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Strange Beauty Film Festival Call for Audio entires – deadline is MONDAY, Dec 10

Quick! You have until Monday to send your stuff. -Mia

Enter Strange Beauty's Aural Fixation 

Calling all Audio Types!!! here's a chance to have your brilliant work heard by a live audience.

please consider submitting work to Aural Fixation–a curated listening block–part of the Strange Beauty Film Festival. The deadline was extended to December 10th — get your awesome piece in now!

For the past 2 years, Aural Fixation, curated by Jennifer Deer, has been a big Saturday night hit at Strange Beauty, the coolest lil' film fest in Durham, NC. 

Producers featured in Aural Fixation have included John Biewen, Alix Blair, Jesse Dukes, David Goren, Karen Michel, Katie Mingle, Shea Shackelford, David Schulman, David Schultz, Nick Van der Kolk ….

See the website for more info and to submit. Guidelines below. 


Aural Fixation, an audio-only portion of the Strange Beauty Film Festival, accepts audio work of any shape or form with a running time of 30 minutes or less. Pieces in the 90 second to 5 minute range are encouraged. The only requirement is that the work be strangely beautiful and/or beautifully strange. We are looking for stuff that strikes a chord, has an emotional impact, makes us think. If you feel your piece fits the bill, it probably does. We can't wait to hear it. 

Previous broadcast history is of no concern. Audio work/sound art of any type/content is welcome, such as narrated, verite, soundscapes, raw tape, excerpts, scenes, sound or audio "moments," found tape, experimental, audio theater, and creative radio work (to name a few). Music may also be a good fit for Aural Fixation if it relies very heavily on recorded sound over musical instruments.

A completed electronic entry form and an entry fee of $5.00 must accompany each work submitted. You may submit a URL for auditioning your audio piece, or email us an mp3 file. Please name the file with at least your last name. If your piece is selected for the festival we will contact you for further information and at that point we can arrange for a .wav file to be sent, it you so desire.

$5.00 per entry. Entry fees must be in U.S. funds only. 


There are no official awards, though we'll have baubles of some kind for all producers/audiomakers who come to the fest.

IDA Awards 2012 – Submit Your Doc!

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IDA Documentary Awards 2012


Regular Deadline this Friday! June 22, 2012

IDA is proud to announce submissions are open for the 28th annual IDA Awards. The IDA Documentary Awards is the foremost event dedicated to the art of documentary film. All winners will be honored at the IDA Documentary Awards Gala in Los Angeles, December 7, 2012. Click here to see last year’s winners.

Entry is open to any documentary, nonfiction or factual program completed between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 that qualifies for one of the five main award categories. Projects submitted to prior IDA Awards shows are not eligible. Please contact with any questions.

Multiple projects may be submitted, however each submission must be made separately. Submission fees paid online via are discounted $5.00.

Regular Deadline: June 22, 2012
Late Deadline: July 6, 2012

The 28th annual IDA Awards rules & requirements are available on Withoutabox or here.

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IDA Documentary Award Main Categories

IDA recognizes achievement in five main categories, including:

Student filmmakers are strongly encouraged to enter the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award category if they were enrolled students at the time the project was finished.

Special Recognition Awards

IDA Special Recognition Awards highlight exemplary and unique attributes of some entries in the main five categories. These Awards include:

Join IDA to receive significant member discounts on your entry fees! Individual membership levels start at $55 ($45 for students). Click here for more information on IDA membership.

Submission deadlines and fees:
Entries must be complete in by 11:59pm July 6, 2012.







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Good Pitch seeks film projects for three 2012 events

A very cool workshop for you doc film folks. Ideal for "projects looking for completion funding, outreach funding, campaigning networks or a combination of these."


Good Pitch is an invitation-only event starting with an intensive two-day campaign development workshop, followed by the day-long live event. This process covers a four-day period.


We have three flagship events planned for 2012, taking place in New York, San Francisco and Europe.

Good Pitch New York: May 24th 2012

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 1st February, 4pm UK time

Good Pitch Europe: June 2012

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 1st February, 4pm UK time

Good Pitch San Francisco: October 2012

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 9th May, 4pm UK time


If you’re a filmmaker and you’d like to present your documentary project at one of the three flagship Good Pitches, carry on reading for guidance on what we are looking for, what we offer and what we expect in return.


  • We’re looking for documentary film projects which tackle important global and national issues and enhance our understanding of the world.
  • We look for projects at any stage from early production to completion; rough cut stage is ideal. The call is open to projects looking for completion funding, outreach funding, campaigning networks or a combination of these.
  • Your finished film must be 60+ minutes in length.
  • You must submit a trailer or key sequence or trailer by 4pm UK time on the closing date of each call to be eligible for Good Pitch 2012. You can upload your material after you’ve submitted your written application, as long as it is before the closing date & time.
  • You must also record and upload a 2-minute video of yourself, telling us why you want to make this film and what want it to achieve.
  • You can only apply for Good Pitch if you have outreach or audience engagement plans for your film. Your outreach campaign can take any form, with any ultimate goal.
  • In order to finalise our selection, we enlist some external reviewers who have experience in the field of using films for social impact. You will need to confirm you are happy for your project to be viewed by external parties.


We have redesigned our application so that you can apply for multiple events with just one form. Neat!

You should decide which city is appropriate for your project. Where are your potential partners based and where do you hope to undertake your outreach? Travel and accommodation is the responsibility of filmmakers, so you should also consider where you can afford to get yourself to.

Please only apply for a city which is a realistic fit for your project and budget.


If you are selected, then we will work for you and your film for a 3 month period, completely gratis. In this time we will collaborate with you to identify the best partners, funders and advocates for your project from across society. Once identified, we will work like trojans to get them to the live event.

In return we need both members of your pitch team to attend the two-day campaign development workshop and Pitch day – this takes place over a four-day period and is at your own expense.

If your project is selected to pitch and you are still in production, we ask you acknowledge our work by including ‘with thanks to the Good Pitch’ in the closing credits of the completed film.

“Reel Aging Real Change” Documentary Media Residency, deadline Jan 6

Interesting opportunity from Working Films – films at any stage of production are welcome to apply. Deadline Jan 6. Details below and here:



Working Films, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, announces Reel Aging: Real Change, an initiative that will tie compelling documentary films and transmedia projects that explore aging to ongoing policy work and grassroots campaigns supporting older populations globally. This new initiative will bring together media makers and advocates of elder rights for a residency and collaborative campaign that will offer audiences a unique way to reflect on how the aging process affects multiple generations all at once, as we head towards a future we all face – growing older.

We are seeking applications from media makers for participation in Reel Aging: Real Change. All nonfiction projects that explore the aging experience are eligible to apply, and applicants may be at any stage of production or distribution, from new and completed projects to works-in-progress.

Reel Aging: Real Change will begin with a four-day residency for the accepted media makers held from March 23 – 26, 2012 near Washington, DC. On Tuesday, March 27, the media makers will present their projects to regional, national and global NGOs, funders, government agencies, activists, and policy makers – all leaders in the field of aging who have a track record of supporting elder rights, respect and health. The goal: to embed the film and media projects into on-the-ground efforts by the advocates in the room. Hosted in Washington, DC in collaboration with the Center for Social Media at American University, this day-long strategic convening will launch a collaborative campaign between the participating media makers and the NGOs and foundations.

The central idea behind Reel Aging: Real Change is that organizers and advocates need numerous media tools to enliven their efforts for progressive change: poignant first-person feature-length narratives, concise shorts highlighting human struggles and triumphs, and "buzz" on multiple platforms – including social media networks. Authentic change and real transformation of the status quo requires many types of stories that can catalyze action by audiences, constituents and those entrusted with decision-making.

Reel Aging will transform competition into collaboration between eight to ten teams of selected social issue documentary and media makers. At the residency they will sharpen their strategies for audience and community engagement and brainstorm about a collaborative campaign featuring the full group of participating projects. Participants will identify target audiences and develop tactics to reach them through non-traditional outreach and distribution, including interactive technologies and social media.

On day five the residents will start to develop collaborative relationships with funders, government agencies, and advocacy organizations. Each project team will leave the retreat with a series of next-steps and commitments with the convened allies. Each organization and foundation will leave the convening with new films and media they can embed into their short and long-term strategies to support concrete change.

After the residency, Working Films will aggregate and capture the collective energy of the participating media makers and the NGO’s to design an integrated, multi-tier campaign that will:  

•    Strengthen the voice of older adults and more actively involve them in advocating on their own and others behalf,
•    Extend and protect the rights of older adults to health and economic security through policy change, and

•    Sustain the capacity of organizations focused on aging issues to respond to future challenges.

Application Deadline:  January 6, 2012

Getty Images Announces Grant Guidelines for Editorial Photography and Nonprofit Work, Deadline May 1

Hey folks. Funding opportunity below for photogs and filmmakers.


Call for Proposals – Getty Images Announces Grant Guidelines for Editorial Photography and Nonprofit Work – Deadline: May 1

For more information or to apply, follow this link:

Getty Images has announced the guidelines for its 2011 Grants for Editorial Photography and Grants for Good programs.

The Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography program is designed to provide professional photographers with the creative freedom to create compelling social, political, and cultural stories. Both individual photographers and those who work as teams may apply for the program, which will award five grants of $20,000 each to as well as additional resources such as project execution guidance from Getty Images photo editors and support from the Getty Images communications team. Applications will be accepted online beginning April 1, 2011, with a deadline of May 1, 2011. (Please note: The May 1 deadline is for professional photographers only; Getty Images will announce guidelines for student photographers later in the year.)

The Getty Images Grants for Good program is designed to support photographers/filmmakers and communications professionals who use imagery to promote positive change in the world. The program will award two grants of $15,000 each to cover photographer, filmmaker, and agency costs as they create compelling new imagery for the nonprofit of their choice. Teams or groups of photographers or filmmakers may apply for the grants in 2011.

For more information or to apply, follow this link:

NYU’s Open Video Conference seeks proposals

Something for you video folks. NOTE: deadline for proposals is June 7th. Sorry for the short notice! I forward them as I get them.


I’m writing on behalf of the Open Video Alliance, in preparation for our Open Video Conference in New York City, October 1-2. OVC is a high-profile gathering of thought leaders in business, academia, technology, and non-profits to explore the future of the online video medium. CFP: Open Video Conference proposals deadline: June 7th

Apologies for any duplication, but the deadline is soon…

This year’s OVC is particularly important, given new technology developments.

If you are interested in the critical debates around online video, participatory culture, and the mass media generally, you may be interested in participating. Details from last year’s event are available at<wbr>open-video-conference/<wbr>speakers09/.

If you have an idea for a panel, workshop, or any other programming, please take the time to suggest it at:


We will offer travel funding to a number of participants. The deadline to propose a session is June 7th.

Please feel free to pass the message along to friends and colleagues who are interested in online video and the open web.

Best wishes,

Ben MoskowitzGeneral coordinator, Open Video Alliance <<wbr>>  <http://openvideoalliance.<wbr>org/>

Contact: (714) 420-6471

Kids’ Science Challenge needs video logger

Hey all. Kids’ Science Challenge is looking for a video logger – budget and amount of work is negotiable.

Check out and email me with a quick note about your rate and qualifications if you’re interested/available. I will put you in touch with the right person.


PS: If you don’t know what a video logger is, this job is probably not for you.

Video Preservation Workshop at BAVC, June 7

Valuable workshop on file digitization offered at Bay Area Video Coalition on June 7. BAVC is a great organization and the workshop price is pretty reasonable for this important info. Details below.


Independent Media Arts Preservation (IMAP)
Presents a Workshop on Digital Preservation for Video
Monday, June 7, 2010
10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
at Bay Area Video Coaltion (BAVC) in San Francisco, CA
If content on analog videotape is to survive for the long term, the tapes must be digitized–moved from the unstable magnetic media on which the content is currently held, into the digital realm where–in theory–they can be preserved indefinitely and migrated forward as files rather than physical objects. 
Digitization, however, means more than simply selecting a destination file format.  It requires a series of decisions that will determine the long-term viability of files created–and thus of the valuable video content. Workshop topics include: basic digital file creation, preservation and access file formats and codecs, software, storage and trusted digital repositories, workflows for digitization, and technical and preservation metadata. In addition, participants will examine case studies of small and large-scale digitization projects in order to understand real-world applications of principles introduced in the workshop.
Presenter:  Linda Tadic consults and lectures in areas of digital asset management, audiovisual and digital preservation, and metadata.  She is Executive Director of the Audiovisual Archive Network (, and an adjunct professor in New York University’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation graduate degree program, teaching two core courses: Collection Management, and Access to Moving Image Collections.  Ms. Tadic’s over 25 years experience working with and managing audiovisual, digital, and broadcasting collections includes the positions of Manager of the Digital Library at Home Box Office (HBO), and Director of the Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia. She is the past Director of Operations for ARTstor.
Workshop location: 
Bay Area Video Coalition                                               
2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor      
San Francisco CA 94110
Phone: 415.861.3282                                                                       
Workshop fee and registration:
$100 IMAP and BAVC members
$150 non-members
$50 artists and students
Pre-payment is required with registration.  Space is limited. 
IMAP programs are supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and from individual contributions.

preview screening of “The Carbon Hunters”, 5/11, 6pm, UC Berkeley Jschool

Looks interesting. Check it out.

+++++++++++++++++++++ Having trouble viewing this email? Click here [image: Special Carbon Watch Screening] [image: Please join us for a special screening] Please join us for a special preview screening of “The Carbon Hunters”, a joint project of PBS FRONTLINE/World and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

DATE: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 TIME: 6:00 pm – Reception, Courtyard 7:00 – 8:00 pm – Screening and Q&A, Room 105

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

North Gate Hall, Hearst at Euclid Berkeley, CA 94720

In “The Carbon Hunters”, reporter Mark Schapiro and producer Andres Cediel follow the trail of an emerging multi-billion dollar market in carbon, and investigate how the economics of global warming are affecting forests and those who live in them.

The story will broadcast on local PBS station KQED at 10 pm (check local listings), but join us for this advance screening, meet the journalists, producers and editors behind the work, and help us toast the success of our partnership at the reception. Web producers will also highlight the multimedia features of our Carbon Watch portal.

Please R.S.V.P. to

We look forward to seeing you there!

~ FRONTLINE/World & The Center for Investigative Reporting


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