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Emma Devlin
Mon 4 Aug 2014Link

Hi all – Just wanted to pass along this 4K Film competition information to any filmmakers who might be interested. Full details about the competition can be found on Sharp's website I've attached the official call for entries doc as well. Good luck!


Sharp Electronics, THX, and Red Digital Cinema invite you to submit a video for the 2nd Annual Art of Amazing Film Competition. Starting on July 21, Sharp will be accepting short video submissions online and by mail with a maximum length of 10 minutes that are shot in stunning 4K resolution.

Sharp, a leading producer of premium televisions that advance the high resolution viewing experience is supporting filmmakers who are expanding the limits of high resolution, by inviting them to submit short 4K films that capture full potential of a high resolution entertainment experience. Vibrant colors, hidden details, captivating compositions that showcase beauty and emotion in unique perspectives. Submissions can be abstract, narrative, technical, or genre bending. Entries need to take advantage of the full canvas of pixels that Ultra HD resolution offers.

To the Victor Goes the Spoils

Now in its second year the Sharp Art of Amazing 4K Film Competition includes more finalists, more judges, more winners, and more prizes. Joining Sharp, THX and RED on the panel of judges in 2014 will be Lucasfilm, The California Film Institute, Movi, and Adobe.

All Finalists will receive:
1. Screening during the Sharp Art of Amazing 4K Film Showcase at the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival in Mill Valley, CA.
2. Filmmaker Passes to the 2014 Mill Valley Film Festival, including access to industry lounges, private screenings, brunches, parties, and a private reception
3. A private THX tour of the world-renowned Skywalker Ranch – birthplace of Star Wars and THX.

· Three prize packages worth over $65,000 will be up for grabs

For full contest details and complete list of prizes please see our official call for entries attached or

If you have any questions about the program please feel free to contact us at

Good luck!
Sharp's Art of Amazing Talent Team

Edited Mon 4 Aug 2014 by Emma Devlin

Amy Benson
Mon 4 Aug 2014Link

A Documentary retreat just outside of Seattle that is super fun & affordable with great food and drink!!!

For those of you living in the Pacific Northwest or really want to come visit, registration for DocForest 2014 is now open!

Held at the Kitsap Forest Theater, DocForest is our annual weekend retreat of "high-tech talk in a low tech setting". There will be an amazing keynote speaker, informal workshops, works in progress screenings, camaraderie, bonfires, and great food – and we mean GREAT food.

This year's theme is non-fiction digital storytelling and we are thrilled to announce that Adnaan Wasey, the Executive Producer of POV Digital, will be the keynote speaker. In his work at POV Adnaan is immersed in the myriad of ways in which non-fiction filmmakers are innovating storytelling, and he is coming all the way across the country to share his insights with us. Adnaan is passionate about helping traditional doc makers understand the tools, skills and resources required to move into creating nonfiction stories on different platforms, and he's excited about connecting with filmmakers in our region.

The retreat will begin with Happy Hour on Friday, September 12th and ends on Sunday, September 14th at 1pm. All meals will be provided by the talented Chef Ryan Sturm. Bring a sleeping bag and stay at the bunkhouse, pitch a tent, or find a place to stay nearby at Silverdale or Bremerton (we can offer suggestions). While rustic, there are showers and bathrooms unless you are keen to try out the WWII pit toilets.

This is a not-to-miss opportunity to network, share your projects and recharge your creative juju, so register at Brown Paper Tickets today. Early bird ticket prices end August 16th.

See you at DocForest 2014!

Garret Savage
Wed 6 Aug 2014Link

We're excited to announce the Open Call for the fifth annual Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship today.

Next year marks five years since editor Karen Schmeer ("The Fog of War," "Sergio," "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" and so much more) was killed by a hit-and-run driver. We started the Fellowship in her memory and with the hope of continuing her generous spirit. The four emerging editors who've won the award so far have gone on to do wonderful work. We hope that our meet ups, partnerships and panel discussions have enriched the documentary film editing community.

We're looking for talented emerging documentary film editors who have cut at least one feature doc (60 minutes or longer) but no more than three. Deadline is Sept. 30, 2014.

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Megumi Nishikura
Thu 7 Aug 2014Link

Hello Media Makers!

Are you in the midst of making a film or media project that you feel could use some thoughtful feedback from a group of peers? We are a group of diverse filmmakers based in NYC who are seeking to create a weekly gathering for those who are serious about workshopping their projects within a politically-aware and supportive environment.

Our inaugural season starts September 29th and we will meet every Monday until December 8th for a total of 10 weeks. We will be meeting at the Women Make Movies office in Chelsea from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Our goal is to provide and receive feedback designed to make our media projects more fundable, more watchable, more entertaining, more educational, and ready to meet their audience. We are dedicated to making and collaborating on works that depict communities with an awareness and acknowledgment of the politics and power dynamics inherent in the relationship between a filmmaker and their subject(s).
There is a membership fee of $60 which covers the rental of the space and administrative costs.

We’ve created an application at to help streamline the process.

Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know who might be interested!

Gayle Kirschenbaum
Thu 7 Aug 2014Link

Dear Fellow Filmmakers,

I am looking to rent a screening room in Los Angeles on the West side for 50-75 people in September. With limited funds looking for the best deal possible. Will gladly promote the venue.

Any ideas or suggestions? I will be projecting BluRay.


Gayle Kirschenbaum
Thu 7 Aug 2014Link

Hi all,
Looking to hire a talented, up and coming, affordable movie poster designer to work with me on that and the postcards.

And also, a web designer/ developer. My site, is in Dreamweaver with a blog in Wordpress so preferably someone who knows Dreamweaver. I am wondering if I should even be leaving Dreamweaver now.

Thank you!

Carly Palmour
Thu 7 Aug 2014Link

Hi everyone,
Our documentary production company is looking for an intern for the fall semester who can get credit through their University. Must live in Los Angeles and have access to a car (mileage is reimbursed). The internship would be a few hours in our Santa Monica office on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as some take-home research assignments. VERY flexible. Please reach out to carly[at]fedupmovie[dot]com if interested.


Rebecca Romani
Fri 8 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Doug Block's post on Thu 17 Jul 2014 :

Doug- yes! I might! Please contact me at

Rebecca Romani
Fri 8 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Beth Levison's post on Wed 16 Jul 2014 :

Beth, I have a filmmaker friend in Cairo who might be on er way back to the STates. DO you still need someone?

Jamal El-Amin
Tue 12 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Gayle Kirschenbaum's post on Thu 7 Aug 2014 :

hey Gayle,

There is a screening room on the westside that I screen a rough cut of my doc in 2010. I have to look up the info and get back to you.

Rebecca Romani
Wed 13 Aug 2014Link

Not sure if this is the right forum: does anyone know the directors of "Calling the Ghosts" about the women of Bosnia? This is for an NEH screening in San Diego. Thanks!

Niam Itani
Wed 13 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Rebecca Romani's post on Wed 13 Aug 2014 :

Here is the LinkedIn Profile link to Mandy Jacobson, one of the directors:

Michal Goldman
Wed 13 Aug 2014Link

Niam I just finished rereading your crowd-funding to Arabs article. It's really useful. (I think this probably isn't the right way to contact you but I'm not a skillful D-worder yet.)

Niam Itani
Wed 13 Aug 2014Link

In reply to Michal Goldman's post on Wed 13 Aug 2014 :

Thanks, Michal. We don't have a messaging system built in to The D-Word yet. But we usually discuss by Topic. The perfect location for this post would be the Crowdfunding topic :)

To contact any D-Word member, you may click on their name above a post. You will get to see their email ID and more info about them -especially our professional members. That information is private and unavailable to search engines like Google -unlike information in this topic which is public and google-able.

I am glad you found the article useful, Michal! Welcome to the D-Word again!

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 13 Aug 2014Link

Rebecca, seems to be distributed by Women Make Movies

James Sheridan
6 days agoLink

Hello all!

The Paley Center for Media has announced a call for entries for its celebrated Art of the Documentary Pitch Workshop, which will be held at the Paley Center in New York on Saturday, November 15, 2014. In this workshop/competition—now in its elevnth year—a panel of documentary executives and producers discuss the process of developing a documentary and will hear and evaluate pitches from five preselected up-and-coming filmmakers who are hoping to sell either a nonfiction concept or a documentary work-in-progress. The winner of the pitch competition in November will receive a $5,000 grant to be used towards the completion of their project.

This call for entries is to be selected as one of the five filmmakers who will participate in the workshop in November.

Complete submission guidelines and entry forms can be found at
or filmmakers can submit electronically through Withoutabox, a free online resource that helps filmmakers connect with film festivals, at .

The deadline for entries:
Earlybird Deadline: August 20, 2014 ($25 regular submission fee / $20 for Withoutabox members submitting through Withoutabox)

Regular Deadline: September 3, 2014 ($30 / $25 for Withoutabox members)

Late Deadline: September 17, 2014 ($35 / $30 for Withoutabox members)

Special Extended Deadline: October 1, 2014 ($45 / $35 for Withoutabox members)

Withoutabox Extended Deadline: October 8, 2014 ($55 / $40 for Withoutabox members)

Past winners include: The Age of Love by Steven Loring, Eleven directed by Laura Paglin and Kahlil Pedizisai, The View from Bellas Luces directed by Christa Boarini; Charge by Mike Plunkett; From Texas to Tehran by Till Schauder; Circo by Aaron Schock; The House that Herman Built by Angad Bhalla; Whatever it Takes by Christopher Wong; and Asparagus! (A Stalk-umentary) by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly


The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. Drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the leaders of the media community, the Paley Center examines the intersections between media and society. The general public can access the collection and participate in programs that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the personalities, and the leaders who are shaping media. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry. For more information, please visit

Rebecca Romani
3 days agoLink

In reply to Niam Itani's post on Wed 13 Aug 2014 :

Thanks Niam and Erica!

Rebecca Romani
3 days agoLink

Is there anyone on D-word who was part of the Eyes on the Prize production? Looking for info on the Selma-Montgomery March. Thanks!

Vivian Kleiman
2 days agoLink

In reply to Rebecca Romani's post on Sat 16 Aug 2014 :

Do you want content information? Or archival footage info? The King of Archival footage is Kenn Rabin (Fulcrum Media), who was responsible for that series and more.

Gregg Schwenk
1 day agoLink


Celebrating its 16th year, the Newport Beach Film Festival is now open for submissions!

Named one of the “Top Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine for five years running, the Newport Beach Film Festival will run from April 23rd to April 30th, 2015.

Enter your film now through Withoutabox or FilmFreeway

For more information, visit

NBFF showcases great Features and Shorts documentaries alike and is seeking to develop another great year. Past documentaries included Opening Night film Broadway Idiot, which had cast and band in attendance and 2014 Oscar-nominated short Facing Fear, which the subjects of the documentary attended the screening for a special Q&A.

Michal Goldman
1 day agoLink

I'm looking for a production assistant who speaks Arabic and is also fluent in social media, for my film on Gamal Abdel Nasser. We're in the greater Boston area. Please get in touch with me here: michal(at)filmmakerscollab(dot)org. THANKS!

Carolyn Matthews
about 23 hours agoLink

2015 Boulder International Film Festival is now open for submissions!

The Boulder International Film Festival (March 5-8, 2015) in Boulder, Colorado is a four-day celebration of cinema that attracts over 25,000 film enthusiasts, media, and industry each year. With exciting networking events, A-list filmmaker and celebrity attendees, countless opportunities for widespread exposure, and some of the best films and filmmakers working today, it's clear why BIFF was named one of Moviemaker Magazine's "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" and "25 Coolest Film Festivals."

Filmmakers enjoy luxurious accommodations, an exclusive Red Carpet VIP Pass, and a travel stipend (for feature length films). BIFF receives 100 million media impressions each year and the Festival PR firm works diligently to shine the spotlight on individual films and filmmakers. Of course, most people come to Colorado in March to ski! Filmmakers can head up to the slopes for some of the best skiing of the year, complements of BIFF. World-class food and drink and fantastic parties every night all add up to one of the most welcoming, filmmaker-friendly festivals on the circuit.

Many of the most admired talents in Hollywood have been honored at the Festival, including award-winning actress Shirley MacLaine at BIFF 2014 (shortly after she was presented with the Kennedy Center Honors), and actors Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, William H. Macy, Blythe Danner, James Franco, and director Oliver Stone, among others.

Submit to BIFF today, you’ll love it here.
Official Deadline: September 5th.

Edited about 22 hours ago by Carolyn Matthews

Mike Paterson
about 10 hours agoLink

I'm trying to help sell some of David Herman's equipment on behalf of his family. All equipment is in good condition. Could arrange to ship smaller items internationally. I'm not sure what a fair price is for a lot of the stuff but we're obviously trying to get the best for Margaretha and the family. There's a lot more miscellaneous kit which I'm not sure what to do with – mics stands, clamps, magic arms, cheap monitors, old computers etc – I haven't catalogued it all yet. If anyone has any UK-based suggestions for what to do with miscellaneous kit please get in touch. The most immediately obvious saleable items are:

Sony PMW-EX3 camera + batteries + SxS cards + Kata case
Ewamarine VEX3 underwater housing for Sony EX3
Lowel lighting kit in case – 2 x Tota lights, 1 x Omni light, 1 x L7 light + stands, accs & case
Sanken CS-1 microphone
Sennheiser G3 radio mic kit – 606-648MHz range
Manfrotto 525MVB tripod with 503 head
Manfrotto 561b monopod with head
Paglight with C6 powerpack

Cheree Dillon
about 9 hours agoLink

It's not a documentary but its a free movie screening!!


You and a Guest are invited to a special screening of


Winner of the Queer Palm at Cannes Film Festival

PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

The cast is led by Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Imelda Staunton (Maleficent), Dominic West (The Hour), Paddy Considine (Submarine), Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Joseph Gilgun (Lockout), George MacKay (How I Live Now) and Ben Schnetzer (Warcraft). Directed by Tony Award®-winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford, the dramatic comedy was produced by David Livingstone with Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan and Natascha Wharton serving as executive producers.

Limited Release on September 19th, 2014

For More Info

DATE: Thursday, August 21st

TIME: 7pm

VENUE: AMC Loews Orpheum, 1538 Third Avenue

RSVP here:

Please Note:

This invitation is non-transferable and has no cash value. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP does not guarantee seating. We overbook to account for cancellations and no-shows so please arrive early. Attending the screening requires yours presence at the Q&A.

Please bring your RSVP confirmation for admittance. If you have RSVP'd and find that you cannot attend, please cancel ASAP so that we can fill your seat with another member.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #nywiftlive | @nywift

NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

lulu Fries'dat
about 2 hours agoLink

Documentary on the history of Buddhism looking for 1 person to do camera and sound for 2 to 3 weeks in India. We have equipment – 5D and 70D plus Tascam audio and mics, but need talented documentary camera/audio person. Our first film “Tibet in Song” won the Special Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance. We can provide air fare, room & board, but not additional salary. Please email resume, references and reel to Ngawang Choephel at Thank you.

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