Pacific Pioneer Fund for emerging documentary filmmakers due 12/1/17

Pacific Pioneer Fund supports emerging documentary filmmakers. The term “emerging” is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of making documentaries, who has demonstrated that commitment by several years — but no more than ten — of practical film or video experience. Grants to support filmmakers are limited to filmmakers or videographers who live and work in California, Oregon and Washington. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. The next application deadlines are 12/01/17, and 06/01/18.
Apply today: http://www.pacificpioneerfund.com

 

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Tribeca All Access® Fund Open for Submissions

Tribeca All Access® seeks feature-length scripted and documentary projects from both established and emerging storytellers whose team include a director, producer, and/or screenwriter from a community that is underserved in the industry. Projects may be in any stage of development, from the treatment/screenplay stage through post-production. Projects of any genre and/or budget range are welcome to apply.

Five scripted filmmakers and five documentary filmmakers will each receive $10,000 in grant money that may be used in the following ways:

For All Programs: Grants can be used towards any stage from development through post-production. Grantees will participate in workshops and info sessions with industry during the Tribeca Film Festival – including Tribeca Film Institute’s center-piece film market, TFI Network. Deadline: November 6

Apply today: https://tribecafilminstitute.org/pages/taa_rules

 

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Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund

Tribeca Film Institute, through its Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, will offer grants ranging from $10,000 – $25,000. The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide funding to 6-10 feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films will be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach. More than half of the fund will support projects about women and youth around the globe, and illuminate the ways they are working to improve their communities, their futures and the world.

Eligible films for the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter, but also in form. Films should also be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and resonate with a wide audience. We are seeking feature-length documentaries that are in advanced development, production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition date after June 2017.

Deadline: February 5, 2017 & Apply today: http://bit.ly/1Kv1RXQ

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IDA Seeks Applications to Support Independent Documentary Films

PL2015_647The International Documentary Association is accepting applications for the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States.Through the Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund, IDA will award production grants of up to $25,000 to up to a dozen projects that tell a compelling story and focus on one of Pare Lorentz’s central concerns — the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all, and/or the illumination of pressing social problems.

Projects must be in production at the time of application, with the bulk of research and development completed but still having substantial production or post-production related work and expenses remaining. Grant funds may be used for production and post-production related expenses incurred during the period of support. To be eligible, the applicant must be 18 years of age or older and be a producer and/or director of the submitted work. In addition, the applicant must be an independent filmmaker working on an original project. The applicant also should be an experienced filmmaker with at least one key above-the-line (producer, director, co-director, co-producer) or other principal creative (director of photography, editor) credit on a previously completed documentary.

IDA will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until July 31, 2017. Applications will be reviewed throughout the period, with grants being awarded quarterly. See the IDA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Women In Film Los Angeles Opens 2016 Grant Applications

WFI_resourcespage_pic01Women In Film Los Angeles has begun accepting applications for their 2016 Finishing Fund grants. WIF will give up to $25,000 in grants for films, animations, documentaries and experimental shorts of longform cinema by women or films about women. Applications close on June 30, with winners to be announced in November. Applications for a grant can be found here. http://womeninfilm.org/film-finishing-fund/

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Happy New Year! Complimentary list of 30 + grants for filmmakers…

funding_film_jpgHappy New Year! Thank you for visiting our blog! Here’s a list of filmmaking tools, deadlines, and opportunities.

A New Year means new beginnings – particularly if you are seeking grant funding, professional development and support services for your film project. Looking for funding and support for your film? You’ve come to the right place. Here’s a complimentary list that includes 30 ++ funding opportunities and support programs for filmmakers in the U.S. and internationally. The listings include information about funding organizations with deadlines, synopses of funding criteria, websites, contact information, as well as other pertinent information to help in qualifying your film for the opportunity. We’re thrilled to provide you with this tool to save time and increase your filmmaking success.

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Cal Humanities Invites Applications for Community Stories Grants Program

Community_Stories_3A program of Cal Humanities, Community Stories (previously the California Story Fund) is a competitive grants program designed to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities, past and present.

Community Stories funds projects that focus on the collection and sharing of real stories of California’s communities. Projects must involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor, use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research, and produce work that is publicly accessible.

Grant awards range up to $10,000. A cash or in-kind match is required.  The next application deadline is February 1, 2016 at 5 pm. Download the guidelines below to begin preparing your proposal!  More information: http://calhum.org/grants/community-stories-grant

A new year and new funding opportunities for filmmakers!

WFI_resourcespage_pic01A New Year means new beginnings – particularly if you are seeking grant funding, professional development and support services for your film project. Here are some deadlines and opportunities that you won’t want to miss:

Sundance Screenwriters Lab 
Dates: January 15-20, 2016 (open application)
Description: The Screenwriters Lab is a five-day writer’s workshop that gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking. Through one-on-one story sessions with Creative Advisors, Fellows engage in an artistically rigorous process that offers them indispensable lessons in craft, as well as the means to do the deep exploration needed to fully realize their material.

Eligibility US & International Filmmakers; The Screenwriters Lab supports writers and writer/directors developing their first or second narrative feature film. If you have previously had more than one narrative feature produced, you are not eligible to apply. More info: http://www.sundance.org/programs/feature-film

NEH Media Projects: Production Grants
Dates: January 13, 2016 for Projects Beginning August 2016.
Description: Production Grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience. More info: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-production-grants

Film Independent’s Fast Track
Dates:
Accepting applications for the 2016 Fast Track in January.
Description: What is Film Independent’s Fast Track?
Fast Track is a three day film financing market, held during the Los Angeles Film Festival and designed to help producer-director teams “fast track” their projects forward through sixty meetings with top executives, financiers, agents, managers, distributors, granting organizations, and production companies. During three days of intensive meetings, participants gain valuable exposure and build vital relationships as they propel their films towards completion. More info: http://www.filmindependent.org/labs-and-programs/fast-track/#.VnrTj8pU3oU

 

Donate_WFI_list_01Looking for funding and support for your film? The Women’s Film Institute has compiled a comprehensive list of funding opportunities and professional development programs to serve U.S. and international filmmakers. All public listings include information about funding organizations with deadlines, synopses of funding criteria, websites, contact information, as well as other pertinent information to help in qualifying your film for the opportunity.

We’re thrilled to provide you with this tool to save time and increase your filmmaking success. We’ve compiled this list so that you can start your search right away and start taking steps to build relationships with funders to secure your film the funding it deserves. When you make a gift, you will receive the list of funding opportunities in your inbox. Your gift will help us continue our commitment to providing affordable professional development resources to filmmakers worldwide!

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Tips on finding and securing funding for your film

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By Scarlett Shepard, Founder of the Women’s Film Institute

Where’s the money? This is a common question that every filmmaker asks themselves when they need to advance their project to a certain phase of production. There are millions of dollars out there for your film, you just need to know where to find it! Are you wondering where to start? Finding funding and support during the early stages is always key to bringing you closer to finishing your film.  It’s good to start early because many grant deadlines are offered once a year and funders can take months to reach a decision whether to fund you or not. Here are some key components to have in place before applying to grants:

Know Your Story / Set Your Fundraising Goals – Start by setting goals that will help you to understand your story and scope of need. Remember that Foundations are mandated to give money to people and projects that match their current goals. You are helping them to fulfill their mission and support work that they cannot do on their own.

Build Your Fundraising Committee of 5 to 7 people – Assemble a team that has experience in funding and grant writing and that can leverage their networks and community to raise funds for your film.  Make sure to keep your committee engaged by providing them with regular progress updates, offer support and guidance, and reminding each member of fundraising goals. Bottom line, fundraising committees are the work of a team with a strategic plan (a clear roadmap on how to obtain funds) and not pure luck. Fundraising is not just asking for money. It is the process of identifying potential donors, cultivating them, asking for funds, and stewarding them.

Recruit, Recruit, Recruit! First things first—figure out who should be on your fundraising committee. Start by making a list of all the people who are already close to your project; include a diverse group of people who have different skills (and connections) that are critical to the needs of your film.

Trailer – According to Fernanda Rossi, New York-based story expert advises: “The length of your trailer can range from one minute to 20 minutes. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, for example, prefers the term “work-in-progress,” and advises that submissions be 10 to 30 minutes-which is the benchmark range for most grantmakers. For pitch forums like Sheffield Doc Fest’s Meet Market, IDFA’s Forum and Hot Docs’ Toronto Documentary Forum, the trailer ranges from one to 5 minutes. For fundraising events, your trailer can be as long as seven minutes. And a general fundraising trailer might be as long as 20 minutes.”

Write a Kick-Ass Funding Proposal – In addition to the trailer, you should have proposal that clearly outlines your project.  Grantors want compelling proposals and films. More pointers here: Writing a Kick-Ass Funding Proposal

Build trusted relationships with FundersCarole Dean, president of From The Heart, authored “The Art of Film Funding”, says: “Don’t be shy. You would never enter a grant without first making contact with the grantor. This is your great opportunity to introduce yourself and make an important connection. Place your call in “prime time” from 10 to 12 or 2 to 4 and ask to speak directly to the operations officer in charge of the grant. If they don’t answer, try again later or get information on the best time to reach them. More information: How to Win a Film Grant

Website & Social Media & Community – Start building a community and fan base for your film right away.  It takes a village to make and raise money for your film. How many friends do you have on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin and Twitter?? Your community should start with your inner social circle. Share and promote your film (clips, photos, articles, etc.)  with friends and family, and give them concrete ways to support you and your film. More info: 10 Social Media Tips for Filmmakers (Especially When Crowdfunding)

Prepare for the highs and lows of securing funding – Sometimes you have to hear “NO” to get to “YES.   This doesn’t mean your film sucks and you should quit filmmaking because you didn’t receive a grant or a funder passes on your project. Applying for a grant requires plenty of tenacity, preparation, and research.  Ask the funder for feedback to continue to build the relationship, and for referrals for anyone they might know that would be interested in learning about your film.  Keep in touch with the funder with updates about your project because they might fund you later on a different phase of your production, or on a different project.

Remember, Grantwriters fund projects based on what matters to them and aligned with their mission/objectives/initiatives.  Your grant proposal has to have a solid plan for using the money. Whether you’re just starting out or need that last bit of money to finish your film, here’s some resources for funding and Request for Proposals:

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NYFA Source is the nation’s most extensive database of awards, services and publications for artists of all disciplines including dance, folk, traditional, media, performance, interdisciplinary, visual, music, literature, theater, and arts management.

The Foundation Center – Where can I find grants for film or videomakers? At the Foundation Center you can find information about nearly 90,000 grantmakers.

The Women’s Film Institute has gathered a list of filmmaking tools, discounts, services and information on our site.  This site is helpful to all filmmakers.  We’ll be adding more tools and discounts to this page every week! I recommend bookmarking it for your reference.

Women’s Film Institute Podcast:The Art of Securing Funding For Filmmakers with Morrie Warshawski. In this podcast episode, Scarlett Shepard (Founder of the Women’s Film Institute) speaks with Morrie Warshawski. Morrie offers some really helpful tips on raising money for filmmakers. Learn how to secure funding for your film from individuals, foundations, and corporations.

SFWFI_Funding_Filmmakers_website_01Grant researching takes times and grant writing can seem daunting. Women’s Film Institute has compiled a comprehensive list of over 200++ funding opportunities and professional development programs to serve U.S. and international women filmmakers. We’ve compiled this list so that you can start your search right away and start taking steps to build relationships with funders to secure your film the funding it deserves.

P.S.
Always remember that you and your film have tremendous value to the world, and making a film is not an easy undertaking. Do something everyday to advance your project, even if it seems like a tiny step that you wished were bigger. Keep in mind that, no matter how small, each step will get your film closer to the next phase of production and will bring you closer to fulfilling your dream of reaching the big screen.

Funding for Filmmakers

SFWFI_Funding_Filmmakers_website_01Looking for funding and support for your film? Welcome! You’ve come to the right place.  The Women’s Film Institute has compiled a comprehensive list of funding opportunities and professional development programs to serve U.S. and international women filmmakers. All public listings include information about funding organizations with deadlines, synopses of funding criteria, websites, contact information, as well as other pertinent information to help in qualifying your film for the opportunity. We’re thrilled to provide you with this tool to save time and increase your filmmaking success.

We’ve compiled this list so that you can start your search right away and start taking steps to build relationships with funders to secure your film the funding it deserves.

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