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We are an international production company based in London. We are constantly script hunting and receiving screenplays from screenwriter competition finalists and agents.


We are looking for self-motivated script readers who could help us make a pre-selection in scripts that will end up on the producer's desk. All you need for this job is a computer with an internet connection. You can work on your free time. Whenever you want to read a script, just let us know. The job is unpaid and experience only, but it is a great opportunity to make friends with a new developing production company.


If interested, please send us your resume, along with a letter describing yourself and why you'd like to be a reader. Only applications with resumes will be considered!

Submission End Date: 02/04/15

Rooftop Films is seeking interns for Summer 2015. Rooftop Films is a non-profit film festival that has been screening films outdoors since 1997. All of our screenings feature new, independently-produced films from around the world, and the shows take place on rooftops and in other scenic locations all over New York. While interning with Rooftop, interns will get first-hand experience with every facet of running a film festival and arts/non-profit management. A great opportunity for film, arts administration and nonprofit management students as well as young filmmakers: learn how a nonprofit film festival works and see hundreds of great movies. Internships are not paid, but can be done for school credit.


Find out your school's internship or fieldwork credit requirements and we will work with you to
accommodate them.


Our offices are on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus, near the R, F and G trains in Brooklyn, so please apply only if you will be able to handle that commute. We welcome graduate students and applicants finishing their 1st year of college (or age equivalent) or older.


FESTIVAL INTERNSHIP (4 positions available)

Help with all aspects of planning and managing a film festival.


Internship tasks include:

+ Organize film screenings (including in office prep and production)

+ Coordinate volunteers

+ Manage the box office and merchandise sales

+ Marketing, research, promotions and community outreach

+ Pre-screen programs of films

+ Contact, correspond and host filmmakers

+ Contact the press and promote the screenings

+ Write press releases, blog posts and social network website updates

+ Organize and maintain film databases

+ Organize tape library

+ Fundraising and development

+ Audio and video tech work

+ General office and festival work

+ Anything else you might be interested in - we want you to see how we work


Candidates should have good experience working with Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) and
experience with Filemaker, HTML, design programs or video editing software is a plus.


Festival Internship candidates would be expected to average at least two days a week in the office and one evening show per week, but generally the more time you can commit, the better.


Applications are due no later than April 24, 2015. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume. Please include "FESTIVAL Internship" in the subject line of your email.  To submit to this internship, find our contact info on our page after you click on "Submit To This Gig."


VIDEO PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP (2 positions available)

Rooftop Films seeks organized, detail-oriented Video Production Interns to assist with the editing of show content and other video-related tasks during the 2015 Rooftop Films Summer Series.


Internship tasks include:

+ Shoot Q+A's, musical performances and interviews at screenings

+ Edit short videos for the web

+ Assist with filmmaker relations, correspondence and print traffic (coordination of film master delivery)

+ Organize media library

+ General office and festival work


The candidate should have:

+ Final Cut Pro editing experience

+ Photoshop experience

+ Comfort in capturing/ripping/converting footage (from DVD, Bluray, mini dv and various HD formats)

+ Interest in and eagerness to learn the technical aspects of video and graphic design

+ Proficiency with Macs and Quicktime video codecs

+ Media management skills/ability to track and organize high volume workflow

+ Knowledge of DVD authoring (DVD Studio Pro / iDVD) is a plus


Video Production Internship candidates will be expected at least two days a week in the office and one show evening per week, but generally the more time you can commit, the better.


Applications are due no later than April 24, 2015. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume. Please include "VIDEO Internship" in the subject line of your email.  To submit to this internship, find our contact info on our page after you click on "Submit To This Gig."


Rooftop Films is an equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages women and people of color to apply.

Submission End Date: 04/25/15

We are a young but successful film production company startup looking for development assistants who would like to get experience in preparing early marketing materials for our projects. These projects mostly consist of researching visuals for one pagers, look books, writing short story descriptions for our projects, and researching filmmakers, cast etc.


Check us out: http://www.yougofar.com

This is an unpaid position but you will have the opportunity to work remotely on many fun and very high-quality projects. Please submit your resume. It's going to be fun! :)

Submission End Date: 05/14/15

Presented by NYWIFT and IRIS, The Writers Lab is funded with the generous support of Meryl Streep. The Lab brings 8 women screenwriters over the age of 40 together with established mentors from the film industry for an intimate gathering and intensive workshop at Wiawaka Center for Women on Lake George, NY from September 18-20, 2015. The Lab is presented in collaboration with the Writers Guild of America, East.


About the Lab:

The only program of its kind, The Writers Lab evolved in recognition of the absence of the female voice in narrative film, along with the dearth of support for script development. The lab offers 8 promising films by women over 40 a springboard to production.

The Lab will take place September 18-20, 2015, at Wiawaka Center for Women, on Lake George. Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of Mind, Personal Velocity), Kirsten Smith (Legally Blonde, Ten Things I Hate About You), Jessica Bendinger (Bring It On, Aquamarine), Mary Jane Skalski (Win Win, The Station Agent), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees, Beyond the Lights), Lydia Dean-Pilcher (The Lunchbox, The Reluctant Fundamentalist), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys) will be serving as mentors, pending scheduling. Mentors advise in one-on-one meetings with additional events to inspire artists to hone their creative vision.



Applicants must be women who were born on or prior to June 1, 1975, and must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. The Lab seeks submissions from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural groups. Submissions must be full-length narrative screenplays in English. (No TV scripts, shorts or documentaries.) We seek a broad selection of screenplays across all genres of fiction. Scripts by more than one writer will be considered, but all writers must be female, and only one writer can attend The Lab.


Full guidelines can be reviewed on the submission page.


Selection Process:

Scripts will be read by experienced professionals in film and screenwriting and evaluated on the following criteria: artistic vision, craft, subject matter, and marketability. Please note: We welcome scripts on all topics and from all fiction genres (drama, comedy, horror, action, thriller, science fiction, animation, musical, etc); scripts can be about any topic and do not specifically need to be about women.


Submission Process:

The following materials are required for your application and must be submitted electronically:

1) A PDF of a feature-length narrative screenplay.
2) Contact information, a brief personal statement, and short synopsis.

Submission End Date: 06/01/15

Looking for a passionate, creative student screenwriter for a feature film project.

Writer must be capable of adapting a 40-60 page book into a screenplay.

Writer should specialize in multiple genres, but specifically Suspense and Comedy.


This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking to build professional screenwriting experience. 


Please only apply if you meet the following requirements: 


  • California residence - preferably Los Angeles County 
  • Available for immediate start
  • Able to pay attention to detail
  • Creative 
  • Excellent knowledge of proper script formatting
  • Proficient in using Final Draft


Please submit one sample of your best screenplay. Do not submit a full script. 


Submission End Date: 06/02/15

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters.


Regular deadline is April 10, 2015. Late and final deadline is May 1, 2015. 

Submission End Date: 06/12/15
There are many different paths writers can follow to get their first foothold in being hired in television. As part of its ongoing commitment to create additional access for writers of diverse backgrounds CBS' Diversity Institute has launched a different kind of writers program which highlights one of those paths.

The focus of this six month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed.

The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and the decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.

Each participant will be teamed with two different mentors.

One is a CBS network or studio executive with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career.
The other is a show mentor who is a senior-level writer on a current CBS drama or comedy series. This relationship builds over the course of the Program and is focused on helping the participant with career goals.

Once a week, participants will be invited to attend a small workshop-style meeting with various CBS show runners and other industry professionals. Speakers include executive producers, agents, managers, development and current executives and show runners. The purpose of these gatherings is for participants to gain a better understanding of how the business works from many different perspectives as well as creating the opportunity to make critical networking connections.

Another important part of the Program is the opportunity for each participant to spend time observing in a writing room, as well as in the CBS current and development departments.

Each participant will have help in creating a rigorous career action plan and there will be on-going support in evaluating and achieving those goals. Another important benefit of the Program is the development of a close-knit peer support group that will sustain participants through the program and beyond.

The CBS Writers Mentoring Program helps aspiring writers to understand the unwritten rules of breaking in and moving up. It is a combination of mentoring and networking opportunities. Program opportunities such as mentoring, workshops, and observing can be scheduled around participants' existing work commitments. In order for a participant to get the most out of the Program a meaningful commitment of time and effort are required.

It's been found that in order to derive the greatest benefit from the Program, participants should be available to 1) attend a once a week (evening) workshop and 2) attend meetings or observe in various situations for a minimum of five full days (not necessarily in sequence) over the course of the six-month Program.

The primary focus of The CBS Diversity Institute's Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers. Aspiring diverse writers with a strong desire to write for CBS television series are encouraged to apply. You must be 21 or older to be eligible.


All completed application materials must be received between March 2, 2015 and May 1, 2015. Any submissions received before March 2nd or with a postmark after May 1st, 2015 will not be considered. No hand delivered submissions will be accepted. Finalists will be notified in mid September 2015 (or such later date as may be determined by CBS). The Program is scheduled to begin in late September 2015 and continues through April 1, 2016. CBS reserves the right to make adjustments to Program schedule.

Application Materials
Each submission must be complete in order to be considered. A complete application packet includes:

Letter of Interest
Work Resume or Bio
Two (2) Writing Samples: one (1) half-hour or one-hour episodic spec script based on a current prime time television series which aired new episodes during the 2014/2015 season on any network or cable channel and (1) original work of writing - (original pilot, stage play or short fiction story). Original material should match in tone the spec script.

A signed and notarized Submission Release form for the writing samples.

Contact information must include an e-mail address for further communication from CBS.
Applications cannot be processed until they are complete.

Writing samples will not be returned.

Mail the completed packet to:

CBS Diversity Institute,
Writers Mentoring Program
4024 Radford Avenue
Broadcast Center, 3rd Floor
Studio City, CA 91604

Submission End Date: 06/12/15
The Screenwriting Lab is an intensive five-week program that runs two to three evenings a week in Los Angeles every Autumn. Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab is designed to help screenwriters develop and express their unique voices as writers to take their current scripts to the next level. Through meetings with lab mentors, outside advisors, and other writers in the program, Fellows will receive personal feedback and the necessary tools to revise and refine their scripts for production while gaining invaluable knowledge along the way.


The Screenwriting Lab also helps to further the careers of the Lab Fellows by introducing them to film professionals who can advise them on both the craft and business of screenwriting. Lab Fellows connect twice a week with various established screenwriters and explicate their films, learn about their careers, and discuss the writing process. Additionally, Screenwriting Fellows have one-on-one meetings with established screenwriters, producers, and other industry professionals who act as advisors on the Fellows' projects.


Final deadline is April 13, 2015. 

Submission End Date: 06/12/15

Project Involve is Film Independent's signature diversity program dedicated to cultivating the careers of filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the industry. The program, which runs from October through June, selects filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and filmmaking tracks - a mix of writers, directors, producers, DPs and editors, as well as those seeking work in acquisitions, marketing, distribution and agencies.

During the nine months, the Fellows receive one-on-one mentorship, participate in a series of master workshops on the craft as well as the business of filmmaking, and work together to create a collection of short films. The program concludes in June when their short films premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival.


When Project Involve began, it was specifically for young women of color, aged 18 to 24. Since then, the program has evolved to embody the broadest notion of inclusiveness. We have over 600 alumni who are now working in virtually every part of the film industry - in independent film, the studio world, television, the web and more.


Final Deadline is April 27, 2015.

Submission End Date: 06/12/15

The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writer's workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with Creative Advisors, Fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them indispensable lessons in craft, as well as the means to do the deep exploration needed to fully realize their material.


The 2016 Lab application opens March 15, 2015 - May 1, 2015.

Submission End Date: 06/12/15