New Opportunities for Filmmakers and Artists

h/t Ann Bennett


NYSCA – New York State Council on the Arts
Deadline: various – see your New York Fiscal Sponsor asap for details (NYSCA Registration Closes: January 22, 2011)
The Individual Artists Program offers support for the creation of new work by New York State artists through artist-initiated projects in electronic media (video, sound art, installations, and new technologies) and film production, and the commissioning of new work by composers and theatre artists. Artists at various career stages are welcome to apply to this Program. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Program staff well before the registration deadline. Each NYSCA grant request has two deadlines: a registration deadline and an application deadline. All applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with Program staff well in advance of the January 22nd registration deadline.
New York State Council on the Arts
175 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014-4604
Tel: 212-627-4455
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Deadline: Friday, January 14, 2011
Humble Arts Foundation established the New Photography Grant in 2007 to help support fine art photography projects in the U.S. and abroad.  Humble Arts Foundation is a non-profit committed to supporting and promoting new art photography. The New York-based, 501c3 organization serves the international art community by way of exhibition and publishing opportunities, twice–annual artists grants, educational programming, and various curatorial projects. Founded in 2005 by amani olu and Jon Feinstein, Humble has been a pioneering hub for showcasing new art photography, and has served as an international resource for collectors, galleries, museums, curators, photo editors, bloggers, and the public.  Given twice annually (fall and spring), the grant is a $1,000 cash award that recognizes the strongest new proposal in contemporary art photography as submitted to Humble Arts Foundation.
Humble Arts Foundation
P.O. Box 1157 – Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113
Tel: 718-928-9905
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Deadline: January 15th 2011
Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the Initiative’s mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world.
The Global Film Initiative
145 Ninth Street, #105
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax: 415-934-9501 (no phone calls please)
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Deadline: January 15, 2011
ArtsLink Offers Support for U.S. Artists to Work in Communities Abroad.  CEC ArtsLink is an international arts organization that seeks to encourage and support exchange of artists and cultural managers in the United States and abroad. The ArtsLink Projects grants program provides support to U.S. artists, curators, presenters, and arts organizations undertaking projects in any of thirty-two eligible countries. Applicants must plan to work with an artist or organization in that region and projects should be designed to benefit participants and audiences in both the U.S. and the host country. More than one artist may apply for a project, and projects may take place in more than one country and in collaboration with more than one artist or organization. To be eligible, applicant artists are required to submit a Letter of Invitation from the international artist or organization with whom they propose to collaborate.
ArtsLink has a cycle of alternate year deadlines according to discipline. In 2011, applications will be accepted from individual artists, arts managers, and nonprofit arts organizations working in visual and media arts. (In 2012, applications will be accepted from individual artists, presenters, and nonprofit arts organizations working in dance, music, literature, and theater.) Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Students and non-professionals are not eligible to apply. In addition, projects focusing solely on research, post production, or the production of an audio recording are not eligible. ArtsLink Projects awards generally range from $2,500 to $10,000 each. Awards will seldom cover the applicant’s total project expenses. Eligible project dates are May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012.)
CEC ArtsLink
Attn: ArtsLink Projects Application
435 Hudson St., 8th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Tel: 212-643-1985
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Deadline: January 15, 2011
Black Rock Arts Foundation funds interactive art; accessible to the public, civic in scope and prompts the viewer to act. They prioritize funding art that involves the audience in its creation and presentation. We fund highly interactive, community-driven works of art. We fund art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope and prompts the viewer to act. We like art that can be experienced in more ways than visually. We are fans of art that is meant to be touched, heard or experienced, as well as viewed. We prioritize funding art that involves the community and the audience in its creation and presentation.
Black Rock Arts Foundation gives grants to individual artists, artist collectives or organizations. Grants can be applied towards the creation of interactive artworks or towards the development of community programs or organizations that support the creation of interactive artworks. BRAF funds projects worldwide. There are no geographic restrictions placed on those who can apply.  If you’ve applied for or received a BRAF grant previously, you may apply again. Individuals, groups and established 501c3 non profits are all eligible to apply.
Black Rock Arts Foundation
3450 Third Street, Suite 2A
San Francisco, CA 94124
Tel: 415-626-1248
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Deadline: January 15, 2011
The Jan Vrijman Fund is looking for creative documentaries and documentary events in developing countries. When selecting projects, the fund strives to have a minimum of 18% of the selected projects from countries from the two left columns on the DAC list (Least Developed Countries and Lower Income Countries). Furthermore applicants should be aware that the fund’s current budget does not allow to select more than 8% of the projects submitted.
Jan Vrijman Fund
International Film Documentary Festival Amsterdam
Frederiksplein 52
1017 XN Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 6273329
Fax: +31 20 6385388
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Deadline: January 17, 2011
The Open Society Fellowship supports individuals who are developing innovative solutions to pressing open society challenges. The fellowship program seeks applicants eager to communicate original and provocative ideas to a broad audience, as well as to shape policy and inspire critical debate among activists, intellectuals, decision makers, and the public. The program also aims to sharpen the Open Society Foundations’  thinking, question its assumptions, and broaden its understanding of pivotal problems.
A fellow’s contribution may take several forms. A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Fellows are invited to join the diverse Open Society Foundations community and bring new people and fresh ideas to the organization. Most fellows sit in residence in Foundations offices. They are encouraged to organize and participate in conferences and program events and may be asked to run seminars involving Foundations staff and outside colleagues. The Open Society Fellowship is open to journalists, activists, academics, and public policy practitioners from around the world.
Open Society Fellowship
Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Tel: 212-548-0600
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BAVC Producers Institute for New Media Technologies
Deadline: January 17, 2011
Institute Dates: June 10-19, 2011
The focus for Producers Institute 2011 in San Francisco will be the integration of digital media, science and emerging technologies in a distinctly cultural framework. They will select eight film projects (documentary, narrative, experimental, or animation) that envision a science-based interactive tool or platform as part of a transmedia concept that includes the participation of the community it is designed to serve.
2727 Mariposa Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel: 415-861-3282
Fax: 415-861-4316
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Deadline:  January 17, 2011
AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) has been a major force in training women in narrative filmmaking since 1974. Over 225 women have been given the opportunity to participate in this innovative and unique training program for tomorrow’s directors. The three-week Workshop focuses on the development and production of a short narrative project. Participants enter the program with a short screenplay, which they develop within the Workshop. A revised draft of the script is required at the end of the three weeks.
Upon acceptance into the program, it is crucial that participants begin immediately to fundraise and interview producers. It is recommended that each project have two producers and a line producer prior to the start of the three-week workshop. Participants are also required to have raised $5,000 in support of their productions by the first day of the May workshop. Fundraising information and support will be provided shortly after acceptance.
American Film Institute
Directing Workshop for Women
2021 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Deadline: January 21, 2011
Hot Docs Forum (formerly the Toronto Documentary Forum) is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing for projects at various levels of completion. Focused around a slate of pre-selected international project presentations showcased in front of a round table of commissioning editors, programming executives and observers from around the globe, the Hot Docs Forum’s intimate and intense format has proven extremely successful in building international partnerships and raising additional financing for both presenting and observing producers.
Hot Docs Forum
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
110 Spadina Avenue, Suite 333
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 2K4
Tel: (1) 416-203-2155
Fax: (1) 416-203-0446
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Deadline: January 21, 2011
New Day Films currently accepting submissions from filmmakers with social issue documentary and fiction titles for non-theatrical distribution. Those applying should be comfortable joining a collective, where members market their own films, work as a team and volunteer for tasks.
New Day Films
190 Route 17M
P.O. Box 1084
Harriman, NY 10926
Tel: 888-367-9154
Fax: 845-774-2945
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LEF Moving Image Fund (MIF)
Letter of Intent Deadline: January 28, 2011
Moving Image Fund provides pre-production, production, and post production grants to long-form documentaries (40+ min). Primary creative personnel must reside in New England. Filmmakers must submit a letter of inquiry. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the LEF New England office to determine level of interest prior to submitting a letter of inquiry.
LEF New England (Moving Image Fund)
PO Box 382066
Cambridge, MA 02238-2066
Tel: 617.492.5333
Fax: 617.868.5603
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Deadline: January 31, 2011
The most prestigious awards given to journalists, photographers, writers and public figures whose work supports social and economic justice. Winners will be awarded a $5,000 prize and a plaque, and announced in the New York Times.
The Sidney Hillman Foundation
49 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 917-696-2494
Deadline: February 4, 2011
The grant supports first time documentary makers with travel and accommodation at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 14-17, 2011. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers.
Criteria: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder and live in the continental United States; any age 18 or older. By “first time filmmaker,” we mean someone who is in the early stage of their documentary career and has not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival play or broadcast). All applicants should anticipate finishing their first project by March 2012. You still qualify as a “first time filmmaker” if you’ve made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crew member on other people’s films, or if you’ve recently completed a documentary that hasn’t been released yet. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
ATTN: Garrett Scott Documentary Grant
324 Blackwell Street. Suite 500
Washington Building, Bay 5
Durham, NC 27701
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Deadlines:  February 4, April 1, June 3 2011 (etc)
RESIST funds organizations that are actively part of a movement for social change and demonstrate an understanding of the connections among oppressions. As part of the application process, grant applicants must provide specific information concerning their position, programs and coalition work on a range of political issues, including race, class, gender, reproductive rights, lesbian and gay rights, age and disability.
RESIST believes that building a movement for social change requires groups to discuss issues that may not be central to their organization or work. For those organizations who have not had the opportunity to address these issues, we hope that our grant process will help to facilitate such discussions.
259 Elm Street, Suite 201
Somerville, MA 02144
Tel: 617-623-5110
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RISING VOICES MICR0-GRANTS: Citizen Media Outreach Projects
Deadline: February 4, 2011
It has been more than three years since Rising Voices began with a simple mandate: to help bring new voices from underrepresented communities to the global conversation through the use of citizen media. We have been accomplishing that by providing microgrant funding, as well as technical and mentoring support to our grantee communities. Ever since the first microgrant competition was announced in May 2007, we have provided seed funding to 24 projects from around the world to help turn their ideas into reality. The diversity of these grantee projects has made Rising Voices a unique place on the web to have a firsthand look at places around the world, such as Tamatave, Madagascar and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, through the first-person accounts of these new bloggers.
Beginning on January 11th, 2011, Rising Voices is launching the latest round of microgrant funding and is now accepting project proposals from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or individuals for funding of up to $4,000 USD for digital media outreach projects around the world. Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to underrepresented communities that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, or podcasting on their own.
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NEW YORK CITY: Cultural Development Fund (CDF)
Deadline:  February 7, 2011
The New York City Cultural Development Fund (CDF) allows qualifying cultural organizations to apply for grants from the Department of Cultural Affairs.  The agency encourages participation in the process by the widest possible representation of the City’s diverse cultural constituency.  Currently, we administer grants to more than 880 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations representing a wide range of disciplines and providing cultural experiences for the City’s residents and visitors.
The Fiscal 2012 CDF Application is now available.  The Application consists of two parts: an online form and Supplemental Materials. The deadline for the Fiscal 2012 CDF Application is February 7, 2011. Arts or cultural organizations that meet the agency’s eligibility criteria may apply for funds for cultural activities taking place between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
31 Chambers Street
New York, New York 10007
Tel: 212-513-9300
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Deadline: February 9, 2011
Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grants are announced twice a year. Since its inception, the Fund has supported more than 500 films in 61 countries. A committee of human rights experts and film professionals make recommendations from projects submitted by filmmakers from around the world. The Fund reviews between 1,400 and 2,000 proposals annually, choosing 35-50 for support each year. In funding such work, the Documentary Fund encourages the diverse exchange of ideas that is crucial to fostering an open society, raising public consciousness about human rights abuses and restrictions of civil liberties, and fostering an ongoing dialogue about these and other pressing social issues.
Sundance Documentary Film Program
8530 Wilshire Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-3114
Tel: 310-360-1981
Fax: 310-360-1969
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Deadline: February 11, 2011
The National Film Preservation Foundation invites applications for the summer round of its Basic Preservation Grants. These cash grants are awarded to nonprofit and public institutions for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials. Awards generally range from $3,000 to $18,000 in cash and/or laboratory services.
Grants are available to public and 501(c)3 nonprofit institutions in the United States that provide public access to their collections, including those that are part of federal, state or local government. The grants target orphan films (1) made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and (2) not protected by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video are not eligible, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities.
National Film Preservation Foundation
870 Market Street, Suite 1113
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 392-7291
Fax: (415) 392-7293
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Deadline: February 14, 2011
The Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship is a year-long program for emerging American producers ready to take their next project to the screen. The Fellowship focuses on supporting the next generation of independent producers to help develop their creative and strategic skills for a complex marketplace and encourage a holistic approach in their collaboration with directors and writers. Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film (no more than two narrative features total) and have a legally-optioned scripted narrative project in hand with a director attached. Candidates may not be the writer or director of the submitted project. For guidelines and the application, click here.
Please submit your application package to the following address:
Attn: Rebecca Green
Creative Producing Fellowship
Sundance Institute
8530 Wilshire Blvd, 3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, California 90211
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WGBH LAB OPEN CALL: Stonewall Uprising and Gay Rights in 2011
Deadline: February 14th, 2011
The WGBH Lab TeamWe have a great new opportunity for all aspiring filmmakers, video journalists and new media makers. In partnership with the PBS show American Experience, which is airing the film Stonewall Uprising next spring, we are asking you for videos that tell us the story about the gay rights movement happening today in your community. Help us share new views of this important civil rights story by contributing your own.
Your video could be one of five to win a $1000 prize and maybe even a chance to air on PBS after the film. Video submissions will become part of a contest and guest judges, including prominent gay rights advocates Cyndi Lauper and Dan Savage, will help decide who wins.  The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2011. Find out more about the application process and what makes a winning video on the open call home page. We can’t wait to see your story about the efforts happening today for gay civil rights.
WGBH Educational Foundation
One Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
Tel: 617-300-5400
Attention: WGBH Lab/Filmmakers in Residence
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TRIPLE CANOPY: 2011 Commissions Program
Deadline: February 14, 2011
Triple Canopy is pleased to announce its second annual call for proposals. We will be commissioning projects spanning the six areas outlined here—original research, new-media journalism, public programming, Internet-specific artwork and literature, and critical dialogues—to be published in the magazine and presented before live audiences between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. Proposals are due by February 14, 2011. For more information on preparing a proposal, please refer to our project areas and submission guidelines.
Triple Canopy
657 Manhattan Avenue, Apt. 2R
Brooklyn, NY 11222 USA
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New Deadline: February 15, 2011
Project VoiceScape is a partnership with Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV to mentor today’s best young documentary filmmakers.  Project VoiceScape welcomes good ideas, films-in-progress or completed short films made by aspiring filmmakers in grades 7-12. The program provides mentorship to young filmmakers and showcases their work on a variety of PBS/POV related media. Fifteen young people will be selected for Project VoiceScape and will be honored in Fall 2011 at a ceremony in Washington, DC.
Project VoiceScape
c/o American Documentary | POV
32 Broadway, Suite 1400
New York, NY 10004
Tel: 212-989-8121 ext 380
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OPEN MEADOWS FOUNDATION: Community Programs Serving Women and Girls
Deadline: February 15, 2011
Open Meadows Foundation Offers Support for Community Programs Serving Women and Girls.  The Open Meadows Foundation is a grantmaking organization that supports projects led by and benefitting women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities.
The foundation offers grants of up to $2,000 to projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; promote gender, racial, social, economic, and/or environmental justice; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding.
The organizational budget of an applicant organization should not exceed $150,000. Small and start-up organizations are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals from organizations not previously funded by the foundation will be given priority. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations or have an eligible fiscal sponsor. The foundation does not fund organizations or projects in which women and girls are not the primary leaders and implementers.
Open Meadows Foundation
P.O. Box 150-607
Van Brunt Station
Brooklyn, NY 11215-0607
Tel: 718-885-0969
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New Deadline:  5 PM, February 18, 2011
POV, public television’s premier showcase for independent, non-fiction film is seeking to support emerging filmmakers through its Diverse Voices Project, a co-production fund supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
POV, public television’s premier showcase for independent, non-fiction film is seeking to support emerging filmmakers through its DIVERSE VOICES PROJECT, a co-production fund supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. POV values exemplary storytelling, well crafted aesthetics, compelling characters and real-life drama shaped by the unique perspective of a filmmaker with something to say to a large audience. POV believes in presenting the work of filmmakers that reflect experiences not commonly represented on television, offer a springboard for discussion, and provide a deeper understanding of the world we live in.  All submissions must be received by 5 PM, February 18, 2011. This is an arrival deadline, not a postmark deadline. Submissions received after January 14th shall be entered in the following submission cycle unless an extension is granted by POV.
Diverse Voices Project
American Documentary | P.O.V.
32 Broadway, 14th floor
New York, NY 10004-1635
Tel: 212-989-8121
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Deadline: Initial Letter of Inquiry: February 21, 2011
(Spring Funding cycle opens online: January 17th, 2011)
The Fledgling Fund supports innovative media projects that can play critical roles in igniting social change. We believe that film and other creative media can bear witness to the challenges faced by vulnerable individuals, families and communities in ways that statistics can not, and that it can create a broader understanding of social problems and inspire concrete action. We also believe that well-structured and creative audience engagement initiatives can leverage media’s ability to ignite social change by moving people from awareness to action.
The Fledgling Fund
162 Fifth Avenue Suite 901
New York, New York 10010
Tel: 212-242-1680
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Deadline: February 23, 2011
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities.
Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category. All applicants must propose an innovative approach, method, tool, or idea that has not been used before in the humanities. These grants are modeled, in part, on the “high risk/high reward” paradigm often used by funding agencies in the sciences. NEH is requesting proposals for projects that take some risks in the pursuit of innovation and excellence. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants should result in plans, prototypes, or proofs of concept for long-term digital humanities projects prior to implementation
NEH Office of Digital Humanities
The Old Post Office Building, Room 402
1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20506
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Deadline: February 28, 2011
The Travel and Study Grant Program awards grants to emerging artists who create new work (composers, sound artists, playwrights, creators of performance art and experimental theater, and visual artists). Minnesota-based executive and program administrators working for nonprofit arts organizations in music, theater, and visual arts are eligible to apply. The program supports such activities as research leading to the creation of new work, the development of collaborations, participation in specific training programs, time for reflection and individualized study, investigating artistic work outside of Minnesota or New York City, and dialogue on aesthetic issues. This is not a program that supports the production of new work or the acquisition of teaching credentials.
Awards are made once per year. Three-person selection panels in each eligible discipline review proposals and recommend recipients to the Jerome Foundation Board, which approves all grants. Selection is based on the quality and potential of the applicant’s work and the significance and appropriateness of the proposed trip. Applications may be reviewed in a two-step process incorporating a first-round screening before panelists review the remaining applications. This program receives many applications and has limited funds available. Although financial need is not a requirement, please consider whether you need these funds to undertake a travel and study trip.
Jerome Foundation
400 Sibley Street, Suite 125
St. Paul, MN 55101-1928
Tel: 651.224.9431
Fax: 651.224.3439
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“smARTpower” Artists Exchange Initiative of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Deadline: February 28, 2011
smARTpower sends U.S. artists abroad to collaborate with youth and local artists in the creation of community-based projects in China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela. Focusing on community engagement that encourages dialogue, experimentation and creativity, this program is designed to stimulate discourse around social issues, including the environment, education, health, girls or women’s issues and freedom of expression.  In addition to leaving a tangible legacy of their project in the community, artists will conduct workshops, teach master classes, and perform other outreach activities while abroad.  smARTpower is a pilot program—designed and funded by ECA and administered by the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Interested artists can apply online. The deadline is February 28, 2011.
smARTpower is an initiative of the
Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
administered by The Bronx Museum of the Arts
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Deadline: Ongoing
Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab is a mentorship program for independent producers of color. Participating producers work with award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, and his team of senior producers, writers, editors, new media, and fundraising specialists to complete their projects for a national broadcast.  The Lab also provides quarterly workshops and seminars to our producers on relevant and contemporary topics.
Mable Haddock spearheads this exciting project as Director. Haddock served as founding President and CEO of the National Black Program Consortium (NBPC) for 25 years.
Firelight Media started the Producers’ Lab as a way to provide infrastructure support for producers of color to help overcome some of the barriers to completing their film or video. Services include support and consultation in the areas of writing, treatments, budgeting, script development, editing, and other areas as needed. In the future, we will have editing suites, a screening room, and a safe place for producers to create and complete their work.
Mable Haddock
Director, Producers’ Lab
Firelight Media
68 East 131st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10037
Tel: 212-234-1324

About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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