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Cary McQueen Morrow
Pro

Hello filmmakers! My nonprofit is launching a new short (very short... 5 min. and less) film competition on the topic of mental health. The winning film will be used in our education, advocacy and field-building work on college campuses and nonprofits around the U.S., plus win $1,000 award for future work.

I hope some of you will consider putting something together for this. The quality of the work will really determine the caliber of nonprofit partners we can attract, and I know we've got some heavyweights on this list! We already have some pretty major players (national NGOs) interested in using the films in their work – assuming it's well done. In many ways this is about using your film to create positive change through dialogue.

If you have comments, or questions, please get in touch: cary [at] artwithimpact.org and more info is on our website: artwithimpact.org

Erica Ginsberg
Host

Washington DC-area folks, Docs In Progress has two programs this week:

Thursday, February 9 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the Takoma Park Community Center (7500 Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, MD)
We'll be screening a documentary by one of our alums, Lillie Paquette. WE ARE EGYPT looks at the story behind the story of 2011's Arab Spring. The 85-minute film showcases Egypt’s passionate democracy activists who toiled for years before seeing success from their sacrifice. It is an account of their struggle against extraordinary odds to remove an uncompromising authoritarian regime determined to stay in power. Following the screening, filmmaker Lillie Paquette will answer questions about the film. This is a free community screening and no tickets are required. More info at http://docsinprogress.org/events/38/free-alumni-screening-of-we-are-egypt/

Sunday, February 12 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Goethe Institut (812 Seventh Street, NW Washington DC)
We'll be offering a special Docs In Progress work-in-progress screening at the Our City Film Festival. This is an opportunity to provide feedback on story and character development to a documentary filmmaker presenting a not-quite-finished version of a film while you also support the festival’s sponsor Yachad, a nonprofit dedicated to affordable housing and community development in Washington DC. The rough cut being screened is Ellie Walton's FLY BY LIGHT which follows a group of DC high school students as they go through a transformational journey in the mountains of West Virginia. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered through Our City Film Festival's website

We'll also be at the Center for Social Media's Media That Matters Conference on Friday and Saturday and hope to see many of you there.

Kevin Hallagan
Fan

Hey Everybody! My name is Kevin Hallagan. I am a cinema student but my goal is to become a documentary filmmaker. Do you know of any Independent documentary filmmakers who are looking for an assistant this summer or wouldn't mind having a shadow? I have earned a lot academically and I am a videographer for my university, but I am looking for some in-field experience this summer because I know I haven't learned a lot of things I'll need to know if I'm going to dive into filmmaking right out of college.

so... is anyone looking for some helping hands?

Thanks everybody!
Good luck on your endeavors
– Kevin Hallagan
K.R.Hallagan@gmail.com

Laura Heckman
Fan

Call for Entries!

A&E and the New York TV Fest seeking treatments for original unscripted TV shows;
 Five finalist projects will receive development funding from the network with one winner earning $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production. FREE to enter. More info below and at http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ae_pipeline.html
 
The A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline 
A&E Network and the New York Television Festival are back with the second installment of an innovative program seeking original unscripted television treatments from independent producers and doc production companies. 
 
To submit:
The A&E network is seeking submissions that focus on big characters in exciting and fresh worlds that are highly entertaining and of the moment. Producers must include:
* A short treatment (1-2 pages) describing their original unscripted format
* A brief video (2-4 minutes) introducing the subject(s).
 
Awards:

  • 25 semi-finalists will be presented to A&E development executives. All semi-finalists are invited to participate in the 2012 New York Television Festival, Oct 22-27, as Official Artists (details below).
  • Five finalists, selected by A&E, will receive notes on their projects and $2,500 to shoot additional tape.
  • One winner, selected by A&E, will be awarded $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in pilot production.  
    Deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 (noon)
    Free to enter.
    Visit: http://www.nytvf.com/2012_ae_pipeline.html
     
    Additional opportunities for Semi-Finalists:
    Official Semi-Finalists will be invited to participate as Official Artists at the 2012 New York Television Festival in NYC in October, with exclusive access to:
    *Participate in NYTVF Pitch, offering guaranteed development deals from:
 Bio Channel, Hasbro Studios, Logo, SevenOne International, Sundance Channel, Channel 4


    *Network, meet and collaborate with over forty U.S.-based television networks, studios, agencies, fellow TV creators and MORE.

Full details about the NYTVF Artist Experience here: http://www.nytvf.com/artists.html



Want to participate in these exclusive Artist-Only programs? Only NYTVF Official Artists are invited to take part, so submit to one of NYTVF's current initiatives now!
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NYTVF is also accepting entries to:
The 2012 Independent Pilot Competition

Greg Vander Veer
Pro

Regarding the ad above, I"m curios as to what other people think about this. Although it does seem like an interesting contest, from what I can tell after reading their rules/regulations, it appears that basically by entering the contest you are forfeiting any right to your concept and material and that A&E can basically take whatever they want and don't owe you anything for it. So by doing this contest, they potentially get the rights to thousands of concepts and only have to pay $10,000 to a winner who will be able to "participate" in the production of a pilot but also, from what I can tell, will actually not have any right to their concept.

Niam Itani
Host

There are many "contests" like this, Greg. Many people still submit.

Jason Osder
Pro

Also, when one submits cold to Discovery, for instance, you basically have to sign something similar before anyone will look at your stuff. From their point of view, they get thousands of submissions, many for ideas that look pretty similar to each other, and would rather be protected from what they see as reasonable-looking, but actually not, stolen ideas. Particularly if the submitted does not have an industry track record.

Marj Safinia
Host

IDA's DocuDay is almost here. An all-day orgy of documentary deliciousness featuring back to back screenings of all the nominated shorts and features. Happening in LA and NY. LA screenings feature the filmmakers and subjects in attendance. You can buy a single tickets or an all-day pass. It's a heap of fun.

2/25 in Los Angeles
2/25--2/26 in New York

David Lasdon
Fan

Story Consultant needed – After working on my political documentary for 4 years, I realize that I need someone experienced with fresh eyes who help shape what I've put together into an exciting must watch documentary. Since this is a political documentary, the subject matter won't be for everyone, as I'm telling a story, not pushing an agenda.

Pay would be in some combination of salary and equity. This is an independent film, however, so keep that in mind. DBLasdon AT ca.rr dot com

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