Film Foundations & Grants

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
sponsors grants and fellowships to encourage developing filmmakers, including: Nichols Fellowships in Screenwriting and Student Academy Awards.

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation College Television Awards
The College Television Awards is a major Academy competition which recognizes excellence in college student film/video productions. It is national in scope, accepting entries each year from scores of colleges and universities. The entire program, including $24,500 in cash prizes, is sponsored by the Academy Foundation. First place winners receive $2,000, second place winners receive $1,000, and third place winners receive $500.213.683.3977 | education.php

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Society Foundation
Provides funding for visual artists who incorporate video and film into their work. A Funder FAQ posted by the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.

American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women
Deadline: January 13
AFI's DWW is designed specifically for women who are working in the arts and are ready to seriously pursue narrative directing. Applicants must have a minimum of five years experience in the arts but may have no professional credits as a narrative director. If you have just completed film school, it is to your advantage to take some time and build up work experience before applying to the program.

Ann Arbor Film Festival
Gives out numerous awards to each year's winners. For more information, see FC Search.

Aperture Film Grant
For film and video projects costing $20,000 or less. A Funder FAQ posted by the Arts Resource Network. Call for information
310.772.8294 |

Funding Opportunities for Individuals in Film, Video, and Media
Courtesy of the City of Seattle, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers
Offers a list of funders for its members, an open forum about fundraising, and links to other financial resources. Need to join association for full access.

Austin (Texas) Film Festival Competition
Check out the screenplay competition. This competition is open to writers who do not earn a living writing for film or TV with original, feature-length screenplays (90-120 pages). Cash prizes awarded in three feature-length categories: comedy ($1,000 prize), adult/mature ($4,000), children/family ($4,000). Winners also receive hotel accommodation and airfare reimbursement (up to $500) to/from the Heart of Film Festival and Screenwriters Conference

Chesterfield Field Company Writer's Film Project
Offer a screenwriting fellowship.

Chez Jim: Financing Films
Reviews a wide variety of funding and other kinds of assistance available to film producers. Courtesy of Jim Chevallier, North
Hollywood, California.

Creative Capital Foundation
Creative Capital funds artist projects in four disciplines: visual arts (includes installation art, painting, fiber art, mixed media works, public art, etc.), film/video arts, performing arts (includes music, dance, theater, puppetry, performance art, etc.), and emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work, and experimental literature). Projects that transcend traditional discipline boundaries are highly encouraged. Creative Capital operates on a twoyear grant cycle, funding alternative disciplines each year. The first year
of each cycle, we issue grants in visual and film/video arts; the second year, performing and emerging arts.

Dance Films Association Grants for Post-Production Expenses

Echo Lake Productions: Production Company and Film Fund for Independents

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.

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.

How to Raise Money
Hints for embarking on the fundraising journey by Michelle Coe. Courtesy of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers.

Independent Film and Video
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 information of funding by deadlines, without deadlines, and information about fiscal

Jerome Foundation

John D. & Catherine T. McArthur Foundation

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

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
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more than $5 million dollars in
grants to both independent and
station-based producers.

National Endowment For The Arts
(Film/Video Arts) ($10,000- $35,000)
202.682.5452 |

National Endowment for the Humanities

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

New Voices Media Fund

Open Door Fund

Oppenheimer Camera New
Filmmaker Equipment Grant
(Camera Gear)
| http://www.oppenheimercamera.c

Panavision New Filmmakers Program (Camera Gear)

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 Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation ($2500)
366 Madison Ave, 10th Flr,
New York, NY 10017
212.682.2913 |

The Walt Disney Fellowship Writing Program
818.560.6894 |

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.
310.859.8330 |

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
8857 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 201
Beverly Hills, Ca 90211
310.657.5144 ext. 24
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 nonprofit 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
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:
Chesterfield Writer's Film Project
1158 26th Street, PMB 544
Santa Monica, CA 90403
213.683.3977 |

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