Filmmaking Resources

Here are a list of resources, residencies, fellowships, programs, and internships for aspiring filmmakers! Keep in mind that although deadlines vary, I will keep certain resources up if programs are active annually.

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ARRAY Crew

Founded by filmmaker, distributor, and activist Ava DuVernay, Array Alliance envisions a world where the rich cultures, diverse viewpoints, and unique perspectives of the communities in which we live are fully represented through film, positively impacting racial and social justice around the globe. We amplify stories of underrepresented communities by providing women of all kinds and people of color with the resources needed to ensure their diverse perspectives have a platform for change.

Through a myriad of programs — including mentorship, education, and grantmaking — we foster a sense of community and elevate the profile of women of all kinds and people of color in the film and television industry. We also cultivate audience among communities starved of inclusive images on screen. All people deserve to see their experiences reflected in cinema with authenticity, and we cultivate and rally audiences by crafting dynamic theatrical experiences based on highly-impactful community building models.

arraynow.com

WarnerMedia Access Writers Program

WarnerMedia has launched an expanded entry-level Access Writers program that looks to amplify underrepresented voices and historically marginalized narrative writers to provide a pathway into the television industry.

The program was originally called HBO Access but is now the WarnerMedia Access Writers Program. It is one of several innovative initiatives being led by the company’s new Enterprise and Inclusion department and will provide emerging writers access to mentors and opportunities across WarnerMedia’s cable, network and streaming properties. Applications for the program will be accepted starting March 8 and continue through March 21.

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PBS Open Call for Emerging Filmmakers

To further amplify the voices of emerging and diverse/BIPOC content creators across public media, PBS has issued an open call for proposals to support long and short form documentaries produced and created by diverse/BIPOC filmmakers that explore a broad range and collection of experiences, perspectives, and points of view. Proposals may be submitted across a range of genres/themes that resonate with a U.S. audience, including (but not limited to) personal history, arts, culture, science, and democracy/civics.

Broadcast Long Form (30, 60, or 90 minutes): Projects submitted in this category for Production or Completion Funding may be eligible for up to $50,000. 

Digital Short Form (8-25 minutes): Projects submitted in this category for Production or Completion Funding may be eligible for up to $15,000. 

PBS

ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program

The ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to understand the unwritten rules of breaking in and moving up. It is a combination of mentoring and networking opportunities. Program opportunities such as mentoring, workshops, and observing can be scheduled around participants’ existing work commitments. In order for a participant to get the most out of the Program a meaningful commitment of time and effort are required. It has been found that in order to derive the greatest benefit from the program, participants should be available to 1) attend a once a week (evening) workshop and 2) attend meetings or observe in various situations for a minimum of five full days (not necessarily in sequence) over the course of the eight-month program. The primary focus of the ViacomCBS Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. Aspiring diverse writers with a strong desire to write for ViacomCBS television series are encouraged to apply. You must be 21 or older to be eligible. All completed application materials must be received between March 1, 2021 and May 1, 2021. Any submissions received before March 1st or after May 1st, 2021 will not be considered. No hand delivered submissions will be accepted. Finalists will be notified in mid September 2021 (or such later date as may be determined by ViacomCBS). The program is scheduled to begin in October 2021 and continues through April 2022. ViacomCBS reserves the right to make adjustments to program schedule as necessary.

ViacomCBS

Indeed Presents: Rising Voices

Rising Voices is an initiative presented in collaboration with Indeed that aims to discover, invest in and share stories created by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) filmmakers & storytellers around the meaning of work and the idea that jobs have the power to change us all.

‍Our advisory team will identify 10 filmmakers who will be selected to participate in Rising Voices. A $100,000 production budget will be allocated to produce their stories, and each filmmaker will have access to mentorship and support from the advisory panel through members from Hillman Grad and Ventureland. The films will be produced by Hillman Grad in partnership with 271 Films. An additional COVID-19 safety fund will also be made available to the filmmakers.

‍Following the conclusion of the program, one filmmaker will be offered a filmmaker-in-residency position at Indeed to continue producing content with the brand. Films will be promoted in premium broadcast media and debuted at a high-profile event.

hillmangrad.com

Women in Film – Emerging Producers Program

Program Specifics
Eight participants will be chosen for the Emerging Producers Program. These participants will each receive four quarterly advising meetings with their core advisor(s). As a cohort, the participants will also partake in a 12-part class series taught by guest speakers that covers the production of a feature film from start to finish. Participants will also receive additional support and resources toward creating an LLC (if appropriate) for themselves or their project.

Requirements
The ideal candidate for the Emerging Producers Program will have produced two to three shorts or music videos, have a career objective to become a producer, and is looking to produce their first feature.

Womeninfilm.org

The Echo Designer Mentorship Program

The mission of the program is to provide mentorship and guidance to emerging BIPOC designers.

The Echo will:
Select four designers: sound, scenic, lighting, and costume

Who will:
Assist the professional designer in their field on every Echo production throughout the Echo season

Design all Echo Associate Company productions including the festival of commissioned short plays and all “front-of-week” Echo productions

Our goal is to discover, nurture, and advise designers from communities traditionally under-represented in the theater while introducing them to the Los Angeles theater community.

echotheatercompany.com