Grants & Opportunities

A list of film and media grants, labs, contests and fellowships - updated weekly

Sundance Institute Grants & Opportunities

Other Grants & Opportunities

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2022 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant

DEADLINE: May 18, 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant supports emerging and established writers who write about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories —articles, books, and short-form writing.

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2022 Film Independent Fast Track

DEADLINE: June 21, 2022 Every year Film Independent selects up to ten fiction and five non-fiction feature projects to participate in an intensive film finance market that takes place over four days in November, designed to connect producer-director teams with industry leaders.

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2022 LEF Moving Image Fund Grants: Early Development & Pre-Production

DEADLINE: June 3, 2022 The LEF Moving Image Fund Grants provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film’s completion. Currently, LEF's Moving Fund is providing grants for early development and pre-production.

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2022 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film: Historical Documentary Filmmaking

DEADLINE: June 1, 2022 This annual national prize, now in its 4th year, is designed to provide finishing funds ($200,000), including outreach and marketing, for feature-length U.S. historical documentaries.

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2022 NALIP Media Summit Submissions

DEADLINE: May 30, 2022 The NALIP Official Selection is a unique showcase of short-form content screened at the NALIP Media Summit (August 11th-August 14th 2022). Together, these works feature a variety of subjects, voices, and viewpoints that attest to the rich and talented diversity of the Latine community.

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2022 NeXt Doc Fellowship

DEADLINE: June 10, 2022 The 2022 NeXt Doc Fellowship is a week-long intensive program taking place in Vermont, followed by a year of one-on-one mentorship, peer-mentorship, skill-shares, online masterclasses, access to film festivals and key industry convening’s, and one-of-a-kind access to the diverse community and offerings brought forth by Youth FX, the org behind the fellowship program.

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2022 Outfest Screenwriting Lab

DEADLINE: May 31, 2022 The Outfest Screenwriting Lab is one of the industry’s premier incubators for up-and-coming LGBTQ+ storytellers who are looking to challenge the status quo.

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Actors Fund Entertainment Assistance Program

DEADLINE: Rolling To help our community manage during this public health crisis The Actors Fund has partnered with several industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those who have immediate financial needs. Please note, while some of the funds are for members of entertainment unions, you do not need to be a union member to receive help from The Actors Fund.

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Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling The Adobe Creative Residency program supports creators of visual digital work, offering grants of $500–$5,000 for either a portfolio project or a paid Adobe project commission.

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Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Media Grants

DEADLINE: Rolling Advance public understanding and engagement with science through the support of innovative projects that use a range of media to reach a broad, cross-cultural audience. Grants support both traditional and web-native media that fall outside the other Public Understanding programs.

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AMDOC Funds & Residencies

DEADLINE: Rolling Through our broadcast, interactive and engagement programs, we've has nurtured generations of independent mediamakers with direct funding, mentorship, editorial support and national distribution and engagement strategies. In addition, we provide year-round support for the field through artist-centered programs that include filmmaker funds and talent incubation initiatives.

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BAYCAT Fellowship

DEADLINE: Rolling The BAYCAT Fellowship program exists to help young career creatives navigate the limbo in the film industry between graduation and elite film incubators.

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Behind the Scenes Grants

DEADLINE: Rolling We will accept applications from anyone who has been hospitalized with Covid-19 and is in financial need. Your major source of income must be from your work in the entertainment technology industry, which includes being directly involved with production.

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Black Public Media Discretionary Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling The application is an invitation-only funding opportunity. BPM supports storytellers during the most challenging times in the fundraising process -- securing seed and completion funds. BPM accepts proposals for feature-length documentaries, shorts or limited podcast series for public media distribution.

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BlackStar Pitch Competition for Short Non-Fiction Projects

DEADLINE: May 31, 2022 Pitch your short non-fiction project at the 2022 BlackStar Film Festival to an illustrious panel of funders, distributors, and producers. The first place winner will receive an artist grant from Warner Bros. Discovery’s OneFifty, as well as consultancy and general guidance on moving the film towards completion.

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CAAM: Mediamaker Support Opportunities

DEADLINE: Rolling Explore all funding and support opportunities offered by the Center for Asian American Media.

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Catapult Film Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling Catapult gives early support to propel projects forward that hold the promise of a story that should be uniquely told in film. Catapult provides development funding, up to $20,000, to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, have secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help unlock critical production funding.

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CERF+ Emergency Assistance Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling CERF+’s emergency relief grants provide immediate financial assistance to eligible artists working in craft disciplines (such as woodworkers, fiber artists, metalsmiths, glass artists, potters, and furniture makers) after career threatening emergencies. The emergency grants are available to established artists working in craft disciplines including folk and traditional artists.

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Claims Conference: 2022 Emerging Filmmaker Contest

DEADLINE: June 6, 2022 Recognizing the potential of movies to reach large numbers of people while educating and sparking powerful discussions, the Claims Conference is inviting emerging filmmakers to make short films about the Holocaust.

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Creator Fund from Kickstarter, Creative Capital & Skoll

DEADLINE: Rolling $500,000 Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Fund backing projects by Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx creators on the Kickstarter. Effective immediately, funds will be awarded on an ongoing basis to creators with active projects across all of Kickstarter’s categories.

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DocuClub: Share your Work in Progress

DEADLINE: Rolling For many, DocuClub is the first opportunity for a filmmaker to share their work-in-progress in an intimate setting with a general audience at a critical moment in their process. Select filmmakers are paired with seasoned story/editing consultants to help them integrate audience feedback into their film.

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Dramatists Guild Foundation

DGF will be processing Emergency Grants based on severity of need, especially as it relates to COVID-19. DGF is sensitive to the inherent economic challenges that will arise in relation to CDC recommendations for social distancing.

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Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism

DEADLINE: Rolling The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is a grant-making program that supports artists producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets. Grant support will range from $500 to $5,000.

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Film Independent Fiscal Sponsorship

DEADLINE: Rolling Fiscal sponsorship is an arrangement between an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an individual or entity lacking the legal status needed to receive grants from foundations, individual donors and government agencies.

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Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant

DEADLINE: Rolling The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase. Eligible films must depict themes, stories and characters grounded in real science, technology or economics.

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Firelight Media Documentary Lab

DEADLINE: June 13, 2022 Firelight Media’s flagship Documentary Lab seeks out and develops emerging filmmakers of color who make artful and innovative nonfiction films. The 18-month Documentary Lab provides filmmakers with customized mentorship from prominent leaders in the documentary world, funding, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities.

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First Flights Female Voices Short Film Fund

DEADLINE: May 30, 2022 A short film fund focused on supporting filmmakers who identify as female and raising awareness of underrepresentation and discrepancies in pay and positions between men and women in the film industry.

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Ford Foundation JustFilms Grants

DEADLINE: Rolling JustFilms supports artist-driven film and new media storytelling projects that explore aspects of inequality, as well as the organizations and networks that support these projects.

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Hot Docs Film Funds

DEADLINE: Multiple Hot Docs boasts a $13M portfolio of production funds that provide doc makers with much-needed development, production and completion grants, as well as valuable professional development opportunities.

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Hot Docs: CrossCurrents Doc Funds

DEADLINE: June 1, 2022 Promoting inclusion in the documentary space, the CrossCurrents Doc Funds foster storytelling from within groups whose perspectives have been historically underrepresented.

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Hubert Bals Funds

DEADLINE: Multiple The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to help remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and parts of Eastern Europe on their road to completion.

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IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund

DEADLINE: June 10, 2022 The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides production funds to feature-length documentary films taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. In addition to funds, grantees will receive additional resources and expertise tailored to the needs of the project.

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IDFA Bertha Documentary Funds

DEADLINE: Multiple Applications to the IDFA Bertha Fund can be made in a variety of different funding categories. In all categories, the Fund is looking for films that use strong visual treatments to tell compelling stories and have the potential to reach a global audience.

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IDFA: IBF Classic – Production & Post-Production Fund

DEADLINE: June 10, 2022 Financial support for production and post-production allows filmmakers to actually realize their projects. The IDFA IBF Classic Production & Post Production fund is meant to support filmmakers with on all forms of production and post-production related expenses.

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IDFA: IBF Classic – Project Development Fund

DEADLINE: June 10, 2022 Contributions for project development during the early phase play a crucial role in starting up a project. The IDFA IBF Classic Project Development fund is meant to support directors in their research, writing and/or with the production of visual material for the project presentation.

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IDFA: IBF Europe – International Co-Production Fund

DEADLINE: June 22, 2022 This fund caters to documentary projects in all stages of production that have a director from a country on the IBF Europe Country List (see list on their website) that are realized through international co-productions between at least one European and one non-European producer.

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If/Then Shorts Documentary Programs

DEADLINE: Multiple If/Then Shorts is a new filmmaking initiative that awards monetary grants and provides year-round distribution mentorship to filmmakers creating short documentaries.

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Impact Partners Development Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling Impact Partners is now accepting applications on a rolling basis for its seven-figure development equity fund. Between 4-8 documentary features, series, or projects will be selected a year and given $10,000-$100,000 per project.

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Inevitable Foundation Screenwriting Fellowships

DEADLINE: Rolling These fellowships are for disabled screenwriters who are creating mainstream stories, which may or may not include disabled characters or be about disability. While increasing the presence of disabled screenwriters in the industry will surely advance representation on screen, disabled screenwriters are capable of writing stories that have nothing to do with disability and should have full freedom to choose how much of their work is about a part of their identity or not.

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Inevitable Foundation: Mid-Career Screenwriting Fellowship

DEADLINE: Rolling The Screenwriting Fellowship gives professional disabled screenwriters $25,000 in unrestricted funding, bespoke mentorship and access to in-depth workshops to advance their careers and projects.

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Jewish Writers' Initiative: Digital Storytellers Lab

DEADLINE: June 1, 2022 The Digital Storytellers Lab is an eight-month fellowship that gives digital storytellers the opportunity to kickstart the development of new, narrative, digital audio/visual media exploring Jewish themes. The program provides fellows with a stipend, mentorship, and technical and subject-matter expertise to support the development of their projects.

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Kartemquin KTQ Work-in-Progress Labs

DEADLINE: Rolling Free, intimate feedback sessions for the critique and discussion of work-in-progress by an independent filmmaker. These intimate feedback sessions are open for incomplete projects at any stage of production, whether short fundraising demos or feature-length rough/fine cuts.

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Made In NY: PA Training Program

DEADLINE: Rolling The “Made in NY” Production Assistant Training Program is here to help you access your potential in the film and television industry.

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Moving Picture Institute Rising Filmmaker Program

DEADLINE: Rolling The Moving Picture Institute's Rising Filmmaker Program supports filmmakers who are committed to developing and producing marketable projects about human freedom.

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Moving Picture Institute Screenwriting Workshops

DEADLINE: Rolling In these ten-week virtual workshops, participants develop original concepts under the guidance of award-winning screenwriters and develop them into compelling, pro-freedom scripts for short or feature length films. There is an opportunity for scripts developed in these workshops to be acquired for production as an MPI Original Film.

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NALIP 2022 Latino Media Market

DEADLINE: May 22, 2022 NALIP’s Latino Media Market™ (LMM) is designed to be a great stepping stone to further the careers of its fellows and their projects by meeting industry representatives who can provide sound advice on how to foster their project to the next level.

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North Fork TV Festival: Pilot Competition

DEADLINE: May 20. 2022 The North Fork TV Festival Pilot Competition is accepting submissions for independently produced TV and episodic web-series pilots in all genres (drama, comedy, thriller, etc).

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NYC Women Filmmakers Microgrants

DEADLINE: June 1, 2021 NYC Women FIlmmakers is offering ten (10) NYCWF Microgrants of $500 each to support projects or professional development for Members of the NYCWF Network. Grants can be used for production materials, post production services, film festival or competition fees, film education or training, and purchasing or renting essential equipment or supplies. Priority will be given to projects/films that support underrepresented filmmakers and/or involves NYCWF Network members in key leadership positions.

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Pacific Islanders in Communications: Funding and Distribution Opportunities

DEADLINE: Multiple Explore all filmmaker opportunities offered by Pacific Islanders in Communications.

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Pacific Islanders in Communications: Special Projects Fund

DEADLINE: Rolling Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for documentary projects for public television broadcast that fall outside the parameters of their Media Fund. PIC’s capacity to fund these projects is extremely limited and highly competitive. Such projects must meet a set of strict criteria in order to be considered for funding.

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Pacific Islanders in Communications: Submissions for Pacific Heartbeat Series Acquisition

DEADLINE: Rolling Pacific Heartbeat is a national public television series of critically acclaimed documentaries that provides an authentic glimpse into the Pacific Islander experience. The series is produced by Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) and premiers a new season each year in the month of May.

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PAM CUT: Career Sustainability Lab

DEADLINE: July 1, 2022 Serving 6 mid-career storytellers working in a variety of mediums (film, TV, animation, XR, audio, new media or hybrid forms, etc.), the PAM CUT Career Sustainability Lab is created to help those in search of guidance on the next steps of harnessing and expanding their creative and business talents across multiple platforms.

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Points North Institute Artist Programs

DEADLINE: Multiple Our Artist Programs are designed to bring together filmmakers, artists, industry leaders and local audiences, forming a creative community on the coast of Maine that nurtures the careers of diverse nonfiction storytellers and helps them develop a stronger artistic voice.

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Pop Culture Collaborative Grants

DEADLINE: Rolling Pop Culture Collaborative grants are awarded to organizations, companies and individuals working to drive mass audience experiences, cultural transformation, narrative shifts, and personal revelations through the power of modern media and entertainment.

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POV Call for Entries

DEADLINE: July 31, 2022 POV, public television's premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual PBS series.

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POV's Documentary Funding List

Looking for funding for your documentary? Check out this list for U.S. and international funders.

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Project Greenlight on HBO Max

DEADLINE: Rolling Project Greenlight on HBO Max will select one talented, undiscovered woman director for the opportunity to make a studio film for release in 2023. The chosen director will be mentored by Issa Rae and other prominent figures of the industry as they take a Hollywood script through pre-production, casting, principal photography, and post production. The entire journey will be documented and shared in the new series on HBO Max.

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Redford Center Grants for Environmental Filmmakers

DEADLINE: May 30, 2022 Redford Center Grants supports environmental filmmakers and frontline stories that drive solutions for people and the planet, providing the hope necessary for audiences to feel ready to engage in addressing our environmental crises.

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Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring

DEADLINE: Rolling The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring is a five-year grant and mentorship program for film composers of diverse ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and abilities that are historically underrepresented in film composition.

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Roadmap Writers: Diversity Initiative Competition

DEADLINE: 25th of each month A monthly competition for diverse screenwriters with at least one completed original Feature or TV Pilot who are ready to tackle the marketing aspect of their career. Open to BIPOC, AAPI, LGBTQIA+, womxn over 45, writers with disabilities, and more.

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ScreenCraft Film Fund

Deadline: Rolling Every 6 months, up to two filmmakers will be awarded this production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. We announce the recipient(s) of the grant approximately 10 weeks after each final deadline.

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SFFILM Documentary Film Fund

DEADLINE: May 20, 2022 The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund supports engaging documentaries in post-production which exhibit compelling stories, intriguing characters, and an original, innovative visual approach.

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SFFILM Grants

DEADLINE: Multiple Our grants and fellowships provide financial support to independent filmmakers from across the country and throughout the world working on feature-length narrative and documentary projects.

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SFFILM Sloan Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship

DEADLINE: May 20, 2022 The Science in Cinema Filmmaker Fellowship is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. SFFILM will award fellowships to filmmakers in the screenwriting phase of development that tells a story related to science or technology.

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Stochastic Labs Residency

DEADLINE: Rolling Stochastic Labs awards fully sponsored residencies to exceptional engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world.

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Streetlights Production Assistant Training Program

DEADLINE: Rolling Streetlights is a non-profit job training, job placement and career advancement program founded to assist economically and/or socially disadvantaged young minority men and women to create ethnic diversity in commercial, feature and television production.

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The Artists' Fellowship

DEADLINE: Rolling The Arts Fellowship provides emergency aid from $2,500 to $5,000 for artists dealing with immediate medical needs and aftermaths.

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The Disruptors Fellowship

DEADLINE: June 3, 2022 A program of The Center for Cultural Power, The Disruptors Fellowship is an annual fellowship for emerging television writers of color who identify as trans and/or non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.

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The Velocity Fund for Visual Artists in Philadelphia

DEADLINE: June 6, 2022 The Velocity Fund directly supports Philadelphia-based artists by awarding grants up to $5000. Open to a wide range of experimental practices, particularly those that emphasize collaboration between artistic genres.

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Women Make Movies Fiscal Sponsorship Program

DEADLINE: Rolling Our Fiscal Sponsorship is designed for women filmmakers who are actively fundraising for their film or video project and need 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status.

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Women Write Now: A Comedic Screenwriting Fellowship for Black Women

DEADLINE: June 6, 2022 The Women Write Now is a comedic writing fellowship designed to champion the next generation of black women in comedy through mentorship, advocacy, production, and exhibition. Developed by LOL Studios and Sundance Institute.