Halfway through the Year Already? Catch Up on What's Happening at MIFILM!
From wildfires, poor air quality, WGA Strike, and the U.S Supreme Court reversing affirmative action we continue to navigate through the challenges to improve the overall quality of life for historically marginalized communities.
At Minorities in Film, we’re tired, but we remain committed to promoting diverse voices and perspectives in the film industry, especially during these difficult times. Our team is always on the lookout for new ways to support filmmakers and make a positive difference in their everyday lives.
So, we’re mobilizing on the ground, taking over your radiowaves, and attending more festivals (some of us are creating our own!). That's why we're currently seeking volunteers to join our team and help us expand our reach even further. If you're interested in getting involved, don't hesitate to drop us a line at [email protected]
And get ready, because our waitlist is opening up this Summer. This is your chance to join a community of filmmakers, actors, writers, producers, and creative disruptors who share a passion for art and the people that create it.
But wait, there's more! Our latest podcast, Microbudget Indie Filmmakers Podcast, is making waves and reaching audiences worldwide. Our upcoming episode, The Art of AI, features a special guest and a filmmaker's guide for all things AI.
We are grateful for your continued support and dedication to our mission. Keep reading for more resources and news.
Have a great weekend,
The MiFILM Team
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Ronald Thomas Hinton and Queer Voices: NYC
We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on Ronald Thomas Hinton, a filmmaker and advocate for LGBTQIA+ representation in the film industry. Ronald has recently launched Queer Voices: NYC (QVNYC), a three-day film festival that celebrates and centers LGBTQIA+ filmmakers of color.
This Fall, QVNYC will be hosted at the historic Gay Center in Manhattan's West Village. The festival's programming will include Short Films, Documentaries, Feature Films, and Episodics that honor the diverse and inclusive experiences of the Queer-BIPOC community. At its core, QVNYC is rooted in social justice and equity. The festival aims to empower both artists and audiences through its exceptional catalog of films, live panels, and talkbacks.
We are excited to see Ronald's vision come to life and look forward to experiencing the powerful stories and perspectives that QVNYC will showcase. Join us in celebrating Ronald Thomas Hinton and the Queer Voices: NYC film festival! Stay tuned for more updates and spotlights from Minorities in Film.
SUBMISSIONS OPEN NOW UNTIL AUGUST 20th, 2023
Submit Here https://filmfreeway.com/QueerVoicesNewYorkCity
Late Deadline: June 30th
The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund (DFF) supports engaging documentaries in post-production which exhibit compelling stories, intriguing characters, and an original, innovative visual approach. Since its launch in 2011, the SFFILM Documentary Film Fund has distributed more than $900,000 to advance new work by filmmakers nationwide.
DFF grants are awarded once each year to documentary feature projects and are open to filmmakers internationally. Individual grant amounts and the number of grants made will be determined on an annual basis. As with all SFFILM grants, in addition to the cash awards, recipients will gain access to numerous benefits through the comprehensive and dynamic SFFILM Makers artist development program.
Deadline: June 30th
In partnership with renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz as the first IKEA Artist in Residence, IKEA presents IKEA Artist in Residence: Mentorship with Annie Leibovitz. This is a unique opportunity for a small group of aspiring photographers from around the world to be mentored by Leibovitz and IKEA. The selected mentees will be set the same creative task that IKEA has given Leibovitz: to interpret insights from the annual IKEA Life at Home Report through the lens of a camera.
Deadline: July 1st
Now entering its fourth decade, the Roy W. Dean Film Grants fund independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films with budgets of $500,000 or less that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made. For additional information on awards for specific grants, please visit their website.
Deadline: July 12, 2023
This annual $10,000 grant will support Black trans women visual artists, drawing attention to an existing body of work. Four finalists will also receive a $1,250 award. Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field.
Deadline: September 5th, 2023 (Early Bird Submissions Deadline)
The WFA International Film Festival announces a Call for Entries for its 12th Annual celebration of independent film, to be held February 21-25 2024 in New York City. Filmmakers from around the world will travel to NYC to attend the Festival’s ten days of film screenings, educational panels, professional development workshops and industry networking after-parties, which will conclude with a glittering awards ceremony to be held on February 25, 2024.
Filmmakers are invited to submit their latest work via FilmFreeway.
Submit Here: https://filmfreeway.com/WFA
Minorities in Film members - Use code WFA24GRPD20 to take 20% off fees!
Are you looking for inspiration and practical advice for your next microbudget indie film? Look no further than the Microbudget Indie Film Podcast, where we feature experts and filmmakers who share their tips, tricks, and insights for making the most out of limited resources.
Stream and listen now on your favorite podcast platform and take your filmmaking skills to the next level!
📍 NYC - July 21st at 6 PM - Show Me The Money
Join us for an interactive community hang where you'll learn budgeting tips & tricks for short films and digital content. Share practical insights, collaborate with other creatives, and bring your projects to life.
This is our third event, of a series of ongoing events with Somewhere Good, a platform to find and create hangouts at cool spots nearby.
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We'd like to connect with filmmakers who have finished films, or previous Directorial/Production work, looking to gain more visibility. See below.
NYC - OPEN CALL : MiFilm Directors Showcases !! We're looking for Filmmaker and Speakers who would like to speak on an industry panel + screen their latest projects in our first installment of showcases we're organizing alongside local commercial production companies this fall. If you've wrapped production on a short film or music video you're proud of and would love to showcase it please tell us + send us an email [email protected]
VIRGINIA - Verde Film Festival a student led festival based in Virginia is currently accepting submissions for BIPOC filmmakers to screen their short films of 15 minutes or less. Submissions are open to anyone with a camera. Selected films and their filmmakers will be invited to James River High School for a screening and talkback. Send films directly to [email protected] by October 1st, 2023.
TEXAS - Have you submitted to the 30th Annual Austin Film Festival and/or interested in attending AFF this year from October 26 - November 2nd? This year, MiFILM is partnering with AFF to provide a select few of our members with festival badges to attend the festival. Priority for festival badges will go to filmmakers who will be screening/ or who have submitted to AFF.