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Creator Resources


AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program

AT&T Hello Lab is a collection of original entertainment created by, for, and with a new generation. The AT&T Hello Lab mentorship program is an initiative that brings together entertainment industry leaders with aspiring filmmakers from diverse backgrounds as they create their signature work.

AT&T Hello Sunshine Filmmaker Lab

AT&T and Hello Sunshine collaborate with Dreaming Tree Foundation (Fresh Films LLC) to create an unforgettable opportunity for the next generation of female storytellers to attend a summer filmmaker lab in Los Angeles. The custom program will host 20 girls for an eight-day immersive program where they will work with industry experts to create content for the Hello Sunshine VOD channel.

AT&T DevLab 360/VR Introductory Workshops

"Intro to Creating 360 VR Videos + Hands-on Filming" is a free 3-hour workshop that uses lecture, live filming demonstrations, and hands-on filming to cover: Why 360? What equipment do you need? How does producing video in 360 differ from traditional video? What are the steps and challenges of planning and filming a 360 movie? How is post production different from standard video? How do you distribute a 360 video?

DC Talent Development Workshop for Artists & Writers

If you have ideas for characters as iconic as Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman, stories that will inspire generations of readers for years to come, and the chops to work for the longest-running publisher of comics, then you want to apply for the DC Talent Development Workshop. There are two programs available - Artists Workshop, an innovative program designed to train elite artists in sequential visual narrative, and Writers Workshop, for professional writers aspiring to become DC’s next generation of storytellers.

Film Independent Filmmaker Labs

All Filmmaker Labs are offered at no cost to participants (beyond an application fee and requisite purchase of Film Independent Membership) and are open to all filmmakers, regardless of educational background or previous accomplishment. Currently available labs include: Directing Lab, Screenwriting Lab, Producing Lab, Documentary Lab, and Episodic Lab, ranging in length from five to eight weeks.

Fresh Films

Fresh Films is a national platform for teen filmmaking, putting teens behind the camera for films, TV shows and documentaries. Programs include an annual summer filmmaking program for teens at Augustana College and other cities, and 1-3 day workshops in editing and film and interactive assemblies at schools.


re:imagine/ATL connects youth with resources and mentorship to amplify their voices in media. Youth have the opportunity to explore film, music, podcasting and more through in-school and mobile programming.

Sundance Institute Support for Independent Storytellers

The Sundance Institute offers workshops, residential Labs, Grants, ticketed events, mentorships and ongoing support to advance the development and production of independent work.

Tribeca All Access®

Tribeca All Access is TFI’s flagship program for fiction and documentary storytellers. The fund provides year-round support to directors, writers, and producers who come from underserved in the U.S. film industry.

WB Emerging Film Directors’ Workshop

The WB Emerging Film Directors Workshop provides an opportunity for emerging filmmakers to gain an education and experience in the studio filmmaking process. Over the course of the program, each participant will have the resources and funding to direct their own original short film. The entire production process will be structured to mimic the feature production process, so that participants have the opportunity to craft their stories utilizing every aspect of studio filmmaking, from pitch to post.

WB Television Directors’ Workshop

The Warner Bros. Television Directors’ Workshop is an initiative that introduces up-and-coming directors to prime time television. With the backdrop of active Warner Bros. Television sets as the learning environment, and top television directors, cinematographers and showrunners as the instructors, those selected to the program will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop that is unparalleled in the industry. Directors will be taken through the full process of episodic directing, from what is expected during prep, to working collaboratively with actors and key crew during production, through post-production.

WB Writers’ Workshop

The Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop selects up to eight participants out of more than 2,500 submissions and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television’s top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros.-produced television show. The Workshop consists of three components, all geared towards preparing the writer for a successful career in television writing. The 2018-2019 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop runs October 2018 – April 2019. The current application period closed on May 31, 2018.

WB Story Lab

WB Story Lab, a program developed in partnership with Young Storytellers and the Los Angeles Unified School District, provides a comic-book inspired curriculum for sixth grade middle school students that reinforces the core values of storytelling – confidence, empathy and creativity. The program teaches middle school students how to create their own superhero narratives.

WB Access to Action

Access to Action provides Production Assistant (PA) jobs to young adults who have not had traditional pathways into the entertainment industry. Participants receive firsthand experience working as part of a crew, complete with coaching and skills training to help them thrive and feel at home on set.

WB First Cut

In partnership with Ghetto Film School and the Los Angeles Unified School District, First Cut uses a teach-the-teacher model to provide high school students the opportunity to learn high-quality filmmaking skills in the classroom. High school teachers are trained in the art of filmmaking and how to incorporate filmmaking into traditional lesson plans and assignments. In addition, the program provides students with exposure to filmmaking with expanded opportunities as they pursue their schooling and careers in storytelling.

Young Storytellers

Young Storytellers offers a variety of programs designed to engage the creativity of students at several points in their education experience. Programs include:

  • Script to Stage program, where students write their own short script then see it performed live by professional actors
  • Day of Story workshops, a one-day workshop where mentors help students to create their own story outline and descriptive poster.
  • Story Lab, a semester-long writing and storytelling program for sixth graders that uses superheroes to support self-exploration.
  • College Chapters, offers students in higher education an opportunity to develop and implement Young Storytellers across local public schools in California.


Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Each year, the competition awards up to five $35,000 fellowships to amateur screenwriters.

FACIUNI Scholarships

In support of filmmaker students from across the region, comes the 6th edition of FACIUNI Scholarships. Created by DIRECTV Latin America, SKY Brasil, CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and Sundance TV, the contest promotes the works of young filmmakers from Latin America and supports their academic education. Students from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela will be able to submit their short films through the faciuni.com website. Entries are open now through Dec. 14. A specialized jury will select a winner from each country who will receive a scholarship to invest in audiovisual equipment or projects. Among the selected students from each country will be the ones to win the grand prize: a full scholarship to attend the Warner Brothers summer program at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, a worldwide-recognized film school.

Film Independent Artist Development Programs

In addition to Labs, Film Independent’s Artist Development program provides a wide range of initiatives that help support filmmakers advance their projects forward. Current initiatives include:

  • Fast Track: a yearly film financing market with top industry execs, financiers, and distributors
  • Fiscal Sponsorship: opens the door to nonprofit funding for indie filmmakers and media artists
  • Global Media Makers: a mentoring initiative connecting visual storytellers with leading U.S. entertainment professionals
  • Grants & Awards: helps filmmakers to advance their current projects and recognize professional accomplishments in independent film
  • Project Involve: Film Independent’s diversity program.

HBOAccess® Directing Fellowship

The HBOAccess® Directing Fellowship invites emerging television directors to demonstrate their talent, skills andmdash;most importantlymdash;growth potential. Every other year, three directors are selected to shoot pilots created during the HBOAccess Writing Fellowship.

HBOAccess® Writing Fellowship

The HBOAccess® Writing Fellowship provides mentorship for up to 8 diverse, emerging storytellers. Following a one-week intensive of master classes, participants are immersed in 8 months of mentoring by HBO creative executives, as each participant develops a script suitable for HBO® or Cinemax®.

Magic Leap Independent Creator Program

The Magic Leap Independent Creator Program is a development fund to help creators bring their vision to live. Magic Leap is offering grants between $20,000 and $500,000 per project along with developer and marketing support, plus the hardware you’ll need to launch your idea. Apply by 12/15/2018.

The Film Fund

The Film Fund serves as an alternative to film industry funding platforms. Independent filmmakers should submit a single sentence that presents their compelling premise and also conveys why they need funding to achieve their vision. The Film Fund will provide up to $10,000 to support short film production.

ScreenCraft Film Fund

Every six months, up to two filmmakers will be awarded a production grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. The program includes creative development from the ScreenCraft team and production guidance from BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8 Productions.


ABFF® Turner TV Writing Contest

American Black Film Festival Turner TV Writing Contest designed to shine a spotlight on diverse writers who are invited to submit an original pilot script in comedy or drama categories. Together, Turner and ABFF will select five comedy finalists and five drama finalists, and one winner in each category will receive a trip for themselves and a guest to the 2019 American Black Film Festival in Miami from June 12-16, 2019, where they will receive an award before the festival audience which will include a cash prize, and the opportunity to meet with Turner Original Programming executives.

AT&T Presents: Untold Stories

AT&T will provide funding of up to $1 million for 1 talented filmmaker to create his, her or their film, and Tribeca will provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. AT&T will distribute the winning film across its video platforms, including DIRECTV NOW. This new film initiative is a multi-year, multi-tier alliance between AT&T and Tribeca along with Tribeca Film Institute.

HBO Short Film Competition – American Black Film Festival

As a founding sponsor of the American Black Film Festival, HBO supports independent filmmakers by awarding a $10,000 cash prize during the “Best of the ABFF” Awards Presentation. Finalists also have the opportunity to have their entries licensed by HBO for exhibition on the HBO service, HBO Go, and HBO Now.

HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition

HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries is a short film competition sponsored by HBO that provides emerging directors of Asian and/or Pacific Islander descent the opportunity to showcase their work. The competition seeks to identify cinematic storytellers who offer unique perspectives of the Asian Pacific American experience.

HollyShorts Screenplay Contest

The 5th annual HollyShorts Screenplay Contest is part of the 15th annual HollyShorts Film Festival (August 8-17th, 2019). Top 3 screenplays will be announced/awarded at the HollyShorts Awards Ceremony and the winning scripts receives production deals courtesy of Seattle Film Summit $10,000 production grant to film the short in Seattle. The completed shorts will screen at the 2020 HollyShorts Film Festival at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

Online Video Contests

Online Video Contests aggregates video contests for filmmakers, directors, animators, and amateur video enthusiasts.


Connect with thousands of organizations seeking creative work, grant applicants, and more via Submittable’s free marketplace.



2019 Event Calendar TBD

The AT&T Create-a-thon is a competition that challenges content creators and filmmakers to produce a short film during a weekend. We’re looking for creative thinkers and doers from emerging talent to industry veterans to join us at this special filmmaking event. Interested? You can join the competition by submitting your film or video idea for a chance to be part of the challenge and be eligible to win cash prizes.

Sundance Film Festival

January 24-February 3, 2019
Park City, UT

Every winter in Utah, the Sundance Film Festival becomes the ultimate gathering of original storytellers and audiences seeking new voices and fresh perspectives. Our annual program includes dramatic and documentary features and short films; series and episodic content; and New Frontier, showcasing emerging media in the form of multimedia installations, performances, and films.


January 22-24, 2019
Miami, FL

NATPE is a global content association and professional membership organization dedicated to shaping the future of content through global marketplaces and conferences, screenings, awards, and networking events; all specially curated for the content industry.

Digital Entertainment World

February 4-5, 2019
Marina Del Rey, CA

Digital Entertainment World is the must attend B2B event and marketplace for global media and technology executives to evaluate the digital media landscape. This two-day event brings together leading industry executives from video, music, games and publishing—the entire digital content ecosystem. DEW is the place where content creators and owners, enabling technology providers, digital distributors and device manufacturers connect and create the infrastructure and technology partnerships necessary to monetize digital content.


March 8-16, 2019
Austin, TX

Running simultaneously with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music, film festival attendees have the opportunity to connect with tech and music industry experts, making the SXSW Film Festival an unparalleled experience at the forefront of discovery, creativity, and innovation.

NAB Show

April 6-11, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. It takes place in April, and has been held since 1991 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show's tagline is "Where Content Comes to Life".

Tribeca Film Festival

April 24-May 5, 2019
New York, NY

The Tribeca Film Festival is a prominent film festival held in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, showcasing a diverse selection of independent films.

Digital Hollywood Spring

May 21-23, 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Digital Hollywood debuted in 1994 and has from its start been among the leading trade conferences in its field with over 15,000 top executives in the film, television, music, home video, cable, telecommunications and computer industries attending the various events each year.

FUTURE NOW Media & Entertainment Conference

May 30-31, 2019
New York, NY

The industry’s most influential leaders, senior executives and professionals will share insights about the broadcast, cable and digital media businesses along with the latest trends and emerging technologies. Through keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and breakout sessions, media professionals will share about how to succeed in the industry and the range of possible job opportunities.

VidCon 2019

July 10-13, 2019
Anaheim, CA

VidCon is a multi-genre online video conference held annually in Southern California since 2010.

VidSummit 2019

October 2019
Los Angeles, CA

Founded in 2014 by Derral Eves, VidSummit has quickly grown to become the one of the largest annual video marketing events. The conference provides attendees an opportunity to meet with content creators, without the distraction of fans, to learn the strategies for growing an online video brand that produces millions in revenues.

MIPCOM – The World’s Entertainment Content Market

October 14-17, 2019
Cannes, France

MIPCOM brings together the world’s top TV and digital content executives for four days of meetings, screenings and conferences. Discover and screen the latest blockbuster programming and find new partners at the year’s largest global market for entertainment content across all platforms.

Next TV Summit

November 1, 2018
New York, NY

Mapping the future of the business of TV and video is the focus of this legacy event of NYC TV Week. This conference will provide you with insights into the impact of new video devices, technologies, viewing experiences, business models and consumer expectations as we move into the OTT and On Demand era.

AFI FEST – American Film Institute

November 2019
Hollywood, CA

AFI FEST is the American Film Institute’s annual celebration of international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. AFI FEST remains the first and only festival of its stature that is free to the public, offering the best of current cinema in Hollywood.

American Film Market

November 6-13, 2019
Santa Monica, CA

The AFM is the world’s largest motion picture business event. Over 7,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, conferences, networking and parties.


Filmmakers Alliance

Filmmakers Alliance is a collective of filmmakers dedicated to the advancement of true independent film through community support.


The mission of InkTip.com is to help producers to more easily find good scripts, save time for the agent and manager in locating the right people for their clients’ scripts, and to greatly increase exposure for screenwriters.


The ISA is dubbed as “the only website you’ll ever need to launch or elevate your screenwriting career!” Resources available include articles, podcasts, find mentors, guides & resources, a community forum and event and contest listings.

No Film School

No Film School is a worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives, where filmmakers learn from each other – "no film school" required.


ProductionHUB is a global network of film, video, TV, live event and post-production professionals. Find and hire anything you need, whether it’s a cameraman for one day, a video editor for one month, or a full-time producer.

Stage 32

Stage 32 is a social network and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives. Stage 32 links over 500,000 professionals in the entertainment industry including directors, writers, actors and entertainment staff.