Need Money to Make Your Film, Play, or Series? Check Out These Opportunities

Need Money to Make Your Film, Play, or Series? Check Out These Opportunities

When trying to break into the business, it may often feel like the deck is stacked against you. But for every closed door you encounter, there is a window of opportunity—as long as you know where to look. That’s where we come in! In these roundups, Backstage will compile the best opportunities in writing, directing, and every other creative corner, to help you get where you’re going.

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LA Film Festival preps for fall debut with diversity push, new programs and guest director Jacqueline Lyanga

LA Film Festival preps for fall debut with diversity push, new programs and guest director Jacqueline Lyanga

This year’s LA Film Festival, running for the first time in its new fall position Sept. 20-28, is beginning to take shape. On Tuesday, the festival announced a number of programs and events, with further programming announcements expected at the end of the month.

Under the leadership of festival director Jennifer Cochis, in her second year heading the event, LAFF looks to continue embracing the core missions of its parent organization, Film Independent, while also further trying to distinguish itself amid a crowded fall festival landscape.

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“Kadir Nelson Creates New ‘Summertime City’ Illustration for ‘The New Yorker'”




Kadir Nelson is a celebrated painter, illustrator, and writer who is widely known for his pieces that draw upon African-American culture and history. Nelson has produced works for the United States House of Representatives, Michael Jackson, Coca-Cola, Dreamworks, and created the album artwork for Drake’s Nothing Was The Same. The artist was recently commissioned by The New Yorker to create an illustration for the publication’s July issue.

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International Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year awards open for entries

Overall Winner: Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year: Noor Ahmed Gelal, Bangladesh. Praying with Food. Breaking the fast in congregation. A section of the Hindu community is preparing to break the day-long fast in one of the local temples at Swamibag, Dhaka, Bangladesh. They believe their fasting will redeem their sins.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers from anywhere in the world, and is the largest competition of its kind.

In 2019 there are two new categories, including for the very first time the Champagne Taittinger Wedding Food Photographer to show how celebration of this great life event is marked with food and feasting across the world. While the Food Stylist Award will reward the talent of those who put so much skill in to creating styled food photographs.

The judging panel for 2019 includes new jurists Claire Hyman, eminent photography collector Rahul Singh, President, National Restaurant Association of India, Per Anders Jorgensen, Scandinavia’s food photographer and founder of Fool magazine, Jock Zonfrillo, top Australian chef in World’s Top 50 Restaurants, Lucy Pike, Head of Photography, We Transfer Donal Skehan, chef/blogger, Ireland and New York Tom and Harry chef and producer of Twisted, the Facebook channel for cooking, Charlie Stebbings.

Entries close on 10 February 2019. You can enter the awards here.

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Photographer fights fear, anxieties from behind the camera lens

Melanie Parent's "A Distance Nearer Home" photography

For more than 20 years, fear and anxiety ruled Melanie Parent’s life.

The northwest Louisiana native avoided going out in public whenever possible, afraid of what dangers may lie in wait for her outside.

“I wouldn’t leave the house. I wouldn’t travel. I was afraid of going on trips,” Parent said. “I was afraid of getting into a car accident.”

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