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MFA VIRTUAL EVENTS
JUNE 17: Virtual Postproduction Bootcamp
The MFA’s 2020 Postproduction Bootcamp, originally a daylong in-person workshop, has been re-envisioned as a multi-day virtual workshop and independent editing project using Davinci Resolve, guided by experienced film editors. Join us for this FREE online workshop, led by on June 17!
MAINE FILM NEWS
Antidote Collaborative Film Project
Last month we put out the call for submissions to ANTIDOTE, a collaborative film project that welcomed short film submissions of any genre, portraying some aspect of the pandemic, from Maine filmmakers. We received nearly 20 submissions so far, and have released our first edition of the project, featuring 15 shorts for your viewing pleasure. Check out the compilation here!
Complete the COVID-19 Impact Survey!
The MFA Board of Directors is working to advocate for the Maine filmmaking community, and have already collected information from many of you. The more people we hear from, the more compelling our data and advocacy will be. Please take just 7 minutes to share your experience and the impact the pandemic is having on your livelihood as a Maine filmmaker. Complete the survey today: CLICK HERE. Thank you in advance!
MIFF: The Show Goes On!
The Maine International Film Festival has found a creative solution to abide by social distancing guidelines while continuing its screenings from July 7-16 in a brand new venue: the Skowhegan Drive-In Theatre. Check out the festival’s lineup of films next month, and get your tickets or passes today!
Storm Warriors International Storytelling School
Storm Warriors International has developed a suite of online self-guided courses to learn how to become a storyteller for social good, taking you through the stages of pre-, production, and post-production filmmaking. You can check out this FREE online course at stormwarriors.org.
If students of the course view the majority of the content and then submit a documentary idea/proposal, they are automatically in the running to win a $5,000 filmmaking-kit grand prize. Details about the contest are embedded in the course materials– check it out today!
STREAM FROM HOME: FILMS FOR THESE TIMES
Looking for additional context for today’s social climate? There are a ton of great films that tell the stories of the 400+ years of racial inequality, violence, and systemic racism in our country. While we’re all consuming our media from home, consider streaming:
- The Criterion Channel has made available 16 films by Black filmmakers available for free. Check out their offerings here.
- 1 ANGRY BLACK MAN has been getting accolades from critics for the film’s timeliness to today’s social climate. You can stream it tonight at soulidifly.com
- Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary 13TH is still available on Netflix. Learn about the American history of slavery through mass incarceration of Black people by watching this thought-provoking film.
- DO THE RIGHT THING, the 1989 film by the incomparable Spike Lee, is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video.
- The 2017 documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember this House,” is available on Amazon Prime Video.
- Warner Bros. has made JUST MERCY available to stream for free on all online platforms. The film, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, focuses on the true case of Walter McMillian, an African-American man wrongfully convicted for the murder of a white woman in 1980s Alabama. Learn more about the film and where you can stream it here.
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DEADLINES & FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES!
- June 29: Camden International Film Festival Extended Deadline
- July 1: Sanford Independent Film Festival Late Deadline
- The International Documentary Association has a robust Grants Directory–get searching!
- Catapult Film Fund for documentary filmmakers
- The Ford Foundation’s JustFilms for artist-driven film and new media storytelling projects that explore aspects of inequality, as well as the organizations and networks that support these projects.
- Sundance Documentary Fund… for documentary film.
- Check out the NewEnglandFilm.com Classifieds page for job postings!
- Keep an eye on PBS’ POV For Filmmakers Calendar for many more deadlines, opportunities, and festival submission reminders!
New and Returning MFA Members
Thank you to our members who have joined or renewed their membership since our May e-News:
Eric Bailey, Kalle Bailey, Adam Belanger, Mary Fox, John Fireman, Charlie Habberstock, Elmer Howard, Robin Jordan, James Merkel, Pete Paraskevas, and Denise Shannon.
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