Posted October 23, 2014

WIFV offers the Randy Goldman Career Development Scholarship to WIFV Members as a way to honor WIFV Past President Randy Goldman and her creative vision, passion for education, and commitment to the larger film community. The scholarship, funded by past WIFV Presidents, enables creative women with a vision for their career paths and a need for additional focus and study in a particular field of interest, to continue their professional development.  Applicants must have at least 12 years experience as a media professional.

The Maine Media Workshops of Rockport, Maine and WIFV partner to provide the Randy Goldman Career Development Scholarship. The Workshops generously match WIFV’s contribution by donating fees and services. The scholarship, which totals up to $2,500 in funds and fee waivers, allows the winner to experience one of the nation’s premier film, video and digital educational programs with tuition, accommodation and travel support.

More info and application materials at


Posted October 3, 2014

Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers - Call for Submissions

Cinematography is one of the film industry's least equal fields. In the last five years, women accounted for just 3% of all cinematographers among the 250 top-grossing films. 

In what might be the only current effort from a film tech company to address gender disparity behind the camera by offering female-specific grants, the Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers is now accepting applications. 

Here's their summary of the grant: 

Awarded on a rolling basis to short and feature film productions employing a female cinematographer, the grant program offers a camera and lighting package loan worth approximately $10,000 to qualified productions in North America for up to twenty one days. 

“The relationship between a director and cinematographer is the most important on any film set, and the most famous director/cinematographer pairs have collaborative relationships spanning decades,” says Elle Schneider, Creative Director of Digital Bolex, co-producer and cinematographer of 2014 SXSW selection THAT GUY DICK MILLER. “We would like to see women cinematographers and directors involved in that kind of intimate collaborative process, and hope that we can start to help move our industry in that direction.” 

“Fair wages and access to equipment are crucial for emerging cinematographers of any gender to support themselves while pursuing their craft and to create bodies of work that can build a stable, publicly recognized career in the field of cinematography, and we believe that by providing access to technology to the hugely underrepresented population of female cinematographers will help alleviate the massive inequity that keeps women from being able to shoot moving pictures from their own perspectives.”

Applications are always open and applicants are selected on a rolling basis throughout the year by an advisory board of sponsor representatives and working cinematographers. Both new and experienced filmmakers are encouraged to apply. 

Learn more at the grant's official site, or send an email to


Posted July 23, 2014

Roy W.Dean Fall Grant:Get Film Project Started or Finished

Applications are now being accepted for the Roy W. Dean Fall Grant.   The grant gives filmmakers a chance to get their films going or completed with an award of $2,500 in cash and $30,000 in film products and services.  Films can be documentaries, short films, and features and must be unique and contribute to society.  Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2014


New this year for the grant is the Britt Penrod Audience Award.  Twenty finalists chosen for the grant will have the opportunity to enter their trailers in competition for a $250 cash prize.  Trailers will be posted on the Roy W. Dean Grant Facebook contest page for site.  Fans get to view the trailers and vote for their favorite. 


Even if you apply and don’t win the grant, you win something valuable.  Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean, head of the non-profit grant sponsor From The Heart Productions and author of “The Art of Film Funding” now in its second edition.  


For more information on the grant, you can go to

or email



Catapult Film Fund Announces Opening of Summer 2014 Grant Application Round

Catapult Film Fund today announced that is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2014 Grant Application Round. The period, which opens today, will run through August 25. Grant decisions will be announced in December 2014.

The Catapult website has complete information on how to apply as well as the online application. Filmmakers may contact the organization directly at



Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to create a piece for fundraising purposes. Catapult has two application rounds per year with individual grants of up to $20,000. 


Catapult gives crucial early support in order to propel projects forward that hold the promise of a unique story that should be told in film. We support powerful and artful storytelling across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. 

Catapult grants allow filmmakers to take crucial next steps in the development of their films, such as enabling a first shoot and editing pieces for production fundraising. In addition to the initial development grant, recipients have access to an informal mentorship program with Catapult's co-founders, Bonni Cohen and Lisa Kleiner Chanoff, in areas including story development, production process, fundraising and distribution strategy.


Funding Deadlines


You are encouraged to read through the guidelines for each fund carefully.  Many are limited by geography, stage of production, and/or focus of film.


August 8: ITVS Open Call


August 13: NEH Media Development Grant


August 13: NEH Media Production Grant


August 15: Alter-Cine Foundation Grant


August 22: Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund 


August 25: Catapult Film Fund

Deadline to submit for the TIVA-DC
Peer Awards is fast approaching

Standard Deadline -  July 15

Late Deadline - August 1 




Posted June 19, 2014

Ravenel Foundation Feature Film Grant for second-time women feature directors

Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant
The NYWIFT Ravenal Foundation Grant will support a woman second-time feature film director who is over 40 years of age in the production of a dramatic feature film. Grant funds may be used for pre-production, production or post-production. Grant-seekers must have previously directed a dramatic feature film or feature documentary that was released theatrically in the United States or included in a major film festival, or a feature-length television movie shown on a national TV platform. Women who have directed one dramatic feature (for theatrical or TV) or more than one feature documentary are eligible.  This grant is also administered by NYWIFT


Phil Kent Creative Fellowship

The Woodruff Arts Center is now accepting submissions for its Phil Kent Creative Fellowship

The year-long fellowship was created to be an emerging voice in the creative community. The Kent Fellow will support the Education, Curatorial, and Marketing departments of the High Museum of Art through video and multimedia production.

The fellowship will provide the opportunity to learn about collaborative working practices, digital storytelling, and the use of video in informal learning environments.

Fellows will develop and implement public-facing digital technologies and educational multimedia to support the Museum’s collections, exhibitions, and related activities. 

Each Kent Fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000.

Click here for more information about how to apply.





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.