eBulletin • December 2013 | Supporting the Independent Media Arts
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From the NAMAC Desk

Seeking Nominations for NAMAC Board of Directors
NAMAC is now seeking nominations for candidates to run for positions on its Board of Directors. Send your nominations to Jack Walsh by January 31, 5pm PST. More information at this link.

NAMAC Hiring 2014 Conference Producer
NAMAC seeks a Conference Producer for our National Conference which will take place in Philadelphia from August 6-8, 2014. NAMAC's 2014 Conference will be our first joint conference, hosted in partnership with the Alliance for Community Media (ACM).

NAMAC + Crowdfunding: Lend Us Your Insights!
So many thanks to each of you for your support - financial, outreach, moral or otherwise - during NAMAC's recent fundraising campaign! As we reflect on the campaign and next steps, we'd love your input. Can you share with us your perspective on the campaign in this very brief survey? We invite your feedback even if you did not donate financially to the campaign.

CIMMFest Offers Festival Submission Discount to NAMAC Members
For the second year in a row, the Chicago International Movies & Film Festival is offering discounted submission rates to NAMAC Members and Affiliate Members. Thanks CIMMFest!

Alyce Myatt leaving NEA
NAMAC wishes to extend endless thanks to Alyce Myatt for her tireless efforts on behalf of the media arts. Alyce, we are sad to see you leave the National Endowment for the Arts, but we're sure you'll continue to be a strong ally and advocate in your consulting practice! Best of luck and thank you for all you do!


Join Us: Youth Media and Assessment Online Panel on Thursday, December 19th
Join the National Youth Media Network for an online discussion on best practices for assessing youth-produced media. Panelists include: NEA Arts Education specialist Lakita Edwards, evaluation researcher Dr. Kim Sabo Flores, and Executive Director of Educational Video Center, Steve Goodman.

Mapping the Field of Youth Media 2013: Preliminary Overview of Survey Results
Preliminary results from Kathleen Tyner's survey of youth media organizations nationwide.

Video: STEM to STEAM & Youth Media Online Panel
Watch youth media leaders discuss their work in the context of STEM /  STEAM. For reflections on the conversation, read panelist Nettrice Gaskins's blog post.

Sundance 2014 Program Highlights Work of NAMAC Members
In the first week of December, The Sundance Film Festival released its 2014 program. We at NAMAC are proud that several of the featured films, including those in competition, were nurtured in some way by NAMAC Member organizations. Great work!

Notes from the Field
Media Arts news you can use from NAMAC Members and Allies.

FilmEd. makes it easier for filmmakers and teachers to use media in classroom
The San Francisco Film Society launches FilmEd, a dynamic new online interactive Open Educational Resource where educators and artists can access the information and tools they need to teach media arts in the classroom.

Join CIRCLE, a short-term learning community about youth civic and political engagement
CIRCLE is a free and open online seminar dedicated to reaching out and engaging individuals and groups interested in discussing the improvement of civic and political engagement opportunities and outcomes for all youth in the United States.

NEH Media Grants Guidelines
Karen Kenton, Senior Program Offer at the NEH will discuss funding guidelines and opportunities for filmmakers on December 18th, and 14-time CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning filmmaker Lawrence Hott will present some of his NEH-funded projects.

Art Works Media Arts Guidelines Webinar, January 15th, 1:00-2:00 EST
NEA is offering a one-hour Art Works Media Arts grant guidelines workshop, followed by a Q&A session. You can listen to the webinar via computer or phone and an archive will be available on the NEA website a few days after the webinar.

Land of Opportunity launches Beta Interactive Platform
This platform is an experimental web project exploring post-crisis community rebuilding in America that merges compelling multimedia storytelling with curated data, research and calls to action in one collaborative interactive space.

Save the Date for Media That Matters 2014!
The upcoming 10th anniversary conference will take place February 6-7, 2014, registration open in December.

Youth Media Featured on Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Blog
Spy Hop and Salt Lake City Library Services partner in this storytelling program that engages refugee youth.
Member Perks
Discounted Submission Discount to CIMMFest
NAMAC Members and Affiliate Members can submit their films to CIMMFest at Early Bird rates, all the way through late deadline of Jan 31, 2014.

Master of Arts Management Scholarship
The Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University offers NAMAC Members (including Affiliates) a $6,000-per-semester minimum scholarship to their full-time, Master of Arts Management degree program. Deadline: Friday, January 10th
  Receive a 15% discount on standard licenses for Shutterstock's vast library of royalty-free video clips and royalty-free images. This offer is open to all NAMAC Members—Student, Professional, Organizational, and Affiliate. Offer through January 2014.

NAMLE Membership Discounts
NAMAC Members receive a 10% discount on individual and organizational membership to the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Offer does not extend to Lifetime Memberships in NAMLE.

NTEN Membership and Webinar Discounts
NAMAC is proud of its continued partnership with the esteemed team at the Nonprofit Technology Network. Through this partnership, NAMAC Members receive NTEN's renowned webinars at NTEN member rates, and free introductory membership or 10% discount on a renewing membership with NTEN.

NAMAC Members Featured on Twitter
Check out our NAMAC Members Twitter List for a quick glance at Member activities! You can also view this feed on our homepage. If you are a member and don't see yourself on the NAMAC Members Twitter List, let us know and we will add you right away.

NAMAC is committed to offering added-value service for your membership. Let us know how we can continue to foster your work in the independent media arts.

Calls to Action

Town Hall with FCC Chair, Tom Wheeler (in Oakland + Livestream)
Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he’s all about representing the people — and not big industry. On Jan. 9, he’s heading to Oakland — for #OaklandVoices: A Townhall On Our Right To Communicate.

If you're based in or near Oakland, join this important conversation! As Chairman Wheeler sets the FCC’s agenda for the next four years, he needs to hear how policies on media ownership, the Internet and journalism affect our nation’s most vulnerable residents. RSVP here.

If you're not near or in the Bay Area, you can watch the conversation via livestream here. And dialogue with us and with one another on Twitter during the event and in these weeks leading up: #welcomewheeler & #OaklandVoices.

This event is hosted by Free Press, the Center for Media Justice and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, along with allies in the Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition.


Bay Area Program Manager, Girls Who Code (San Francisco, CA)—due Friday, December 27th

Editor, Digital Promise (Washington, DC)—due Tuesday, December 31st

Office Assistant, Raw Art Works (Lynn, MA)—due Tuesday, December 31st

Seasonal Festival Operations Director, New York International Children's Film Fest (New York, NY)—due Thursday, January 2nd

Station Manager, KBOO Community Radio (Portland, OR)—due Friday, January 3rd

Manager, Production, Chicago Humanities Festival (Chicago, IL)—due Monday, January 6th

Educator, Outside the Lens (San Diego, CA)—due Monday, January 6th

NAMAC 2014 Conference Producer (San Francisco, CA or telecommute)—due Friday, January 10th

Human Resources Manager, Bay Area Video Coalition (San Francisco, CA)—due Friday, January 10th

Production Coordinator, Somerville Community Access Television (Somerville, MA)—due Friday, January 10th

Executive Director, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (Washington, DC)—due Saturday, February 1st

Open until filled
Membership Marketing and Engagement Manager, Americans for the Arts (Washington, DC)

Hive Director, Bay Area Hive (San Francisco, CA)

Assistant Director of Youth and Technology Programs, Castle Square Technology, Youth, and Education Center (Boston, MA)

Executive Director, Ciné (Athens, GA)

Institutional Partnerships Director, Code for America (San Francisco, CA)

Campaign Manager, Fight for the Future (telecommute)

Researcher/Writer, The HistoryMakers (Chicago, IL)

Marketing Project Manager, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

National Community Engagement Manager, Public Television Programs, Independent Television Service (San Francisco, CA)

Senior Policy Counsel for Surveillance and Security, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation (Washington, DC)

Director of Development, StoryCorps (Brooklyn, NY)

Multimedia Teacher, Vision Education and Media (New York, NY)

Community Coordinator, Women, Action, and the Media! (telecommute)

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Women Make Movies (New York, NY)

NTEN Webinars

Eleven Best Practices for Online Fundraising
Tuesday, December 17thʉۢ 11am to 12:30pm
$30 for members, $60 for non-members

Town Hall: January 2014
Tuesday, January 28th • 11am to 12pm
free for everyone!
Grants and Calls

PA Council on the Arts Professional Development and Consulting Grants
Grants of up to $2000 are available for hiring consults to assist with organizational issues. Funds can be used for technology plans, strategic plans, and also, up to $500, to travel to relevant conferences. 2014 grant cycle opened Monday, December 2nd

Call for Entries: KQED Truly California
KQED seeks documentaries about California for its two Truly CA programs, the "Our State, Our Stories" TV series (for full-length films) and the "Truly CA Shorts" web series (30 minutes or less). Deadline: Tuesday, December 31st

Call for Entries: Indie Grits Film Festival
The Indie Grits Film Festival is open to all modes of filmmaking including: narrative, documentary, short, feature length, animation, experimental, and student films. Indie Grits exists to showcase works by DIY media-makers from or currently living in the Southeast and/or works that are set in or concern an aspect of the Southeast. Late deadline: Friday, January 3rd

Seattle International Film Festival
SIFF is seeking features, documentaries, short films, and animation for the 40th annual Festival. Final deadline: Monday, January 6th

AFI Directing Workshop for Women
We offer a hands-on film training workshop committed to educating and mentoring participants in an effort to increase the number of women working professionally in screen directing. Each participant is required to complete a short film by the end of the program. The program is open to women with three years of professional experience in the arts, and it is tuition-free, though participants are responsible for raising funds for their projects. Deadline: Monday, January 6th

Call for Entries: Currents 2014
Currents 2014, the 5th Annual Santa Fe International New Media Festival will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 13th through June 29th. Currents’ curators look for the unique ways artists use technology as a tool for expression and communication, and ways that scientists, programmers and developers are integrating the arts and aesthetics into their explorations and projects. Deadline: Monday, January 6th

Call for Entries: Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)
SIMA is an annual international documentary and educational impact media competition + showcase honoring members in the independent film and global humanitarian industries. Regular Deadline: Tuesday, January 7th

NEH Development Grants for Media Projects
The National Endowment for the Humanities has opened its Call for Entries for Development Grants for Media Projects.  Media Projects grants support the following formats: interactive digital media, film and television projects, and radio projects. NEH encourages projects that feature multiple formats to engage the public in the exploration of humanities ideas. Deadline: Wednesday, January 8th

Elsewhere Residencies
Elsewhere is now accepting 2014 residency applications. Artists, musicians, curators, scholars, writers, gardeners, urban agriculturalists, homesteaders, installation, sculpture, textile, sound, video, kitchen and performance artists, system-thinkers, game-makers, and other creative individuals/groups across medias are encouraged to apply. Residents use the museum’s immense 58-year collection of cultural and material surplus for site-specific projects that interprsquo;s concepts, collections, and communities. Deadline: Friday, January 10

BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship
In 2014, the Bay Area Video Coalition will select between six and eight Fellows from the Bay Area and beyond to participate in a ten-month mentorship program for social issue filmmakers. The program will support project development, with professional mentorship in multiplatform and transmedia storytelling through emerging technologies, strategic social media, marketing, fundraising and distribution. Early Deadline: Friday, January 10th

CCI Investing in Artists Grants for Performing and Media Arts
The Center for Cultural Innovation's Investing in Artists grants provide working artists in California with the financial resources and creative support systems they need to thrive. Investing in Artists provides grants to individual artists in two funding categories: 1) grants for artistic equipment and tools (up to $6,000), and 2) grants for artistic innovation (up to $10,000). Deadline: Friday, January 10th

Call for Entries: CIMMfest 2014
CIMMfest is a one of a kind, four-day festival of outstanding, international films with music at their center. Alongside live music concerts, exhibits, and presentations, CIMMfest celebrates the inseparable connection between movies and music. Late deadline: Friday, January 10th

Call for Entries: If I Had a Trillion Dollars Youth Media Competition
With one trillion dollars, what would you do for your community, your nation, or for the world? Create a video for the “If I Had a Trillion Dollars” youth film festival, sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, to talk about what you would change and why. Videos must be 3 minutes or less. Filmmakers must be 23 years old or younger. Deadline: Saturday, January 11th

Call for Entries: Extremely Young Film and Video Festival
Aurora Picture Show and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston proudly present the inaugural Extremely Young Film Festival, showcasing the innovative talents of youth and teen filmmakers from around the world. Extremely Young puts the spotlight on films under three minutes long from makers under 17 years old. Deadline: Wednesday, January 15th

Call for Entries: National Film Festival for Talented Youth
In 2013, NFFTY screened 215 amazing films from the filmmakers 22 and younger representing 30 states and 20 countries, with 10,000 in attendance. NFFTY 2014 will be April 24th through 27th in Seattle, WA. Deadline: Wednesday, January 15th

Call for Entries: White House Student Film Festival
The White House is looking for youth-produced videos that highlight the power of technology in schools. Your film should address at least one of the following themes: 1) how you currently use technology in your classroom or school, and 2) the role technology will play in education in the future. Deadline: Wednesday, January 29th

Call for Entries: Project Catalyst
Project Catalyst provides a unique opportunity for media creatives of Asian descent to showcase their project to studios, networks, financiers, producers, production companies, agents and managers at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Deadline: Friday, January 31st

Dance Camera West Dance Media Film Fest
Restructure Dance welcomes dance media in any dance style or genre. Categories include: screendance, short films, feature length, documentary, animation and interactive dance media. Dance Camera West, the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts are excited to welcome college and high school students to submit dance media for the CalArts/Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition. There will be two categories within this competition, high school (grades 9-12) and college students. Deadline: Friday, January 31st

Call for Entries: Lower East Side Film Festival
The L.E.S. Film Festival features the innovative work of exciting up and coming filmmakers and artists and showcases their work in the heart of the Lower East Side of Manhattan. L.E.S. is looking for feature films, live action shorts, animated shorts, documentary shorts, and music videos. Regular deadline: Friday, January 31st

U.S./Japan Creative Artists' Program
The U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three-month residency in Japan. Eligible applicants are architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, or solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers and performance artists). Multidisciplinary artists and artistic directors of theater or dance companies are also eligible. Deadline: Saturday, February 1st

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund seeks feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2013 or 2014. Deadline: Wednesday, February 5th

NALAC Fund for the Arts
NALAC Fund for the Arts provides a variety of grants to assist US-based Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. Deadline: Thursday, February 6th

Fledgling Fund Spring Cycle
The Fledging Fund grants support outreach and audience engagement for social issue documentaries and range from smaller planning grants to implementation grants for projects that have a clear plan ready to launch. A small number of these grants support post-production for timely projects that have strong social change potential. Deadline: Friday, February 7th

Southern Circuit Tour of Filmmakers
Southern Circuit is now accepting film submissions for the 2014/2015 season. As the nation's first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides filmmakers with the paid opportunity to participate in a tour of the Southeastern United States, screen their films for new audiences, and engage audiences in discussions about the content and production of their films. Deadline: Friday, February 14th

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
This initiative supports the presentation of dance, music, and theater artists and ensembles and encourages arts presenters to reach new audiences, including communities with origins in Latin America that reflect the demographic changes that have taken place in the U.S. over recent decades. Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, it funds projects that are developed collaboratively by presenter consortia based in the United States and its territories and ensure that engagements take place in at least three (and a maximum of five) different cities or towns. Deadline: Friday, February 28th

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