MARYLAND FILM OFFICE BULLETIN BOARD - GRANTS/FUNDING

 

Posted January 5, 2016

Docs In Progress 2016 Fellowship now open for applications - NOTE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JANUARY 8TH!

 

Need accountability as you work to move forward with your doc-in-progress? You may be a candidate for the Docs In Progress Fellowship.

Now in its fourth year, the Fellowship Program provides a cohort of up to 10 documentary filmmakers selected from a competitive application process a monthly facilitated meeting where they come together to share and hold each other accountable for progress on their projects, and have a facilitated discussion with each other and with special guest speakers about issues related to the documentary landscape, work/life balance, and the creative process.

In addition to the Cohort Meetings which are the core of the Docs In Progress Fellowship, Fellows Fellows receive a series of other benefits as participants in the program:

Films which have been developed through the Fellowship Program have included Day Al-Mohamed's Invalid Corps, Michael Blain's Dear Walmart (co-produced with Kiley Kraskouskas), Cheryle Franceschi's Mr. Besley's Forest, Jason Green's The Quince Orchard Project, Rouane Itani's Madame Parliamentarian, Chithra Jeyaram's Foreign Puzzle, Hilary Linder's Indivisible, Emma Mankey Hidem's Blue Ridge Barnum, Amy Oden's Exotic, Heather Taylor's Breaking Through the Clouds, and Saaret Yoseph's I-Ethopia: the Round Tripjust to name a few.

The deadline to apply is January 8. Find out more at http://docsinprogress.org/services/fellowship/

 

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UPCOMING DEADLINES:

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: January 15, 2016 (regular), February 15, 2016 (late), March 15, 2016 (extended)

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund - As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of domestic and global social issues, documentaries have become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to these contemporary international conflicts. At the same time, the craft of the documentary is expanding in exciting directions, merging diverse points of view with new technologies and responding to the immediacy of the Internet. The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund will provide funding to 4-10 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. Films will be selected from an open call for submissions. Weight will be given to projects that best fulfill the mission of the program (as shown in the submitted work and the strength of proposal) and to those where granting amounts will have significant impact. Selection will be done by Tribeca Film Institute staff and a final selection committee comprised of notable talents in the field. There is no entry fee for projects submitted to the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. To submit: https://tribecafilminstitute.org/pages/gucci_tribeca_documentary_rules. NO FEE TO SUBMIT. Deadline: February 5, 2016 2016

America's Media Makers: Development Grants - NEH’s Division of Public Programs supports activities that engage millions of Americans in understanding significant humanities works and ideas. At the center of every NEH-funded public humanities project is a core set of humanities ideas developed by scholars, matched to imaginative formats that bring those ideas to life for people of all ages and all walks of life. Projects must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship in a discipline such as history, religion, anthropology, jurisprudence, or art history. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad, general audience. We welcome humanities projects tailored to particular groups, such as families, youth (including K-12 students), teachers, seniors, at-risk communities, and veterans, but they should also strive to cultivate a more inclusive audience. Media Projects grants support the following formats: film and television projects; and radio projects. To apply: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-development-grants. Deadline: January 13, 20162016

ITVS Open Call – Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories. Accepts proposal of single programs of standard broadcast length (one hour; feature-length works considered in rare cases) that have begun production and can be completed within one year of contract. Programs must be based in countries outside the U.S. and present other places, people, and points of view to an American audience. See website for complete guidelines and application procedures. ITVS International Call 2011, 651 Brannan St., Ste. 410, San Francisco, CA 94107, T: (415) 356-8383 x445, Cynthia_kane@itvs.org, http://itvs.org/funding. Deadline: February 5, 2016

 

Posted December 4, 2015

NEH Media Production Grants - The National Endowment for the Humanities is the big daddy of government support for documentaries that address the humanities. The application process isn't easy (you need an experienced team, a non-profit organization or fiscal sponsor, two humanities advisors, and a lengthy application -- Ken Burns' project descriptions are rumored to have been around 40 pages), but the payoff is worth it: one to three year grants in the $100,000 to $650,000 range. From NEH: NEH encourages projects that feature multiple formats to engage the public in the exploration of humanities ideas. Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas and drawing their content from humanities scholarship. They must be intended for national distribution. The program welcomes projects ranging in length from short-form to broadcast-length video. For more info and to apply: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-production-grantsDeadline: January 13, 2016

NEH Media Development Grants - Like the above production grants, the development grants are for documentaries that address topics in the humanities, and the application process is just as extensive. The awards range from $40,000 to $75,000. From NEH: Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or a design document and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations. For more information and to apply: http://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-development-grantsDeadline: January 13, 2016

 

Posted December 1, 2015

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation - Deadline Approaching to submit to the On Screen/In Person Touring Program

CALL FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS:
Apply now for a chance to take your film on the road with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's film touring program. All-expense-paid tours connect filmmakers with new audiences across the mid-Atlantic region.

On Screen/In Person provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement.

How it Works
Nonprofit venues and arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic region apply to partner with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and serve as host sites for the touring filmmakers.
Six films and filmmakers are selected to tour by the appointed host sites through a competitive review process.
Each selected filmmaker is scheduled to visit between five and eight host sites during a tour of approximately two weeks.
Each engagement on a tour includes a public screening preceded or followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker, and a community engagement activity collaboratively developed by the filmmaker and the local host site.

What Filmmakers Receive
All travel expenses are paid by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
A $200 per diem for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour.
A $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement.
To learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, and connect to the online application, please click here.

Submit your film for free today! The deadline to apply is December 11, 2015.

Questions? Contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Posted November 25, 2015

The 2016 Sundance Creative Producing Fellowship is now accepting applications.

Sundance Institute has long recognized the crucial role independent producers play in finding, championing, and shaping original voices in filmmaking. The Creative Producing Initiative encompasses a year-round series of Labs, Fellowships, granting and events focusing not only on nurturing the next generation of independent producers, but renewing the community of veteran producers dedicated to sustaining the vibrancy and vitality of independent film.

The application deadline is Feb. 9.

Read the full guidelines and apply online.

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.