FILM FOUNDATIONS & GRANTS
Sponsors grants and fellowships to encourage developing filmmakers, including: Nichols Fellowships in Screenwriting and Student Academy Awards.
Academy of Television
The College Television Awards is a major Academy competition which recognizes excellence in college student film/video productions. It is national in scope, accepting entries each year from scores of colleges and universities. The entire program, including $24,500 in cash prizes, is sponsored by the Academy Foundation. First place winners receive $2,000, second place winners receive $1,000, and third place winners receive $500.
Adolph and Esther
Gottlieb Society Foundation
Provides funding for visual artists who incorporate video and film into their work. A Funder FAQ posted by the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.
212.226.0581 | http://www.aivf.org/resources/faq/funderarchives/0007_coe.html
American Film Institute
Directing Workshop for women
Deadline: January 13
AFI's DWW is designed specifically for women who are working in the arts and are ready to seriously pursue narrative directing. Applicants must have a minimum of five years experience in the arts but may have no professional credits as a narrative director. If you have just completed film school, it is to your advantage to take some time and build up work experience before applying to the program.
Gives out numerous awards to each year's winners. For more information, see FC Search.
Aperture Film Grant
For film and video projects costing $20,000 or less. A Funder FAQ posted by the Arts Resource Network. Call for information
310.772.8294 | http://www.aivf.org/resources/faq/funderarchives/9908_coe.html
Opportunities for Individuals in Film, Video, and Media
Courtesy of the City of
Independent Video and Filmmakers
Offers a list of funders for its members, an open forum about fundraising, and links to other financial resources. Need to join association for full access.
Check out the screenplay competition. This competition is open to writers who do not earn a living writing for film or TV with original, feature-length screenplays (90-120 pages). Cash prizes awarded in three feature-length categories: comedy ($1,000 prize), adult/mature ($4,000), children/family ($4,000). Winners also receive hotel accomodation and airfare reimbursement (up to $500) to/from the Heart of Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference
Company Writer's Film Project
Offer a screenwriting fellowship.
Chez Jim: Financing Films
Reviews a wide variety of funding and other kinds of assistance available to film producers. Courtesy of Jim Chevallier,
Creative Capital funds artist projects in four disciplines: visual arts (includes installation art, painting, fiber art, mixed media works, public art, etc.), film/video arts, performing arts (includes music, dance, theater, puppetry, performance art, etc.), and emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work, and experimental literature). Projects that transcend traditional discipline boundaries are highly encouraged. Creative Capital operates on a two-year grant cycle, funding alternative disciplines each year. The first year of each cycle, we issue grants in visual and film/video arts; the second year, performing and emerging arts.
Dance Films Association
Grants for Post-Production Expenses
Echo Lake Productions:
Production Company and Film Fund for Independents
Film Arts Foundation
Founded in 1968, Film/Video Arts is the largest nonprofit media arts center in the
Film Arts Foundation
The goal of the Film Arts Foundation Grants Program is to encourage new and diverse works by film and video artists who have little likelihood of being supported through traditional funding sources. In 2000, Film Arts Foundation will give 16 cash awards valued at $68,500 and 12 awards in materials and access valued at over $52,000. These awards are targeted for film and videomakers in categories that are among the most difficult areas in which to raise money for media projects.
Robeson Fund for Independent Media
The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media named to honor this singer, actor and civil rights activist, supports independent film, video and radio projects made by organizations and independent media producers on critical social issues. The Robeson Fund supports pre-production and distribution of film and video, and all stages of radio productions that: combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium, will reach a broad audience with an organizing component, demonstrate how the production will be used for social change organizing.
Hints for embarking on the fundraising journey by Michelle Coe. Courtesy of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.
Independent Film and
Each issue of The Independent Film & Video Monthly contains a Funder FAQ: an in-depth profile of a media funder. The Independent also publishes an extensive list of funding opportunities in each issue. Note: access limited to subscribers.
Each year ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs produced by independent producers primarily for public television and beyond. ITVS is looking for proposals which increase diversity on public television and present a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. All production funding requests must be submitted in accordance with ITVS guidelines.
Includes informataion of funding by deadlines, without deadlines, and information about fiscal sponsorship.
800.995.3766 | http://www.jeromefdn.org/
John D. & Catherine
T. McArthur Foundation
312.726.8000 | http://www.macfdn.org/
Morrie Warshawski's Home Page
Morrie Warshawski, author of "Shaking the Money Tree: How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video" recently announced the launch of a new Web site with an extensive bibliography on fundraising for independent film and video projects. The site also includes a RealAudio clip on "How to Throw a Fundraising House Party" taken from an appearance on Marketplace Radio. For more information, Warshawski can be contacted at MorrieWar@aol.com.
Moxie Film Grants
Moxie Films was founded in 1992 to support the careers of emerging filmmakers as well as the spirit of the independent film, documentary and short. Explore this web page to learn more about the MoxieShorts Screening and Competition Series, the Moxie Docs Film Grant, and a new Digital Feature Production Grant.
Programming Consortium Grants
NBPC funds, commissions, acquires and awards talented makers of quality African American film and video projects. Selected programs reflect a variety of subjects and production styles. NBPC funds every phase of the production process -- i.e., research and development, scripting, production, and post-production. Since 1979, NBPC has provided more than $5 million dollars in grants to both independent and station-based producers.
National Endowment For The Arts (Film/Video Arts) ($10,000-$35,000)
202.682.5452 | http://www.nea.gov/
National Endowment for
202.606.8269 | http://www.neh.gov/
The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) was created by the U.S. Congress to save
Foundation for Jewish Culture
Provides financial support for theater, music, dance, filmmaking, fiction, and Jewish Studies scholarship.
New Voices Media Fund
Open Door Fund
415.863.0814 | http://www.naatanet.org/
Oppenheimer Camera New
Filmmaker Equipment Grant
206.467.8666 | http://www.oppenheimercamera.com/
Panavision New Filmmakers Program (Camera Gear)
818.316.1000 | http://www.panavision.com/
The Playboy Foundation is the charitable giving program of Playboy Enterprises that provides funding for documentary film and video projects in the postproduction stage.
Princess Grace Awards for
Aspiring Young Theater, Dance, and Film Artists in
The Charles & Lucille
King Family Foundation ($2500)
212.682.2913 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Walt Disney
Fellowship Writing Program
818.560.6894 | http://www.abctalentdevelopment.com/html/write.htm
Thousand Words Finishing
The Thousand Words Finishing Fund is designed to work together with emerging filmmakers to create intelligent, innovative, and challenging film. The fund is available for a variety of resources such as editing, sound mixing, music rights, etc.
310.859.8330 | http://www.thousand-words.com/
University Film and Video
Offers a variety of grant programs.
Why Fund Media?
Advice for grantmakers on the benefits of funding media.
Women in Film Foundation
8857 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 201
Beverly Hills, Ca 90211
310.657.5144 ext. 24
WIF's purpose is to empower, promote, nurture, and mentor women in the industry through a network of valuable contacts, events, and programs including the Women In Film Mentor Program, the award-winning Public Service Announcement Production Program, and the Internship Program in association with the Fulfillment Fund. Additionally, we provide film finishing funds, scholarships, grants, advocacy, community outreach programs, monthly networking breakfasts, seminars, workshops, and a screening series with filmmakers.
Women Make Movies
This nonprofit web page provides information about their fiscal sponsorship program, with guidelines, and a template for the proposal that needs to be submitted.
Writer's Film Project
The Writer's Film Project (WFP) offers fiction, theater, and film writers the opportunity to begin a career in screenwriting. This year, up to five writers will be chosen to participate, and each will receive a $20,000 stipend to cover his or her living expenses. The WFP writers are chosen by competition, and evaluated on the basis of prose and dramatic writing samples. Selected writers form a screenwriting workshop in
Chesterfield Writer's Film Project
213.683.3977 | Info@chesterfield-co.com | http://www.chesterfield-co.com/html/wfp.html