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Sears Comedy ProjectSears may not be the first company you think of when it comes to filmmaking, but Tongal has partnered with them in offering filmmakers an opportunity to win up to $50,000 by sharing, pitching, and making their funny and clever video ideas. Focusing on the lighthearted and comical side of innovation, Sears’s Appliances Comedy Project consists of three phases that run from now until November 11th, and is currently accepting submissions for the “Idea Phase,” which ends at 12pm on October 14th. Continue reading for more information on how you can get your hands on some serious dough. More »

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film independent directing labSure, as filmmakers, feedback and collaboration is an essential part of the art. However, sometimes when your best friend/cinematographer/cousin with questionable taste in movies tells you that he just doesn’t get why your main character does [insert crucial plot point here], you may wonder if this is exactly the feedback you need to grow as an artist. Participate in the 2014 Film Independent Directing Lab, and along with stipends, rental packages, and a community of peers, you can get a year of mentorship from seasoned film professionals — if you can get your application in by October 7th! Keep reading to find out what you need to submit to be considered for this year’s FIND Directing Lab. More »

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4K film competitionReady to put your 4K filmmaking to the test? Well, now that Sharp has launched the world’s first  THX Certified 4K Ultra HD TV, they’re partnering with THX and RED to enlist filmmakers to compete in their 4K Film Competition ”The Art of Amazing.” If you’re looking to get your 4K work out there, read on to find out the details on how to enter, submission requirements, as well as information on prizes. More »

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The Weinstein CompanyAn interesting thing is happening in this digital age of filmmaking. On one hand, the transition from film to digital has made filming, editing, and distributing so much simpler than it once was. On the other hand, the competition is fierce between filmmakers to gain viewers to add to their audience. And we’ve all heard that knowing someone is at times more important than having a good film. Well, the Weinstein Company has partnered with Film.com and NextMovie to bring you their Master Storytelling Contest, in which one winner will have the opportunity to have their pitch or film treatment read by one of the company’s Development Executives. Read on for the details. More »

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TFF-2014-submissions-open-224x186In thirteen short years, the Tribeca Film Festival, started by Robert De Niro, among others, has built itself into one of those few film festivals with serious name-brand recognition: it’s the red-carpet NYC festival that your non-film friends have actually heard of! It’s also insanely competitive, with Tribeca having received nearly 9,000 submissions in 2013. If you’re interested, read up on the guidelines below because the Tribeca Film Festival submissions have begun! More »

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Guerrilla Film ChallengeFor those of you who wanted to participate in the 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge, but looked at your calendars and realized that today was the day the competition ended, never fear. The GFC deadline has been extended due in part to the new offering of “flexible dates” in this years challenge, which forced the 3-man team over at GFC to push back its traditional May schedule to August. A whole week has been added to the GFC, so all of you once excited, now downtrodden filmmakers — assemble your teams, grab your cameras, and get ready to shoot. More details after the jump: More »

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sundance_A3_logosRemember when Roger Ebert defended Better Luck Tomorrow at the top of his lungs at Sundance 2002 with the novel notion that “Asian American characters have the right to be whoever the hell they want to be — “? That was awesome. During the recent 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute announced a new partnership with the Asian American Artist Foundation to make sure filmmakers get a chance to do just that. The deadline for the Sundance/A3 Foundation Feature Film Fellowship is in September, so find out below what you will need to get in your application.    More »

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Universal launches Emerging Writers Fellowship Just a few weeks ago, Warner Bros. announced its partnership with The Black List to find emerging, diverse screenwriters and offer them two-step WGA deals. Looks like finding emerging, diverse screenwriters is now emerging as a trend. Universal Pictures has announced its Emerging Writers Fellowship in the hopes of finding talented new screenwriters who don’t currently have access to the industry. Applications for this new fellowship open Sept. 3. For more details about this fellowship, and what qualifies as “diverse”, hit the jump. More »

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Karen Schmeer Film Editing FellowshipFellow editors: do you feel like you sit alone in an editing bay all day long, drinking Mountain Dew, doing all the hard work, while everyone else is gallivanting around with actors at film festivals? Well, consider applying for the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship and you could have a year-long mentorship from an ACE editor, not to mention passes to SXSW, $1000 cold hard cash to spend, and more! The deadline is in September, so get cracking on the requirements below. More »

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Guerrilla Film ChallengeIf you’ve ever made a short film you know how difficult it is to write, shoot, and edit one. However — have you ever tried doing it all in 2 days? The 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge wants you to do just that in their worldwide online short film competition. The call for entries has been made, and the now “flexible dates” have been announced — all that’s left is you asking yourself: are you ready to take the challenge? Find out all the details about how “Flexible Dates” affect your clock and what it takes to get your short from script to screen in 48 hours after the jump. More »

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Black List partners with Warner Bros new writer dealsHere at NFS, we’ve written extensively about The Black List and its paid service for screenwriters to have their screenplays evaluated and hosted for industry executives to download and read. The Black List honestly seems to be trying to break down barriers between aspiring screenwriters and production executives, albeit for a fee. Writers will have to be judges of the value of the service for themselves, but The Black List has just announced another deal that might boost its value proposition. The Black List has partnered with Warner Bros. to give new, diverse screenwriters the chance to get two-step WGA minimum blind deals from the major studio on an ongoing basis. For more details about this announcement, hit the jump. More »

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FilmConvertAs we’ve mentioned before here at NFS, FilmConvert is one of the best film stock emulators we’ve seen. This program allows users to give their digital footage that much desired cinematic look by using the color information of specific cameras to determine how a specific film stock could best be represented using that sensor. Now, FilmConvert is asking filmmakers to enter their cinematography competition with videos processed by their program. Hit the jump for info on rules, prizes, and how to enter. More »

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SFFS Grant_FruitvaleThe partnership between The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation has resulted in films like Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Stationand A Fighting Season receiving the funding needed to be completed. If you’re working on a film that explores “human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time,” then you should seriously think about applying for the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant. For details on eligibility and how to apply, hit the jump. More »

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YouPixSometimes it can feel like the chances of your screenplay being bought and made, or having a shot at getting paid to direct a film is 1 in a million. YouPix is a contest/community that may help up those odds — to 1 in a thousand to be more accurate. This new platform is twofold: It’s an online filmmaking community where members can upload their scripts and films, talk in forums, and follow each other’s activity (like Facebook.) It’s also a screenwriting/directing contest that awards winners up to $500,000 to make their film. More details after the jump. More »

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Breaking-Bad-Crystal-ShipIf your answer to that question isn’t a deep and resounding “OHMYGODYES” then I seriously doubt that we could ever be real friends. But that’s beside the point. A ride in the “Crystal Ship” to the premiere of one of the best shows on television, in the company of one of this generation’s most accomplished character actors, is undoubtedly one of those opportunities that only comes along once in a lifetime. Interested? Here’s how you could win the ultimate Breaking Bad experience plus some other killer prizes. More »

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Ted TalksDo you have an incredible message you’d like  to share with the rest of the world, but aren’t sure how to make that happen? Well TED, the set of conferences that focus on technology, entertainment, and design, is now taking applications to audition at TED@NYC, giving applicants a chance to speak at TED’s 2014 programming in Vancouver, Canada. Since they’re going to be celebrating their 30th anniversary, they’re looking for speakers who have an idea worth spreading and know what it means to move into “the next chapter”. More »

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Running Wild Roy W Dean Grant Winner
Self-described as “a covert underground operation started by a gentle 76-year-old man who just wanted to help give passionate filmmakers an opportunity to be heard,” the Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grant is no ordinary endowment. The large majority of the winner’s reward is not in the form of cash  – but if $30,000 in industry favors means anything to you, like getting your film’s trailer edited by the trailer editor of The Usual Suspects, then read on. More »

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Joke and BiagioAward-winning filmmakers and unscripted TV producers Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina (you might know them as Joke and Biagio) have a long history of helping independent creatives by providing them with invaluable information on how to get past the velvet rope of Hollywood. Now that they have launched their new podcast Producing Unscripted, which aims to help you ”create, develop, pitch, and sell unscripted television and film,” they’re going to do you one better — they’re going to let you pitch your ideas directly to them in the hopes of making a show together. More »

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Break Media Prototype CompetitionIf you’ve had a dream of making an action, sci-fi or effects-driven film, but lacked the funding and resources to make it come true, you’re in luck. Break Media and New Regency Productions have teamed up to bring you the Prototype competition, which will award 8 finalists with $20,000 to make and distribute their short films. One of those lucky filmmakers will go on to win a feature film development deal with New Regency. All you need is a short film script and a vision for the feature version. Details on how to submit after the jump. More »

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rainn wilson soulpancake pitchAs DIY filmmakers, many of us are looking for ways to get the filmmaking industry to take notice of our work and talent. At times, this can feel like fruitlessly banging on a series of locked doors, nary a key in sight. Every once in a while, though, an open invitation falls in our lap asking us to submit our best work in the hopes of making a connection. Thanks to a filmmaking friend Robert Palmer and his post on Facebook, I came across a simple request from Rainn Wilson asking “all-in-one filmmakers” to pitch his production company, SoulPancake. Since the nofilmschool community is full of all-in-one filmmakers, I thought you’d like to hear about it, too. More »