Grants, internships, workshops & more from TWN

28 09 2012
Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30 PM

Production Planning and Budgeting for Media and Multiplatform Production with Ann Bennett

Ann Bennett, multimedia producer for Through A Lens Darkly and the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion goes through the Film/Digital and multiplatform production planning process – with handouts! And how to budget your work (both money and time!)


Wednesday, October 17th at 7 PM

Filmmaking and Crowdsource Fundraising with Filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem

Deann Borshay Liem, the celebrated maker of First Person Plural and In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee, is now working on two new docs, Geographies of Kinship: The Korean Adoption Story and Memory of Forgotten War. She will show clips from her latest two films, talk about the making of her films and working with Kickstarter  – where she has had enviable success! A lesson in “to-dos” and “not-to-dos” in crowdsource fundraising.


Wednesday October 24th at 6:30 PM – Legal Issues for the Indie Filmmaker with David Morrison
Can I use this image/footage? Will I be covered by “fair use”? and other questions….
David Morrison, Executive Director of The Indie Film Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will talk on fair use issues and shed some light on legal concerns in the digital domain for independent filmmakers – and how the Indie Film Clinic might be helpful to you.

Wednesday, November 7th at 6:30 PM – A Master Class with Byron Hurt
The award-winning filmmaker, Byron Hurt, a TWN workshop alum, will talk about the making of his new film, Soul Food Junkies. Byron will talk about the journey of his film production, how he managed to get it produced and the impact it has had on his own life and family.

Cosponsored with the Media and Communication Arts Department and the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at City College, and the Black Documentary Collective. This event will take place at City College. Room TBD.  Free, but RSVP required.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Your 16mm, 3/4″ Umatic, Betas and DV tapes – How Are You Going to Save Them? Thinking Ahead for the Indie Filmmaker
  • Sound and Camera: what’s next?

Locations TBD in Manhattan.

Register now by emailing



| Film/Video Grants, Internships and More 


TWN Seeks Graphic Design & Final Cut Pro Interns
If you have graphic design or Final Cut Pro experience, live in New York City and need to add more credits to your resume, please apply to our internship program at Third World Newsreel. Send a cover letter and resume to and


Cal Humanities Announces Guidelines for California Documentary Project
The California Documentary Project is a competitive grants program of Cal Humanities that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions designed to enhance an understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories.
Deadline: October 1st, 2012
more info


Independent Lens Submissions
Independent Lens is currently seeking submissions of completed or near completed programs for broadcast during the October 2013 – June 2014 season. 
Deadline: October 15, 2012

more info


Tribeca Film Institute Latin America Media Arts Fund
The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund provides grants, professional guidance and an entrance into the US industry to documentary, animation, or hybrid feature-length films from innovative film and video artists living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.
Deadline: November 5, 2012
more info    


Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund
The Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund provides grants and guidance to exceptional filmmakers with character-driven nonfiction works-in-progress that sit outside of the social issue landscape. By supporting work that engages in unexplored perspectives, the fund aims to help take audiences into someone else’s environment and spotlight the journey of the individual.
Deadline: November 5, 2012  
more info


National Geographic Society’s All Roads Film Project Seed Grants  
The All Roads Film Project is a multimedia festival and grants program dedicated to providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers from around the world. The objectives are to showcase works by these artists to promote knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader global audience.
Deadline: 15th of each March, June, September, and December.
more info


Ford Foundation
Ford’s Social Issue Film Funding Initiative will provide approximately $16 million through an open-application process to filmmakers and media makers around the world who are creating documentaries that address urgent social issues.  

Deadline: Open



Jerome Foundation

Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to individual film and video artists living in New York City who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production.

Deadline: Open

more info




ITVS International Initiative

The International Initiative was created to give U.S. audiences access to international stories and voices on American television and new media platforms. International funding is only available to independent filmmakers who are neither U.S. citizens nor residents of the U.S.

Deadline: Open

more info


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Yari Yari Ntoaso: Continuing the Dialogue Symposium
Yari means the future in the Kuranko language of Sierra Leone, and Ntoaso means understanding and agreement in the Akan language of Ghana. The Organization of Women Writers of Africa is once again presenting an international symposium of women writers from Africa and its diaspora to be held in Accra, Ghana, West Africa May 16-19, 2013.
more info


Film Editing Workshop with Sam Pollard at Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival
Click link below for more information and to register. Space is limited!

Sunday October 14, 2012, 1-3 pm

Spike Lee Screening Room
Long Island University
Brooklyn, NY
more info




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