Accelerator Lab Currently Accepting Applications

Accelerator Lab Currently Accepting Applications

Accelerator Lab currently looking for Filmmakers

The Accelerator Lab brought to you by ChickenEggPics is currently looking for documentary filmmakers. According to their site:

“We support filmmakers from diverse backgrounds who are both committed to social change and to the art and craft of filmmaking. When we choose a project, it is because we believe the film needs to be made–and that the particular filmmaker is the one to make it. Our grantees have unique access to their subjects, a collaborative spirit, and the courage to take creative risks. When choosing a project, we look for:

  • Storytelling: Original story, tone, style, and structure
  • Diversity: In all its forms
  • Innovation: Filmmakers with unique voices and projects that take risks
  • Vision: A new perspective on an issue, special access into the story, and the ability to make the universal accessible and personal
  • Craft: Inextricable links between story and production value
  • Resonance: Timely, urgent, or compelling issues at stake

Completing and launching a documentary takes grit, nerve, and creativity; it also takes money, connections, and time. We offer women directors the tools to realize the full potential of their projects, both as works of art and as catalysts for change. Each of our programs represents a pivotal intervention in a woman’s filmmaking career; through them, we empower women storytellers to direct their own careers.

*Chicken & Egg Pictures supports self-identifying women (cis or trans) and gender nonconforming individuals.”

To APPLY follow the link.

Here are 5 tips to remember when applying for the Accelerator Lab:

  1. Proofread your application.
  2. Read your application out loud to catch grammatical errors.
  3. Double check your links (youtube, Vimeo) so there are no errors.
  4. Review and update your resume. Make sure to highlight your most recent qualifications.
  5. Be creative, fearless and YOURSELF. Let you true self shine through.

Good luck and if you get accepted, let us know.

 

Peace!

 

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. 

7 Ways To Show We Really Believe In Black Artists

7 Ways To Show We Really Believe In Black Artists

Black Artists Create A World Where Your Voice Is Heard

Black Artists

Cinematographer and Photographer, Joseph Tova

Black artists want to grow and get paid but do we have the support of our community? Today I received a message from crew member photographer and cinematographer, Joseph Tova, who raised an important issue about African Americans supporting each other.

The question: Who supports new black artists or creatives who desire to break into the industry? Do white filmmakers or other races support their creatives differently?

Tova believes that people outside of the black community are more supportive to their artists and I’m inclined to agree. But supporting each other is not simply something you do when it’s convenient. Supporting people must be part of your ethos or you won’t commit to it. I know we need to support each other and so I’m going to drop 7 ways to show we really believe in black artists. 

  1. Give an internship opportunity to a black student who is eager and ready to work. 

  2. Buy products from black owned companies. 

  3. Donate money to a black crowdfunding campaign. 

  4. Attend black film festivals.

  5. Become a patron of black companies who are educating and promoting the work of people of color. (We have a Patreon page to produce videos and podcasts for our community.)

  6. Hire black people to work on your crew. 

  7. Read books written by black writers.

I realize this world is full of people from all backgrounds and races. But, I also realize that blacks, African Americans, people of African descent are often the last to get hired and the first to get fired. We’re often not invited into the private parties or the networking events that allow us privileged access to excel in our careers. However, 2018 brings great opportunity for black artists, creatives, and crew members. Creatives like Ava Duvernay, Issa Rae and so many others are creating opportunities for black voices to be heard. Take advantage of these opportunities so that our voices will echo from the rafters.

(All photos are of real Black TV Film Crew members. Courtesy of their dope Instagrams!)

Casting: African American Actors Needed

Casting: African American Actors Needed

African American Actors looking for a break

African American actors are needed. And, we are pleased to announce that one of our crew members is currently casting for a indie short film project in Los Angeles that will be shooting in May. This is a paid opportunity and will shoot 1 – 2 days.

This casting call is looking for two youthful looking African American females in the 18 – 30 year old range and one youthful looking African American male in the 18-30 year old range.

Send a two minute monologue to apt207production@gmail.com by May 7th, 2018.

Please include that you were referred by Black TV Film Crew. Apply as soon as you can!

**Black TV Film Crew Just Joined YouTube – Please Follow Us. **

African American Actors

Actress Vernika Eshay Rowe. This photo is courtesy @Venika_Eshay_Rowe Instagram

For African American Actors – A Few Words of Advice

I watched Kerry Washington on television the other night. She told Jimmy Kimmel about auditioning for her role on Scandal. She stated that many of her friends thought the role was for them and that she didn’t believe her audition went well. But, she went anyway. It was probably discouraging to hear friends say, “The role was written just for me,” and think to yourself, “Well that means the role isn’t mine.” No one knows who is going to get the role, but the person who doesn’t show up, will never get the role.

It was strange to her Kerry talk about being somewhat insecure about the role when she clearly became Olivia Pope in every sense of the word. All of us deal with doubts and fears from time to time, keep going anyway. Every one questions themselves, but every with a little doubt in your head, claim a victory. Talk positively to yourself and watch your life change.

At Black TV Film Crew, we know a lot of actors are out there looking for a break. This may be yours.

Don’t give up and just keep going.

Final note for those needing motivation:

We recently started a Pinterest page to help keep us motivated and remind us of all the talented black folks all over the world. If you’re on Pinterest, let’s connect.

(Feature photo published courtesy of @Lesliedapwatda’s instagram)

A Wrinkle In Time Is Not In Competition With Black Panther

A Wrinkle In Time Is Not In Competition With Black Panther

A Wrinkle In Time IS A Wrinkle In Time

When A Wrinkle In Time hit theaters last week, I was disappointed when I saw  articles comparing Wrinkle with Black Panther. Black Panther in its fourth week at the box office bested A Wrinkle In Time as it did every other film that came out that week. But A Wrinkle In Time doesn’t have to make as much money at the box office as Black Panther in order to be a good movie. A Wrinkle In Time doesn’t have to make $1 Billion at the box office to be a good movie. The only thing A Wrinkle In Time has to do is be a good movie.

When I thought about the people who were pitting A Wrinkle In Time against Black Panther, I remembered the readings from my Afro Studies class at Hampton University. Those classes taught me about the field negro and and house negro and the slave masters who pitted them against each other. I remembered the discussion in class about the animosity between light-skinned and dark-skinned people of African descent.

I remembered learning that people who pitted black people against each other always had an agenda–to divide and conquer.

But there will be no division here, not with these two movies, not with these two directors.

Ava Duvernay, who is the director of A Wrinkle In Time, is not in competition with Ryan Coogler who is the director of Black Panther.

They are colleagues, sister and brother in arms, two African Americans who are fortunate enough to helm the #1 and #2 movies in the entire United States.

That’s what they are. What they aren’t? They are not enemies. They are not two people routing for the other to fail. Sometimes people who write about the entertainment business but are not actually working as creators in the entertainment business forget a few things.

  1. Black creators who’ve worked so hard to make it believe in the success of their fellow black creatives.
  2. Black creatives know that with every success from a fellow colleague, it increases their chance of success.
  3. There are enough opportunities to go around.

If there is anything that I’ve learned helming Black TV Film Crew with a network of over 4,000 people it is this: Black creatives believe in each other. We do. We want you to succeed because if you succeed that means we can be successful.

I’m not going to call out the slave masters who pit Ava against Ryan. But I will say, “Go back to the plantation. Slavery is over.”

We will continue to support our creatives in every shape, form and fashion. And to keep it really, real Disney owns both of these movies. So, uh, there is no division, it is ALL DISNEY.