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
Supports experimental and interdisciplinary mediamakers for over 15 years.
Focuses on California, Oregon, and Washington.
Funding Exchange/Paul Robeson Fund for
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
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
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
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
Includes informataion of funding by deadlines, without deadlines, and
information about fiscal sponsorship.
Midwest Media Artists Access Center (MMAAC)
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
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
The Playboy Foundation is the charitable giving program of Playboy Enterprises
that provides funding for documentary film and video projects in the
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
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
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.