Film grants & more from TWN

27 05 2011

JustFilms
JustFilms focuses on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world. A documentary grant funded by the Ford Foundation.
Deadline: An ongoing open application process
more info

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MacArthur Foundation Documentary Films Grant

MacArthur supports U.S.-based independent documentary filmmakers for the production and distribution of social-issue documentary films intended for a broad audience.  The Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives program is accepting proposals for 2011 documentary film grants on an ongoing basis until June 1, 2011. Decisions will be made and announced in September 2011.
Deadline: June 1st
more info

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LPB’s Public Media Content Fund
An open invitation to Independent producers to submit proposals for a program, series or short web-based digital video projects (no longer than 20 minutes) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for Public Television and/or one of its platforms.
Deadline: June 6th
more info

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Latino Producers Academy
NALIP’s 2011 Latino Producers Academy (LPA) is now accepting applications for the August program in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Documentary and Narrative projects will benefit from comprehensive skills development. Documentaries in post-production will have the opportunity to re-cut and score sequences with intensive mentoring on their rough cuts and completion plans.
Deadline: June 8th
more info

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HBO-NALIP Documentary Contest
HBO has teamed with NALIP to find the next great Latino documentary film. They will award $10,000 to the winner of their 2011 Documentary grant. Applications are now being accepted.
Deadline: June 10th
more info

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Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series 2011
Is now accepting submissions for narrative, documentary, experimental, animation, works-in-progress and shorts.
Deadline: June 10th
more info

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Cinereach Summer 2011

Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter. Grant amounts can range from $5,000 – $50,000 per project and can be awarded to support any stage of production, including research and development, production and post-production.
Letter of Inquiry Deadline: June 9th
Full Proposals Requested from Selected Applicants: August 1st
Full Proposal Deadline: August 17th
more info

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Moving Image Fund
LEF New England launched the Moving Image Fund (MIF) in 2002 to support independent film and video artists creating new work. In its transition from a broader to a more defined funding strategy, LEF is currently focusing MIF support on documentary filmmaking. Through MIF, LEF provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film’s completion.
Deadline: for Pre-Production Proposal June 10th
more info

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NEH’s Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States.
Deadline: June 29th
more info

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POV Broadcast Season 2012
POV, public television’s premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual national PBS series in 2012. All subjects, aesthetic approaches and lengths are welcome.
Deadline: June 30th
more info

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Minnesota Film and Video Grant
The 2011 Minnesota Film and Video Grant Program will award grants to emerging film and videomakers from Minnesota or New York City in the disciplines of experimental, narrative, documentary and animated film and video making.  The Minnesota Film and Video Grant Program places emphasis on projects in their early stages of production. Projects in the post-production phase will also be considered.
Deadline: July 15th
more info

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NEA Arts in Media Grant
Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $200,000.
Deadline: September 1st
more info

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Utilizing the Eye Light

27 05 2011

The eye light is a piece of the lighting puzzle that is often overlooked in non-professional productions. As unimportant as it may seem, that little sparkle of the eye will add a significant amount of emotional depth and a sense of life to your on-screen talent, allowing your audience to better connect with the character.

Since much of the talent’s emotions are expressed through their eyes, it’s important that the eyes are well-lit and able to reflect the emotion the character is portraying. To maximize the effectiveness of this light, dedicate a specific light as the “eye light.” The eye light should be a small, low-powered light placed near the camera. Though the eye light doesn’t need to be exactly in line with the key light, it should come from the same direction. For example, if your key light is high, so should your eye light. This will help in making that sparkle appear to be coming from the appropriate light source.

Whether you are using a high-key or low-key lighting scheme, throwing an eye light into the mix will help your characters come to life. Adding that sparkle to their eye can greatly enhance any emotion, making each scene much more compelling.

To learn more about eye lights and where to place them, check out Lighting: The Eye Light.





Film Fundraising workshops

27 05 2011

Women Make Movies Workshops:
Selling to Broadcasters: Getting Onto Primetime
Wednesday, June 8th at 6:30 PM

Fear of Fundraising: An Essential Overview of the Basics

Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:30 PM 
Women Make Movies
Conference Room
462 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY
Admission: $30
more info





Can’t afford a trip to Cannes? Watch the films for free!

25 05 2011

http://mubi.com/programs/la-semaine-de-la-critique





Paid internship in DC

23 05 2011

Internships at The Chronicle
The Chronicle is seeking editorial interns for the fall 2011 session. The internships are paid, full-time positions in our Washington office, and will run from September through December. Duties include reporting and writing brief features for our print edition, and daily news articles for our Web site. The application deadline is June 3. For details, please go to our Web site.





Pics from 2011 graduation

22 05 2011

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King Sau, ECC Communication grad, featured in Star Ledger

22 05 2011

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/05/man_earns_college_degree_from.html