Film Grant: Screencraft Film Fund – Deadline June 30th

Film Grant: Screencraft Film Fund – Deadline June 30th

Filmmakers: Is this the film grant you need in your life?

Here’s a film grant for writers, filmmakers and those of us in media. According to BondIT Media Capital, Screencraft Film Fund is supporting film projects with grants up to $30,000. They are now accepting short films, feature films, documentaries and series pilots.

Every 6 months, up to two filmmakers will be awarded this production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. They announce the winner(s) 6 weeks after each final deadline. See Application Guidelines below for all deadlines and more info.

Spring Cycle: January 1st submission open. June 30th submission deadline.
Fall Cycle: July 5th submission open. December 1st submission deadline.

BETWEEN 2 AND 4 PROJECTS WILL BE SELECTED EACH YEAR, DEPENDING ON THE QUALITY OF APPLICANTS IN EACH APPLICATION CYCLE AS DETERMINED BY OUR JUDGES.
APPLY BEFORE THE NEXT DEADLINE!

Film Grant – READY TO BE A PART OF THE BONDIT / SCREENCRAFT GRANT FUND?

One of our crew members, Cdeeq. He’s a writer / director.Find him on IG @cdeeq_filmmaker.

They are accepting applications from around the world (in English). Whether you have a simple screenplay or a film that’s already in production, they want to consider it for our grant program. They consider a range of projects, from standalone screenplays, to fully packaged projects seeking finishing funds.

One of their past winners:

Chris Osborn who was the director of True Blue. After being awarded the grant, Chris finished the project as it had already been in production. He delivered the project to international film festivals for 2017.

APPLY TODAY. 

Nervous About Applying for Film Grants?

Sometimes content creators allow the fear of rejection to prevent us from applying for film grants. Here are three things you have to remember.

  1. You’ll never win a film grant if you never apply.
  2. There is someone out there who is waiting to give you a yes.
  3. Content creating is about the journey, not the destination. In other words, you must just keep going.

As always, if you earn this film grant, be sure to keep us in the loop.

Love ya’ll,

Yasmin

PS. Need to be inspired? Check out our girl, Wendy Calhoun. 

Writers Of Color – Huge TV & Digital Opportunity

Writers Of Color – Huge TV & Digital Opportunity

Writers of Color – Your Time Is Now

Writers of Color, you may have been discouraged in the past. You may have been told that your stories aren’t relevant? But your time is now. Our time is now. Tell your stories. Lift your voice. Check the info below.

Underrepresented Filmmakers of Color – From MACRO:

“MACRO and the Black List offer writers of color the opportunity to develop and produce an original digital or television pilot script. Our mission is to discover and empower episodic storytellers with the proper creative tools, resources, and access needed to help launch their careers.

In partnership with Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe and Actress/Producer/Director Eva Longoria, MACRO aims to amplify fresh voices that are rooted in authenticity, creativity and excellence.

  • Applications will be accepted from June 6 – August 6.
  • Up to three (3) winners will receive development support and a pilot presentation or sizzle at a budget of up to $30,000 each.

We look forward to hearing from and supporting the next generation of game changers, rule breakers, and brilliant minds that exist at the intersection of craft and culture.”

Read This: How To Support Black Creatives

Charles King, former super agent at William and Morris, founded Macro. Macro creates and finances film, television, digital content, technologies and brands which are driven by people of color. Macro projects include: Roman J. Israel, Esq, Mudbound, Gente-fied, and Fences. In addition, they’re behind the website Blavity. 

Franklin Leonard founded The Black List, a network of scriptwriters, buyers and representatives. According to Black List, “over 300 Black List screenplays have been made as feature films. Those films have earned over $26 billion in worldwide box office.” Black List films have been nominated for 264 Academy Awards. They have won 48, including Best Pictures for Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, Argo and Spotlight. Black List screenplays have earned ten of the last twenty screenwriting Oscars.”

This is an extraordinary opportunity for writers of color and one that I hope some of our Black TV Film Crew members take advantage of. 

Apply Today. 

**Our featured photo is Emmy Award Winning Writer, Lena Waithe and Macro’s Charles King, courtesy of the Macro website **

Open Call for Documentary Filmmakers

Open Call for Documentary Filmmakers

Documentary Filmmakers: Get That Money

Here’s another opportunity for documentary filmmakers to secure funding for your vision and your dreams. According to their website, “The Firelight Media Documentary Lab is an 18-month fellowship program that supports filmmakers 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, funding, professional development workshops and networking opportunities.”

Those of us who are film enthusiasts know how important documentary filmmakers are to the world of film. The Firelight Documentary Lab is looking for “applicants who make artful and innovative films that focus on underrepresented communities and provide new narratives about the most pressing issues of our time.” 

Check out this documentary project by crew member, Terence Steele.

Here are the requirements: 

  • Only the director of the film is eligible to apply and enter the program. We can accept co-directors if they meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Filmmaker must be from a racially and ethnically underrepresented community. 
  • The project must be a long-form/feature-length documentary; the lab does not accept short documentaries, series, or fiction projects of any kind.
  • Film must be a work-in-progress and in production or post-production. We do not accept films in pre-production or completed films.
  • Filmmaker must be an emerging documentary filmmaker (working on first or second feature length documentary). 
  • Filmmaker cannot be in school or submit a student film to the lab.
  • Filmmaker must be based in the United States.

The deadline for the Firelight Documentary Lab submissions is June 12th at 11:59PM EST. 

Apply today. 

Motivational reminder about contests, grants, and open calls:

You won’t know if you will win unless you enter. If you enter and don’t win, you still entered and that’s good. Sometimes people who are evaluating your application, will pass along word of your work to someone else. This can be helpful to open other doors. So, I just wanted to let you know that contests, open calls, and grants are not simply about winning and losing. They are about exposing yourself to opportunities. You can do it. 

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Documentary Grant Money – Apply Today

Documentary Grant Money – Apply Today

There is a new documentary grant for our documentary filmmakers. The Southern Documentary Fund has grants available with upcoming June deadlines.

Get that Documentary Grant Money!

The SDF Research and Development Grant details: 

  • Applicants must reside in one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Each grant awarded will be $5,000.
  • Applications deadline June 15th, 2018.

The SDF Research and Development Grant is looking for: 

  • Well-written and well-researched proposals.
  • Team leadership must reflect the communities whose story is being told. (“Nothing Without Us About Us!”)
  • Projects in the research and development stage.
  • Strong work samples (for films in production or post-production).
  • Feasibility of the project (budget, financing, schedule, and scope).
  • Confirmed access to subjects and story.
  • Originality of form, approach, or content.
  • Potential to generate public discourse.

To apply for The SDF Research and Development Grant.

Get inspired: Read about this filmmaker / film festival director.

The SDF Production Grant details: 

  • Applicants must reside in one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Each grant awarded will be $10,000.
  • Applications deadline June 15th, 2018.

The SDF Production Grant is looking for: 

  • Well-written and well-researched proposals.
  • Team leadership must reflect the communities whose story is being told. (“Nothing Without Us About Us!”)
  • Projects in the research and development stage.
  • Strong work samples (for films in production or post-production).
  • Feasibility of the project (budget, financing, schedule, and scope).
  • Confirmed access to subjects and story.
  • Originality of form, approach, or content.
  • Potential to generate public discourse.

Check this out–>To apply for The SDF Production Grant. 

You won’t know if you don’t apply. So apply to get some documentary grant money today. 

If you’d like this kind of information coming to your inbox, sign up to our newsletter.  And, if you hear of any opportunities, let us know so we can share with the rest of the crew.

Spike Lee: Calling Unsigned Artists for She’s Gotta Have It

Spike Lee: Calling Unsigned Artists for She’s Gotta Have It

Spike Lee

Photo courtesy @OfficialSpikeLee Instagram

SPIKE LEE IS CALLING ALL ARTISTS

Our main man, Spike, Lee is at it again. He’s calling unsigned artists to submit music for the latest season of She’s Gotta Have It. She’s Gotta Have It is currently shooting Season 2 of the Netflix series. This is what the legend had to say on his instagram.

I, Spike Lee, Of Sound Mind And Body (HA HA) Hereby Want to Consider Your Music For SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT SEASON 2.  We Are Now Accepting Submissions for ALL GENRES OF MUSIC By Independent/Unsigned Artists.  Only Original Music Created By You—NO SAMPLES, NO COVER RECORDINGS OF OTHER PEOPLE’S SONGS, NO COPYING OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MATERIAL.  The Music Is Inconsequential To the Subject Matter Of The Show.  Submit The Best of Your Work.  We Are Only Reviewing Music Through SoundCloud.  Please set your SoundCloud Setting to “Public” So That We Can Access Your Submission.  Again, NO SAMPLES, NO COVER RECORDINGS OF OTHER PEOPLE’S SONGS, NO COPYING OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MATERIAL.  ABSOLUTELY NO BITING. ABSOLUTE DEADLINE JUNE 30th. YA SLOW, YA BLOW. YA SNOOZE, YA LOSE. Click The Link In The Bio.

If you wanna see Spike’s video, here it is… Spike’s shout out

This is one of these opportunities. Submit your stuff. This may be your break. If you make it, we’d love to hear about it. You never know where your opportunity is going to come from. So, don’t doubt yourself, just go for it. No time like the present.

Peace and love.

 

 

 

Warner Bros Is Calling All Comedy Writers

Warner Bros Is Calling All Comedy Writers

Warner Bros.Warner Bros. is looking for funny writers… Is that you?

Warner Bros. Entertainment in conjunction with Funny or Die and 3 Arts Entertainment is hosting a screenplay contest with Screencraft. The contest gives writers the opportunity to have your script read by industry judges from Warner Bros, FunnyorDie and 3 Arts Entertainment. The deadline is June 1st. You can submit today. 

We, of course, wish you luck and godspeed. Also, there are lots of people who submit to contests. If you don’t win, don’t fret, keep going. If you do win, email us and tell us all about it.

We want to brag on you and your Warner Bros. hook up.

Whatever the case, always remember, your story is your story. Continue to work on your craft. But, winning or not winning is not the sole issue. Your goal is to get your story out there by any means necessary. 

After a few contest rejections some of us can become “anti-contests.” But, you know what? You need a break. Sometimes people who become anti-contest have the grip of fear around their throats. So, as long as you believe in yourself, do what YOU believe is going to help you catch your break. 

Good luck, break a leg, but not your pen or laptop. 

Big shout outs to Warner Bros, Funny or Die and 3 Arts Entertainment for hosting this contest with Screencraft. I hope you find someone who makes you laugh until you cry. We encourage all corporations who are hosting these contests to pay your writers generously. It is from the creative minds of writers that all ideas flow. Yep, I said that. I believe it. 

Writers are too often bitten from, stolen from, undervalued and under-appreciated.

Don’t even get me started on the ideas that are stolen from black twitter. So, I say this to my corporate brethren and sistren: Be the big person. Pay your freakin’ writers. This officially concludes my public service announcement. 

Good luck to all my writers. I love you. 

 

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