MARYLAND FILM OFFICE BULLETIN BOARD - LABS /GRANTS / FUNDING

 

POSTED FEBRUARY 25, 2016

NEW TV SHOW "LIVE AT 9:30" ACCEPTING "180 AT 9:30" FILM SUBMISSIONS

GROUNDBREAKING TV MUSIC VARIETY SHOW "LIVE AT 9:30" PREMIERES THIS SPRING ON PUBLIC TELEVISION

NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR "180 AT 9:30" THREE-MINUTE FILMS TO AIR AS PART OF EACH NEW EPISODE

"Live At 9:30," the groundbreaking TV music variety show launching nationwide on public television this spring, is excited to announce it is accepting submissions for "180 At 9:30," which will be a series of separate short films to air as part of each new episode. "180 At 9:30" will spotlight talented filmmakers from around the world. The films - which must be music-related or prominently feature music - must be no longer or shorter than 3 minutes. Therein lies the challenge! "Live At 9:30" will consider any type of film: mini-documentaries, animation, biopic or fiction. The only limitation is imagination and 180 seconds. The submission process is detailed below.

Announced earlier this month, "Live At 9:30" has drawn intense interest (Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Billboard) for what promises to be a new series unlike any other- an unpredictable, modern-day music variety
show filmed at Washington, DC's legendary 9:30 Club. Each cinematic, one-hour episode of"Live At 9:30"will feature a collection of acts from different genres, interspersed with insightful and entertaining interviews, short films, and comedic bits. In a word: variety; variety that people will be talking about.

The first three episodes of the 12-episode premiere season will feature performances by Garbage, The Arcs, Tove Lo, Ibeyi, El Vy, MisterWives, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Frank Turner, MS MR, Cold War Kids, Youth Lagoon, and Jess Glynne.Wayne White, of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" fame, will be "Live At 9:30's" art director. Episodes will feature an unexpected mix of contributors and hosts, including Henry Rollins, NPR Music's Bob Boilen, Hannibal Buress, Jill Kargman, Ralphie May, and many more surprise guests.

"180 At 9:30" Submission Process: Filmmakers up for the challenge, should send email no later than April 30th, 2016 to annika@thecontentfarm.tv. The email must include:

- A short treatment of your idea
- A rough proposed budget
- A resume or bio
- Links to previous work as well as other information as needed - e.g., info on principal cast, equipment you'd use.

The "Live At 9:30" viewing committee will review all submissions and will fund the projects they find innovative, entertaining and compelling.

www.liveat930.com

 

Posted February 24, 2016

IFP Filmmaker Labs

LAST CHANCE! - Deadline to apply: March 1st

To apply for the Documentary Lab, click here.

To apply for the Narrative Lab, click here.

IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.

Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production.

The IFP Screen Forward Labs, a yearlong program and incubator for the creators of serialized projects that push storytelling forward! For more information, click here.

2016 Program Dates

Application Deadline: March 1st

Time Warner Foundation Completion Lab
Documentary: May 9 -13, 2016
Narrative: May 23 – 27, 2016
Independent Film Week: September 17 – 22, 2016
Distribution Lab: November 2016

 

 

Posted February 19, 2016

Made By Women | Indigenous Media Incubator | DEADLINE: February 26

Women In Film Los Angeles has partnered with Indigenous Media on Made By Women, an incubator aimed at producing dramatic series programming written & directed by women. Indigenous Media will finance 5 short pilots from new voices with the potential to produce and fund full-length versions. A mentor will work with each selected writer through the process to help bring these projects to life. Committed Mentors: Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), Sarah Treem (The Affair), Betty Thomas (Private Parts), Mimi Leder (The Leftovers) and Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou).


WIF LA will be selecting three writer/directors to recommend for Made By Women. Women In Film Members who are interested in being considered should submit a pilot treatment, writing sample, resume and personal statement via our website or the link below by February 26. Women who are not yet members may become members and submit.

Required Materials:
• Personal Statement (250 words or less)
• Dramatic Pilot Treatment (500 words or less)
• Writing Sample (first 10 pages of an original screenplay/episode)
• Creative Resume

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!

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The Fledgling Fund Engagement Lab

The Fledgling Engagement Lab brings together a small number of social issue documentary film teams along with experts and mentors to design and implement effective outreach and engagement strategies. It is designed to support each project team and maximize the film’s social impact. Participants become Fledgling Fellows. More information is available on Fledgling's website.

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Hot Docs Deal Maker

Hot Docs Deal Maker is a one-on-one pitch-meeting program at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto for producers seeking financing from the international marketplace. Projects will be pre-selected for these valuable meetings with key decision makers, commissioning editors and other film financers. More information is available here.

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Writers Lab (women over 40) open for submissions - DEADLINE April 16

Presented by IRIS and New York Women in Film & Television, the Writers Lab evolved in recognition of the need to provide women screenwriters over 40 with development opportunities. We believe it is critical to nurture a generation of women whose voices have not been heard and are in danger of being lost entirely. The Writers Lab is presented in collaboration with The Writers Guild of America, East.

Following our inspiring inaugural year, we are thrilled to announce our second year of this annual event. The 2016 Lab will bring 12 promising scripts from women screenwriters together with outstanding professional female filmmakers for an intensive screenwriting retreat. The Lab will take place over the course of four days, Thursday, September 22, to Sunday, September 25. The application window will open on Monday, February 1, 2016, and close on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Early Bird Fees and Late Fees will apply. See details for application submission incentives.

If you are applying and want the Women in Film (WIFV) chapter discount, visit the WIFV-DC website to join. You will then needto contact the Directorof WIFV-DC (director@wifv.org) to send a verification letter to NYWIFT. 

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Innovative Creators with Story-Driven, Serialized Projects - Apply to the 2016 Screen Forward Labs!

Applications for the 2016 Screen Forward Labs are now open!

Deadline to apply: March 4th

To apply, click here.

Who Can Apply
*Innovative creators with story-driven, serialized projects created on all platforms and formats including, but not limited to, web series, VR, or app-based work (Vine, Instagram, Snapchat, etc)

*All projects must have at minimum a representative visual sample (a completed episode, demo, excerpt) already in place and cannot have launched publicly.

*Web projects in early development (script/pitch stage only) are not eligible for the Labs.

About the Program
IFP’s Screen Forward Labs is a yearlong program and incubator for the creators of serialized projects that push storytelling forward. Inspired by the Independent Filmmaker Labs that focuses on helping directors complete, market and introduce audiences to cutting edge first-features, the Screen Forward Labs will support innovative media creators with $10,000 worth of services and support. An intensive week-long Lab will provide participants with the knowledge, resources, and mentor support necessary for developing strong pitches, securing financing, creating marketing strategies and finding unique avenues for the distribution of their work.

A free six-month residency at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP as well as individualized access to classes, workshops and support from industry and creative mentors will follow. The Lab will culminate with all projects presenting and pitching to investors, digital distributors, network executives, tech companies, and partners at Screen Forward Newfronts.

2015 Advisors and Program Mentors included Ingrid Jungermann (The Slope and F to 7th), Michael Gottwald (High Maintenance and Beasts of the Southern Wild), as well as industry leaders Saschka Unseld (Oculus Story Studio) and Jennifer MacArthur (Borderline Media).


For more information on how to apply, please see our Program Guidelines.

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The Pixel Lab - Submission DEADLINE March 24

The Pixel Lab is now accepting applications.

The Pixel Lab - 25 June - 1 July in Inverness, Scotland - will explore how interactivity, immersive formats and new media tools can add value to your film, TV or new media project and engage new audiences.

Accepting 20 producers with a project and 20 media professionals, participants will receive intense training and advice from the world’s leading figures in media innovation including:

- Eleanor Coleman, Indie Sales (FR/US)
- Rob Crossen, Electric Mansions (NZ/UK)
- Nick Fortugno, Playmatics (US)
- Michel Reilhac, Mélange (FR)
- Lance Weiler, Reboot Stories (US)
- Jennifer Wilson, The Project Factory (AU)

Plus participants also engage in 1-2-1 business meeting with executives from companies such as Arts Council England, BBC, Bell Fund, BFI Film Fund, Canada Media Fund, Channel 4, CNC, Creative Europe, DFI, ZDF, Google UK, Harmony Institute, IFP, IMCINE, Kickstarter, McCann, National Theatre, Nexus Productions, NZ on Air, Penguin Random House, Screen Australia, SODEC, The Guardian, The Space, The Walt Disney Company, Tribeca Film Institute, Wellcome Trust, YouTube, ZDF, and many more!

Head to our website to find full details and to apply online.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS THURSDAY 24 MARCH, 18.00 GMT.

The Pixel Lab is supported Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

Additional support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds and SDI

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IFP Filmmaker Labs - Application period open

Application for the 2016 IFP Filmmaker Labs are now open!
Deadline to apply: March 1st

To apply for the Documentary Lab, click here.

To apply for the Narrative Lab, click here.

IFP’s unique year-long mentorship program supports first-time feature directors when they need it most: through the completion, marketing and distribution of their films. Focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million), this highly immersive program provides filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films – and their careers.

Through the Labs, IFP works to ensure that talented emerging voices receive the support, resources, and industry exposure necessary to reach audiences. Open to all first time feature documentary and narrative directors with films in post-production.

The IFP Screen Forward Labs, a yearlong program and incubator for the creators of serialized projects that push storytelling forward! For more information, click here.

2016 Program Dates

Application Deadline: March 1st

Time Warner Foundation Completion Lab
Documentary: May 9 -13, 2016
Narrative: May 23 – 27, 2016
Independent Film Week: September 17 – 22, 2016
Distribution Lab: November 2016

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Cinestory Fellowship and Awards – Seeking up-and-coming screenwriters for developmental mentorship program. Prizes include cash award, free tuition, room and board at the Cinestory Writers Retreat, 12-month fellowship with 2 Hollywood professionals, and other prizes for first place; cash, mentorship, and other prizes for second and third place. Submit original feature-length screenplay (85-130 pages) in any genre. Your name and contact information must not appear on the title page or in the file. See website for complete guidelines and application instructions. FEE: $45-$70. Cinestory, PO Box 661962, Los Angeles, CA 90066, T: (323) 900-0502, info@cinestory.org,www.cinestory.org. Deadline: March 15, 20162016 (extended)

 

 

Posted March 20, 2015

Hearst Foundation Grants for Cultural Projects – Supports programs that enrich the lives of young people by engaging them in cultural activities, primarily through arts-in-education programs. Grants are awarded to major institutions and community organizations in the arts and sciences that address the lack of arts programming in pre-K through 12th grade curricula by providing comprehensive, on-site and/or outreach education activities. Considers requests from organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. Submit a brief cover letter, one-page executive summary, and a five-page proposal narrative and attachments. See website for complete guidelines and application procedure. NOTE: Applications by postal mail only. Organizations East of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 300 West 57th St., 26th Fl, New York, New York 10019-3741, T: (212) 586-5404, FAX: (212) 586-1917; Organizations West of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 90 New Montgomery St., Ste. 1212, San Francisco, CA 94105, T: (415) 908-4500, FAX: (415) 348-0887, http://www.hearstfdn.org/. 

Deadline: Ongoing

 

 

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Funding/Grant Information - Links

  1. The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Society Foundation
    Offers grants to individual visual artists through two programs: an annual Individual Support Grant and a separate program to assist visual artists in cases of catastrophic events through an Emergency Grant program.
  2. Alabama Humanities Foundation - Grants Program
    Non-profit organizations are applicable for grants from this foundation, this site provides the guidelines for the application process.
  3. American Antiquarian Society (AAS)
    Call for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history.
  4. Animating Democracy Initiative
    Read about grants offered by this arts advocacy program sponsored by Americans for the Arts.
  5. Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
    Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are dedicated to strengthening America through education.
  6. Astrea National Lesbian Action Foundation
    Grants and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied community challenging oppression and claim human rights.
  7. Ben and Jerry's Foundation
    The Ben & Jerry's Foundation offers competitive grants to not-for-profit, grassroots organizations throughout the United States which facilitate progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems.
  8. The Boeing Company
    U.S. contributions program welcomes applications in five U.S. Focus Areas: education; health and human services; arts and culture; civic; and the environment.
  9. Carnegie Corporation
    Many areas of funding includes: education, international peace and security, international development, United States democracy.
  10. Center For Independent Documentaries
    CID is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to collaborating with independent filmmakers, offering assistance and support in bringing their films to completion.
  11. Chicken and Egg Pictures
    Chicken and Egg Pictures are a “hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they’re embracing, translating and exploring on film.”  Chicken and Egg Pictures has given our over 1 million dollars to filmmakers in the last five years.
  12. Corporation for Public Broadcasting
    Grants open to individuals or institutions in television, research and consulting.
  13. Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
    Asian films, articles and filmmaker resources - A non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.
  14. Creative Capital Foundation
    Organization provides grants to film, video, and new media artists. Learn how to apply and get profiles of grantees.
  15. Fleischhacker Foundation
    The Foundation has two grant making programs: Arts & Culture and Precollegiate (K-12) Education.
  16. Ford Foundation
    Broad grants database includes asset building, community development, knowledge, creativity, freedom, peace and social justice areas.
  17. The Foundation Center
    Grantseekers, funding research, training and tutorials.
  18. Fractured Atlas

  19. Frameline
    Frameline's Filmmaker Support Program seeks to provide grants, awards and training to insure that new LGBT films make it to the screen.
  20. The Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking
    The Fund is designed to support the creation of original documentary films and videos that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, culture, identity, and contemporary issues among diverse public audiences
  21. Funding Exchange/Paul Robeson Fund
    Funding Exchange (FEX) is a leader in the social justice movements. The Activist-Advised Funds of the Funding Exchange directly involve community activists and leaders in philanthropic decision-making.
  22. Greenhouse Fund
    The Greenhouse Fund competitively awards grants for industry training and professional development projects for public television professionals.
  23. Indiegogo
  24. Independent Television Services (ITVS)
    ITVS is looking for proposals that increase diversity on public television and present a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms that complement and challenge existing public television offerings.
  25. International Film Seminars - Scholarships
    Organization sponsors several grants and fellowships for filmmakers interested in the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Download applications.
  26. Investrum
    Investrum Ltd. specializes in sourcing appropriate finance for independent feature films.
  27. John D, and Catherine Mac Arthur Foundation
    Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.
  28. Kickstarter
  29. Latino Public Broadcasting
    Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition, and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans.
  30. Native American Public Telecommunications
    NAPT fosters the creation of authentic Native American programming for public television.
  31. National Black Programming Consortium
    NBPC seeks projects from producers and directors whose work have the potential for airing on the national or regional public television schedule.
  32. National Endowment for the Arts
    The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to encouraging the artists and organizations that participate in advancing and preserving the media arts, and to supporting the production of media art works that celebrate the arts -- visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, etc. -- in an engaging and creative manner
  33. National Science Foundation
    The National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants and cooperative agreements for research and education in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
  34. NEFilm
    Funding opportunities and links.
  35. New York Foundation for the Arts
    Offers financial and informational support to the artists in New York State and throughout the United States.
  36. Nextpix
    Mission: produce and distribute quality media content in both traditional and digital formats for theatrical, video/DVD and Internet release.
  37. The Open Society Institute's Youth
    The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grant making foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform including youth initiatives.
  38. Oppenheimer Camera New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program
    The Oppenheimer Cine Rental New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program is a grant to support new filmmakers in producing their first serious film project.
  39. POV American Documentary
    Point of View is filmmaker-focused; intent on supporting and presenting the work of today's best contemporary storytellers.
  40. Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants
    From the Heart Productions is dedicated to funding films that are "unique and make a contribution to society".
  41. Solaris Entertainment
    Solaris offers a "Finishing Fund" to support fellow indie filmmakers who seek the resources necessary to complete their films. In addition to financing the completion of these films, Solaris offers the expertise necessary to help navigate the post-production waters, enabling filmmakers to get the film they envision to the market in the most effective way. They will assist in the films' promotion, festival strategy, and sales strategy.
  42. Sundance Institute Documentary Fund
    The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is made possible by Open Society Institute. Films supported by the Fund have received widespread distribution to their intended audiences via broadcast and theatrical release.
  43. Cinereach Grants

    Cinereach’s ethos favors good storytelling over didacticism and complexity over duality. It supports films that demonstrate creativity, visual artistry and take a character-based approach.  Grants range from $5,000 – $50,000 and are awarded to films at any stage, including development, production, post-production, audience building and distribution.