Lunch + Learn with Working Films: Funding Opportunities & Audience Engagement
Join us Thursday, March 22nd at 12pm ET for our monthly Lunch & Learn. We'll be talking with Molly Murphy who co-directs Working Films , a national nonprofit using documentary film to advance social justice and environmental protection. She'll share Working Films' approach to audience engagement, as well as opportunities for funding and support through their new Docs In Action program. 

Also, if you missed last month's session with Seed&Spark, you can watch the recording here !
LGBTQ Filmmakers Hit The High Seas: Pride Of The Ocean 2018
More than 60 LGBTQ filmmakers, directors, writers and cinema fans from across the country departed Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 25 aboard the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas on the 11th annual Pride of the Ocean Film Festival .

Founded by Emmy Award-winning documentarian John Scagliotti and run in partnership with the Center For Independent Documentary, Pride of the Ocean features LGBTQ-produced shorts, documentaries and features along with intimate discussions and workshops with the filmmakers.

Read a full press release here .
IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund
The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund , supporting feature-length explorations of original, contemporary stories that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process, is now accepting applications for production grants up to $100,000! The application deadline is Sunday, April 1, 2018.

Click here for the application and criteria.
Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is the South’s only tour of filmmakers. They collaborate with a network of Screening Partner venues and filmmakers to share the transformative power of indie film with people in communities across the South.
Southern Circuit is an amazing opportunity for both emerging and established filmmakers. Filmmakers are paid to tour with their film, participate in post-screening Q&A’s, and lead conversations through educational, social, and press engagements. Meeting with Southern audiences of all makeups and backgrounds, filmmakers share their work and experience their film through the lens of local audiences.

The deadline for submissions is 3/15/18. Learn more here .
'Westdoc Online' Series
Westdoc Online is a new internet broadcast series dedicated to documentary and nonfiction filmmaking. The series is made up of conversations with compelling producers, directors, executive and network programmers, commissioning editors, festival directors and techies from around the world.

It airs every other Tuesday at 9:30am PT. For more information, visit .
DOCPITCH Call for Submissions
After a successful and extremely enthusiastic response from filmmakers and audience members alike last year, DOCPITCH is returning to DocLands Documentary Film Festival which takes place May 3-6.

Submissions are now being accepted for DocPitch, an initiative designed to connect filmmakers with a film project currently in development, to organizations, funders, distributors, philanthropists, fellow filmmakers—and future audiences.

For a nominal fee, filmmakers can submit their feature documentary project for consideration via   FilmFreeway ONLY All entries must be submitted before 9am March 12, 2018 . No late entries will be accepted.
KRCB National Distribution
If you are an independent filmmaker with national broadcast distribution on your mind, KRCB would like to meet you! Public Television is the most trusted & creative broadcast source in America. Are you thinking about distributing your film nationally to Public Television stations? Where do you start? What are the rules? What are the costs? What are the rewards? KRCB Public Television in the San Francisco Bay Area is a PBS Member station with a track record of successful national presentations of independent films like yours. KRCB can act as your Presenting Station to the PTV System.

2018 Upstander Academy
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut and the Upstander Project are proud to present the  2018 UPSTANDER ACADEMY . Centered around Upstander Project films:  Coexist First Light , and   Dawnland ,  the Upstander Academy is an inquiry-based professional development opportunity for educators focusing on genocide and human rights to foster upstanding and address complex historical and current issues.

Teachers and museum educators interested in themes such as post-genocide Rwanda and genocide against Native peoples in New England are encouraged to register. These content areas provide a framework for learning new teaching methods and approaches, and about the values and skills of upstanders.

Discounted Registration Deadline: 
March 18, 2018

Register here .
'Street Fighting Men' at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Andrew James' film STREET FIGHTING MEN showed at The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on February 24th! The film looks at a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, and follows three Detroit men who must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations.

To learn more about the film, click here .
'Life Interrupted' Upcoming Screenings Announced
LIFE INTERRUPTED , a new documentary film by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker 
Paula Mozen was completed January 1 st , 2018. We are pleased to announce the following screenings:

Berlin Feminist Film Week
Thu, Mar 8- 14, 2018
Berlin Germany
Berkeley Film Foundation/Zaentz Center Screening
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
7:00 PM  9:00 PM
New Parkway Theatre
and more to come....

LIFE INTERRUPTED chronicles the lives and experiences of survivors including the filmmaker herself from diagnosis through treatment and life beyond. Assumptions and mythologies about the disease, treatment and prevention will be brought to the foreground and examined as the women share their personal truths and realities. These women are confronting a life altering diagnosis, and respond to their disease process and the rebuilding of their lives with honesty, dignity, humor, and grace.
To learn more about the film click here:
For more information, please contact  
'Paternal Rites' Premieres at BFI Flare and Wicked Queer
The international premiere of PATERNAL RITES will be at BFI Flare , London's LGBTQ+ Festival! The film will screen three times -- March 22nd, 23rd and 24th -- with director Jules Rosskam and producer Marc Smolowitz in attendance. Tickets on sale March 5th, details here .

The film will also be having its New England premiere at Wicked Queer , the Boston LGBT Film Festival! The screening will be Saturday, March 31st at 3:30pm at The Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston - save the date! Tickets go on sale the second week of March, so stay tuned for more details.
'One Big Home' featured in VICE IMPACT

VICE IMPACT featured Thomas Bena's film ONE BIG HOME to highlight a growing global conversation about house size. You can read the article here .

'The Peacemaker' is a NY Times Critic's Pick
James Demo's film, THE PEACEMAKER , which recently had its New York premiere, was chosen as a New York Times Critic's Pick!

You can read the review here .
Unjuried/Uncensored: Making AS220
& My Life In Hitler's Germany
We are excited to share two new projects (both currently in production) that have recently taken on CID as their fiscal sponsor! Check them out!

Unjuried/Uncensored: Making AS220, is a feature length documentary about AS220, which was formed in 1985 to provide a venue for Rhode Island artists of all stripes. From its humble beginnings on the third floor of the Ocean State Theater (now Providence Performing Arts Center), through today, AS220 has remained steadfast in its mission to provide an unjuried and uncensored outlet for all. Its current holdings represent an investment of more than 25 million dollars in Downtown Providence, owning three buildings totaling over 100,000 square feet of space, providing low-income housing including 45 artist studios, 6 commercial tenants, serving over 70,000 people per year and is one of the most successful developers in the downtown area. After more than 30 years, the organization has gained global recognition as a model of creative placemaking, a term that describes the integration of artistic and cultural communities to revitalize neighborhoods, towns and cities.


Imagine hundreds of voices from pre-war Germany. Voices that said “no”. Voices that have not been heard since the 1930s, voices that have been silent for 80 years. Voices that have finally reach our ears to tell us about Hitler’s Germany, about Nazis taking over German society, about the total transformation of daily life during the Reich. Eyewitness accounts written at that time by those who experienced the rise of Nazism. Imagine 263 stories. 20,000 pages written by men and women in exile, ordinary citizens transformed overnight into social pariahs. A few dozen booklets, most of them 150 to 200 pages, written in German and English. These autobiographies are preserved today in Harvard University’s archives, unknown even by most historians on the era. Almost none of the accounts had been published at the time; about a dozen were published later, mostly posthumously. These manuscripts are of immeasurable value, and are what this film is made of.

IDA Grants & Fellowship Directory
The IDA has just upgraded their grants and fellowships directory, and it's now searchable, sortable and filterable. Check it out here .
We are grateful for the generous support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
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