Photo contests, film festivals, grants, and more.

Aperture Portfolio Prize: call for entries

Aperture Portfolio Prize: call for entries

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Deadline: December 2, 2014

“First prize is $3,000 and an exhibition at Aperture Gallery. The first-prize winner and up to five runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s website, accompanied by a brief statement written by Aperture staff. All winners are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. Winners will also have the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited-edition print program.”

PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards: call for entries

PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards: call for entries

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Deadline: December 3, 2014

“The 2014 Activist Awards are now accepting entries. We invite all professional and emerging photographers who have collaborated with a nonprofit organization on a photographic project to participate in the 6th annual awards.

The PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Awards identify outstanding work by photographers in collaboration with nonprofit organizations worldwide, with prizes ranging from $5,000-$15,000.”

Canadians: call for short films

Canadians: call for short films

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Deadline: December 10, 2014

“Canadian short filmmakers have the chance to win up to $3,000 in cash awards through the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. Short films are being accepted from now until Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. CST.

Submit your film.

The NSI Online Short Film Festival is a year-round Canadian short film showcase with new films added every week.

Films that meet award criteria are eligible for the $1,250 A&E Short Filmmakers Award, $750 Bite Comedy Award and the $1,000 Brian Linehan Actors Award. These awards are presented four times a year. Read more about the awards.

All NSI Online Short Film Festival winners from January 1, 2014 onwards will receive a complimentary Friend membership for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.”

AX3: American Aperture Awards: call for entries

AX3: American Aperture Awards: call for entries

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Deadline: November 3, 2014

“Grand Prize: Photographer of the Year Award
Emerging Prize: Emerging Photographer of the Year Award
Mobile Prize: Mobile Photographer of the Year Award
15 Category Winners
Cash Awards
Opportunity for Gallery Representation
Work exhibited in the U.S.
Photos published in Fabrik Magazine and blog (viewed by collectors, galleries and curators throughout the world)
Photos published in The Annual, a new iPad/Android App showcasing the World’s Best Photography
Invitation to participate on ArtCapitol.com, an online platform that promotes and sells art to thousands of collectors worldwide
Press release and newsletter announcements to over 65,000 collectors, galleries, art directors and advertising executives
Ongoing presence on the AX3 online gallery”

Fargo Film Festival: open for entries

Fargo Film Festival: open for entries

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Deadline: September 1, 2014 (plus 3 other early & late deadlines: August 1, October 1, November 1, 2014)

“The Fargo Film Festival strives to:
• Provide an extraordinary opportunity for filmmakers’ work to be shown on the big silver screen in a beautifully restored, state of the art, 870 seat Art Deco Theatre.
• Provide informational and provocative presentations and panel discussions on issues affecting local, regional, national and international filmmaking and filmmakers.
• Jury films in categories including Animation, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Narrative Feature, Narrative Short, and Student.”

Independent Filmmaker Labs

Independent Filmmaker Labs

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Deadlines: March 7, 2014 (documentary) | April 4, 2014 (narrative)


“IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.

Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production.”

Prix de la Photographie, Paris: call for entries

Prix de la Photographie, Paris: call for entries

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Deadline: March 31, 2014

“Both professional and non-professional photographers compete for the top award, the Px3 Photographer of the Year and 3,000 Euros. The winner’s work is publicized internationally, receives the spotlight at all events, is exhibited in Paris, and published in the Px3 Annual Book.”

Photo Levallois Award: 10,000 Euro prize

Photo Levallois Award: 10,000 Euro prize

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Deadline: May 10, 2014

“This prize will be awarding a photographer’s work, aged 35 at the most, regardless of nationality. Artists must present their own works, which has not been previously published or exhibited. The selection panel will pay particular attention to the consistency of the artistic approach in its form and content.

The call for application is open from February 4th to May 10th 2014.

This prize includes the sum of ten thousand euros and the opportunity for the winner to exhibit their work as part of the Photo Levallois Festival, at L’Escale gallery, 25 rue de la Gare, 92300 Levallois, France.”

Davey Foundation Film Grant

Davey Foundation Film Grant

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Deadline: March 15, 2014

“The film award consists of a grant of $3,500 to a U.S. filmmaker 35 or under at the time of application for the production of a short film that will be shown as a private screening with the filmmaker in attendance at the annual foundation event at the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City in December the year the grant is awarded.

The submission period opened January 15, and closes March 15. There is a $10 fee per submission. The application can be accessed by clicking here:Film Application- The Davey Foundation”

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation: Photography Grant

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation: Photography Grant

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Deadline: March 31, 2014

“Photographers around the world are encouraged to submit entries focusing on lives and populations ravaged by war, famine, poverty, religious persecution, political oppression, forced migration, and other social injustices. The winning submission will be awarded a grant of $5,000 to be utilized for the production or completion of a social documentary project. The shortlisted photographers will be exhibited in Arles at Galerie Huit in July during Les Rencontres d’Arles.

Photographers of all nationalities who are at least 18 years of age are encouraged to apply.”