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The Writers Lab deadline March 30, 2021

The Writers Lab opens for submissions for its 2021 program for women screenwriters over the age of 40. With demand for content from diverse voices skyrocketing, the Lab expands its call this year to include pilot scripts as well as narrative features. Feature and pilot writers selected for the October 2021 retreat will work one-on-one and in group sessions with acclaimed screen industry leaders to develop their scripts and their craft, and to build tools and strategies to achieve success, thus expanding the diversity of new content. Submissions are now open. Early Bird Registration: February 2 – March 1, 2021 Regular Registration: March 2 – March 30, 2021 Learn more and apply at

4th World Indigenous Media Lab deadline April 30, 2021

4TH WORLD LAB OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS The 4th World Indigenous Media Lab is a year-long fellowship for emerging and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers, providing opportunities to develop filmmaking skills and networks through festival participation, hands-on training, masterclasses, workshopping projects in development, pitch activities, and meetings with funders and other industry decision-makers. Fellowship activities take place September 2021 through May 2022 at three film festivals: - Camden International Film Festival - September 2021 (Camden ME) - Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - February 2022 (Missoula MT) - Seattle International Film Festival - April 2022 (Seattle WA) The program is a collaborative partnership between the festivals and Nia Tero. The Points North Institute in Camden provides a vast network of peer and industry mentors and resources at CIFF, including access to the Points North Forum and opportunities for one-on-one connections with future collaborators and funders. At Big Sky, fellows will attend the DocShop filmmaker’s forum, Indigenous filmmaker screenings and events, and a private seminar with leaders in the Indigenous filmmaking community and the film industry at large. The Seattle experience, in partnership with Nia Tero, offers industry master classes, hands-on training and global networking in the SIFF urban festival atmosphere. APPLICATION Applications for the 2021-22 fellowship cohort of the 4th World Indigenous Media Lab are now open! Application Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021 The program is open to Indigenous peoples residing in North America including Native American, Alaska Native, Kanaka Maoli, First Nations, Métis and Inuit of Canada, and those of Indigenous heritage from south of the US border and of Pasifika heritage living in North America. Finalists will be selected and announced in June 2021. The selected fellows will receive a $10,000 artist development grant from the Nia Tero Foundation and the following benefits for each festival visit: - Round trip travel and accommodations (or travel stipend to cover costs) * - Meal per diem (cash stipend to cover meals and incidentals) * - All Access festival pass      * Pending travel budgets and restrictions due to the pandemic. If travel is not possible, workshops and industry meetings will be offered virtually. ELIGIBILITY & CONSIDERATIONS Eligible to apply are Indigenous peoples residing in North America including Native American, Alaska Natives, Kanaka Maoli, First Nations, Métis and Inuit of Canada, and those of Indigenous heritage from south of the US border and of Pasifika heritage living in North America. Each filmmaker will have at least two years’ experience in professional filmmaking. Applicants should have an active work-in-progress or finished film they are prepared to pitch, workshop or market with mentors and industry. In light of recent events related to Indigenous artists, identity, and opportunities created for Indigenous storytelling, it remains the goal of 4th World Indigenous Media Lab to focus on emerging and mid-career Indigenous filmmakers with lived Indigenous experience. It is our intention to save this space for persons who have done the work of learning about and being in community with their Indigenous family and peers, with the goal of connecting to one’s unique lived experience, reflecting on how it has been shaped by the knowledge, joy, challenges, and history of one’s elders and ancestors. As such, we will ask all who apply to this lab to share more about their journey toward connecting with their ancestors, with a goal of nurturing authentic, accountable storytelling and bringing forward stories rooted in lived Indigenous realities. Wherever you are on your personal journey toward embracing your Indigenous self, your ancestors, and your future, we look forward to meeting you. Questions about the 4th World application? Please contact

Firelight Media Documentary Lab Open Call

The open call for applications to the Firelight Media Documentary Lab will begin next Monday, May 3, 2021.  The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers in the United States from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities working on their first or second feature-length documentary film. The Lab provides filmmakers with customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, as well as funding, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. Requirements: The filmmaker must be from a racially and ethnically underrepresented community based in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. The project must be a long-form/feature-length documentary; the Documentary Lab does not accept short documentaries, series, or fiction projects of any kind. The film must be a work-in-progress. We accept films from early production through production or post-production. We do not accept films in pre-production or completed films. The filmmaker must be an emerging documentary filmmaker (working on their first or second feature length documentary). Firelight Media accepts applications from filmmakers of color based in the United States regardless of their citizenship status. At the moment, we do not accept filmmakers who are based internationally for this program. Applications will be accepted beginning on May 3, 2021, through Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Click the button below for more information about application requirements, the selection process, and to access a recording of the 2020 Open Call Webinar. The application will be linked from this page beginning May 3.

South Shorts Post-Production Grant/Residency

IF/Then Shorts, now in its fifth year of partnership with New Orleans Film Society, invites diverse stories and storytellers from the American South to apply for a virtual residency to take community-conscious and cinematic short documentary films from the edit to reaching audiences. Four selected film teams will receive a $5,000 post-production grant and participate in a five-week collaborative online editing residency: working with industry professionals, editing mentors, and their fellow filmmakers to fine-tune their rough cut. Filmmakers will benefit from not only the resources of their esteemed mentors but also work to build strong creative relationships while providing feedback and support to their fellow Southern filmmakers. After the lab, the films will be shown at an invitation-only rough-cut screening as a part of the 2021 New Orleans Film Festival. Following the residency and festival, filmmakers will receive distribution consultation and festival strategy to help get their film out into the world.

City Artist Corps Grants (New York State)

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to partner with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre, to launch City Artist Corps Grants. City Artist Corps Grants is part of City Artist Corps, a new $25 million recovery initiative designed to help artists who were both hard hit by the pandemic and who may have been left out of other local and federal funding opportunities. City Artist Corps Grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to over 3000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City’s five boroughs this summer beginning July. Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply.

Nickelodeon Animation Artist Program

The Nick Artist program offers aspiring artists, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the opportunity to hone their artistic skills while working on their 2D and CG animated television shows. Nick Animation seeks out talented designers, painters, and story artists with unique and/or under-represented voices. There are three creative avenues to pursue: General Design Track, Storyboard Track, and CG Generalist Track. Each track provides hand-on experience working with directors, supervisors, and lead artists on their productions in your chosen discipline. All tracks are open to any qualified artist who has not yet had production experience.

Alter-Ciné Foundation documentary grant deadline

Every year, the Foundation awards a grant of 10,000 Canadian dollars and a few 5,000 Canadian dollars grants to some filmmakers to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation.

Berlinale Talents 2022 deadline

Berlinale Talents is aimed at emerging film actors, audience designers (i.e. curators, cinema or festival makers), composers, cinematographers, directors, distributors, editors, film critics, producers, production designers, sales agents, screenwriters and sound designers with an existing portfolio of work. Application info link

Austin Film Society grant for Short Projects deadline

Since its inception in 1996, the AFS Grant has awarded over $2 million in cash grants and $340,000 in-kind goods and services to 425 Texas filmmakers, creating life-changing opportunities for artists traditionally under-represented in the film industry and working outside large industry centers. In addition to grants for development, production, post-production, and distribution, we provide cash stipends to Texas filmmakers traveling to prestigious film festivals through its AFS Travel Grant program. Check out past grant recipients here. Awards are provided to artists whose work shows promise, skill, and creativity. Grant recipients have shown their films at renowned festivals like Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Tribeca, Venice, Rotterdam and SXSW and have been nominated for Gotham Awards, won Independent Spirit Awards and Student Academy Awards. The Austin Film Society is proud to support these Texas filmmakers making their mark in the world. For each cycle, an independent panel of esteemed professionals from the national film community convene to review applications and administer awards. Award announcements are posted on our website at the conclusion of the panel session and grant disbursements are made afterwards. Application info link

BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing competition deadline

In 2021, the BAFTA Rocliff New Writing completion will run two competitions - Children, Family and Young Adult Media (inc Family Films) and TV Drama. Film and Comedy will be back in 2022. All competitions are judged by readers, a script selection panel and an industry jury, selected for their proven expertise in that medium. To find out how to apply, go to T&Cs page. For any further queries feel free to contact us, we'll happily respond. Requests and comments on social media will be replied to but not as quickly. TV Drama Applications for TV Drama will open 26 July, 12pm. To apply please submit a completed online application form along with your supporting materials by 15 September 2021, 5pm. If you can’t afford the entry fee - apply for a bursary. Please complete a bursary form by 7 September 2021, 5pm. The EVENT date is 30 November 2021. *Children, Family and Young Adult Competition Scripts can be any genre, tv drama, feature - live action or animation Applications for Film and TV Comedy will open in 2022. Children, Family & YA Media and TV Drama will return in 2023. Application info link

Documentary Campus Masterschool deadline

The Documentary Campus Masterschool is a European training programme and international networking platform dedicated to the development of factual content for an international audience. For more than 20 years, the Masterschool has carefully matched European media professionals with key players from the international industry and assisted in developing, financing and marketing their factual based formats for public release, whether on the traditional TV market or on new digital platforms. Application info link

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund deadline

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund has invested $3.35 million to enable more African documentary filmmakers to tell their stories and contribute to the next generation of African documentary talent. To date, the Fund has awarded 78 projects from 24 countries. The Fund provides development grants of up to 10,000 CAD and production grants of up to $40,000 CAD to four to ten projects annually. Each year, up to five funded projects are invited to participate in a year-long mentorship program, which includes private filmmaker labs at Hot Docs and the Durban FilmMart/Durban International Film Festival or other festivals and markets in Africa. Applications are open to professional filmmakers who are citizens and residents of continental Africa who must also live and work in the region. The Fund also collaborates with The New York Times—Op-Docs to commission shorts from African filmmakers to showcased on The Times’s Emmy® Award–winning online forum. Application info link