Partner News 01/27/2023

Posted by on February 02, 2023

From grants, mentorship opportunities, workshops, and studies, let's see what our partners are up to!

Roy W. Dean Film Grant Accepting Submissions for Spring 2023 Grant

From the Heart Productions


The Roy W. Dean Film Grant is accepting submissions for its Spring 2023 Grant. The grant is open to documentaries, narrative features, short films and web series. In addition to being unique and making a contribution to society, projects should be budgeted at $500,000 or less. Students are welcome to apply. Every filmmaker that applies for the grant has the opportunity to receive a 15-minute consultation on their submission. Filmmakers can get advice on how to find funding, build up a database of donors or investors, market their film, and more. 


Deadline for submission to the Roy W. Dean Film Grant for Spring is March 31st, 2023.


Click here to apply.

PBS Ignite Mentorship for Diverse Voices



Applications are now open for the PBS Ignite Mentorship for Diverse Voices. It’s for early career filmmakers (producers or directors) looking to dive into the world of public media. This is a virtual 12-month initiative for up to 12 early career filmmakers from underrepresented communities.


Click here to apply.

Film Fatales presents "Presentation is Everything"

Film Fatales


Join Film Fatales for an online workshop about Making Pitch Decks That Hook with Film Fatales member Jenny Deller (writer-director of Future Weather and producer of Claire in Motion).

In this workshop filmmaker and designer Jenny Deller will walk you through five simple steps to help you pre-visualize and pitch your film, music video or TV series. Come learn the latest ideas that are helping showrunners, directors and producers advance their projects and walk away with some basic concepts, design tips and resources to get your pitches off to a great start this spring. Jenny's decks have assisted award-winning film, television and commercial creators land work for Warner Brothers, HBOMax, Showtime, AppleTV+, TNT and USA Networks; as well as national brands like Toyota, Cox, Amazon and Home Depot. With support from event partners The Big Apple Film Festival, New York Women in Film & Television, PANO, Seed&Spark, and NewFilmmakers Los Angeles.


Click here to RSVP.

Illuminative, Nielsen Reveal New Findings on the Impact of Native Content and Representation



New data from Illuminative, the Native women-led social justice organization, and Nielsen’s Seen on Screen case studies reveals the number of indigenous people in lead roles across TV and streaming has expanded over the past two years, but there’s still much room for growth. According to the study, the number of indigenous lead recurring roles increased 100% between 2021 and 2022, despite overall representation of indigenous people remaining below population parity. Only 1% of shows across all platforms feature indigenous representation as a lead or recurring character.


Read more here.