Calls for Submissions

The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is now accepting submissions. Now in its 31st 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 $3,500 cash and $30,000 in film services to finish their project. The deadline to submit is Mar 31. Learn more and submit.


The 2023 DocLands Documentary Film Festival is accepting submissions. Presented by the California Film Institute, DOCLANDS Documentary Film Festival brings compelling stories and the provocative insight behind them to Marin County, CA. Both features and shorts are accepted. The deadline to submit is Final – Feb 10. Learn more and submit.


The 2023 New Voices Filmmaker Grant applications from NewFest are now open. By supporting the next generation of LGBTQ+ directors, NewFest and Netflix will work to combat the structural barriers that have historically led to a lack of authentic representation. This program is an exciting step toward increasing queer visibility in film and expanding opportunities for talented queer storytellers. A cohort of four directors will each receive a $25,000 grant to support professional development and create new work, and will have access to network-building opportunities through a mentorship track facilitated by NewFest. The deadline to apply is Feb 28. Learn more and apply.


Lighthouse International Film Festival is accepting submissions for their festival programming, as well as their Write by the Beach Program for Female Screenwriters. Lighthouse International Film Festival is a vibrant cultural event that combines the experience of viewing award-winning international films, engaging panels, networking events, stellar after parties and, of course, white sand beaches. LIFF will take place on Long Beach Island, NJ in June 2023.

Write by the Beach – three selected female filmmakers will spend a week in a beach house in the week leading up to the 2023 Festival (dates for the Write by the Beach program are subject to change). Submissions are open to any female writer with at least one credit as a primary screenwriter on a produced short or feature film, with priority selection given to those writers currently working on feature-length screenplays. LIFF may require additional information in making its selections.

The deadlines to apply are: Late – Feb 21, and Extended – April 4. Learn more about the festival. NYWIFT Members that are interested in submitting should contact Chip Parham at to take advantage of our partner discount. Discount applies to both film AND Write the Beach submissions.


Honey & Hemlock Productions, co-founded by NYWIFT Member Shanna Riker, presents the Honey Writes Short Screenplay Competition. Honey Writes provides unique opportunities for screenwriters. By submitting a script to the competition categories, screenwriters have the opportunity to win the grand prize – having the winning script produced by Honey & Hemlock Productions! That’s right. Honey & Hemlock Productions will produce the winning script from this competition and it will be directed by one of their Co-Founders. The deadline to submit is Mar 15. Learn more and submit. Enter code HWNYWIFT25 for 25% off submission fees.




The 2023 Sundance Producers Track Application is now open. Sundance Institute are seeking emerging, independent producers with a work-in-progress fiction feature film screenplay to be considered for the Producers Lab & Fellowship (yearlong program commencing July 2023) and the Producers Intensive (two-day concentrated program in fall 2023). The deadline to apply is Feb 15. Learn more and apply.


The 2023 Sundance Ignite X Adobe Fellowship is accepting submissions. The Sundance Institute and Adobe are teaming up to find the next 10 fellows – emerging filmmakers (ages 18 to 25) who are creating stories that bring their passion, voice, and perspective to life. Selected artists will receive mentorship, unique resources like an Adobe Creative Cloud membership, and the opportunity to attend the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. Entry is free. The deadline to submit is Feb 14. Learn more and submit.



Reel Families For Change is accepting applications for two financial support programs:

The Screenworkers’ Family Care Grant is returning to help narrative screen professionals in need cover care costs like medical, dependent care, and reproductive health. Grant applications are due on the 15th of each month. Awards will now be dispersed monthly. Learn more.

The BIPOC Artpreneur Training Program is a regional business accelerator for artist-entrepreneurs located in the Mid-Atlantic region.  This program is intended to help close wealth, achievement, and network gaps between White artist-entrepreneurs and their BIPOC counterparts through business education and access to resources.  We offer expert workshops, training, consultations, and (where applicable) funding to participants at no cost to them. Learn more.


The Valkyrie International Film Festival (VIFF) is accepting submissions. VIFF spotlights films directed by women of all backgrounds and advances the cause of women in film. Held every year in March (Women’s History Month), the festival seeks impactful films, directed by women, in all genres. The festival takes place in Amherst, New York, just outside Buffalo. The deadline to submit is Extended – Feb 18. Learn more and submitEnter code VIFFdiscount23 for 10% off submission fees.



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 Regular – Feb 10, and Final – Mar 31. Learn more and submit.


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.


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.


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.