The WIF Production Program

2019 Production Program Submissions are now OPEN!

See immediately below for additional info and to apply
(submissions close Wednesday, December 12, 2019 @ 11:59pm PST)

The Women In Film Production Program is a multi-faceted program with opportunities for emerging women on the creative side and in below-the-line positions. Formerly the Women In Film PSA Program, the Production Program is open to all WIF Members who are ACTIVE CAREER LEVEL and above, and seeks to catalyze careers through production training and support.

This submission is open to Writers, Directors, and Producers. Teams are encouraged to submit together, but individuals may apply solo as well. Key Teams will be fully assembled once entered into the Program. All members of the Key Team (Writer, Director, Producer, and Line Producer) must be Women In Film Members once the Program begins, but only one of these team members must be a Women In Film member at time of submission. If chosen for the program, these members will be teamed up with Mentors who will walk them through the process of developing & producing their material with the financial and physical production support of Women In Film.

The productions will be crewed by industry professionals and supported by emerging Women In Film members in below-the-line disciplines.

Projects accepted for consideration are:
– Narrative short films (15 minutes or less)
– Narrative web series pilots
– PSAs
– Narrative proofs of concept.

Eligibility & Requirements:
– Projects must not have entered the pre-production phase at the time of acceptance into the program. All dates, locations, etc will be determined within the Program
– With exception to Writers/Directors, Key Team Members can only serve in one of the 4 positions
– Projects must be shot within Los Angeles County (certain exceptions may apply)
– Budgets for projects will be up to $20,000 including cash and in-kind services
– Due to limited budgets, we do not recommend submitting projects with pyrotechnics, stunt driving, or other specialty production elements
– If you are resubmitting a project which you submitted to the 2018 cycle, we strongly recommend including and detailing revisions in your submission
– Key Team members (Writer, Director, Producer, Line Producer) may not receive compensation for roles performed while participating in the program

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Program Specifics

The Women In Film Production Program is a multi-faceted program with opportunities for emerging women on the creative side and in below-the-line positions. Formerly the Women In Film PSA Program, the Production Program is open to all WIF Members who are career level and above and seeks to catalyze careers through production training and support.

The core of the Program is open to Writers, Directors, and Producers to submit their short form projects. If chosen for the program, these members will be teamed up with Mentors who will walk them through the process of developing & producing their material with the financial and physical production support of Women In Film. Projects accepted for consideration are micro short films, web series pilots, PSAs, and proof of concepts. All members of the Key Team (Writer, Director, Producer, and Line Producer) must be Women In Film Members once entered into the program, but only one of these team members must be a Women In Film member at time of submission. The productions will be crewed by industry professionals and supported by emerging Women In Film members in below-the-line disciplines.

 

2019 Spring Session Dates

Applications open: October 24, 2018
Application close: December 12, 2018
Participants notified: January 2019 (date forthcoming)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I qualify?
So long as someone on your Key Creative Team (Writer, Director, Producer) is a current Member of WIF, and you have one of the project types we list in the guidelines, you would qualify. The only thing to consider for full shorts is that the budget would be between $10,000 and $20,000, some of which would be in-kind. So you would need to feel confident you could make the short for that amount. Please note that, if accepted, all Key Team Members must become/upgrade to a WIF Career level Membership.

How many projects will you accept?
For 2018 we will be accepting 2 projects into the Lab. In 2019 and on we will most likely accept 4 projects each year.

When will the productions shoot?
For Spring 2019: In or around April of 2019

What is the process?
Once a project is accepted the Key Team who submitted will fill the remaining Key Team roles with WIF Members or industry collegues they wish to work with. Please remember that anyone who joins the Key Team (Writer, Director, Producer, Line Producer) must be/become a Women In Film Career Level Member. We will then team the 4 Key Team Members up with their individual Mentors who will support and guide them through the process of Pre-Production, Production, and Post Production. With Women In Film’s support, sponsors, and base- the Key Team will hire Department Heads & Crew, hold Casting Calls for all roles, secure Locations and Permits, and lock in Equipment. The Key Teams will hold 5 Production Meetings, with their Mentors in attendance, throughout late August, September & early October. We anticipate Project 1 shooting around October 13 & Project 2 shooting around October 27. The Teams would then move into Post Production through late October, November, and early December with the support of their Mentors and the pro bono services of our Post Production house partners.

What type of financial support will be given/what is the budget?
The budget would be between $10,000 and $20,000 (depending on the budget), some of which would be in-kind.

What type of Production Support
For Production support, we bring in a Mentoring team to support the Key Team through the process of putting the film together from Pre-Production through Post. We also bring in industry professionals and emerging WIF members to fill in as Department Heads and Crew Members for the shoots. We have sponsorships for much of the equipment (both production & post houses) through industry partners, but the Producer would be responsible for booking all equipment 7 sourcing additional needs within the budget.

Can I submit a short Doc
At this time, no. The Production Program is only open to Narrative projects.

What if my writer is a male?
As our mission is to advocate for and advance the careers of women working in the screen industries, the Women In Film Production Program is geared toward female Key Team Members (Writer, Director, Producer, Line Producer). But we welcome all applicants who are active Career Level Members and above.

Do all Key Team Member have to be CAREER level or above?
Yes, once accepted into the program. To apply, only one of these Members must be an ACTIVE WIF CAREER MEMBER or above.

What time do submissions close?
Submissions will close at 11:59pm PST on the posted final day.

Can I apply with more than one project?
Absolutely! Please note that you will need to do a separate application (completed in full) for each project.

If Submitting a Proof of Concept, do I upload the full script or the proof of concept script?
As you would be entering the program with the proof of concept, we would need that script uploaded. But please do discuss the full feature and your plan for the proof of concept in your Artist Statement.

 

For additional questions not covered on this page, please contact Program Coordinator Melissa Verdugo at mverdugo@wif.org.

 

 

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Support

The Production Program is additionally funded by the Department Cultural Affairs- City of Los Angeles.

 

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