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Make It Happen Monday

November 2023: Upcoming workshops, fellowships and opportunities from around the 🌎.

Video Consortium

The Video Consortium November 20th, 2023
Make It Happen Monday

A curated a list of journalism and documentary filmmaking opportunities just for you. Share this with someone who could put these deadlines to use!

Rolling Deadlines:

  • The Black Artists Grant (BAG) is a £500 no-strings financial support to help UK-based Black creatives. Whether you’re in need of new equipment or to fund your latest project, learn more and apply here. Instagram: @creativedebuts

  • The Bagri Foundation provides support, in the form of grants, towards artistic and educational projects. Promotion of arts and culture of all Asia and the diasporas, grants range from £5,000 – £150,000 and are awarded in two rounds per year. Find out more here. Instagram: @bagrifoundation

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • November 20: The Pretty Wild Fellowship provides four filmmakers or filmmaking teams with a $50,000 unrestricted grant + 2 creative retreats + mentorship for their short documentary. Apply here.

  • November 24: Sunny Side of the Doc Global Pitch 2024 is dedicated to documentaries willing to shake things up in order to map a more sustainable world! Learn more here. Instagram: @sunnysidedoc

  • November 27: Pacific Islanders in Communications is calling on non-fiction filmmakers to apply for the media fund. If you are working on a project that offers a fresh perspective of the indigenous Pacific Islander experience, get applying now. Instagram: @picpacific

  • December 3: Media outlets, journalist networks, civil society organizations and academic institutions in Asia Pacific. Earth Journalism Network’s Asia-Pacific project is offering grants of up to US$15,000. Read more here. Instagram: @earthjournalism

  • December 8: Become a Rowhome Fellow! This paid, 6-month fellowship with Rowhome Productions is for a Philly-based person looking to level up their audio storytelling & podcast production career. Instagram: @rowhomeproductions

  • December 8: Are you a filmmaker born and based in Latin America who’s committed to positive change through solutions-based storytelling? The Video Consortium is selecting sixteen regional filmmakers to pair with sixteen social innovators in Latin America, as part of Solutions Storytelling Project: Latin America. Find out more here.

  • December 13: The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship is seeking filmmakers living in New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations to fund an artist’s vision or voice, at all levels of their artistic development. Learn more here. Instagram: @nyfacurrent

  • December 15: Black List x WIF Episodic Lab program is calling for applicants. Promising non-professional television writers have the opportunity to be selected; find out more here.

  • December 15: DOCPITCH is back! As part of DocLands, $100k will be awarded to documentary filmmakers with projects in progress. Submit your unfinished feature-length here and your film could be produced around the world. Instagram: @doclands

  • December 18: The Transgender Film Center Trailblazer Grant provides funding for short films written, directed, or produced by transgender creators. Two $10K grants will be distributed this grant cycle, apply here! Instagram: @transfilmcenter

  • December 19: Shondaland Women Directing Mentorship is open! Calling all aspiring UK and US female directors with unique voices and providing a launchpad for their careers.

  • December 20: The Pulitzer Center Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN) is accepting applications for its next cohort of investigative environmental journalists.⁠ Investigative reports focusing on pressing issues in Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia - apply here now! Instagram: @pulitzercenter

  • January 1: The MacDowell Fellowship awards based artistic excellence and encourages artists from all backgrounds and countries to apply. From architecture to visual arts. Find out more here!

  • January 5: Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund (HDBID) is a fund for filmmakers who live and work on the African continent. The Fund offers grants in Development and Production for feature or broadcast-length documentaries. Click here to find out more.

  • January 9: Applications for Nipkow Programm 2024 are now open! Writers, directors, producers and animators, submit your current feature film projects and stand a chance at developing your work at a three month residency in Berlin. Apply here! Instagram: @berlinfilmresidencies


  • November 20: Center for Asian American Media is now accepting film and media submissions for the 42nd anniversary of CAAMFest! Make your mark here. Instagram: caamedia

  • November 24: The Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG) calls for producers and filmmakers from Mexico, Ibero-America, and other regions of the world to submit their films to the 38th edition of the festival. Find out more and submit your work here. Instagram:

  • November 30: Big Sky Pitch is now open for submissions! Your feature documentary must be a WIP. If that's you…apply here!

  • November 30: The 5th annual Toronto Arab Film Festival is accepting applications. If you are dedicated to bringing films from, and about the Arab world, your film belongs here.

  • November 30: Why MIFF? Not just a festival; they are a cinematic journey. With immersive screenings, cutting-edge technology, and vibrant community they have been the leading festival in Australia for a beacon for filmmakers pushing boundaries. Apply right here, right now!

  • December 1: Submit your film now to be part of a global celebration of thought-provoking documentaries. Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival embraces stories that challenge, inspire, and shape our understanding of the world - apply here.

  • December 5: Experimental filmmakers, the Taiwan International Documentary Festival is waiting for your submission. Premiere your latest film and compete in various categories. Find out more and apply here! Instagram:

  • December 8: Enter your work in the 45th Annual Telly Awards. If your work pushes the boundaries of creativity, you should DEFINITELY apply!

  • January 4: Celebrating 50 years of presenting international and independent films all around the world in 2024, the Seattle International Film Festival is certainly not the festival to miss. Channel their success by applying here.

  • January 31: Calling all African filmmakers, the Durban International Film Festival is officially open. Competing categories are features, documentaries, short and student films. Submit your work here!

  • February 25: Looking for a festival for and by independent filmmakers? Look no further than the Brooklyn Film Festival. Now accepting submissions for a range of categories, stand a chance to win several awards at this qualifying festival. Read more here.

✌️ Have an exciting opportunity to share? Send an email or submit here.

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