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LABS / ​GRANTS / FUNDING

POSTED June 8, 2017

Roy W. Dean Grant for Summer Accepting Submissions

The Roy W. Dean Grant for Summer 2017 is now open for entries. Now celebrating its 25th year, the grant seeks independent film projects that are unique and contribute to society. It is open to documentaries, short films, features, and web series. Deadline for entering the grant is June 30th, 2017.

Founded in 1993 by film funding non-profit From the Heart Productions, the Roy W. Dean Grant winner receives $30K in cash film related products, and services to help them complete their film. This includes $3,500 donated by From the Heart, a hard drive from G-Technology, $600.00 for your Free Closed Captioning by NetCaptioning, $1,000 expert post-production consultation for both film and tape projects from colorist Sam Dlugach.

Unique about the grant is that each applicant is able to discuss their film project with a staff or board member of From the Heart. They can get advice on funding, story, distribution or whatever they’d like to discuss. Consultations can be reserved after grant has closed.


For more information on the grant, go to http://fromtheheartproductions.com/roy-w-dean-film-grants-and- awards/, email info@fromtheheartproductions.com​ or call 805-984-0098.


POSTED May 11, 2017

Women in Film Finishing Fund - DEADLINE June 30

This week marks the opening of submissions for the annual Women In Film Finishing Fund.
 
This Program has supported female filmmakers and their remarkable stories in a truly tangible way for 32 years. During that time, the Fund has helped over 250 feature-length narrative films, documentaries and shorts complete their journey. We are also happy to announce a new partnership with Stella Artois who are expanding their support of female filmmakers with the announcement of $100,000 in new grant money for the Women In Film Finishing Fund. Stella Artois will provide four $25,000 grants for fiction and documentary films that inspire social change, with particular consideration given to films with a water theme.

We are incredibly proud of our Finishing Fund grantees— many of whom have gone on to win high accolades, including Academy Awards, Emmys, Peabodys and Festival Honors. The films we fund often tell stories that have not yet been brought to light. This was the case with one of last year's grant winners, an autobiographical documentary titled UNREST. The film chronicled filmmaker Jen Brea's journey with the ME, a disease characterized by debilitating fatigue, the cause of which remains unknown. Made in large part from Brea's bed, the film not only provides a wealth of information on a neglected subject; it brings you into the rhythm of another person's world.

This year alone we have had 2016 Fund winners premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (Zoe Lister-Jones’ Band Aid, in addition to Jennifer Brea’s Unrest), the Tribeca Film Festival (Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s A Suitable Girl), and the Berlin International Film Festival (Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi's Chavela). These films have received awards, distribution deals, and critical praise. I look forward to seeing our grantees' bright future continue to unfold.

The Women In Film Finishing Fund is open to any female filmmakers who have completed 90% Principal Photography on their film and have a rough cut ready by the submission deadline (June 30th). Please join us in our effort to continue elevating exceptional voices by submitting your project and spreading the word. You can submit and learn more h​ere.


POSTED May 11, 2017

Production grants up to $100,000 for docs - Deadline: May 26, 2017

Less than a month left to apply to the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund! This year, we'll be granting $1 million with production grants of up to $100,000 available. Check out the application guidelines for detailed criteria to submit. Deadline is Friday, May 26. Special thanks to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for their support of the fund.


POSTED May 11, 2017

Flies Collective Film Grant - DEADLINE June 1

Flies Collective, a production company and collaborative storytelling trio based in Brooklyn, NY, has announced The 2017 Flies Collective Film Grant. The grant is open to talented and promising filmmakers with bold visions who are looking for funding to get their projects off the ground. The grant is not limited to a specific type of film or filmmaker, but is open to to all - both established filmmakers and new voices in the filmmaking community. 

Flies Collective knows how expensive even the most modest film can be, but they also know how to make a small budget last. This grant should not be considered gap financing. They are looking for low budget projects with a demonstrable need for funding that will allow production to happen. For this reason, they expect the majority of submissions to be short films, but micro-budget features are absolutely encouraged to apply.
 
In 2017, they will be awarding a total of $10,000, either to one project or divided up across several projects. They are also offering the use of an equipment package to eligible films. If you are interested in being considered for the equipment package as well, please make sure you check the box on the application indicating so. Please note that if you are interested in the equipment, you will need to provide proof of production insurance beforehand.

INTERESTED?
The submission deadline is June 1, 2017. Learn more about how to submit.


POSTED May 11, 2017

Iconic Character Fellowship - Deadline May 31 - presented by Roadmap Writers

An Italian Don. A Young Wizard. A High School Vampire Slayer. An Underdog Boxer. A Debonair MI-6 Agent. A Competitive Bridesmaid.

You know these classic characters just by their brief descriptions. Iconic movies and TV series come from iconic characters that we never forget. Whether they haunt us, inspire us, excite us or help us see things in a different light, a stand out script needs a compelling protagonist. 

And Roadmap is partnering with the PAGE Awards, Stowe Story Labs, Slamdance, Bang2Write and ScriptD to launch the first Iconic Characters Fellowship to find the next Iconic Character and break out project! And did we mention it's FREE?

How it works:

Submit a 1 page essay on why you should win this fellowship from the perspective of your main character. On the top of your essay write the character's name and a short description of your main character in 10 words or less. Then write a 1 page essay on why you should win this fellowship as if the main character was writing the essay. Be as creative and unique with your submission as you want to be!


We will pick the top 30 essays and request the scripts from those writers. Roadmap will review the 30 scripts and pick 1 winner!

Roadmap will further develop the script with the winning writer and send that script to our entire roster of executives with 5 guaranteed meetings. 

If you have a character that is dying to pop off the page submit to Roadmap's Iconic Characters Fellowship!

In only the past year dozens of our writers have secured representation, optioned their material and made headlines in a variety of publications. Will you be next?
 
Deadline to Enter is May 31st!


POSTED May 11, 2017

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is accepting applications for the 2017 Princess Grace Film Awards.
Deadline is June 1, 2017

Through the annual program, grants are awarded in support of student thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level. The categories of eligible films include narrative/documentary/experimental/animation/hybrid work, as well as media installations, transmedia, webisodes, interactive Web work, and other projects where the moving image is the primary component.

Grants will be made in accordance with the student's thesis project budget; no administrative charges, overhead or indirect costs incurred by the school may be charged against the grant. 

To be eligible, nominees must be a full-time or matriculated student who has not yet completed his or her film; has completed at least one film as a director; and is the director of the proposed film project.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the PGUSA website.



POSTED May 11, 2017

NYTVF Independent Pilot Competition

The New York Television Festival  (NYTVF) connects its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands. 

The Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) is the NYTVF’s flagship, annual initiative, accepting independently-produced, original television pilots and series, short films, and short-form web series from around the globe. If your project is episodic in nature and is meant to be consumed in multiple chapters over time, then it's TV.

Official Selections from the IPC will screen in competition during the annual New York Television Festival, which takes place Oct 23 - 28 this year, and are eligible for category and individual achievement awards as well as guaranteed development deals from Festival Development Partners, including Comedy Central and truTV.

In addition Festival Development Partners, all Official Selections are shared with all NYTVF industry partners in the weeks prior to the Festival, including NYTVF Pitch Partners. No matter what you're producing – scripted, non-scripted, comedy, drama, animation or children's programming – there is a home for you and your work at the NYTVF.

INTERESTED?
The regular submission deadline is May 31, 2017. The late deadline is June 28, 2017. Learn more​ about how to submit.





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