Funding for Narrative Films
Washington Filmworks provides funding assistance for feature films, episodic series, and commercials. Unlike any other incentive program nationwide, it prides itself on understanding what's most important to filmmakers, promising cash back in 30 days. Also check out their Innovation Lab.
A new initiative bent on introducing up-and-coming directors to prime time.
With the backdrop of active Warner Bros. Television sets as the learning environment and top television directors, cinematographers, and showrunners as the instructors, those selected to the program will have the opportunity to participate in a workshop. Deadline in February.
This three-day program is open to established and up-and-coming filmmakers looking for financing for their films.
During intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. Participants accepted into Fast Track are also eligible for a $15,000 production grant awarded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and a $10,000 Millenium Entertainment Fellowship. Deadline in February.
Grants go towards any moving or visual artists who are over 25 years old with $50,000 in direct funding for their project, and career development services worth $40,000.
Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services. Their pioneering approach—inspired by venture-capital principles—helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Deadline in February.
The ladies film industry organization gives out sizeable finishing funds to films by women filmmakers, with a preference on plots about women.
The Film Finishing Fund provides cash grants and in-kind production services to complete films that fit the established criteria of being by, for, or about women. The works-in-progress are viewed by a special jury of WIF professionals that selects the winning submissions. Deadline in March.
To honor the late David Ross, this grant is specifically for short films. The film award consists of a grant of $5,000 to a U.S. filmmaker 35 or under at the time of application for the production of a short film that will be shown as a private screening with the filmmaker in attendance at the annual foundation event at the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT in December the year the grant is awarded. Deadline in March.
This intense two-day event of private screenings and one-to-one meetings offer American indies a chance to get their work seen by international distributors.
The program will present 6 US indie films in post-production to European buyers in order to achieve completion and to foster the circulation and distribution of American indie films in Europe. Deadline in April.
Apply with your rough cut to IFP’s year-long mentorship program that supports first time narrative filmmakers whose projects are being made for under $1 million.
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. Deadline in April.
The Roy Dean Grant includes over $30,000 of in-kind services and products is open for shorts, docs, and features films with a budget under $500,000. We fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films, and films that touch hearts. We like films that expose, and bring, important information to light; as well as films about little known people when there is a good story. Deadline in April.
The Jerome Foundation has a good track record of supporting filmmakers in New York and Minnesota with innovative artistic sensibilities.
The Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video Grant Program is a production grant program for individual film and video artists who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production. Applicants must reside in one of the five boroughs and must be emerging artists whose work shows promise of excellence. Rolling deadline.
An interesting take on granting, Nextpix/Firstpix will fund films with a budget under $250,000 that are the first or second film by a director and are crowdfunding part of that budget.
The film should have a positive humanitarian message. Rolling deadline.
A new start-up aimed at making a LinkedIn type of networking platform specifically for filmmakers, they are giving away $5000 each month to selected features or shorts.
Their mission is to help film and media makers create more work. Projects can be at any stage. Rolling deadline.
If you are a student or a low-budget indie, Panavision might supply you with free camera packages. From Panavision:
The New Filmmaker Program loans film or digital camera packages (based on availability) to filmmakers for student thesis films, “low-budget” independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project. Rolling deadline.
Artist Trust is dedicated to supporting Washington State artists all creative disciplines with the necessary support to launch and sustain successful careers, through financial grants, career training, and professional resources. Grants range from project grants and major merit awards to residencies in the Northwest and abroad. Recipients are determined by peer panels of artists and arts professionals from around and outside the Northwest.
Trailer Cash is an annual party for filmmakers with a chance to win a cash prize toward any video-based project in development that needs funding. They screen teasers, or “trailers,” of films and new media in all stages of production and award a donation to the winner to help complete the project.
ITVS funds, distributes, and promotes new programs primarily for public television. They work with independent producers to create and present programs that take creative risks, advance issues, and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television. ITVS is committed to programming that addresses the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences. They look for programs that bring new audiences to public television and that expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere.
Over a million dollars annually in grants for both narrative and documentary films and new media projects. They offer real-world connections with industry professionals and each other and offer guidance and provide one-on-one assistance through the filmmaking process.
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