June 30 , 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Academy Embraces Diversity With 683 New Members, Including John Boyega and Michael B. Jordan
After its most contentious year ever, it appears the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is finally attempting to correct its severe diversity problem. The organization announced its official new member — a whopping list of 683 names — and the class of 2016 is 46% female and 41% people of color.
Read more | IndieWire »

Media unites to highlight San Francisco homeless crisis
Nearly 80 media organizations banned together for one purpose: Make the issue top of mind and surface possible solutions. The effort — dubbed the SF Homeless Project — was spearheaded by Audrey Cooper, editor-in-chief of The San Francisco Chronicle. Outlets ranging from Medium, public radio stations, BuzzFeed and The California Sunday Magazine have committed to publish stories on the subject this week.
Read more | CNN »

Study Finds Films Directed By Women Suffer From Distribution ‘Trust Gap’
The fact that female filmmakers have limited opportunities when compared to their male contemporaries is unfortunately nothing new, though a new study conducted by online film-financing hub Slated and published on The Hollywood Reporter this morning is putting some frustrating facts and statistics into perspective.
Read more | IndieWire »

Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald on the need for diversity in the hiring process
Robert Greenwald, an independent documentary filmmaker and president of Brave New Films, praised the academy’s announcement but noted that more steps toward diversity need to occur in the hiring process.
Read more | The Los Angeles Times »

2017 SXSW Film Festival Submissions Now Open
You’ve put blood, sweat, tears and money into your film, and it’s time to meet your audience. SXSW Film is the perfect place to find it! It’s a great opportunity to discover new talent, fresh visions and future-thinking creativity and we want you to be a part of that! We’re on a mission to find innovative and entertaining narrative and documentary features, short films, music videos, title sequences, and Texas High School short films.
Read more | SXSW »

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Next Week

  • Deadline: DOK LEIPZIG Submissions 7/7
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival When 7/1 – 7/9

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