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Academy Nicholl Fellowships in ScreenwritingIf you apply to one and only one screenwriting competition a year (and I don’t recommend that you apply to very many screenwriting competitions), the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting should be that one competition. Beyond awarding five $35,000 fellowships each year, the Nicholl Fellowships publishes the names, contact information and loglines of the quarterfinalist, semifinalist and finalist screenplays for industry executives. This is the one screenwriting competition many industry executives watch. As a result, the Nicholl Fellowships actually launch screenwriting careers. But you have to write a really good screenplay, because the competition is tough, and the early deadline of Feb. 28 is fast approaching. More »

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IFP labsIf you’re a first-time filmmaker in the throes of post-production on your feature film, you understand just how difficult it is to put a project together. Perhaps even more difficult, though, is navigating where to go from here. If you’re finding yourself in need of some direction, submissions have just opened for IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs, which offer first-timers a chance to receive the support, resources, and industry exposure you’ll need to find your audience through an in-depth, year-long mentorship program. Continue on for more details. More »

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HBOAccessHBO has launched HBOAccess, a 4-week program which gives diverse filmmakers the chance to receive not only valuable mentorship and learning opportunities, but actual short-form content for one of their many different platforms, including HBO Go, HBO, HBO’s YouTube channel, HBO.com, film festivals, charity screenings and other outlets as well. Applications are now being accepted, so continue on to find out more about the program, as well as eligibility. More »

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Sundance headerIf you’re a filmmaker who wants your films to help change the world and the lives of those in it, you may be interested in submitting your shorts into the first ever Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge. The Sundance Institute, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, are looking for “an optimistic story about individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health.” If you’re interested, continue on for submission and reward details. More »

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tribeca youth fellowshipRemember the days of yore, when you were forced to attend high school with a few thousand knuckleheads, five days a week? In between your Discman and the Gak, what if your youthful imagination had been mentored by film professionals in Big Apple’s film community? If you’re still between the ages of 16-18, it’s not too late! Find out how you can become a youth Tribeca Film Fellow below, the deadline is right around the corner. More »

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White House Film FestivalHow cool would it be to have your very first film screening at the White House? Well, U.S. K-12 student filmmakers have the chance to receive the ultimate bragging rights by entering their short films into the first ever White House Student Film Festival, where the winner, yes, gets his/her film screened at none other than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The contest is now open, so continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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ScreenCraftAs if writing a screenplay wasn’t hard enough, there’s the battle of getting it in front of someone who has the power and resources to help take your screenwriting career to the next level. However, ScreenCraft and Celtx have joined forces to launch the 1st Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, which aims at being more than just a simple contest, but a chance for screenwriters to receive consultation and the much-needed connections to advance their careers. Continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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Bloody Cuts Who's There ChallengeJust because Halloween has come and gone doesn’t mean that horror filmmakers get to take a vacation from scaring their audiences. If you’re itching to get a little creative and get some free gear doing it, UK-based production company Bloody Cuts, the online horror film anthology of which we’ve covered on NFS, has launched a brand new worldwide 3 minute horror film challenge entitled Who’s There?”. $13,000 worth of prizes and a panel of Hollywood judges, including Joe Dante, Gale Anne Hurd and the Soska Sisters, seems like a pretty decent reason to make a horror flick, so continue on to find out how to enter. More »

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Action ContestIf you’re finally done with that action/thriller screenplay you’ve been working on, it might be time to consider entering it in ScreenCraft’s Action & Thriller Script Contest. First prize winners get $1,000, as well as exposure to ScreenCraft’s panel of judges, including development executives from Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony and After Dark Films. Continue on for more info on how to enter. More »

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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 »