Cleveland Indie Film Incubator Project Now Accepting Submissions

Cleveland Camera Rental announces the re-launch of the Cleveland Indie Film Incubator Project in 2023!

The return of this wonderful opportunity will help transform your screenplay into a fully realized film!

In past years, Cleveland Camera Rental assisted indie filmmakers in getting their projects off the ground, and they hope to continue to build off that success. This year, they will select 6 writer/directors with innovative script ideas to participate in workshops, receive production assistance, and utilize our professional in-house equipment.

In order to be considered, submit your contact information, a completed script, and a video pitch of your film idea. Workshops will cover subjects such as writing, pre-production, production design, and directing.

Finalists will be chosen by an independent panel this spring. Workshops will be held Spring 2023, production on short films will take place Summer 2023, and all completed projects will then be premiered to our local Cleveland audience this fall!


  • February 21, 2023 – Submissions Open
  • March 31st, 2023 – Submission Deadline

In order to be considered, submit your contact information, a completed script, and a video pitch of your film idea. Entry is free, but Cleveland Camera Rental recommends a donation of $20 to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission.

Wednesday Evenings April 26th-May 31st.

Selected participants will be required to attend all workshops as well as an audition Saturday, May 20th to cast actors in your film.


  • June 10-11
  • June 24-25
  • July 8-9
  • July 22-23
  • August 5-6
  • August 19-20

Selected participants will be required to utilize one weekend to film your screenplay, and attend a second weekend to crew another participant’s film. Open availability is preferred but not required. (Availability to crew on more than 1 shoot is encouraged, but not required.)



  1. Are there any restrictions on ideas for submission?
    No, but Cleveland Camera Rental is looking for a completed narrative short film that can be filmed in 2 production days. Depending on the content, this usually means a script of between 2 and 10 pages, or a final running time of less than 8 minutes.
  2. Are there any restrictions on subject matter or content? 
    Yes. Cleveland Camera Rental reserves final judgment on accepting any submission, and may discard concepts with objectionable material (gratuitously violent or sexual content or content that targets or offends any specific group or individual, for example). That may seem vague, but if you have a doubt, it may be best to revise. Also, content is limited to the narrative short film format, so no music videos, documentaries, advertisements, animations, or experimental films, although your concept may contain elements of these (for example, a mockumentary concept is fine, or an experimental dream sequence).
  3. When and what will the format for the workshops be?
    There will be six workshop sessions of around 3 hours where the finalists will work to help each other develop their concepts and improve their writing/directing skills. Staff from Cleveland Camera Rental and guest speakers will give the finalists additional info and guidance on topics such as scriptwriting, directing, and producing. The finalists are required to attend all sessions.
  4. What do I need to submit?

    You will need a link to file uploads of your script (in PDF format) and a video of you pitching your idea (in MP4 or MOV). Cleveland Camera Rental recommends using Dropbox or Google Drive and making sure that the file is shared. You’ll also submit your contact information and some details about your concept. There is no fee, but they strongly recommend a $20 donation to the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, which supports year-round workforce development in the area.

GCUFF Now Accepting Submissions

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival is now accepting submissions for their 2023 festival!

The Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival was established with the artistic vision to provide a platform for talented independent filmmakers, screenwriters, and actors from the African Diaspora expose their work to a diverse audience in Greater Cleveland.

As a film festival, GCUFF identifies emerging talents and established artists who are contributing to the cinematic legacy of African Americans. GCUFF also provides educational opportunities aimed to inspire and encourage individuals that are considering a career in the film industry and to gain a deeper appreciation for the arts.

GCUFF believes that films can lead to a better understanding and communication between, people of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles while simultaneously serving as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issue of our times.


  • March 15, 2023 – Early Deadline
  • April 30, 2023 – Regular Deadline
  • May 31, 2023 – Late Deadline
  • July 10, 2023 – Notification Date
  • September 14 – 22, 2023 – Festival


Urbanworld Film Festival Now Accepting Applications

Urbanworld Film Festival is now accepting submissions!

Urbanworld Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 27th Annual festival happening November 1st – 5th, 2023. The Urbanworld Film Festival is a 5-day festival, based in New York City. This Academy Award-qualifying festival showcases narrative and documentary features, short films, web originals, music videos, spotlight screenings, and conversations, and live staged screenplay readings.

March 26th is the Early Bird Deadline for submissions. The Regular Deadline is April 28th with a Late Deadline on May 26th. And if you’re still working on your project come Spring, there’s an Extended Deadline on June 9th.



The Urbanworld Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind. Since inception, Hollywood studios, indie film distributors, and established and emerging filmmakers have consistently chosen Urbanworld to premiere box office and award-winning hits.

The Urbanworld Film Festival is an initiative of the Urbanworld Foundation Inc., a nonprofit organization that redefines and advances the presence and impact of the multicultural community in cinema and cross-platform media.

‘AMERICAN PICKERS’ Coming to Ohio in April

AMERICAN PICKERS is coming to Ohio in April!

American Pickers are looking for large, rare collections & things they’ve never seen before. They want you to tell them the interesting story behind your stuff!

To be considered for the show:

  • Email your name, phone number, location, and description of your collection with photos to [email protected] or text / leave a voicemail at 646-493-2184 or on Facebook @GotAPick

American Pickers coming to Ohio in April. (Submitted)


Art of Me is now accepting submissions for their Story to Film Competition!
Deadline is April 15, 2023.

The Art of Me Dream to Big Screen Competition is now accepting submissions for their Story to Film Competition. The winning story will be made into a film in your community by an accomplished director and film crew.


Write a story about how you would like to see your community of friends, family or city differently.
Open to anyone age 18 or older.

Story & Editing Support: Email [email protected]. Spaces limited. Questions? Email [email protected].


The selection committee is a group of volunteers who will help to identify the best story that will be made into a film in Cleveland in the summer of 2023!


New York Foundation for the Arts | Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants

The New York Foundation for the Arts is now accepting applications for Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants.

This program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need* who are creating in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography. Only generative artists are eligible—artists creating their own, independent work, with recent and ongoing opportunities for the public to experience that work.

*To be eligible to apply, your average adjusted gross income for the last two years you’ve filed tax returns must be no greater than $75,000 ($150,000 for joint filers).

Please note: Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants are not for lost wages, living expenses, or medical care for individuals other than the artist. Visit NYFA’s Emergency Grants page for a regularly-updated list of emergency resources.

This is a competitive grant program, with a set pool of funding available in each cycle. This program is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants Cycle 17:

Applications Open: February 14
Applications Close: March 17, 5:00 pm EDT*
For Emergencies Occurring: July 1, 2022 and later
Notification of Award: April 28, 2023


*Please note that the application form on Submittable will automatically close and stop accepting applications at this time.


  • Cycle 18 will open April 18, with a deadline of May 19, for emergencies occurring September 1, 2022 and later.
  • Cycle 19 will open June 20, with a deadline of July 21, for emergencies occurring December 1, 2022 and later.


There are three eligibility criteria in this program: Individual, Artistic, and Emergency. We recommend you check all of these before taking the time to complete the application. If you meet the requirements, you should next review the application guidelines for instructions on submitting an application. You can also learn how the funding decisions are made, read our Frequently Asked Questions, and view a video information session.

1 – Your Individual Eligibility. You Must:

  • Be a generative artist creating work in visual arts, film/video/digital/electronic arts (not a performer), or choreography
  • Be 21 years or older on the cycle’s deadline
  • Reside in the United States, the District of Columbia, a Tribal Nation, or a U.S. Territory
  • Have an adjusted gross income of $75,000 or lower for an individual, or $150,000 for joint filers, averaged over the last two federal tax returns
  • Your medical emergency and treatment must occur in the U.S. (including D.C., Tribal Nations and U.S. Territories)
  • Demonstrate current and ongoing activity in your artistic discipline
  • Not be enrolled in any degree-seeking program

2 – Your Artistic Eligibility.

You need to create original work in one of the eligible disciplines, AND have recent and sustained artistic activity.

Recent and sustained is defined as activity over the course of at least the last five years, with multiple opportunities for the public to experience your work during this time. This can be through exhibits/screenings/performances/activities in art spaces, galleries, local businesses, art houses/film series, public art installations, public spaces, museums, fairs/festivals, community projects, and/or residencies with public-facing components. We do not accept portfolios/work samples.

If self-produced online presentations or sales of your work are your sole platform, such as Instagram or YouTube, we cannot consider your application eligible.

What Artistic Disciplines are Eligible

Only artists creating work in visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts or choreography may apply to this program. The applicant must be the primary maker of the creative work—for film/video, only the director and/or producer are eligible. Editors, cinematographers, assistant producers, television producers, screenwriters, television/film performers and crew members, dance performers, et al are not eligible.

Works which are intended for commercial or mass production, or are work-for-hire projects, are not eligible. These include music videos, television shows, graphic and fashion design, commissions, and industrial films.

Please review the definitions for the eligible disciplines:

  • Choreography
  • Visual Arts
  • Film/Video/Electronic/Digital Arts

3 – Your Emergency and Expenses Eligibility.

In this program, an emergency is a one-time, unexpected, non-chronic condition as a result of illness, violence, an accident or triggering event, or sudden medical event, that requires treatment to ensure your health or life, and which without treatment has extreme impact on your daily life and ability to carry out/return to your creative practice.

In each cycle, we can consider emergencies that have occurred within approximately the last six months. The earliest date for an eligible emergency is listed in the Cycles information. The  medical emergency and treatment must occur in the U.S. (including D.C., Tribal Nations and U.S. Territories).

How emergency expenses work:

Funds may be requested for expenses which you have already incurred, or will incur; which you have already paid for or have not. Whether or not you have insurance, you can request funds for your own out-of-pocket expenses. You may request funds for related, eligible expenses incurred for up to 12 months from the date of the emergency. If you have not yet received a diagnosis or treatment because of lack of funding or the timing of this application, you may still apply. If you haven’t yet received a diagnosis or treatment, and/or your documentation isn’t on hand, provide as much information about your condition as possible, including estimates of treatment costs in your local area, if possible. If you receive a grant, you will be required to submit copies of paid bills/receipts for all funded expenses. You may also be required to submit a copy of your two most recently filed tax returns, demonstrating your adjusted gross income.

Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, these out of pocket costs to the artist:

  • Provider (hospital/doctor/dentist/clinic) bills, including co-pays
  • Tests/diagnostics/assessments/consultations to determine necessary treatment
  • Physical/occupational therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic
  • Prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition
  • Emergency dental work
  • Transportation expenses to/from appointments/treatments

Grants cannot be requested for non-emergency medical conditions; ongoing medical/psychological/psychiatric treatment; wellness visits; regular check-ups, annual exams or procedures; standard vision care or eyeglasses, or hearing aids, or medical equipment (unless required as a direct result of an emergency injury/surgery/condition); elective procedures; insurance purchase/premiums; experimental treatments; or any non-medical expenses, even if the result of an emergency.

Grants cannot be requested for treatment, prescriptions, or other expenses related to a chronic condition, unless there are extenuating circumstances which cause an unexpected and severe worsening of the condition. Example: A recent traumatic incident triggered a flareup of an existing mental health condition.

Chronic diseases are defined broadly as conditions that last one year or more and require ongoing medical, dental, or mental health attention or limit activities of daily living or both.

Funds go directly to the artist, not a medical provider, vendor, or any individual on the grantee’s behalf. Grant awards are routinely paid via direct deposit.


New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is proud to partner with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants. Robert Rauschenberg was committed to assisting fellow artists in need of emergency medical aid, ultimately establishing the nonprofit foundation Change, Inc. in 1970. In this spirit, this program is designed to serve artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment or incur substantial and perhaps overwhelming debt. We recognize the urgency of caring for and helping one another and, while artists are famously self-sufficient, we encourage you to ask for support when needed.


NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. We strongly encourage artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, artists with disabilities, and artists living outside of the New York area to apply.

To request an accommodation or assistance in applying, please email [email protected]. We ask that requests for accommodation be made as soon as possible, preferably two weeks prior to the deadline, to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application on time.

NYFA’s Equity and Inclusion Statement can be found here.


If you have questions, please contact the Grants Coordinator at [email protected] or 212.366.6900 x 239.

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, Program Coordinator, Rauschenberg Grants, reviews the guidelines and application form of the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants and respond to frequently asked questions.

Image Credit: Robert Rauschenberg in front of his Vydock series photographed in Rauschenberg’s Laika Lane studio, Captiva, FL, 1995, Photo Credit: Ed Chappell, Copyright: Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


SPACES invites Cuyahoga county artists, creators, and curators to apply to The Urgent Art Fund!

SPACES will be accepting the first cycle of applications from January 23rd at 12AM – March 20th at 11:59PM.

They will be awarding 12 project-based grants of $4,000 throughout 2023 to the artist(s) and collectives based in Cuyahoga County on a quarterly basis for projects that are politically, culturally, and/or socially responsive. All applicants will receive feedback from our jurors.

More info and application at

The Urgent Art Fund is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture through the support for artists grant.

Great Lakes Theater Now Hiring Actor-Teachers

Great Lakes Theater is now hiring Actor-Teachers for the 2023-2024 season!

Great Lakes Theater (GLT) will be accepting video auditions for non-Equity actor-teachers for its School Residency Program for the 2023-2024 school year. These are full-time, seasonal, paid positions, beginning in August 2023, and continuing through May 2024.

Video submission deadline is Monday, May 1, 2023.

GLT seeks actors of diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences to create an inclusive ensemble to work in the classroom and online, helping students from 1st – 12th grade interpret and better understand classic texts through performance, activities, and discussion.

Video-recorded auditions should include one Shakespearean piece and one contrasting contemporary audition piece. Both should total no more than three minutes combined. Please complete this online application, including the link to your audition video in the comments section of the application form. Applicants also asked to attach a headshot and a resume detailing theatrical experience.

Rehearsal Begins: August 28, 2023

Eligibility: All applicants must be non-Equity actors, aged 21 or older. Previous stage experience or actor training recommended. An undergraduate degree (in any discipline), teaching experience or prior work with elementary, junior high or high school age students is recommended, but not required. Applicants must have a driver’s license and a reliable automobile. A background check will also be required. Proof of vaccination and booster for COVID-19 will be required.


Roy W. Dean Shorts Film Grant Now Accepting Applications

Apply now for the Roy W. Dean Shorts Film Grant, deadline April 29th, 2023.

Now, in its 3rd year, the Roy W. Dean Short Film Grant is now open for entries.  The grant offers the winner $3,000 and thousands more in donated services to help them complete their film.  The grant is sponsored by the 501(c)3 non-profit From the Heart Productions which is dedicated to helping independent filmmakers get their films funded.

The grant seeks short films that are unique and that make a contribution to society. Grant is open to narrative fiction shorts, live action or animated, that are 40 minutes or less in length.

In addition to the $3,000 cash prize, the winner will also receive $3,000.00 in music and audio services from well-known composer David Raiklen, $6,000.00 in animation from Emmy award winner Charlie Canfield, $1,400 value (4 hours of sound mix session) from Silver Sound, and more from other donors supporting indie filmmaking.

Deadline for the Roy W. Dean Grant for Short Films is April 29th 2023.

All Filmmakers Who Apply Get a Free Consultation

Like the other Roy W. Dean Grants offered each year, applicants receive the opportunity for a 15-minute consultation on their project with board member Carole Joyce.  Filmmakers can get advice on how to fund their film, build up a database of donors, market their film, and more.

“Carole Joyce amazed me with her ability to understand the subtleties of my project and then she connected me with like-minded people who were very excited about my project and eager to support my project.  As an empathetic connector, Carole Joyce understands both the creative and business side of film and that make her recommendations golden!”  Sophie P.

Filmmakers can apply for the grant at

For more information, please email [email protected] or call 805-984-0098

CSU School of Film & Media Arts Now Hiring Visiting Assistant College Lecturer

The Cleveland State University School of Film & Media Arts is now hiring a Visiting Assistant College Lecturer in Film & Media Arts – Cinematography.

The School of Film and Media Arts at Cleveland State University seeks applications for a Visiting Assistant College Lecturer in Film & Media Arts – Cinematography, starting August 21, 2023. CSU is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. CSU is striving to be a nationally recognized and student-focused public research institution that provides accessible, affordable, and Engaged Learning opportunities for all.

This position will teach four courses per semester and engage in service duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have professional experience in cinematography and lighting design for film, video, and media arts. Current and fluent knowledge of advanced processes and techniques in professional high-definition video formats, and significant experience with digital tools, techniques, and workflows are essential. Candidates should be able to teach a broad variety of film and media arts courses, particularly beginning and advanced cinematography, as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced film production classes.

Located on the top floor of the Idea Center building in downtown Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, the School of Film & Media Arts has a 72 credit BFA program focusing on the creation of original work with six tracks: Writing and Directing, Writing and Producing, Acting and Directing, Cinematography, Post-Production and Interactive Media. The state-of-the-art 36,000 square foot facility includes two sound stages with 10K LED lighting instruments, a 10gb network with Avid Nexis media server, iMac teaching labs, a well-equipped equipment cage with 4K acquisition, and spectacular views of the city and Lake Erie.

•  Master’s degree in film or related field
•  Two years of professional experience with camera or film lighting departments;
•  Ability to contribute to the film school through teaching and/or service, cultural inclusion, and excellence to the CSU community.

• Terminal degree (MFA or Ph.D.) in a relevant field;
• Evidence of two years of experience as a Director of Photography in a professional environment;
• Successful teaching experience at the university level;
• Evidence of knowledge and ability to apply set etiquette and production workflow;
• National/international narrative film cinematography credits;
• Two years of direct experience with Sony camera systems, with proficiency when shooting in sLog;
• Two years of direct experience working with traditional grip or electric equipment;
• Demonstrable experience producing a film, from inception through distribution.

Applications will be exclusively accepted online at
  Mailed or emailed application materials will not be accepted. Questions should be directed to James Joyce, Search Committee Chair, School of Film & Media Arts – [email protected].

Preference will be given to complete application submitted before February 23, 2023. Finalists will be interviewed through video conference and/or campus visit. Candidates must be able to work in the United States on or before July 1, 2023.