|More grant, conference and film festival listings are available at our opportunities website.|
|The Economist Film Project|
|The Economist Film Project is an initiative by The Economist to showcase the work of independent documentary filmmakers from around the world. The project will feature films whose new ideas, perspectives and insights not only help make sense of the world, but also take a stand and provoke debate. Selected films and the topics they explore will be the subject of news segments airing regularly on PBS NewsHour.|
The project seeks submissions of completed documentary shorts and/or feature-length films on a rolling basis continuing monthly through January 2012.
For more information: film.economist.com/about
|Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation|
|DEADLINE: March 18|
LATE DEADLINE: March 25
EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 1
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is seeking the best in new independent American film from across the United States to include in its new film touring program On Screen/In Person.
Beginning in the Fall of 2011, selected films will be screened in communities across the mid-Atlantic region accompanied by their respective filmmakers.
Film submissions, including animation, documentaries, experimental and narrative work, are accepted online via Withoutabox.
For more information: www.withoutabox.com
|Latino Writers Lab|
|DEADLINE: March 25|
The Latino Writers Lab is a unique program for NALIP members who aspire to work as professional screenwriters and who want to develop a strong, viable screenplay for production or sale. It includes skills development by professional instructors, direct mentoring of your work-in-progress by writer/mentors, and workshop lunches on various legal, guild and industry matters.
This program is not for beginner writers. Only 12 to 15 experienced writers will be selected to participate in this intensive lab conducted in Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 18-22, 2011.
For more information: www.nalip.org
|Chicken & Egg Pictures Grant|
|DEADLINE: March 30|
Chicken & Egg Pictures announces its general open call for submissions. Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they're embracing, translating and exploring on film.
They match financial support with rigorous, respectful and dynamic mentorship, creative collaboration and community-building to nurture women filmmakers whose diverse voices represent a range of lived experiences that have the power to change the world as we know it.
For more information: www.chickeneggpics.org
|Montreal First People's Festival|
|DEADLINE: March 31|
Sponsored by TERRES EN VUES and Land InSIGHTS, the 21st Montreal First People's Festival is calling for submissions for works by Native directors and films by non-Native directors about aboriginal topics. The festival will include a program of recent films and videos about the First Nations of the Americas. They are looking for films and videos that reveal aspects of the life of Native communities, their real and imaginary world, as well as their customs, culture, history and spirituality.
For more information: www.nativelynx.qc.ca
|IFP's Narrative Lab Fellowship|
|DEADLINE: April 8|
IFP's Independent Filmmaker Labs are the only programs in the world currently supporting first-time feature directors in post-production when they need it most: in completing, marketing and distributing their first feature films. This narrative lab provides community, mentorship and film-specific strategies to help filmmakers reach their artistic goals, support the film's launch and maximize exposure in the global marketplace. This narrative lab will take place June 6-10, 2011, in New York City.
For more information: www.ifp.org/labs
|Pink Sheep Film Festival|
|DEADLINE: May 3|
The Pink Sheep Film Festival is Wilmington, North Carolina's first annual film festival dedicated to showcasing LGBTQ-themed films. They strive to program works that positively portray the lives of LGBTQ people. The film festival is the Friday, June 10, and is the night event of Wilmington's PRIDE week.
For more information: www.facebook.com/PINK-Sheep-FILM-Festival
|Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund|
The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) has announced that it is partnering with the Ford Foundation's recently created JustFilms initiative to create the Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund. TFI's release states that "the $750,000 fund will provide support and funding to film projects which go beyond traditional screens--integrating film with content across newer media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and micro-blogging."
For more information: www.tribecafilminstitute.org
|DEADLINE: June 1|
The MacArthur Grant seeks to fund documentary film projects that address the significant social challenges of our time or explore important but under-reported topics. Domestic and international topics are welcome; preference will be given to projects that align with one of MacArthur's grant-making areas. Support will be provided primarily for production and post-production activities (though some of the funds may be used for pre-production or outreach activities). Documentary stories that will be told both in film and a second medium are especially encouraged.
For more information: www.macfound.org
|Latino Public Broadcasting's Executive Director Patricia Boero Resigns|
The Board of Directors at Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) announced that Patricia Boero, Executive Director since 2007, has decided to resign, effective March 8, 2011.
In her resignation letter, Ms. Boero stated that she has enjoyed working at LPB and is proud of their accomplishments. "I am sad to be leaving the Board and my team, but trust that the organization will see this transition as another opportunity for renewal and growth."
LPB funds public media programs, which provide impactful stories from a variety of Latino producers across the country. LPB is one of five minority consortia including Native American Public Telecommunications, Inc. (NAPT), the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).
To find out more about the National Minority Consortia (NMC), visit www.nmcmedia.org.
|Congratulations to the seven programs and filmmakers who have received funding from NAPT's FY2011 Funded Films; their work will increase the diversity of voices available to PBS viewers. The recipients include Charles Dye, Wayne Smith (Blackfeet/Crow) and KUSM-TV/Montana PBS for Indian Relay; Randy Vasqez, Jonathon Skurnik and Brian Wescott (Athabascan/Yup'ik) for Something's Moving: Legacies of the American Indian Boarding Schools; Daniel Golding (Quechan) for Chasing Voices: John Peabody Harrington and the Language Revitalization Movement; Roberta Grossman, Brian Wescott (Athabascan/Yup'ik), Deann Borshay Liem and Lisa Thomas for Indians: An Unexpected Story; Suree Towfighnia, Beth Sternheimer and Debra White Plume (Oglala Lakota) for Crying Earth Rise Up; Rocky Mountain PBS for Urbanizing the American Indian; and Cynthia Jeannette Gomez (NM Genizaro) for Without a Tribe.|
Congratulations to Bennie Klain (Navajo) and Leighton C. Peterson for their film, Columbus Day Legacy, which has been selected to screen at the 20th anniversary Arizona International Film Festival (April 1-20). The film explores tensions and contradictions between Native and Italian-American participants in the ongoing Columbus Day parade controversy in Denver, Colorado.
Congratulations to NAPT Board Member Laura Waterman Wittstock (Seneca) who will receive the prestigious Farr Award for her contributions to public affairs when the Frank Premack Journalism Awards are handed out on April 18 in the University of Minnesota's McNamara Center.
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