Department of Theatre and Film
UFO 6th Annual BGSU Film and Media Festival, Bowling Green, OH
Gish Theatre, Hanna Hall
Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival (Apr. 17–27)
A competitive event, seeks works of all lengths and genres that were independently produced with budgets less than a million dollars. Categories include: features, shorts, music videos, documentaries, animation, student. PRESENTED BY Darkwood Film Arts Institute. LOCATION Muskogee, OK. WEBSITE barebonesfilmfestivals.org. ENTRY FEE $20–60. DEADLINES regular, DEC. 15; late, JAN. 15; WAB extended, FEB. 15. Note: early deadline has passed.
Boston International Film Festival (June 6–14)
Dedicated to supporting independent filmmakers and their work, seeks independently produced narratives, shorts, and documentaries for this competitive event. LOCATION Boston, MA. WEBSITE bifilmfestival.com. ENTRY FEE $30–80. DEADLINES early, DEC. 21; final shorts, FEB. 15; final features, FEB. 29; WAB extended, MAR. 9.
Brooklyn International Film Festival (May 30–June 8) Seeks independently produced short (less than 70 mins.) and feature-length (70 mins. and longer) narrative works, as well as documentary, experimental, and animated works of all lengths. Cash ($5,000) and noncash prizes. LOCATION Brooklyn, NY. WEBSITE wbff.org. ENTRY FEE $30–50. POSTMARK DEADLINES early, NOV. 30; final, MAR. 15.
San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival (Apr. 10–13)
Seeks narrative, documentary, music video, experimental, and animated films and videos of all lengths and genres. Films and videos must be directed by or co-directed by women. Noncash awards. LOCATION San Francisco, CA. WEBSITE sfwff.com ENTRY FEE None. DEADLINE JAN. 15.
Worldfest—Houston International Film Fes¬tival (Apr. 11–20)
Seeks features, shorts, documentaries, TV productions, student films, experimental films, TV commercials, music videos, new media, among others. Cash and noncash prizes. PRESENTED BY The Houston Film Society. LOCATION Houston, TX. WEBSITE worldfest.org. ENTRY FEE $40–85. POSTMARK DEADLINES early, NOV. 15; regular, DEC. 15; late, JAN. 31.
CFC WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL(June 10–15) Seeks films under 40 mins. in length. Cash ($5,000) and noncash ($5,000–100,000) prizes. LOCATION Toronto, Canada. WEBSITE worldwideshortfilmfest.com. ENTRY FEE $225. DEADLINES early, DEC. 1; regular, JAN. 18; late, FEB. 22; WAB extended, FEB. 29; final, MAR. 7.
FILMFEST DRESDEN—INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL FOR ANIMATION AND SHORT FILMS(Apr. 17–22)
Seeks short narrative and animated works (30 mins. or less) produced for national and international competitions. Cash prizes for best animated and short works, with special AWARDS for youth-made works (apprx. 60,000 Euros total). Festival also includes an online film competition. LOCATION Dresden, Germany. ENTRY FEE none. WEBSITE filmfest-dresden.de. DEADLINE JAN. 5.
Internships, Funding, &
provides grants to artists and arts organizations that are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. AWARDS average between $1,000–2,500. ELIGIBILITY permanent residents and citizens of the U.S.; foundation rarely provides support for larger films and does not fund docu¬mentary proposals, travel, or continuing education. WEBSITE puffinfoundation.org. POSTMARK DEADLINE DEC. 30.SXSW(SOUTHBYSOUTHWEST) FILM CONFERENCE (Mar. 7–15) offers a trade show, panels, interactive media works, and How-to Sessions focusing on technical concerns. Highlights for the 2008 conference include discussions with Moby and Stanley Nelson, and a “Four-Day Film School.” PRESENTED BY SXSW Film Festival. LOCATION Austin, TX. WEBSITE sxsw.com. REGISTRATION FEE through JAN. 11, $275–875; through FEB. 8, $300–950; Walkup, $300–1050.
AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE (AFI) DIRECTING WORK¬SHOP FOR WOMEN(May–Sept.) is an intensive, full-time, hands-on program in which up to eight women each direct a short narrative screenplay of their choosing (15 pages or less) over the course of eight months. AWARDS AFI provides digital video equipment, grip-electric packages, limited post-production facilities, and $5,000 cash to each project. Participants may raise up to an additional $20,000. All par¬ticipants must provide their own crew, including a producer. ELIGIBILITY Women with at least five years experience in the arts and with no “professional credits” (see WEBSITE) as a narrative director; must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resi¬dent. LOCATION Los Angeles, CA. WEBSITE afi.com. ENTRY FEE $75–100. No tuition fee. POSTMARK DEADLINE early, DEC. 1; final, JAN. 4.
NEW YORK CITY ASSISTANT DIRECTORS TRAINING PROGRAM trains assistant directors for the motion picture and TV industry. Trainees attend seminars and complete 350 days of on-the-job, paid training with studios and production companies over the course of two years. ELIGIBILITY Appli¬cants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be 21 years of age by June ’08. A four-year college degree and/or some industry experience is recommended, but not required. Applicants must take a written test to evaluate problem-solving skills, interpersonal orientation, and temperament. No ENTRY FEE noted. PRESENTED BY Directors Guild of America. LOCATION New York City, NY. WEBSITE dgatrain¬ingprogram.org. POSTMARK DEADLINE JAN. 11.
ARTISTS-IN-BERLIN PROGRAM, a cultural exchange pro¬gram, provides funding for approximately 20 international artists, including filmmakers, to spend 12 months (six mos. for filmmakers) in Berlin. Includes stipends to cover travel¬ing, living expenses, and rental of furnished apartments and studios. Health and accident insurance and language courses included. Additional traveling funds are available for accompanying spouse and children who stay for entire residency. German nationals and artists who are residents of Germany are not eligible. PRESENTED BY Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD). LOCATION Berlin, Germany. WEBSITE www.berliner-kuenstlerprogramm.de. DEADLINE JAN. 1.
MACDOWELL COLONY(June 1–Sept. 30) offers eight-week maximum residencies to professional and emerging artists, including film and video makers and screenwriters. Room, board, and studio space provided. Facilities for filmmakers include a 16mm editing suite. Limited travel funds available. APPLICATION FEE $20. LOCATION Peterborough, NH. WEBSITE macdowellcolony.org. DEADLINE JAN. 15.
INDIE PRODUCER SCREENWRITING CONTEST is open to original feature-length (90–130 pages) screenplays of all genres. AWARDS $250–1,000; noncash prizes include New York Film Academy scholarship, Final Draft software, one-on-one critique session with a Hollywood screenwriter, and meetings with an executive at a major Hollywood studio, literary agencies, and entertainment attorneys. ELIGIBILITY Screenplay must be the original work of the author (no adaptations unless from public domain); must not have been produced, sold, or optioned; must be in English. ENTRY FEE $50; $10 student discount. WEBSITE indieproducer.net. POSTMARK DEADLINE DEC. 31.
SCRIPTAPALOOZA SCREENWRITING COMPETITION, working in conjunction with the Writers Guild of America west as well as the Writers Guild of Canada, prioritizes promoting the writer. AWARDS 1st: $10,000; screenwriting software for all finalists; all scripts are read by established production companies. ELIGIBILITY Original feature-length (80−140 pages) screenplays of any genre by screenwriters 18 years or older; must not have been previously sold, optioned, or produced. WEBSITE www.scriptapalooza.com. ENTRY FEE $40–50. POSTMARK DEADLINES early, JAN. 7; regular, MAR. 5; late, APR. 15.