CA DOCUMENTARY PROJECT GRANTS: Applications Due 11/1
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and be suitable for California and national audiences through public and educational screenings and presentations, broadcast, distribution, and/or online. Since 2003, California Humanities has awarded over $5 million to projects that document California and its cultures, peoples, and histories, and that together help us better understand who we are and where we live. Recently supported projects include the podcasts and radio series California Foodways, The Stoop and The Intersection; interactive and trans-media documentaries such as K-TOWN '92 and The Mojave Project; and documentary films such as REAL BOY, The Return, Forever, Chinatown, No Más Bebés?, The Last Day of Freedom, Romeo is Bleeding, Ovarian Psycos, Tribal Justice, Dogtown Redemption and many more. Funding is available in two categories: Research & Development Grants up to $10,000 and Production Grants up to $50,000. For complete guidelines, application instructions and a list of previously awarded funded projects please visit The California Documentary Project Grants Page. Workshop and webinar dates will be announced shortly.
JD DiSALVATORE: A VALIANT VOICE FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY DIES AT 51
Award-winning LGBT film and TV director/ producer JD Disalvatore passed away on Aug. 24 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 51. JD was a joyful presence on our Pride of the Ocean cruises, sharing her deep expertise and knowledge about both filmmaking and the business of film. JD graduated from Miami Palmetto High School in 1984, two years after Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. One could say the filmmaker, whose 2007 movie "Shelter" won a GLAAD Media Award as best feature film in limited release, was upstaged by the billionaire entrepreneur. But not everyone would completely agree. "I used to joke with JD that she was the one that would ultimately have a bigger positive impact on people's lives. In reading all the emotional tributes people have shared about our JD, I dare say that may prove true," said Birgitte Gilliland, her friend since those high school days. Read the Miami Heralds' coverage of JD's passing HERE
NEA REPORT EXAMINES SUSTAINABILITY OF DOCUMENTARY FIELD
In August, the NEA released State of the Field: A Report from the Documentary Sustainability Summit in partnership with International Documentary Association (IDA). The report highlights key findings and recommendations from the Documentary Sustainability Summit, held in February 2017 at the NEA offices in conjunction with IDA, that brought together leaders in the documentary community alongside leaders from government and the arts. To continue the momentum, NEA is hosting a series of webinar conversations highlighting themes from the report. Each webinar features a panel of experts working in the field and a Q&A session for attendees. All webinars are free to the public. The goal is to widen the net of individuals involved in the conversation, so we hope you can join in and help spread the word! Read the complete article HERE and check out the webinar schedule below.
Supporting Indie Productions: Film Rebate & Tax Incentive Programs, September 21, 3:00pm (ET)
Deepen your understanding of how indie-friendly film rebate and tax incentive programs can serve local economic interests by supporting the small businesses working in independent production. Presenters include: Lance Kramer (Meridian Hill Pictures), Cynthia Lopez (media strategist and former Commissioner of NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment), Herbert Niles (D.C. Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment), and Rahdi Taylor (Former Sundance Institute Film Fund Director). Take Part
Strengthening Communities: Regional Programs & Broadcast Initiatives, October 12, 3:00pm (ET)
Resource providers can play a key role in developing community-driven programs that bring a regional spotlight to independent content creators. Presenters include: Teresa Hollingsworth (South Arts), Sue Schardt (Association for Independents in Radio), and Chris Hastings (WORLD Channel). Take Part
FORK FILMS OPEN CALL: Webinar with Kat Vecchio at WMM
After a summer hiatus, Women Make Movies' workshop and webinar series is back! First up - a webinar with Fork Films' Director of Grantmaking Kat Vecchio on Sept. 14th. Fork Films awards grants to full-length, non-fiction films from around the world that promote peace, human rights and social justice. Their next Open Call starts on Sept. 12th - are you ready to apply? Join Women Make Movies and Fork's Director of Grantmaking Kat Vecchio on Sept. 14th in a global webinar where they'll answer your questions and discuss what makes a successful application.
Starting Sept. 12th, the Open Call is open to media makers with projects about important social issues. Contact Laura Saladin for a $10.00 promotional discount code and then r egister HERE
SEEKING SUBMISSIONS: Screenings Scheduled for October 7th in Washington DC
Docs In Progress is seeking submissions from across the United States for its October 7th Docs In the City Work-in-Progress screening program in Washington DC. The theme of this year's program is "coming of age" which can be interpreted rather widely. Films can be features or shorts, but must be at an almost-finished stage (rough cut or fine cut not yet at picture lock) where the storyline is clear but the filmmaker still wants a reality check from an audience on structure or character development. If selected, you will be invited to join us on Saturday, October 7 at American University in Washington DC for a screening of your work-in-progress followed by a facilitated feedback session from Stephenson and an audience made up of a mix of filmmakers and documentary aficionados. If the filmmaker is from outside of the Washington DC area, Docs In Progress will provide accommodations and will reimburse travel from within the United States for one representative (preferably director or producer) of the film. Learn more HERE. The deadline to submit your project is September 5th, 2017.
CID FILM PRODUCTION UPDATES