of television writers who want to tell Asian Pacific stories. The program will provide up to 20 writers/writing teams the opportunity to learn about television writing and the industry through panels and lectures with writers, development execs, managers, and agents in a two-day intensive virtual workshop. The deadline to apply is March 31. Learn more and apply.


Register now to take part in this year’s Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. One in four Americans has a disability, making it today’s largest minority population, yet far too often their important and varied stories go untold. Supported by some of Hollywood’s biggest names, the 2022 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is a film making contest that addresses this under-representation by giving filmmakers, with and without disabilities, the platform to creatively produce a short film in five days. Since its inception, the EDFC has curated hundreds of films and saw participants land roles in studio films as well as network television shows such as The Good Doctor, New Amsterdam, Superstore, and Station 19. The challenge will take place April 5-10. The deadline to register is April 4Learn more.


Sundance Collab is accepting submissions for the 2022 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Short Film Challenge. The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellows—emerging filmmakers ages 18 to 25 who are looking to take their careers to the next level. They are encouraged to submit their short film now to be considered for a year-long Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship where they’ll receive mentorships, unique resources, and the chance to attend the 2023 Sundance Film Festival with the fellowship cohort. The challenge runs Feb 14–Mar 14. Learn more and submit.



The Gotham is accepting submissions for both their Narrative TV Series Lab and Documentary Feature Lab:

The Gotham TV Series Lab is accepting submissions. Ten first-time series creators or writers with narrative series projects in development will have the opportunity to participate in a five-day intensive with seasoned showrunners, producers, and executives for support and mentorship through the development, marketing, and distribution of their work. TV Series Lab Fellows are also invited to pitch their work to industry during the Gotham Week Project Market in September 2022. Submissions are open to active members of The Gotham only. For a limited time, new members joining The Gotham at the Essential or Pro level will receive 20% off of the annual membership fee through Mar 22. Learn more about membership and the lab. Enter discount code GW22EARLY

The Gotham Documentary Feature Lab is a year-long mentorship program for first-time documentary feature directors in post-production. The Lab remains steadfast to its founding objective: to support filmmakers as they prepare to finish and release their debut feature films. Submissions are open to active members of The Gotham only. For a limited time, new members joining The Gotham at the Essential or Pro level will receive 20% off of the annual membership fee through Mar 15. Learn more about the doc labEnter discount code GOTLABS22.


Conch Shell International Film Fest is currently accepting short film and script submissions. Conch Shell IFF celebrates the unique voices of Caribbean Diaspora and Caribbean film directors and writers. In addition to screening films, presenting readings of the festival’s finalist screenplay, and hosting industry specific panel discussions,  the festival creates opportunities for selected filmmakers to make needed connections with peers and industry experts. The deadlines to submit are Regular – April 15 and Late – June 3. Learn more and submit. Enter code BHMWAIVER2022 to waive submission fees (offer valid through Feb 28 for the first 20 users!) Enter code BHM50SPECIAL for 50% off submission fees.

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 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is accepting applications for their 2022-2023 program.  The fellowship is a year-long group mentorship program for documentary assistant, associate and emerging editors from historically underrepresented backgrounds and experiences. The program will consist of monthly small group meetings with seasoned documentary editor mentors. This year the fellowship will be run as a hybrid program, both in-person and online, allowing for applicants from across the country.  The deadline to apply is Mar 20. Learn more and apply.


The Gotham TV Series Lab is accepting submissions. Ten first-time series creators or writers with narrative series projects in development will have the opportunity to participate in a five-day intensive with seasoned showrunners, producers, and executives for support and mentorship through the development, marketing, and distribution of their work. TV Series Lab Fellows are also invited to pitch their work to industry during the Gotham Week Project Market in September 2022. Submissions are open to active members of The Gotham only. For a limited time, new members joining The Gotham at the Essential or Pro level will receive 20% off of the annual membership fee through Mar 22. Learn more about membership and the lab. Enter discount code GW22EARLY


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. The 2022 Shiny Awards will be hosted by Hogarth at Ogilvy London on Mar 22. The deadline to submit is Mar 15. Learn more and submit.


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.


Southern Fried Film Festival is accepting submissions. The Southern Fried Film Festival, held in the Rocket City (Huntsville, AL), is an international film festival celebrating the beauty of cinema. The festival will spotlight films and filmmakers from around the world, allowing film-goers the opportunity to experience a diverse range of storytelling. For its third year, the Southern Fried Film Festival will be held at a local drive-in and will screen short and feature films, host panels and have live musical acts over the 2-day, free, all ages event. The deadlines to submit are Earlybird – Feb 18 and Regular – April 4Learn more and submit.



The Knowledge Project is seeking authors and writers for it’s upcoming I Write and Go program. TKP is a non-profit organization that advances communication and media arts by connecting experts with the next generation of creative innovators. I Write and Go is an event designed to motivate teen writers and promote authors. One author coaches up to three student writers on their pre-submitted writing samples. The author guides students on the craft of writing from revision process to completion. Students are invited to submit their finished work for publication in TKP’s Teens Mind Zine. The virtual program will run on Wednesday evenings beginning in January. Learn more and sign up.


Gold Standard Arts Festival is accepting submissions. The festival celebrates new and emerging film, theater and stand up artists who are a minimum of 50 years of age. This is the first arts festival to take on the very real discrimination of older artists. Any NYWIFT member with a short, feature or documentary who is a minimum of 50 years old is invited to enter. Gold Standard Arts Festival is co-directed by NYWIFT member Caytha Jentis (Filmmaker) and Eileen Katz (former EVP at Comedy Central.) The deadlines to submit are Regular – Feb 18, Late – Mar 18 and Extended April 11. Learn more and submit. Enter code NYWIFT20 for a 20% discount off submission fees.


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.