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Submission Opportunities for Women in Theatre

(previously known as Theatre Funding Newsletter)


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Special Opportunity

Open call for new work by playwrights of color!

WTF! (Women's Theater Festival) is a small festival of new work by women and gender-non-conforming artists. The Festival is in its third year, and attracts a large, enthusiastic, and diverse audience.  Three new plays each get a small-scale workshop with a week's rehearsal in our 77-seat theater in Hartford, CT. Playwright is integral in deciding how to allocate a modest budget to best serve the needs of the project.  Playwright is usually present for the rehearsal process, but it is not required. Travel and housing is available.

One slot in the season is reserved for a HartBeat Ensemble member.  Open submissions for the other two slots are open to PLAYWRIGHTS OF COLOR who are female, trans, or non-binary.  

Play must not have received a full professional production.  

Works in progress and proposals for devised work are also welcome.  No particular theme is sought, but a glance at our website (hartbeatensemble.org) and mission might help to understand the kind of work we do.  

Submissions can be emailed to hannah.simms@hartbeatensemble.org.  

The application deadline has been extended to March 5th for #StageOpps subscribers. Don’t forget to email specialoppscode@gmail.com to get the special code for this month’s Special Opportunity!

Project Submissions 

Athena Project

Athena Project is proud to announce the call for submissions for its Plays In Progress Series (PIPS). This Series is an opportunity for new plays to be developed in one of three models: concert or table readings and our workshops. Rehearsals and presentation will take place in Denver at a location to be determined over the course of approximately March-April 2020. Three to six new plays will be selected based on a blind submission process and given a dramaturg, director, cast and basic design elements during presentations. Scripts are accepted from March 1 – April 15, 2019.

  • When/Where: 2020 in Denver, CO

  • Deadline: April 15, 2019

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility:  Only women* playwrights may submit and they may submit only ONE full-length script. Full-length is defined by at least 60 pages in standard playscript format.

  • Previously un-produced plays only. Scripts with prior workshops, readings or academic productions are accepted, but the script should be revised for the playwright to get the most from this opportunity.

  • Submission must include:

    • a. BLIND script in PDF format – PAGE ONE of PDF script MUST have TITLE, CHARACTER BREAKDOWN & SYNOPSIS of script, 200 word limit (This file will contain NO playwright contact info**)

    • b. Cover letter addressing: 1) what the playwright would like to accomplish working with a director, dramaturg and cast and 2) how she heard about the call for submissions

    • c. Resume

  • Categories: New Plays

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: LiteraryManager@AthenaProjectArts.org

  • Submission Information

Playwrights Voiced New Play Festival

Relative Theatrics is a nonprofit theatre company in Laramie, WY with a mission to present thought provoking theatre that examines the joining qualities of the human race. Taking artistic risk, we provide a community gathering place where thoughts can be exchanged about society, culture, and the power of creativity.

Founded by Laramie native Anne Mason, Relative Theatrics has been bringing live theatre to South East Wyoming since the summer of 2013. After gaining academic and professional experience nationwide, Mason returned to Wyoming with a goal to bring a fresh theatrical experience to the Laramie community. Relative Theatrics makes its home in the historic Gryphon Theatre of the Laramie Plains Civic Center. Bringing the audience onto the stage, we strive to create an intimate black-box setting that puts the audience into the world of the play. With the hope that all good storytelling causes a reaction in the audience, each Relative Theatrics performance is followed by a chat-back session with the cast and director, giving the community an opportunity to start a dialogue about their experiences and reactions to the play. We believe that theatre is a forum with the power to illuminate the binding qualities of humanity and reinforce the ideals that as a society we have values that pose as common ground and emotions that relate us to one another.

  • When/Where: 2019 in NYC

  • Deadline: March 3, 2019

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility:  We are looking for full-length plays with an estimated run time from 80 to 120 minutes, a small cast, and a single or flexible set that speaks to the mission of Relative Theatrics.

    Selected plays will receive a staged reading with qualified actors to assist in the development process and a $50 honorarium. Additionally, plays will be paired with a Wyoming singer-songwriter to write and perform original music inspired by the play.

    The playwright must be able to attend the festival in May.

  • Categories: New Plays

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: relativetheatrics@gmail.com

  • Submission Information

The James Stevenson Prize for Comedic Short Plays

In his cartoons for The New Yorker, James Stevenson told stories about the human comedy with energy and economy. This year, Playing on Air will once again award three major prizes for short comedies that perpetuate Mr. Stevenson's spirit and wit, bringing the finest new American plays to a national audience - for free.  The Prize’s sponsor is James Stevenson's wife, Josie Merck.  

  • When/Where: 2019 in NYC

  • Deadline: March 31, 2019

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility:  One submission will be accepted per entrant. Additional entries will disqualify the writer.

    - Submissions will be accepted from February 28, 2019 to May 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.  We strongly encourage playwrights to submit their work early, as no exceptions will be made.

    - Entrants must be at least 21 years of age by May 31, 2019.  By entering, playwright consents to Playing on Air’s recording and distribution of winning play.

    - Past winners may not submit in the two years after their win.

    - Due to number of entries, Playing on Air cannot provide feedback on any individual script.  

  • Categories: New Comedies

  • Address: Playing on Air, Inc.

    210 W. 101st Street PH-9

    New York, NY 10025

  • Contact: info@playingonair.org

  • Submission Information


The festival is produced jointly by Cary Playwrights’ Forum and OdysseyStage.  Each group will cast and produce five of the ten winners. All ten plays will be presented at each performance, with the production moving from The ArtsCenter to The Cary Theatre for its second weekend.  Last year’s festival had over 1200 attendees.

  • When/Where: The festival runs July 11-14, 2019 at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro and July 18-20 2019 at The Cary Theatre in Cary.

  • Deadline: March 15, 2019

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility:  NC 10 x 10 accepts entries only from playwrights currently living in North Carolina. Students attending a NC college full-time, and military personnel stationed in NC qualify.

  • The competition is limited to unpublished plays that have not been produced in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham and surrounding areas).

  • Scripts must be typewritten using standard play format with a Courier or Courier New 12-point font in Word or PDF with cast and set requirements.  Example here.

  • Scripts must have simple tech and staging requirements and run no longer than 10 minutes.  We will NOT accept plays with longer run times. Please time your plays prior to submission.

  • Musicals with little or no accompaniment will be considered.

  • Playwrights may submit up to two scripts, sending each submission in a separate email.

  • Categories: New Plays

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: submissions@caryplaywrightsforum.org

  • Submission Information

Red Bull Short Play Festival

We are looking for work with a classical inspiration. Red Bull Theater’s Short New Play Festival returns on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York City. Six brand new short plays will be selected from an open submission process and presented in staged readings alongside two new short plays by commissioned writers KIA CORTHRON(Breath Boom, Light Raise the Roof) and WILL POWER (The Seven, Fetch Clay Make Man).

  • When/Where: July 15, 2019 in New York, NY

  • Deadline: March 18, 2019

  • Application Fee: $15

  • Eligibility: makes use of heightened language and/or is in conversation with a classical theme, style or story.

  • is no more than 10 minutes in length. is self-contained with a beginning, middle and end, and is an original, unpublished, and never previously produced new work.

  • Categories: New Plays

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: craig@redbulltheater.com

  • Submission Information

2019 Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition

Risk theatre is a model of tragedy developed by critic Edwin Wong. In risk theatre, gambling acts lead to unexpected low-probability, high-consequence outcomes. Chance and uncertainty reign supreme. Risk theatre aligns tragedy with modern conceptions of chance by dramatizing the impact of the highly improbable.

  • When/Where: 2019, TBD

  • Deadline: March 29, 2019

  • Application Fee: $45

  • Eligibility: The Risk Theatre Modern Tragedy Competition (henceforth ‘the Competition’) is open to one-act and multi-act plays, 90 – 120 minutes in length (not including intermission). Generally, a properly formatted play of this length will be 80 to 110 pages long. If your script is significantly outside these parameters, it is probably ineligible.

    -Playwrights may submit more than one script, but each script must be accompanied by a separate entry fee and entry form.

    -Entries must be received by the Competition no later than midnight, March 29, 2019 Pacific Standard Time (PST).

    -The Competition is open to writers of any nationality BUT all entries must be written in English.

    -The script must be original. Adaptations of other works will not be accepted with two exceptions: 1) adaptation of works that are in the public domain will be accepted; for instance, a contemporary adaptation of a classic Greek tragedy; 2) adaptation of works to which the author holds sole copyright will be accepted; for instance, a short story written by the author at an earlier time.

    -Scripts that have been simultaneously entered in other playwriting competitions are eligible.

    -Scripts that have won other playwriting competitions are NOT eligible.

    -Scripts that have gone through a workshop or been given public reading ARE eligible.

    -Scripts that have been professionally produced at the time of submission are NOT eligible. Any public performance for which production members have been paid beyond a token honorarium will be considered a professional production.

    -Scripts which have been commissioned are NOT eligible.

    -Employees (or immediate family thereof) of Langham Court Theatre or of the Competition are NOT eligible.

  • Categories: Tragedy

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: tragedycompetition@gmail.com

  • Submission Information


Script Submissions

Cunningham Commission Opportunity

The Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre was established at The Theatre School to honor the memory of the Rev. Donald Cunningham, a Chicago priest, playwright, and lover of theatre. The Cunningham Commission was established by an endowment gift from the Cunningham family and is presented annually. The purpose of the commission is to encourage the writing of dramatic works for young audiences that affirm the centrality of religion, broadly defined, and the human quest for meaning, truth, and community. The Theatre School intends to produce the plays created through this commission in its award-winning Chicago Playworks for Families and Young Audiences series. Each year, Chicago Playworks produces three productions that are attended by over 30,000 young people and their families.

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: The Theatre School at DePaul University is pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre. Playwrights from the Chicagoland area and alumni of The Theatre School are eligible to apply, and the winner will be announced in June.

  • Categories: New Works

  • Contact: CunninghamCommission@depaul.edu

  • Submission Information

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre is looking for new plays that explore the contemporary world with style, wit, and passion. We consider new plays for both its Main Series and Studio X. In general, we respond to plays with well-crafted dialogue and command of dramatic action. Our spaces are intimate—excellent for creating powerful encounters between actors and audiences, but not well-suited to multiple realistic sets. Please take a look at our current and past programming to get a fuller sense of the range of our producing interests.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: We accept submissions from established literary agents or through direct solicitation from our artistic leadership, and program both produced and unproduced plays. We have found that we can best serve writers whose work is a good match for our institution by maintaining relationships with new work development programs, fringe festivals, and educational institutions in the US and abroad rather than accept unsolicited manuscripts.

  • Categories: New Plays

  • Contact: ahansel@studiotheatre.org

  • Submission Information

Panglossian Productions

What are you working on?  What are you excited about?  What would you like to discuss and develop with a creative team?  Bring it on. Panglossian is seeking new full-length plays for our new global/local developmental reading series, Plays in Progress. We work with writers across the globe to develop work locally here in Williamsburg. Selected playwrights will discuss their goals for the script with our staff, attend one or two discussion/rehearsals, and participate in a public reading, which will be streamed online. Writers who are not local may participate virtually over Skype.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: Playwrights at different stages in their careers who share our sense of daring and passion, and a desire to develop their work in a collaborative, supportive setting. Plays that show muscular language and strong theatricality and that say something universal in a unique way. While we are open to any genre, we would love to receive more comedic full-lengths and smart plays for young audiences.

  • Categories: New Plays

  • Contact: literary@panglossian.org

  • Submission Information


Keegan Theatre's Boiler Room Series - Search for New Plays & Musicals

Keegan Theatre, a professional, non-equity theatre in Washington, DC, is accepting submissions for development during its 2017-2018 Season AND possible inclusion as a full, world premiere production in a future mainstage season. Six pieces will be selected for inclusion in a festival sampling of new works in development at Keegan Theatre. Five pieces will be selected for a workshop process that culminates with a public staged reading. 

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: All submissions must be full length plays or musicals aligned with the theatre's mission of taking audiences to the vital heart of theatre: extraordinary artists in an intimate setting exploring the human condition. Submitted work should not have had any significant development or a full production at another theatre. We're looking for truly NEW works here.

  • Categories: Full length plays and musicals

  • Contact: jsticklin@keegantheatre.com

  • Submission Information


Urban Stages Emerging Playwright Award

Our $500 Emerging Playwright Award (coupled with press coverage) is given to playwrights who show excellence and dedication throughout this process – from development to the stage. Out of hundreds of submissions a year, we select 15-20 plays for readings. From these, we select 1-3 plays annually to go on to our workshopping phase. Our workshops are meant to prepare a play for our Off-Broadway stage. From our workshops, we select 1-2 plays for full productions, complete with a playwright’s contract and compensation (separate from the award).                                      

  • Deadline: Submissions are ongoing.

  • Application Fee: None

  • Eligibility: Plays may have been developed or produced elsewhere, but never produced in New York City. Plays from overseas and throughout the US are accepted and considered, but special attention will be given to playwrights who live in or near New York.

  • Categories: Full Length Plays

  • Contact: (212) 421-1380

  • Submission Information



Boy In The Window

  • Casting "Boy in the Window," a play. Synopsis: Andre, a young, gay African American man from the Bronx, is angry with God for allowing a tragic event in his childhood to take place. Andre goes to San Francisco, CA on a mission to live his life free of judgement and answer questions about his life. Later, he realizes that all his answers lie where he left them, back home in the Bronx in his childhood bedroom.

  • Auditions: March 2019

  • Production Dates: Rehearsals begin in June; performs Aug. 15, 17, and 18 in NYC.

  • Pay: TBD

  • Audition Information


Caroline or Change

  • Casting "Caroline or Change." Synopsis: Set in one of the most turbulent decades in America’s history, the Tony-nominated "Caroline, or Change" tells the riveting story of a remarkable but uneasy friendship between a young Jewish boy and his family’s Black maid in 1963 Louisiana. The virtuosic score by Jeanine Tesori ("Fun Home"), which blends blues, gospel and traditional Jewish melodies, creates a breathtaking tapestry for Tony Kushner’s "Angels in America" provocative and deeply moving libretto, which tells the story of a country on the brink of change.

  • Auditions: March 2019

  • Production Dates: Rehearsals begin Mar. 28 (weekday evenings & weekend daytimes); tech runs Apr. 26-May 1; runs May 2-25 (Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m.) in Astoria, NY.

  • Pay: Pays $350 total project stipend. Equity Showcase-NY, pending

  • Audition Information


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Shop Manager

RGB Lights (www.rgblights.com) is one of the Midwest’s most innovative lighting houses with an emphasis on LED lighting for the entertainment, event, and architectural markets. RGB Lights also manufactures our own proprietary LED video product, known as FlexiFlex. We are seeking a Shop Manager to lead our warehouse operations team.

  • Position Type: Full Time

  • Eligibility: The Shop Manager’s role is to be a leader on the logistical/operations side of the company (make sh*t happen). This position relies heavily upon a high level of self-motivation and attention to detail, and a constant drive to improve the facility and the process. The Shop Manager is responsible for oversight of shop staff, inventory management, order fulfillment, shipping and receiving, warehousing of equipment, and problem resolution.

  • Application Information

HERE Arts Center General Manager

General Manager will report to the Producing Director and will act as the operating hub of the organization, overseeing financial tracking, analysis and reporting; contracts and negotiations; production for both HERE-produced and HERE-presented work; human resources administration; café management; and facility and IT operations. General Manager will work closely with all departments to ensure smooth and successful procedures are developed and implemented throughout the organization. The successful candidate will oversee a Company Manager/General Management Assistant, as well as various interns throughout the year.

  • Position Type: Full-Time

  • Eligibility: Advanced financial skills, including bookkeeping and budgeting

    * Advanced experience with Quickbooks and Excel

    - A passion for creating new works and for working directly with artists

    - Understanding of the theatrical production process

    - Strong knowledge of union contracting and industry best-practices

    - Strong knowledge of New York and Federal Labor Laws

    - Experience with OvationTix

    - Advanced (Mac) computer knowledge, including basic networking understanding

  • Application Information

Technical Director

A key position at Ensemble Theatre Company, the Technical Director (TD) manages all the Scenic elements related to company productions and events. The TD position should be held by an individual who has extensive understanding of theater drafting, mechanical and electrical engineering, welding and great organizational skills. The TD also acts as Shop Foreman for the scenic shop facility and supervises training and scheduling of all over-hires for all fabrication and installation requirements. The TD requests bids and purchases materials in consultation with the Production Manager, creates construction drawings in consultation with the Scenic Designer, Production Manager, and Director. The TD optimizes scenic department workflow, ensures facilities and equipment are in excellent operating order, and guarantees that material resources are available on a timely basis. The TD works closely with the Scenic Designer and other creatives to make certain that designs are realized in a timely and cost-effective basis. Flexibility and positivity are key.

  • Position Type: Full Time

  • Eligibility: Coordinates with Production Management to assure that each production is installed on time and within budget. • Collaborates closely with Production Manager, Master Electrician, Scenic Artist, Props Master for safe, cost-efficient and timely construction, load-in, and strike of each production. • Monitors other department heads to ensure scheduling of stage time, needs concerning construction, and modifications needed to help any other department. • Coordinates maintenance of scene shop and some theatre facility as required. • Ensures that all shop personnel are trained in the proper use and maintenance of all power tools and mechanics necessary for daily use in the shop. • Oversees the Inventory and maintenance of all stock scenery, soft goods, and saved scenic units. • Ensures inventory of construction materials, hardware, and expendables needed for each production as well as yearly upkeep for the scene shop. • Respond in a timely manner to all e-mails and phone calls requiring technical assistance. • Basic understanding of Lighting, Sound and Projection requirements. • Engineer and develop any mechanical and/or automated scenic elements for ETC stage productions or outside builds as required.

  • Application Information

Props Artisan

Shakespeare and Company, located in Western Massachusetts, is looking for a Props Artisan to join our props shop staff. Our season features 8 shows on four different stages. Shakespeare and Company’s season features 8 shows on four different stages. 

  • Position Type: Contract

  • Eligibility: Ideal applicants will have knowledge of shop tools, paints, sewing, crafts and preferably some carpentry experience. All candidates should be able to lift up to 50 lbs, be comfortable working at heights, and ideally have a valid driver’s license.

  • Application Information


Wardrobe Supervisor

Seeking wardrobe supervisor for Off-Broadway production of a new play called "Imperfect Love" at the Connelly Theater. 2-act show with one intermission. Cast of five actors. Costume designer is Gianni Quaranta.



Funding Opportunities 

Creative Writing Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in prose.


SubletSeries@HERE Program

This creative curated rental program has allowed many upstart companies and emerging artists to realize their full artistic vision on a small budget. The program provides subsidized performance and rehearsal space, technical assistance, and administrative support, including a fully staffed box office. SubletSeries@HERE artists can also access equipment that is not typically available in venues our size such as video projectors, wireless microphones, color scrollers—all for free or at subsidized rates. We accept applications from artists all over the world for the opportunity to show work.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: Independent Artists and Groups

  • Address: HERE 145 Sixth Ave. New York, NY 10013

  • Contact: 212.647.0202

  • Application Information

Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation does most of their funding in the arts, culture, and humanities to organizations in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, and Ventura. The Annenberg Foundation's arts and humanities grants are available to agencies that serve the greater Los Angeles region, typically with budgets over $5 million.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • Eligibility: Arts, culture, and humanities in greater Los Angeles region

  • Address: 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1000S
    Los Angeles, CA 9006

  • Contact: info@annenberg.org

  • Application Information



Art Omi

Art Omi hosts international visual artists, writers, musicians, architects and dancers on 300 acres in the Hudson Valley region of New York, amidst a 10-acre contemporary sculpture park, The Fields Sculpture Park.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • When: Varies

  • Eligibility: Artist Status: Mid-career Artists

  • Application type: Open application

  • Collaboration: May apply as a team

  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists

  • Application deadline: October 31

  • Application Ongoing: No

  • Additional deadline info:

  • Applications are accepted online August 15 - October 31, 2018 for the 2019 Art Omi: Artists residency, and September 20 - October 25, 2018 for the 2019 Art Omi: Architecture residency. Please visit our website for more information.

  • Address: 1405 County Route 22

    Ghent, New York 12075

    United States

  • Contact: info@artomi.org

  • Application Information


ARTErra is a private structure of incentive for artistic creation which aims to facilitate encounters between different artists and aesthetic disciplines. ARTERRA is strongly committed to offering the residents a cheerful and productive stay. Because of that, partnerships have been established with several partners such as the Municipality of Tondela and Lobão da Beira and many others crafters, schools and artists.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Free

  • When: 1 week- 6 months

  • Eligibility: Curriculum Vitae; and Bio, Portfolio, videos, photos , music; Description of the project to be undertaken at ARTERRA, including the project’s objectives, needs and expectations of residence ,work methodologies, and all the details necessary to understand the proposal

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: arterra.geral@gmail.com

  • Application Information


Artcroft Center for Arts and Humanities

Residencies of an average of 2-8 weeks for visual artists, writers, actors, and performance artists. Residency provides housing, studio, and meals; artist responsible residency fee ($40/day), deposit (10% of residency fee), travel, materials, and local transportation.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: $25

  • When: 2-8 weeks

  • Eligibility: Residencies are available to established and emerging visual and literary artists 18 years of age and older without regard for race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.

  • Address: Artcroft Center for Arts and Humanities, 2075 Johnson Rd., Carlisle, KY 40311

  • Contact: artcroft@msn.com

  • Application Information

Other Resources 

NOTE: For more resources, visit our pages of Resources - Funding, Submissions, and more.

NYFA SOURCE - The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains the most comprehensive national directory of awards, services and publications for artists in the NYFA Source section of their website.









Submission Opportunities for Women in Film & Video

(previously known as Film/Video Funding Newsletter)


##Opportunities for selected populations.

**Opportunities for women only.

For full #ScreenOpps Listings please scroll

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Film Festivals
Other Resources   





Founded in 2000 in the famed artists colony of Woodstock, NY, the Woodstock Film Festival presents high quality films, panels, concerts and special events. More than 80 percent of the filmmakers participate, joining prominent industry members who attend from all over the world.

The Woodstock Film Festival is a haven for networking with high-caliber industry members, filmmakers, musicians, and artists. In addition to screenings, panels, talks and workshops, Festival Filmmakers can hang out at the hospitality lounge for breakfast and lunch and enjoy casual conversations with industry reps, members of the press and other participating emerging & established filmmakers. While the festival offers outstanding general programming without any themes, some specialty programs are always featured, including LGBTQ Focus, Spotlight on Women in Film, Focus on Music, and more.

Honoring the young and the old, endorsing community, advocating inspiration and lauding humanitarian gestures — all sentiments that sum up Woodstock and its ‘Fiercely Independent' film festival quite well.” (Hollywood Reporter)

The 20th Anniversary of the Woodstock Film Festival will take place October 2-6, 2019 and is now open for film submissions. Our early bird / discounted submission deadline is March 7th, with the regular deadline at May 9, and the final deadline on June 6th.


There is a discount of 25% for #ScreenOpps subscribers! Don't forget to email specialoppscode@gmail.com to get the special code for this month's Special Opportunity!


 Film Festivals

Red Rock Film Festival

To encourage the production of media in both the independent and professional market that portray the human race in a positive light, and to applaud original works that redefine media through innovation, creativity and sensitivity that both enlightens and educates audiences from around the world.

  • When/Where: November 6-9, 2019, Festival City, UT

  • Deadline: May 13, 2019 (Early), June 13, 2019 (Regular), July 13 (Late), September 13, 2019 (Extended)

  • Submission Fee: $31-$70

  • Eligibility: All films in Competition must be completed AFTER August 1, 2018.

  • All films that are accepted should submit the exhibition copy by October 15, 2019.

  • A Work in Progress or a completed scene may be submitted for consideration with the application and submission fee.

  • All films in the Red Grid category must be completed after January 1, 2018.

  • All films in the Red Catalog category must be completed after January 1, 2018.

  • Categories: Features and Shorts

  • Contact: freeway@redrockfilmfestival.com

  • Submission Information

Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival

Toronto is the base for independent filmmaking in Canada and is listed as one of the most important cities on the planet for breakthrough artists. From filmmakers to screenwriters the city boasts a thriving opportunity platform for people making content from anywhere in the world.

Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival

Amsterdam is one of the worlds oldest cities. It is the most majestic and certainly one of the more intriguing destinations over anywhere in mainland Europe. Our screenings take place in the artistic powerhouse which is LAB 111 - a great center for indie film and the perfect state of the art cinema for your work.

  • When/Where: October 7-12, 2019, Amsterdam, NL

  • Deadline: August 5, 2019

  • Submission Fee: $12-$120

  • Eligibility: The Lift-Off Film Founders will watch your work and provide detailed analysis of where it works, where it doesn't and what needs to be done both to your work and to your skill-set - with the aim of improvement to the required levels of sustaining a professional life within film. This is a vigorous and systematic report - highlighting all of the key areas from Originality / Creativity, Direction, Writing, Cinematography, Performances, Production Value, Pacing, Structure, Sound and Music. This includes the submission fee. Feedback is exclusive to those who pay for it, and fee waivers are not applicable. This includes fee waivers exclusive to Community Gold members; you must pay for feedback in order to receive it.

  • Categories: New Films

  • Address: N/A

  • Contact: amsterdam@lift-off-festival.com

  • Submission Information

Les Femmes Underground Film Festival

The International Les Femmes Underground is a film festival centred on the subversive, unique, and innovative. LEFUFF, showcases artists from all walks of life creating work which redefines the manner in which women are represented in mainstream cinema. Making its debut in 2016, Les Femmes Underground is premiering in Los Angeles as the first ever traveling women’s underground film festival. Les Femmes Underground was created as a response to the decline of feminist icons and role models in the media. As feminists, we believe it is our responsibility to empower new generations of young women to generate work which breaks away from society’s gendered roles. Les Femmes Underground seeks to premier first time under-represented emerging feminist film-makers and artists.

  • When/Where: September 1, 2019, Los Angeles, CA

  • Deadline: February 15, 2019 (Earlybird); May 15, 2019 (Regular); June 15, 2019 (Late); August 3, 2019 (Extended)

  • Submission Fee: $20-$50

  • Eligibility: Films must be produced, directed, edited or written by a woman. Films by men are accepted but they must be about women's social, economical, geographical, political or health issues. LEFUFF reserves the right to determine whether a film qualifies for this exception. All non-English language films must have English subtitles or dubbed in English. First and second time directors encouraged. Productions must be independently produced, with the maker retaining complete editorial control and copyright. Productions must have been completed after January 1, 2011, and must not have been publicly screened in Los Angeles. Selected works can be screened from 16mm or Quicktime file.

  • Categories: Narrative Short, Narrative Feature, Documentary, Animation, Virtual Reality, Experimental Animation, Experimental Short, Experimental Feature, Music Video, Webseries, Student 1 min films, Trailers, Screenplay/Screenwriting, TV Pilot Scripts

  • Contact: lefemmeunderground@gmail.com

  • Submission Information


Women Who Write In Film

We are Women Who Write in Film and our goal is to be the world’s foremost screenwriting competition for women. We want to support female writers and producers of all shapes and sizes, but we don’t just want to support female writers. We want to be a springboard for your success. We want to forge a festival that will discover and recognize the best emerging female talent and the most original female voices from around the world. We will go to the ends of the Earth to find the best new female talent and then do whatever it takes to put the top new female screenwriters firmly on the entertainment industry’s radar by designating them as finalists and winners in the Women Who Write in Film Screenwriting Competition.

  • When/Where: May 31, 2019, Hollywood, CA

  • Deadline: August 23, 2018 (Regular), September 20, 2018 (Extended Regular), November 15 ,2018 (Extended Standard), December 13, 2018 (Late), January 17, 2019 (Extended Late), Febraury 14, 2019 (Extended Late)

  • Submission Fee: $45-$65

  • Eligibility: We only accept submissions electronically. There is no limit to the length of the scripts you submit and they can be in script or treatment form. There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit. Scripts must be written in English and can be in any film or television genre. Entrants are prohibited from contacting the judges during the competition. Entry fees are non refundable and contest is void where prohibited by law. Employees and family members of the film festival are not eligible. Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter the contest.

  • Categories: Films by Women

  • Contact: wwwinfilm@gmail.com

  • Submission Information




We Are Who We Are– Short Film

Seeking actors between the ages of 13-15 for roles in "We Are Who We Are," a new HBO series with episodes written and directed by Luca Guadagnino ("Call Me By Your Name"). Nonunion talent is welcome to apply.

  • Audition: March 2019

  • Shoot Dates/Location: Production begins May 20 in Italy.

  • Union: Union and Non-Union

  • Pay: Industry standard rates.

  • Audition Information


Family Keeper- Short Film

Casting 'Family Keeper' about a middle-aged woman who slowly becomes infatuated with a family frequenting her place of work, driving her to intervene in their daily lives.

  • Audition: March 2019

  • Shoot Dates/Location: Shooting March 8-12th in Syracuse, NY

  • Union: Union and Non-Union

  • Pay: Day rate provided. All travel, food and lodging provided.

  • Audition Information


For more OnScreen opportunities, visit Backstage.com; ActorsAccess.com; or Playbill.com. 



Video Editor

The New Yorker is a multi-platform media enterprise, spanning print, digital, audio, video, and live events. With more than a million subscribers to the weekly magazine and nearly fourteen million readers every month on newyorker.com, The New Yorker delivers unparalleled reporting and commentary on politics, foreign affairs, business, technology, popular culture, and the arts, along with humor, fiction, poetry, and, of course, cartoons. Reaching beyond print, the web, digital edition, and apps, you can find The New Yorker’s writers, editors, and artists on the radio on “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” on TV via Amazon’s “The New Yorker Presents,” and at marquee events like the New Yorker Festival. The creativity and influence that have characterized The New Yorker since its founding, in 1925, are today amplified far beyond its pages.

  • Position Type: Full-Time

  • Eligibility: At least 5 years of video production experience.

    A strong portfolio featuring visually-driven narrative stories.

    Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects

    Ability to work independently and jump in when a team effort is needed

    Mastery of video editing software and production equipment: we use Sony cameras and the Adobe Creative Suite

    Knowledge of the history and style of The New Yorker magazine

  • Application Information


Sesame Studios YouTube Channel

An All-New YouTube Destination for Kids, From the Makers of Sesame Street! Sesame Studios features the same educational goodness as Sesame Street, but completely different. We are looking for fresh creative talent to dazzle and delight preschoolers. 

  • Position Type: Flexible

  • Eligibility: Must be 18 years or older and be submitting original content

  • Application Information


Digital Editor

Spectrum Networks is looking for enthusiastic, talented and driven individuals to join the best and brightest in gathering, producing and delivering stories that make a difference within a 24-hour breaking news environment! Our commitment is to engage viewers with relevant, timely news that's important to the local communities we serve.

  • Position Type: Full-time

  • Eligibility: Bachelor’s degree in communications, broadcasting, radio/tv/film, or equivalent work experience is preferred

  • 6+ years of Technical background in non-linear editing and Premiere Pro

  • Application Information



18th Street Arts Center

18th Street Arts Center values art making as an essential component of a vibrant, just, and healthy society. Its mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.” Founded in 1988, 18th Street Arts Center has fostered and supported the work of many of Los Angeles’ most engaging artists, and has built bridges to artist communities around the globe.

  • Deadline: Ongoing

  • Application Fee: Yes

  • When: Ongoing

  • Eligibility: The Visiting Artist Residency Program accepts applications from working, professional artists who demonstrate a deep commitment to their practices. The program is open to artists of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines. Applicants are required to cover studio rental costs themselves. Although we primarily support visual artists, 18th Street Arts Center will consider applications from performing artists, writers, and filmmakers as well.

  • Address: 1639 18th Street Santa Monica CA 90404

  • Contact: (310) 453-3711

  • Application Information



Other Resources 

NOTE: For more resources, visit our pages of Resources - Funding, Submissions, and more.

NYFA SOURCE - The New York Foundation for the Arts maintains the most comprehensive national directory of awards, services and publications for artists in the NYFA Source section of their website.

backHer- Women specific grants for all fields


WITHOUTABOX - Film/Video artists can check Withoutabox at: