Urban MediaMakers Newsletter

A consortium of independents pursuing their dreams courageously in animation, art, film, print, radio, television and video.
July 2009 Newsletter     8th Annual Signature Event – October 16-18, 2009 www.umff.com      Last month zoomed by, and here we are in the middle of July! I hope everyone is enjoying Summer ’09 and staying positive.    Thought for July: The Most High never plants a tree He’s not going to water.   In this Issue: I.    Free Indie Cinema Night – Monday, July 20, 2009 II.   Grant/Funding Opportunities for Filmmakers, Writers and Honor Students III.  Hosting Talent Wanted IV. Vote on the Best Logo Design – CMYK: America’s Next Top Graphic Designer V.  Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) Call For Entries – Films and Scripts     FREE Indie Cinema Night – Atlanta – Monday, July 20, 2009 The Urban Mediamakers Association has partnered with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Mechanicsville Brach for free, independent film screenings for adults. Indie Cinema Night showcases the best of the Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) monthly. The screening series kicks off Monday, July 20, 2009, “Kujo, My Love” and “The Souls of Black Girls.” The library is located at 400 Formwalt Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30312. Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m. For more information, call 404.460.2793. [read more]      Grants/Funding for Filmmakers, Writers and Honor StudentsEmerging and Established Filmmakers — $5,000-$50,000 Grants Available Cinereach has a large granting program for emerging and established filmmakers. There are two letter of inquiry deadlines annually for this program, June 1 and December 1. Grants range from $5,000-$50,000 for features and documentary films in all stages of production. [read moreLens On Talent: Johnson & Johnson presents a Filmmaker’s Challenge — Up to $100,000 One short film grand prize winner will receive up to $100,000 to produce a short film to premiere on BET. Deadline November 30, 2009. [read more]   Harvard University Middle Income Initiative – Low Income Honor Students CAN ATTEND COLLEGE FOR FREE Harvard University announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. No student loans! I didn’t believe this one at first, so I called Harvard to confirm it! It’s legit! [read more]     2009 Creative World Awards (CWA) International Screenwriting Competition – Deadline July 21st – Over $16,000 In Cash and Prizes Creative World Awards 2009 is an international screenwriting contest devoted to discovering and advancing the hottest new screenwriters in the industry. With direct access to top level producers and industry executives, this contest has become a very prominent source for promoting talented writers. Open to all writers 18 years or older whose total earnings from all film screenwriting may not exceed $30,000. See website’s Basic FAQ page for more information. Awards: 1 Grand Winner; 4 Category Winners – Over $16,000 in cash and prizes. [read more

  Hosting Talent Wanted for a Slate of Reality Shows *****VERY IMPORTANT**** Only submit if you have previous hosting experience AND you can provide a link to your work on a website OR you can provide a reel of your work. Also submit if you are a working professional in the field and believe you have the spark and personality for hosting a TV show. [read more]      Pick the Best Logo! Ten finalists have been chosen to compete during the new reality competition CMYK: America’s Next Top Graphic Designer. The series wants the public’s help in selecting the best logo from 50+ semi-finalists. Votes will be taken until July 31, 2009. Congratulations to the finalists: Raymond Adrian, Milagros Bellido, Parmilla Gnanasekaran, Richard Gnas, Joseph Herring, Derrick M. Kardos, Daniel McElhattan, III, Darren Newby, Philip Cardon Webb, and Chevonne Woodard.  [vote now]      Call for Entries: 8th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival – OPEN NOW With over $20,000 in prizes, UMFF is seeking independent films and scripts for competition — all genres — features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, web series, animation, etc. The 3-day festival takes place October 16-18, 2009 at the Marriott Hotel-Norcross, in metro-Atlanta, GA, and is presented by Comcast. Early submission deadline approach – July 20, 2009. Regular deadline August 21, 2009. Late deadline September 10, 2009. Download the submission form. For more information on the festival, visit www.umff.com.     Urban Mediamakers Association P.O. Box 922654 Norcross, Georgia 30010 www.urbanmediamakers.com www.umff.com 404.460.2793