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The Global Film Initiative Announces Summer 2012 Feature Film Production Grants: Application Deadline 16 July 2012


The Global Film Initiative Announces Feature Film Production Grants on their website. Fortunately, Nigeria and many other African countries are eligible for the grant.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS SUMMER 2012 FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION GRANTS APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 16, 2012

In its continuing effort to promote original storytelling by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the Summer 2012 cycle of its narrative feature film production grants program. Applications are accepted for feature-length, narrative film projects in all stages of production by directors from eligible nations of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania. Applications may be submitted from May 15, 2012 through July 16, 2012, and granting decisions are announced in October 2012.* APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16, 2012 *For Applications, Eligibility Requirements and Granting Guidelines, please visit: http://www.globalfilm.org/granting.htm

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About the Granting Program The Global Film Initiative’s Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants per year, of up to $10,000 each, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. Funds received from grants are used to support completion of film production and to subsidize post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees, and access to advanced editing systems. Since the Initiative’s founding in 2002, the Granting Program has awarded 122 grants to filmmakers worldwide. Grant recipients include:

  • BEATRIZ’S WAR (A GUERRA DA BEATRIZ), dir. Bety Reis, East Timor  First locally produced and directed narrative feature film from East Timor. GFI grant awarded in 2011.
  • THE MIRROR NEVER LIES, dir. Kamila Andini, Indonesia Awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.
  • MISS LOVELY, dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, India Official Selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). GFI grant awarded in 2010.
  • LA RUTA DE LA LUNA, dir. Juan Sebastián Jácome, Panama World Premiere at the 2012 International Film Festival Panama. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.

For more information about the Granting Program, please visit: http://www.globalfilm.org/programs.htm

Questions about our Granting Program? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)page.

Grant Guidelines:

GUIDELINES FOR FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION GRANT SUMMER 2012 GRANTING CYCLE

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED: MAY 15, 2012 – JULY 16, 2012  APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 16, 2012

Definition of Grants Pre-Sale Option Application Instructions Eligibility Requirements Materials to be Submitted With Application Timeline of the Global Film Initiative Granting Cycles Mailing Address

Definition of Grants:

  • The Global Film Initiative awards up to ten (10) Production and/or Honorable Mention grants per funding cycle (Winter and Summer).
  • Grants are awarded to film projects in pre-production, production and post-production
  • Each Production Grant is in the amount of USD $10,000 with a pre-sale option.
  • Each Honorable Mention award is in the amount of USD $1,000.
  • Grants are not awarded to documentary and short film projects.

Pre-Sale Option:

  • Each applicant may request to be considered for a pre-sale option for U.S. and Canadian distribution.
  • Applicants who elect the pre-sale option may be offered a distribution contract for all U.S. and Canadian distribution rights if awarded a grant; the finished film will be included in the Initiative’s Global Lens film series for distribution.

Application Instructions

  1. Determine project eligibility
  2. If project is eligible, complete and send two (2) copies of application form with two (2) copies of all supporting materials to The Global Film Initiative before application deadline (projects submitted without required application and supporting materials will not be accepted)
  3. All applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.

Announcement of grant awards will be made in October 2012. For a timeline of the Global Film Initiative granting cycles, please click here.
Eligibility Requirements In order to be considered for a Global Film Initiative grant, a project must meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • Application is for narrative, feature-length film project from DAC nation (more than 65 min.; no documentary or short films accepted)
  • Project is in pre-production, production or post-production stage (no projects in development accepted)
  • Production occurs in same nation of application (DAC nation)
  • Director was born in and is citizen of same nation of application (DAC nation)*
  • 50% or more of project’s total production funding secured/received
  • International, world and/or regional premiere(s) scheduled to occur after Sept. 30, 2012

*exceptions regarding citizenship may apply to applications from territories and/or regions without recognized sovereign governments

Materials to be Submitted With Application:  Two (2) copies of each of the following English-translated materials must be included (incomplete applications will not be processed):

  1. Completed application form
  2. Finished English-translated screenplay/script
  3. Rushes/dailies, selected scenes or rough cut/final cut (if available)
  4. Complete production budget
  5. Finance plan
  6. Copies of agreements with production financiers
  7. Complete production schedule
  8. Synopsis and logline
  9. Director’s statement
  10. Biographies of key production personnel
  11. Previous film(s) of filmmaker(s) (if available)

Note:

    • The Global Film Initiative does not fund documentary or short films.
    • Applications must be submitted by mail or courier — electronic or faxed applications will not be accepted.
    • Submission materials will not be returned to applicant.
    • All grant amounts are at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative.
    • Applications can be rejected at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative.

Timeline of the Global Film Initiative Granting Cycles

Winter Cycle November 15, 2011 – Application period open for Winter cycle January 16, 2012 – Deadline for submission to Winter cycle April 2012 – Winter cycle grant awards announced

Summer Cycle May 15, 2011 – Application period open for Summer cycle July 16, 2012 – Deadline for submission to Summer cycle October 2012 – Summer cycle grant awards announced

Mailing Address  Send applications and supporting materials to:

The Global Film Initiative – Granting Program 145 Ninth Street, Suite #105 San Francisco, CA 94103, USA             +1(415) 934-9500

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 16, 2012

Please note: all applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.

Zuma Film festival, Abuja, 6-10 May2012, Call for films, Deadline 29 March 2012


Zuma Film Festival 2012, Abuja, invites submission of films for the 2012 edition of Zuma Film Festival. Entry closes 29 March 2012. For details visit http://www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng/

See call for entries, festival regulations, award categories, and press details.

ZUMA FILM FESTIVAL (ZFF), 2012

The Festival begins on Monday 6th and ends May 10th, 2012. “The Human Story, Connecting People “, the statement added, is the theme of the 6th edition of the film festival.

For the Competitive category; Feature, Documentary, Children, Student, Animation/cartoon, Short and Emerging Talents films qualify; while Nigerian Panorama, Universal films, Diaspora & African Films, National Film Institute(NFI) :Retrospect/Tributes qualify for the Non-Competitive category.

Entry forms can be downloaded/uploaded through the festival website : http://www.zumafilmfest.gov.ng. Entry forms are also available at the headquarters and liaison offices of the Nigerian Film Corporation. Completed entry forms can also be submitted at the listed addresses: The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation, 218T Liberty Dam Road, P.O. Box 639, Jos, Plateau State. The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation, Abuja Liaison Office, Shippers Plaza Opposite Ibro Hotel, Wuse Zone 5,Abuja. The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival, Nigerian Film Corporation,Kano Zonal Office, Audu Bako Secretariat, Zoo Road, Kano, The Secretariat, ZUMA Film Festival Nigerian Film Corporation, Lagos Branch Office, Ikoyi Road, Obalende, Beside Voice of Nigeria (VON)

All entries must be submitted with a 30sec trailer as part of the conditions, the statement further added.

In five days …

  • New film Premiere
  • Screenings (Competitive & Non-Competitive)
  • Film and Video Market/Exhibition (Film X)
  • Emerging Talent Film Festival
  • Master Classes
  • Workshop/Symposium/Colloquium
  • Film Location Expo

And more …

  • NFC Annual Film Lecture
  • NFC Annual Essay Competition Awards Presentation
  • Emerging Talent Film Awards
  • Zuma Film Festival Awards Night
  • Special Tributes/Retrospective

Guaranteeing an informative and thoroughly entertaining festival!

In five days …

  • New film Premiere
  • Screenings (Competitive & Non-Competitive)
  • Film and Video Market/Exhibition (Film X)
  • Emerging Talent Film Festival
  • Master Classes
  • Workshop/Symposium/Colloquium
  • Film Location Expo

And more …

  • NFC Annual Film Lecture
  • NFC Annual Essay Competition Awards Presentation
  • Emerging Talent Film Awards
  • Zuma Film Festival Awards Night
  • Special Tributes/Retrospective

Guaranteeing an informative and thoroughly entertaining festival!

Beautiful Africa short film script competition. Deadline: 31 January 2012


An opportunity for scriptwriters who are interested in directing here:

FilmContact.com, The Africa Movie Academy Awards and Beautiful Africa are giving 20 scriptwriters the opportunity to direct their own 3 – 5 minute scripts for a documentary series promoting Africa in a positive and entertaining light.

The best scripts will receive full production support to produce, shoot and edit their films anywhere in Africa.

Enter your Film Script into the Beautiful Africa Competition herehttp://www.ufilm.tv/enter

NOTE: If you are already registered on FilmContact.com, you can login with your same username and password at http://www.ufilm.tv

The short films will also compete at film festivals around the world, be entered into The Africa Movie Academy Awards, and be offered to international broadcasters as fillers.

Possible topics include:

• Arts • Economy • Environment • People • Technology • Traditions • Wisdom

The aim is to change perceptions of Africa, repositioning the continent as a place of beauty and opportunity.

There are prizes for the top three completed films.

First prize: $5 000 Second prize: $2 500 Third prize: $1 000

Deadline: 31 January 2012. Finalists to be announced during The Africa Movie Academy Awards in March 2012.

http://www.ufilm.tv/enter

Arterial Network and DOEN Foundation Mobile Phone Film Competition. Submission deadline: 31 October 2011


The Arterial Network and the DOEN foundation announce a Mobile Phone Competition.

The Arterial Network started as a dynamic, continent-wide network of non-government organisations, creative industry companies, festivals and individual artists engaged in the African creative sector at a conference – Revitalising Africa’s Cultural Assets – on Goree Island, March 2007.

The Arterial network is administered with a secretariate in Capetown, South Africa, and has an East African regional secretariate in Kenya, with other secretariates around the continent planned.

Competition

SUMMARY
The Arterial Network and the DOEN Foundation call for submissions of short films shot on cell phones for its first Mobile Phone Film Competition. The films will be evaluated by experts in various fields and public awareness and participation will be increased by on-line voting. So, anyone with a cell phone will now be able to become a filmmaker in the Arterial Network/DOEN Foundation Mobile Phone Film Competition. The festival aims at providing an opportunity to anyone to create and capture images to tell a story using mobile phones, the most accessible technology on the African continent.

Prizes for winners are as follows:
First Prize: 1000 Euros
Second Prize: 500 Euros
Third Prize: 250 Euros
Audience Choice Award: 150 Euros

Other prizes such as filmmaking training opportunities for the winners are currently being negotiated.

OTHER INFORMATION

General Submission Guidelines

1.Films may be on any theme but they must be original and tell a story (no documentaries or citizen journalism pieces will be accepted at this stage).
2.All films must be shot by cell phone to be viewed on a cellphone or computer screen.
3.Film may be submitted in French, English, Swahili, Arabic or Portuguese.
4.The running time for films may vary in length from 60 seconds to a maximum of 300 seconds (5 minutes).
5.Only work created by Africans living on the African continent will be considered.
6.Work submitted without a submission form will not be considered.
7.Films may only be in a Quicktime or Windows Media Player format.
8.File size must not exceed 10MB
9.Screen dimensions must be: Width = 320 pixels, Height = 240 pixels

Submissions must reach Arterial Network on or before 31 October 2011. Films may only be submitted electronically.
Download the Film Competition Application Form from here

Arterial Network reserves the right to select the best 10-25 films submitted and compile a collection for the purpose of promoting African filmmaking – and the winning entries in particular – on the African continent and internationally at film festivals and other distribution outlets. To this end, the copyright of the film will remain with the copyright holder/creator but Arterial Network may use the work for non-commercial purposes.

Arterial Network may disqualify entrants who go against the stipulated guidelines and the terms outlined above

Submit your film to the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). Deadline:18 December 2011 Deadine


AMAA

The deadline for the submission of films for the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is 18 December 2011.

The African Movie Academy Awards founded in 2005 celebrated their 7th edition on March 27th10 2011. Held annually in Nigeria, the AMAAs is without doubt becoming the most prestigious and glamorous African entertainment industry event of its kind on the Continent.

According to the AMAA website, the rules for submission are as follows:

Submission Rules

* All submissions must be films produced between December 2010 and December 2011
* All submissions must be received on or before 28th December 2011
 [NOTE FROM HHVRC: PLEASE NOTE THAT LATER IN THE SUBMISSION RULES THE DATE IS LISTED AS 18 DECEMBER 2011. PROBABLY WISEST TO GO WITH THE EARLIER DATE!]

Each completed entry form must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, 5 DVD copies of the film and proof of the right to submit.

Submit your film to:

NIGERIA: African Movie Academy Awards. 17 A Abenubi Close, Ikeja, Lagos State or P.O. Box 4388 Lagos Nigeria

SOUTH AFRICA: 271 Kent Avenue (off Republic Avenue), Ground Floor, Randburg, Johannesburg or P.O. Box 10313 Lenasia 1820, South Africa

GHANA: 16 Busy Internet Ring Road Central, Accra, Ghana

KENYA: Mr. Ogova, Philadelphia House, 4th floor, Tom Mboya street, Hakati Road, Junction, Nairobi, Kenya 9EA

Have you filled in the form for submission? 
Submit your Film here

* or email: info@ama-awards.com or admin@ama-awards.com

* All films must be submitted to the above address on or before 18th December, 2010

* For further information call our hotline : +2341-7397248, +2348024265335

ALL FILMS TO BE SUBMITTED FOR AMAA 2012 MUST FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES BELOW

* Films that are more than one parts (2, 3, ect) should be director’s cut between 110 minutes and 120 minutes. Film must be conclusive
* Films should have full synopsis of the story
* Characters must be defined. Please indicate who played lead, supporting role, etc
* Films should contain names of the crew i.e. Director of Photography, Editor, Sound, etc
* All indigenous language films including pidgin English should be subtitled in English
* Music must be original scores, if not, appropriate credit should given. Preference is for original music
* Films should indicate date of actual release
* Screenplay credit/story must be defined

Red Hot+ Video Contest on HIV and AIDS, Open to filmmakers age 13-29,Submission Deadline 31 August 2011


For videos on HIV/AIDS

HIV AND AIDS THROUGH A CONTEMPORARY LENS

For more than 20 years, the Red Hot Organization has been inviting iconic artists to record music to raise money and awareness to fight HIV/AIDS around the world. Now, Amplify and Red Hot are turning this music — including songs from U2 and Wu-Tang Clan to Willie Nelson and The National — over to a new generation of artists for the Red Hot+ video contest.

Red Hot+ is an opportunity for young artists and filmmakers to explore our unique experiences growing up with and being impacted by HIV and AIDS. More than two decades after the HIV/AIDS crisis began, our generation has its own stories to tell. Love stories and elegies, tales of quiet defiance, stigma, and public confrontation. Through short films and PSAs, the Red Hot+ contest aims to provide the catalyst (and the soundtrack) for a new conversation about HIV and AIDS.

It’s time to take a new look at HIV and AIDS through a contemporary lens. This is about young people. It’s about you. It’s about Red Hot + us.

The first 50 people to submit entries to the Red Hot+ video contest will each receive a DVD copy of “Dark Was The Night Live.”

The Rules and Entry Guidelines (to see the full rulls click here)

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS 11:59PM EST ON AUGUST 31, 2011.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Contest open to all filmmakers, age 13-29* (must be within age range at midnight Aug. 31, 2011 EST to be eligible).
  • Salaried employees of Advocates for Youth or the Red Hot Organization are not eligible to win.
  • Participants may submit more than (1) entry. However, no more than (1) entry per category will be selected as contest finalist.
  • Participants are responsible for inputting names of all eligible and prospective winners at the time of submission.
  • Contest open to U.S. and International residents; however international winners cannot be guaranteed travel to NYC. Cash prize will be awarded* (see PRIZES section for further details).
  • Legal clearances for actor releases are the responsibility of the filmmakers; however copies of documents must be produced upon request if a submission is selected as a finalist or a winner.
  • If the filmmaker is under the age of 18 years of age at time of filming, signed parent/guardian permissions must be produced upon request.

CATEGORIES

  1. SHORT FILM: No longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • Must address HIV and/or AIDS either overtly and/or thematically.
  • Must include at least (1) song and ONLY the music from the RED HOT music library. (A complete list of songs available for download can be accessed on the Listen page.)
  1. PSA (Public Service Announcement): Must be either :15, :30, :60 or :90 in length
  • Must address HIV and/or AIDS either overtly and/or thematically.
  • Must include at least (1) song and ONLY music from the Red Hot music library. (A complete list of songs available for download can be accessed on the Listen page.)

HOW TO ENTER YOUR FILM 

Visit the SUBMIT page to upload/send your finished entry.

PRIZES

A total of four (4) winning entries will be selected. However, in the event that the same short film and/or PSA is selected through both online public voting and by the judges panel, fewer than four (4) prizes may be awarded. (See “Award Selection and Evaluation” below for more info on online voting and jury selection.)

SHORT FILM + PSA CATEGORIES
Grand Prize (Jury Selection): $2500 Cash Prize

SHORT FILM + PSA CATEGORIES

Grand Prize (Online Selection): $2500 Cash Prize

Winners will also receive travel and accommodations for two to New York City*.

If a winning filmmaker is under 18 years old, one of the traveling companions must be parent or legal guardian.

* for U.S. residents. Winners outside of the United States will receive an equivalent value as an additional cash prize.

AWARD SELECTION AND EVALUATION

Advocates for Youth, Red Hot Organization, and a Youth Advisory Committee will select a short list of contest finalists that will then be judged through public voting and eligible for jury selection. Grand jury judges will be comprised of members of the film, television, music, and public health communities. Online voting will be open to the public.

The two main factors for evaluation will be:
1) The thematic and/or educational treatment of HIV/AIDS, and
2) The prominence and creativity of music use from the Red Hot archive.

Content, creativity, and emotional impact will be weighted more heavily than production values. Red Hot+ reserves the right to work with winning filmmakers on final versions of all winning videos and PSAs.

In the event that the same short film and/or PSA is selected through both online public voting and by the judges panel, fewer than four (4) prizes may be awarded.

CONTEST TIMELINE

September 15, 2011
Finalists announced

Public online voting begins
Members of the public will be allowed one vote per day during the online voting period

Short list of finalists provided to judges

October 15, 2011
Public online voting ends

Judges’ selections complete

November 1, 2011
Red Hot + video contest winners will be announced
Pending verification of eligibility and submission by the filmmakers of all necessary legal clearances and actor releases

For more information about the competition or Red Hot+, see their website.

Homevida 2011 Script competition: Nigeria’s Integrity Film Awards, Submission Deadline: 31 August 2011 (EXTENDED to 9 September for short script competition)


UPDATE: 26 August 2011: Deadline now extended to 9 September. for the short film script competition

Homevida, an “initiative of the Public and Private Development Center (PPDC), a Nigerian Citizenship sector organization that seeks to assist and empower ordinary citizens to participate in governance and development” calls for nominations “for its feature film Awards and entries for the short film script competition in the following prize categories”:

The Family Friendly film prize (endowed by the National Film and Video Censors Board)

The winning film must be:

a) A film suitable for children or family viewing and

b) That captures the heritage, diversity and challenges of Nigeria and Nigerians OR

c) Depicts the moral values common to Nigeria

d) Have a storyline that is believable, realistic, dramatic and entertaining

The Due Process Film prize (endowed by the Bureau for Public Procurement)

The winning film must be a film:

a) A story encouraging integrity, true competition, transparency, accountability, especially amongst contractors and government officers OR

a) Showing interactions between stakeholders in the procurement process OR

b) Depicting due process as a standard for human conductOR

c) Comparing those who remain with the old practices of bribery, influence peddling, forgery, contract abandonment and use of fake materials and a new breed of contractors who are professional and competitive

d) Reasonably modeling the new procurement framework; its dos and don’ts.

The Faith Film Prize* (endowed in honour of Late Pastor Don Igwe)

 The winning film must be:1.A film that models individual citizens involvement in promoting the virtues of honesty, transparency, integrity and accountability as an expression of the Christian faith OR2.A film depicting individuals sense of duty to society and one another as a way of serving God3. The story must be believable, realistic, dramatic and entertaining.

The Public Conduct Film Prize (endowed by Code of Conduct Bureau)

The winning film must

a) Depict life in Public service in Nigeria and

b) Models what is right and wrong in conflict of interest situations and ethical implications of gift, OR

c) A film that portrays the consequences of choices that public servants make OR

d) Show (positive) effects of integrity reforms

e) Have a storyline that is believable, realistic, dramatic and entertaining.

To be eligible for entry all films must:

1. Have been produced in Nigeria

2. Be a drama film

3. Be between 60mins and 120mins

4. Technically be of broadcast standards with clear sound and vision

5. Be realistic, dramatic and entertaining

6. Produce documentation to show clearance of music rights, script and talent

7. Show evidence of registration with NFVCB (if the film has been released)

8. Be made by filmmakers who are 18 years and above

9. Have its Producer, Director and Screenwriter registered with the relevant industry guild or association.

10. Meet individual criteria for the prize being applied for

To nominate a film:

1. Complete an application form online

2. Include a synopsis of your nominated film in no more than 300 words

3. Send biographies of key production personnel (if known)

For more information, see the Homevida website or the Homevida Facebook site.

*When Carmen McCain, coordinator of the Hausa Home Video Resource Centre requested for more information on the awards, Homevida clarified that the scripts submitted must be in English and that the “faith film prize”, which is “endowed in honour of Late Pastor Don Igwe” is only for Christian faith films. The representative of the National Film and Video Censor’s Board at the Nollywood conference  in Lagos where the call for scripts was announced clarified that they would welcome endowments and sponsorships for prizes from other faith traditions….