As many continue to work from home during this period of quarantine, we want to encourage you to keep creating. These are difficult times but supporting and inspiring each other to create safely while social distancing could be the glue to hold us together. There are still so many opportunities out there for creatives, and we want to bring as many of those opportunities to you.

This is 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. Utilize this time of social distancing to hunker down and get your materials ready. Stay safe. You got this!

Writing Fellowships:

Launchpad Writing Competition

Final Deadline: May 8, 2020

Requirements: Original pilot script under 70 pages, application | LINK

NBC Writers on the Verge

Deadline: May 10, 2020

Requirements: 2 original pilot scripts | LINK

ABC Talent Discovers Scene Competition

Deadline: May 15, 2020

Requirements: Application, resume, scene (no more than six pages)


PAGE International Screenwriting Awards Competition

Final Deadline: May 20, 2020

Requirements: Original pilot or feature script, application | LINK

ViacomCBS Writer Mentorship Program

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Requirements: Original+spec script, application | LINK

Warner Bros. TV Writer Workshop

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Requirements: Resume, personal statement, spec script | LINK

Sundance Feature Film Development Program

Deadline: June 4, 2020 | LINK

Disney TV Writing Program

Deadline: June 4, 2020

Requirements: 2 original pilots, resume, staffing pitch, personal essay


Slamdance Screenwriting Competition

Regular Deadline: June 8, 2020

Requirements: Original writing sample | LINK

Youth Fellowships/Internships:

Made in Her Image Outreach/Web Development & Graphic Design/Production Intern

Requirements: 10-15 hours a week minimum for 12 weeks | LINK

Directing Fellowships:

ViacomCBS Directing Initiative

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Requirements: Resume/bio, letter of interest, directing reel | LINK

SHOOT New Directors Showcase

EXTENDED Deadline: June 30, 2020

Requirements: Directing professionally for less than three years. | LINK

Producing Fellowships:

Film Independent Producing Lab

Non-member Deadline: May 20, 2020

Requirements: Cover letter, artist statement, completed feature-length script/production plan | LINK

Film Festivals:

Cannes Lions

Regular Deadline: May 7, 2020 | LINK

LA Shorts International Film Festival

Late Deadline: May 15, 2020 | LINK

aGLIFF Film Festival

Late Deadline: May 16, 2020 | LINK

Urbandworld Film Festival

Late Deadline: May 27, 2020 | LINK

Salute Your Shorts FestivaL

Extended Deadline: May 27, 2020 | LINK

Toronto International Film Festival

Regular Deadline: May 29, 2020 | LINK

Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival

Regular Deadline: May 31, 2020 | LINK

The Female Eye Film Festival

Early Deadline: May 31, 2020 | LINK

Chicago International Film Festiva

Regular Deadline: June 15, 2020 | LINK

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival

Regular Deadline: July 15, 2020 | LINK

Machester International Womens Film Festival

Regular Deadline: September 30, 2020 | LINK

Film Grants:

Sloan Distribution Grant | Deadline: Rolling Basis | LINK

2021 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Filmmaking

Deadline: June 10, 2020

Requirements: Born outside the United States and have been living or working in the United States for at least five years, or have been granted DACA relief, under the age of 38, completed at least one short film that has been awarded a prize or selected for film festivals or one full-length film. | 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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