A 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
Looking 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!
If you have any questions or need additional information don’t hesitate to contact WFI.