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Film Arts Foundation
Founded in 1968, Film/Video Arts is the largest nonprofit media arts center in the New York region. Film/Video Arts provides a fertile environment where emerging and established film, video and digital media producers of diverse backgrounds can take courses, receive fiscal sponsorship for their projects and edit their projects affordably. Film/Video Arts’ programs encourage interaction between these producers -- whether working on narrative features, documentaries, nontraditional work, shorts, industrials, cable programs, music videos or student projects – by offering them affordable services essential to the creation of their work and the development of their careers.

Film Arts Foundation Grants
The goal of the Film Arts Foundation Grants Program is to encourage new and diverse works by film and video artists who have little likelihood of being supported through traditional funding sources. In 2000, Film Arts Foundation will give 16 cash awards valued at $68,500 and 12 awards in materials and access valued at over $52,000. These awards are targeted for film and videomakers in categories that are among the most difficult areas in which to raise money for media projects.

Flintridge Foundation
Supports experimental and interdisciplinary mediamakers for over 15 years. Focuses on California, Oregon, and Washington.

Funding Exchange/Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media
The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media named to honor this singer, actor and civil rights activist, supports independent film, video and radio projects made by organizations and independent media producers on critical social issues. The Robeson Fund supports pre-production and distribution of film and video, and all stages of radio productions that: combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium, will reach a broad audience with an organizing component, demonstrate how the production will be used for social change organizing.

Horizons/Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund
Grants in a range of $2,000 to $3,000 are available for projects in the final stages of production. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated or experimental projects about or of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their communities. The fund also seeks to bring new work to underserved audiences; with this in mind, we especially encourage applications by women and people of color. To date more than 64 productions have been completed with assistance from the Fund. For an application and guidelines please contact Frameline at (415) 703-8650 or visit website.

How to Make a Documentary by Jen Reviews
A detailed guide on how to make a documentary, inluding subject discovery, review various options for equipment, examine the different steps taken during production, and point out some smaller details to include in order to produce a truly polished cinematic work.

How to Raise Money
Hints for embarking on the fundraising journey by Michelle Coe. Courtesy of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.
(Last checked 08/08/03)

Indendent Film and Video Monthly
Each issue of The Independent Film & Video Monthly contains a Funder FAQ: an in-depth profile of a media funder. The Independent also publishes an extensive list of funding opportunities in each issue. Note: access limited to subscribers.

Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Each year ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs produced by independent producers primarily for public television and beyond. ITVS is looking for proposals which increase diversity on public television and present a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. All production funding requests must be submitted in accordance with ITVS guidelines.

International Documentary Association
Funding Opportunities
Includes informataion of funding by deadlines, without deadlines, and information about fiscal sponsorship.

Midwest Media Artists Access Center (MMAAC) Grant Opportunities
Currently describes two grant programs: "Women Filmmakers Access Grant Program" and "Media Artist Grant Program.

Morrie Warshawski's Home Page
Morrie Warshawski, author of "Shaking the Money Tree: How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video" recently announced the launch of a new Web site with an extensive bibliography on fundraising for independent film and video projects. The site also includes a RealAudio clip on "How to Throw a Fundraising House Party" taken from an appearance on Marketplace Radio. For more information, Warshawski can be contacted at MorrieWar@aol.com.

Moxie Film Grants
Moxie Films was founded in 1992 to support the careers of emerging filmmakers as well as the spirit of the independent film, documentary and short. Explore this web page to learn more about the MoxieShorts Screening and Competition Series, the Moxie Docs Film Grant, and a new Digital Feature Production Grant.

National Black Programming Consortium Grants
NBPC funds, commissions, acquires and awards talented makers of quality African American film and video projects. Selected programs reflect a variety of subjects and production styles. NBPC funds every phase of the production process -- i.e., research and development, scripting, production, and post-production. Since 1979, NBPC has provided more than $5 million dollars in grants to both independent and station-based producers.

National Film Preservation Foundation
The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) was created by the U.S. Congress to save America's film heritage. Working with archives and others who appreciate film, the NFPF supports preservation activities nationwide that ensure the physical survival of film and improve access to film for study, education and exhibition. The foundation provides grants of $4,000 to $10,000 to nonprofit and public archives for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film material. Nonprofit funding only.

National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Grant Programs
Provides financial support for theater, music, dance, filmmaking, fiction, and Jewish Studies scholarship.

Pacific Pioneer Fund Awards Grants to Filmmakers in California, Oregon, and Washington
Deadlines: February 1, May 15, October 1, annually
The Pacific Pioneer Fund awards grants to support emerging documentary filmmakers in California, Oregon, and Washington. Grants are limited to public charities that agree to supervise any project for which an individual receives funds. The Fund does not provide support for endowments, building campaigns, accumulated deficits, or operating budgets, nor does it support instructional or performance documentaries, student film projects, or make grants to individuals. In addition, filmmakers are eligible for only one grant from the Fund during their careers. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications available online. Contact: Armin Rosencranz, Executive Director; Tel: (650) 497-1133

Playboy Foundation
The Playboy Foundation is the charitable giving program of Playboy Enterprises that provides funding for documentary film and video projects in the postproduction stage.

Princess Grace Awards for Aspiring Young Theater, Dance, and Film Artists in America

The Roy W. Dean Film, Writing, and Video Grants
From the Heart is a not-for-profit Organization dedicated to funding films that are “unique and make a contribution to society”. They offer the following grants: Los Angeles Film Grant; Los Angeles Video Grant; New York City Film Grant; Editing Grant; Writing/Research Grant.

Thousand Words Finishing Fund
The Thousand Words Finishing Fund is designed to work together with emerging filmmakers to create intelligent, innovative, and challenging film. The fund is available for a variety of resources such as editing, sound mixing, music rights, etc.

University Film and Video Association (UFVA)
Offers a variety of grant programs.

Why Fund Media?
Advice for grantmakers on the benefits of funding media.

Women in Film Foundation
WIF's purpose is to empower, promote, nurture, and mentor women in the industry through a network of valuable contacts, events, and programs including the Women In Film Mentor Program, the award-winning Public Service Announcement Production Program, and the Internship Program in association with the Fulfillment Fund. Additionally, we provide film finishing funds, scholarships, grants, advocacy, community outreach programs, monthly networking breakfasts, seminars, workshops, and a screening series with filmmakers.

Women Make Movies Production Assistance
This nonpr0fit web page provides information about their fiscal sponsorship program, with guidelines, and a template for the proposal that needs to be submitted.

Writer's Film Project
Deadline: June 21
The Writer's Film Project (WFP) offers fiction, theater, and film writers the opportunity to begin a career in screenwriting. This year, up to five writers will be chosen to participate, and each will receive a $20,000 stipend to cover his or her living expenses. The WFP writers are chosen by competition, and evaluated on the basis of prose and dramatic writing samples. Selected writers form a screenwriting workshop in Los Angeles, using their storytelling skills to begin a career in film. Each year, a mix of writers--fiction, theater, and film--has been chosen to participate. Each year, some of these writers have been affiliated with university writing programs, and others have been unaffiliated. During the Fellowship year, each writer creates two original, feature-length screenplays. Throughout the program, selected film professionals and Paramount Pictures executives serve as mentors, sharing their opinions and experience with the Fellows. For more information contact the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project, 1158 26th Street, PMB 544, Santa Monica, CA 90403; E-mail: Info@chesterfield-co.com; telephone: (213) 683-3977.


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