Call for Applications: Producers Institute for New Media Technologies
Funded by generous lead support from the MacArthur Foundation and additional support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and our industry partners, the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) launched an annual institute to connect independent producers and their socially relevant content to emerging models of storytelling and distribution.
About the Producers Institute
The Producers Institute for New Media Technologies is a ten-day residency for eight creative teams (independent producers or public broadcasters) with a shared goal of developing and prototyping a multi-platform project inspired by, or based on a significant documentary project. The intention of the Institute is to develop socially relevant media projects for emerging digital platforms. Producers participate in high-level industry roundtables, intense one-on-one project development with technical mentors, new media storytelling workshops, and hands-on prototyping of their ideas. The participants adapt and develop film, video, and audio content for delivery using a range of interactive formats, including but not limited to video game applications, interactive, web-based experiences, mobile streaming, multi-user communities, and new educational software. Producers may propose a range of delivery strategies, including cell phones, other hand-held devices, set-tops, Internet, portable software and more. The Institute provides creative mentors, technology consultants and advisors based on the needs of your project. At the end of the residency, all participants demonstrate and pitch to a panel of VC funders, industry leaders, and foundations. As ongoing support after the Institute, BAVC hosts a web-based resource center for the continued sharing of new ideas, strategies, project development, and distribution opportunities.
Who can apply?
The Institute accepts 8 teams of 3 people each. All projects must be either: independently produced (without the support of a commercial or cable broadcaster), or the project of a public broadcast station. The project Producer, Executive Producer or Director should be the lead Applicant, and should include two additional creative team members. Other team members should be one visual designer (web, game, etc), and any other appropriate committed program staff who would be relevant for project execution; for example: editor, writer, talent, director of photography, sound recordist/editor, composer, etc.
Provisions, dates and locations
The Institute is held at the BAVC facility in San Francisco in late spring/early summer (the dates slightly vary each year). Participants must be in residence in San Francisco for the duration of the Institute. Selected producers and their teams receive travel stipends and hotel accommodations, technical and administrative support during the residency period.
Criteria for Selection
Projects are evaluated based on the following criteria:
· Level of innovation
· Market focus & audience reach
· Potential to benefit from Institute process
· Narrative structure and depth
· Suitability of project for cross-platform deployment: specifically, new global broadband interactivity, educational softwares, participatory TV, virtual worlds, 3G mobile and multi-user games. All projects should demonstrate some social networking, and/or user-generated content elements.
· Audience interaction and level of involvement
· Mix and experience of the project teams
Next Application Deadline
The 2009 Application is due no later than 5pm (PST) on Monday, January 12, 2009. Please visit the BAVC website to submit an application.
For questions or more information, please contact BAVC's Director of Creative Programming Wendy Levy.
Call for Submissions: The Global Film Initiative Winter 2009 Feature-film Production Grants
In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a call for the Winter 2009 cycle of its feature-film production grants program. Applications will be accepted from October 15, 2008 to January 15, 2009, and decisions will be announced in March 2009.
Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in Winter and Summer, 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. Monies received through the Initiative's granting program are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs, such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems.
This year, the Global Film Initiative will award production grants of up to $10,000 each to select applicants during its Winter granting cycle. These funds are made available following the Initiative's evaluation of an applicant's completed screenplay and early film-footage, and may include a pre-sale option for exclusive U.S. distribution of an applicant's film by the Initiative. Individuals may submit more than one film for consideration per granting cycle but please note that only applications from qualifying countries or regions will be considered and that production grants are not available for documentary or short films.*
The Global Film Initiative strongly believes in supporting narrative storytelling traditions from around the world and invites all qualified applicants to submit their work for granting consideration. For Applications & Guidelines, please visit: www.globalfilm.org/granting.htm
Application deadline: January 15, 2009
*The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: Latin America, The Caribbean, Africa, The Middle East, Asia (excluding Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand).
Imagen Foundation - 2nd Annual "Most Powerful and Influential Latinos" Luncheon
What: 2nd Annual Entertainment Industry's "Most Powerful and Influential Latinos" luncheon for 2008.
When: November 6, 2008 - Thursday, 11:30 A.M- 1:30 P.M
Where: The Beverly Hilton Hotel
NALIP DISCOUNT: $95.00 for NALIP members (Regular General Ticket Price:
Special Guests: Ilusion and Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) and U.S CongressWoman, Hilda Solis
Honorees - Confirmed: Javier Avita (Sr. Vice President, Business Affairs -
CBS Paramount Int'l Television), Gilbert Davila (Vice President Global Diversity & Multicultural Market Development - The Walt Disney Company), Belinda Menendez (President - NBC Universal Int'l Television), Claudia Teran (Sr. Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs - Fox Cable Stations) and many more
For more information and to RSVP, please visit imagen.org
Call for Applications: Diversity Actor Workshop
Professional Latinos In Entertainment (PLIE) announces a call for entries for the Diversity Actor Workshop, proudly sponsored by The Walt Disney Company. Study with Major Casting Director and Acting Coach Risa Bramon Garcia (Speed, JFK, CSI NY, CSI Miami, and more).
Professional Latinos In Entertainment is selecting 20-25 talented actors of diverse backgrounds to attend a very special workshop and study their craft with A-list Casting Director and Coach who helped start the careers of stars such as Sandra Bullock.
Improve your audition skills and become a force in the room. Challenge yourself as an actor, get inspired, and learn from one of the best casting directors and coaches in the business. Be 1 of many to attend this very rare opportunity and prestigious workshop.
Workshop is targeted for November 15th 2008 Those selected will receive an all expense-paid workshop with Risa Bramon Garcia including all materials and PLIE’s personal guidance with agents and executives. Lunch will be provided for the 4 hour workshop
Last Day To Apply by email or receive material: November 10th
(Dates subject to change)
Log-on to www.prolatinos.org and view “Actors Workshop” to Apply now!
Yo Votare '08 Video Contest
Win $1,000 Cash!
NCLR is giving you the chance to make a video for the song "Yo Votaré '08" as part of a national voting initiative. The winning submission will be showcased on the website.
Here’s what we’re looking for: An inspired video for the single "Yo Votare '08". We know that there are talented Latinos that have something to say and can help us motivate millions of Latinos to vote in this historical election. Use the song and your creativity to express why voting is important to you.
For Contest rules and information about how to enter, log onto http://www.yovotare.org and follow the directions to enter between 12:00pm ET on October 1, 2008 and 11:59pm ET on October 24, 2008.