Lunch + Learn Webinar:
'Meet The Funder: IDA'
Join us for a conversation with IDA Program Officer, Dana Merwin, who will present an overview of the criteria for the Enterprise Development and Pare Lorentz Doc Funds opening June 11 . For more details on both grants visit the IDA site  here .

Prior to joining IDA, Dana was the production manager for Al Jazeera America's documentary unit and the Peabody Award winning series Fault Lines. She was the Director of Operations for Jupiter Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she oversaw delivery of docu-reality series to various cable networks. She has served as a production manager on numerous film and television productions. 

The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 21st at 12:30pm ET.

Women In Film's $100,000 Finishing Fund Grants Open For Submission
Women in Film is now accepting applications for its 2018 Finishing Fund and Belgian beer Stella Artois continuing its support of female filmmakers with the announcement of $100,000 in new grant funding.

The Women in Film Finishing Fund will award 10-15 grants in cash and in-kind gifts for films by and/or about women as represented in documentary, fiction, animated and/or experimental films, shorts or feature length. Stella Artois will provide four $25,000 grants for fiction and documentary films that inspire social change, with particular consideration given to films with a water theme.

Applications are being accepted beginning April 26 through June 30 for the Women in Film Finishing Fund grants. Recipients will be announced in November. Interested filmmakers can visit the WIF website  http://womeninfilm.org . Entrants do not have to be Women in Film members to apply for a grant.
Southern Documentary Fund Grant Opportunities
Southern Documentary Fund is based in Durham, North Carolina and serves documentary filmmakers living or working in the American South – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each year, SDF is proud to award more than 20 cash grants to filmmakers telling stories that fully represent the complexity and nuance of the American South. 

They currently have three grant opportunities available with deadlines of June 15th and July 31st . Learn more here .
POV Launches POV Shorts
POV announced the launch of POV Shorts, a brand new broadcast initiative aimed at making POV and public broadcasting a premiere destination for short-form nonfiction storytelling.

POV aims to acquire 8–10 films this year with four-year contract terms for broadcast and streaming. For select films,  POV Engage  will also produce its industry-leading suite of educational materials that educators and community groups can use for free. Audiences can expect a highly-curated slate of fresh and relevant character-driven films covering a wide range of subject matter. 

Learn more here .
World Premiere of 'Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin'
After 10 years in the making, CID filmmaker Arwen Curry is proud to announce the World Premiere of WORLDS OF URSULA K. LE GUIN at Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK on June 10th and 12th . The visually rich documentary explores the life and legacy of the groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy writer, who passed away in January. Featuring Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, Samuel R. Delany and more.

Check out the trailer here.
'Crip Camp' Wins Big at DocLands Doc Pitch
A huge congratulations to CID filmmakers, Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham whose film, CRIP CAMP , took home the $25,000 grand prize at the DocLands Documentary Film Festival DocPitch ! DocPitch works to connect filmmakers and their ideas to distributors, organizations, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers, and future audiences.

In the true spirit of supporting indie films, Jim and Nicole chose to pay it forward and donate $5,000 of their prize to another project that pitched.

Learn more about 'Crip Camp' here .
'From Baghdad To The Bay' Awarded Best Film at OUTshine Miami
Encore National Public TV Screening of 'The Guys Next Door'
In celebration of LGBTQ Pride month, the award-winning documentary THE GUYS NEXT DOOR from the filmmaking team of Allie Humenuk and Amy Geller, is having an encore National Public TV screening on PBS's The World Channel on Tuesday, June 19th, 9pm . It will also premiere locally on Maine Public Television on Thursday, June 28th, 10pm and Saturday, June 30th, 11am . If you've missed this heartwarming story of family, friendship and gay rights, please watch!
Congratulations to the LEF Moving Image Fund Grantees
LEF Foundation announced 10 Moving Image Fund grants totaling $190,000 in support for New England-based documentary filmmakers. Five of these were CID sponsored films! Congratulations to the below, and a huge thank you to LEF for their incredible support.

El Signo Vacio (the empty sign) ($15,000)
Directed and Produced by Kathryn Ramey

Where The Pavement Ends ($25,000)
Directed by Jane Gillooly

Dawnland ($25,000)
Directed by Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip

Ernie and Joe ($25,000)
Directed and Produced by Jenifer McShane

Stalin, Lenin, and Other Tales From South India ($25,000)
Directed and Produced by Kavita Pillay
'East LA Interchange' Available on DVD
A message from filmmaker, Betsy Kalin:

 As  EAST LA INTERCHANGE continues its educational tour of colleges and universities, we’re thrilled to announce that we just released it on DVD for home use! Please check out this award-winning documentary about one community’s history of resistance, activism, and diversity featuring will.i.am, Father Greg Boyle, Josefina López, and narration by Danny Trejo. 

Visit:  http://www.eastlainterchangefilm.com/buy-dvd/   We're so excited to finally be able to make 'East LA Interchange' available to everyone. 
Benefit Concert for 'Our Neighborhood'
Want to hear great live music and support documentary film? Check out the benefit concert and screening for Seth Fein's OUR NEIGHBORHOOD , a new documentary about the origins of fake news in Washington's TV Cold War against Fidel Castro in the sixties.

The event will take place on June 16th, from 6pm - 9pm at Terraza 7 (40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, Queens 11373) . Live music by Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino from their recently released CD, Rios de Norte y Sur.
Book A 'Dawnland' Screening
A message from co-director, Adam Mazo:

We're excited to announce that we're now booking screenings of  DAWNLAND  for fall 2018 and beyond. 

If your conference, tribe, school, museum, theater, faith organization or theater are interested in organizing a 'Dawnland' screening event or teacher professional development workshop please be in touch. We hope to join you in person or via video whenever possible. Our schedule for the fall is filling up quickly! 


New Haven, CT

JUNE 14, 15, & 16
Provincetown and Wellfleet, MA (3 Screenings)
with Filmmaker Ben Pender-Cudlip

'Life Interrupted' Screening In Oakland, CA
LIFE INTERRUPTED screened at The Maple Theatre in Metro Detroit to a sold-out crowd. The screening was a benefit for Gilda's Club, Metro Detroit and raised over $12,000.

On  June 5th, The Berkeley Film Foundation will present LIFE INTERRUPTED at The New Parkway Theatre in Oakland as part of their spring film series. The event includes a post-screening Q&A.

Tickets can be purchased online  here.
'Getting Started' at OUTshine
Andrea Meyerson is touring the festival circuit with her new film GETTING STARTED, about two women who meet online and the challenges they face in their relationship.

The film had its world premiere in Miami at OUTshine where it won the Audience Award for Best Short. Read more here .
Crip Camp
A Film By James LeBrecht & Nicole Newnham

Just down the road from Woodstock, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers. Steeped in humor and the music of the era, 'Crip Camp' explores summer camp awakenings that would transform lives and shape the future of the disability rights movement. Told from the point of view of former camper Jim LeBrecht, the film traces the journeys of campers up to the present day, in this compelling and untold story of a powerful movement towards inclusion.

Learn more and contribute here .
"A Massive List of Summer 2018 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About"
An excellent comprehensive list of summer funding opportunities.

Check it out here .
We are grateful for the generous support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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