NEW DECADE NEW OPPORTUNITIES! You got that family time in. The vision boards are made. The resolutions are set. It is time to get into high gear! The new opportunities are flooding in, and it’s time to go get em’!

Your friends here at FREE THE WORK are here to give you that nudge forward. We are back with “Seize the Work”! Your monthly compilation of fellowships, competitions, festivals, and grants that you can apply for. All the most pertinent information will be right here at your fingertips and in your inbox. We can bring the opportunity to you, but it is up to you to get that work in by those deadlines. Polish up that pilot you’ve been working on, get that short film private link ready to go, and hunker down to dive into these grants. You got this!

No need to thank us. It was our New Year’s Resolution to be saintly and help you out.

Writing Fellowships:

Rideback x MRC TV Incubator | Submission Period: January 13-19, 2020

Requirements: Application, one hour drama sample, resume, personal essay, two letters of recommendation | LINK

Screencraft Sci-fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Competition | Early Deadline: January 31, 2020 | LINK

Fenix Studios x The Black List | Deadline: February 1, 2020 Requirements: Evaluation on The Black List, feature script | LINK

Film Independent Episodic Lab | Deadline: February 18, 2020 Requirements: Original pilot, written proposal, cover letter | LINK

Youth Fellowships:

Headstream x Secondmuse Accelerator Program | Deadline: January 10, 2020 | LINK

Ghetto Film School Fellows Program | Deadline: April 1, 2020 Requirements: Between ages 14-18, enrolled in school | LINK

Directing Fellowships:

SHOOT New Directors Showcase | Deadline: March 31, 2020 Requirements: Directing professionally for less than three years. | LINK

Film Festivals:

Tribeca X Film Festival | Late Deadline: January 17, 2020 | LINK

Inside Out LGBTQIA+ Film Festival | Regular Deadline: January 20, 2020 | LINK

Frameline Film Festival | Regular Deadline: January 26, 2020 | LINK

Rooftop Film Festival | Late Deadline: January 31, 2020 | LINK

Seattle International Film Festival | Final Deadline: January 31, 2020 | LINK

American Black Film Festival | Regular Deadline: February 1, 2020 | LINK

Cannes Lions | Early Bird Deadline: March 12, 2020 | LINK

Producer Grants:

Sundance Creative Producing Program (Fiction & Documentary) | Deadline: February 11, 2020 | LINK

Film Grants:

Sloan Distribution Grant | Deadline: Rolling Basis | LINK

SFFILM Rainin Grant | Deadline: January 22, 2020 | LINKScreen Australia Documentary

Development Grant | Deadline: January 24, 2020 | LINK

Sundance Documentary Fund | Deadline: February 17, 2020 | LINK

If you know of any opportunities you’d like to put on our radar and share with our community, feel free to email us at [email protected]


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