Calling Female Filmmakers


I’ve gotten several notices in the last several days about money for female filmmakers. Here’s what I’ve heard — add anything you know about in the comments!

Reveal, a project of the Center for Investigative Journalism, wants up-and-coming filmmakers for their new filmmakers-in-residency program. You have to be in the first 5 years of your career, have some basic shooting & editing skills, and be stoked to collaborate with CIJ’s team of investigative reporters. (Given the amazing work they’ve been doing lately, not hard.)

Reveal has one more thing: If you’ve got more experience than that, and a good idea in the works, apply to make a film for Reveal’s new documentary series. They’re short films, to be completed by June 2017, and to focus on women “taking control, taking power, taking chances.” The goal is to unite investigative journalism with cinematic storytelling. I mean, yesFill out this form by Sept 23. Then you can apply; decisions are rolling, until mid-October.

Birds Eye View has three programs for UK filmmakers — one for distribution executives (with 7+ years’ experience), one for coaching and mentoring, and one for a short-term “booster” program. Get the details.

Britdocs has several terrific funding streams, including one that focuses on international stories told by filmmakers from those places. Check out their website for specs/deadlines on each. (h/t @writersofcolor)

These are just a few opportunities that happened to land in my Inbox because PR people want me to spread the word (hi!). A quick Google found a few different lists of grants and other resources for women filmmakers.

And if you know any more, add on in the comments! The more great women filmmakers applying for great opportunities, the more great films get made — and the more we can finally start nudging dudes out of the way all the time, not just when there’s a grant.

PS: I borrowed the cover picture of bad-ass lady filmmaker Iris Ng from Michael Baker Studio, who made the image for , the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, via Creative Commons. Ng was the cinematographer on the Netflix hit How to Make a Murderer, but there’s many more reasons she’s bad-ass, which Sara Black McCulloch details in cleo, a journal of film and feminism.

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