Photo contests, film festivals, grants, and more.

LensCulture Portrait Awards

LensCulture Portrait Awards

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Deadline: March 2, 2015

The LensCulture Portrait Awards is the 2nd annual call for international portrait photography. The importance of portraiture is present in cultures across the world, illustrating the power and endurance of human connection. With over 145 countries represented on LensCulture, in over 15 languages, we’re seeking new global perspectives on the modern day portrait. This is an open call for portrait photography from around the world. 6 Winners, 8 Juror’s Picks and 25 Finalists will be chosen.

Third Annual New York Portfolio Review (free!)

Third Annual New York Portfolio Review (free!)

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Deadline: February 11th, 2015

“We know how hard it is to be a photographer today and that every break counts. That’s why we are again putting together 150 photographers and 75 of the most influential editors, curators, gallerists and book publishers for two days of private photo critiques on April 11 and 12.

And … wait for it … it’s free.

Applications are now open for the Third Annual New York Portfolio review, sponsored by the New York Times Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. This will be an opportunity for people in the photographic community to meet, trade ideas, help each other — and have fun.”

Zuber Photography Award: Call for Entries

Zuber Photography Award: Call for Entries

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Deadline: March 15, 2015

“INFOCUS, the photography support organization of Phoenix Art Museum, is calling for entries for the first INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award. The award will be granted biennially to an emerging or early career photographer who demonstrates artistic promise. The competition is open to photographers who are residents of the United States, working in all photographic media and styles.

Award
The artist selected for the INFOCUS Sidney Zuber Photography Award will receive an unrestricted cash award of $5,000.”

Alchemy Studio Platinum and Graphite Photo Workshop

Alchemy Studio Platinum and Graphite Photo Workshop

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Workshop Dates: June 25th through July 4th, 2015   

“Join photographer scott b. davis and museum curator Chantel Paul for an unforgettable photography workshop in the hills of Northern Italy. This 9-day journey brings together the vision of a master printer and photography curator to teach the time-honored practice of platinum printing. Working in a beautiful villa amid the rich landscape of Italy, you will dive deep into the daily practice of creative photography while developing a unique portfolio of platinum photographs.”

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant

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Deadline: ongoing.

“Young Explorers Grants (YEG) offer opportunities to individuals ages 18 to 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic’s existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT). In addition, the YEG program recently teamed with the Luce Foundation to provide increased funding opportunities for fieldwork in 18 Northeast and Southeast Asian countries, including Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.”

Leighton Artists’ Colony for Independent Residencies (ongoing)

Leighton Artists’ Colony for Independent Residencies (ongoing)

Deadline: Ongoing
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“Located in a secluded, wooded area on The Banff Centre’s 43-acre campus, the Leighton Artists’ Colony studios provide professional artists an ideal space for creativity and intense productivity. These independent residencies offer artists the ability to delve into their work as a solitary retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger artistic community of The Banff Centre.”

Free online filmmaking masterclass

Free online filmmaking masterclass

(No deadline)

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Free online filmmaking masterclass, with Ted Hope and Christine Vachon. From the American Independents Day site, linked above:

Watch free and get your movies made… no catch. None. We are just sharing the knowledge and love!

  • Get insight into how to make your film ‘inevitable’.
  • Explore whole new models for film making and distribution.
  • Understand how successful producers get films made again and again.
  • Share and connect with other delegates who have already taken this workshop.
  • Turbo charge YOUR movie and career with help from two legends of Indie film.
Sydney Film Festival: call for entries

Sydney Film Festival: call for entries

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Deadline: February 27th, 2015

“Applications to enter your film in the 2015 Sydney Film Festival which will run 3-14 June are now open.

2015 will mark the 45th year of the Festival presenting its Australian short film competition, making it the oldest short film competition in Australia. Since 1970, the competition has served as launch pad for emerging film talent, spring-boarding countless directors, producers and actors down a path to international success.

Past winners have included film luminaries from across the creative landscape including Chris Noonan, Phil Noyce, Jane Campion, Rolf de Heer, Alex Proyas, Byron Kennedy and George Miller, who have managed to carve acclaimed careers for themselves within the film industry, both domestically and abroad.

Entries are open to features, documentaries and short films (under 40 minutes) in all categories of the Festival program. Get to it!”

Windsor Independent Film Festival: Call for Entries

Windsor Independent Film Festival: Call for Entries

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Deadlines
Early: March 15th, 2015
Regular: Apri 15th, 2015
Final: May 1st, 2015

“Located in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country, Windsor Independent Film Festival (WIFF) is an annual event designed to showcase and promote independent filmmakers, with an emphasis on local talent. WIFF strives to celebrate the individual filmmaker spirit, cultivate independent filmmaking and offer local filmmakers a place to showcase their work.”

Toronto Smartphone Film Festival

Toronto Smartphone Film Festival

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Deadline: April 12th, 2015

“The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival was created with the goal to encourage aspiring filmmakers to share their stories through film, without having to equip themselves with expensive video equipment, training or field experience. In doing so, TSFF strives to maintain film submission and festival admission free of charge. As the only smartphone film festival in Canada, TSFF provides aspiring filmmakers, from all backgrounds, with an international platform to showcase their work and talent.”