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CreativeDistrict1Creative District launched earlier this year as Technicolor’s offering to the filmmaker social media space. With an emphasis on filmmaker to filmmaker connections, building collaborators online, and a simple and pleasing browsing experience, Creative Districts enthusiasm for connecting filmmakers doesn’t stop there. They offer $5,000 grants monthly to users of the website who are working on interesting projects, but until now that grant was not available to YouTubers and Vimeo Creators. Read on for the full details of the contest, the winners will be announced on September 2nd, 2014. More »

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no film school summer films grants deadlines screenwriting documentary narrative

Our massive list of grants is back, and for summer it’s bigger than ever — more grants, more markets, and more opportunities for both US-based and International filmmakers to get funding! Looking to finance your next 3D feature? Develop your humanities documentary? Get your script picked up by a top agency? Yup, there’s an app for that. If granting puns don’t get you excited, this list of relevant opportunities with deadlines this summer just might. More »

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It seems like every week a grant deadline flies by, and you find yourself looking forlornly at the expired application for free money, mumbling “coulda been a contender.” To give everyone more time to work on your films and scripts — and a little less time researching how to fund them — scroll through the list below to find relevant opportunities for your narrative films, documentaries, and screenplays with upcoming deadlines. More »

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AbelCine doc grantAbelCine has extended their documentary grant deadline, giving applicants another week to upload a Vimeo pitch for the chance to win a $33,000 Canon C300 rental package. They’ve also added another prize to the mix: Unlimited DPX access to cloud-based rolling credits service Endcrawl, which includes all the 2K, HD DPX, and 1K H.264 renders your little heart could desire. Read on for the details. More »

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AbelCine doc grantFilm and video equipment and service provider AbelCine announced the 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant yesterday, calling on filmmakers to submit 2-5 minute Vimeo videos pitching their longer documentary projects. Each of three winners will receive $33,000 which can be applied to their choice of a Canon C300 rental packages and lenses from AbelCine. US Residents 18 years and older are eligible to apply; hit the jump for deets. More »

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SFFS Grant_FruitvaleThe partnership between The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation has resulted in films like Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Stationand A Fighting Season receiving the funding needed to be completed. If you’re working on a film that explores “human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time,” then you should seriously think about applying for the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant. For details on eligibility and how to apply, hit the jump. More »

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Running Wild Roy W Dean Grant Winner
Self-described as “a covert underground operation started by a gentle 76-year-old man who just wanted to help give passionate filmmakers an opportunity to be heard,” the Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grant is no ordinary endowment. The large majority of the winner’s reward is not in the form of cash  – but if $30,000 in industry favors means anything to you, like getting your film’s trailer edited by the trailer editor of The Usual Suspects, then read on. More »

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chicken-egg-pictures-logoChicken & Egg Pictures doled out $2.8 million in funding for women making documentaries over the past eight years, and they’re closing in on the big 3M this year with their three grants and two film funds. They’ve just sent out the open call for “women nonfiction filmmakers whose diverse voices and dynamic storytelling have the power to catalyze change, at home and around the globe.” Grants range from $5,000-$25,000 and come with mentorship, creative collaboration and access to the dynamic Chicken & Egg community. If you’re a woman making a non-fiction feature, short, hybrid, new media, or multiple-platforms piece (or if you’re working as Co-Director with a woman on one of these projects) read on for Chicken & Egg’s tips on snagging that cabbage. More »

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This is a guest post by Director, Writer, and Cinematographer Oden Roberts.

Mantra: Grant writing is not filmmaking. Once again: Grant writing is not filmmaking. It’s scholarly, tedious and political. Repeat mantra.

A few years back I began the arduous process of submitting my feature script A Fighting Season to the San Francisco Film Society for their prestigious KRF narrative production grant. The process, in a nutshell, parallels the scholarly disciplines guided by the Little, Brown Handbook than the craft I’ve been become familiar with known as “Indie” filmmaking. More »

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Submissions for several of the Tribeca Film Institute Filmmaker Programs opened yesterday. If you’ve been following the site, our own Ryan Koo was awarded an All Access grant from Tribeca for his upcoming film Manchild. TFI programs now accepting submissions until Nov. 5 include: TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, TFI Documentary Fund, TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund, and Tribeca All Access. Got questions about the submissions process? Tune in today at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT for a live webinar on USTREAM UPDATE: the webinar is archived and available below. More »

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Cinereach, who we’ve covered previously, is a not-for-profit film organization that awards grants and fellowships to filmmakers in addition to producing a select few films (the most prominent current example of which is the terrific and touching Beasts of the Southern Wild). Documentary and fiction films from anywhere in the world are eligible for their grants, which range from $5,000 – $50,000 per project. Since 2006 they’ve awarded close to $5 million in total funds, and they’ve just opened their 2012 grant cycle; if you’re interested in applying for such a great opportunity (as am I), you’ve got a month. Here are the details of how to apply: More »

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We’ve been covering screenwriting software a bit on here, and plenty of you have probably heard of Celtx – but what you might not know is that Celtx has a program called Seeds that seeks to give back to the filmmaking community in the form of grants. It’s not often that you see a free software company (excluding the mobile versions) giving money away for nothing. Here is a video explaining the program: More »

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Creative Capital, according to their web site, is “the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process.” Their 2011 grant cycle — which will hand out 20+ grants of $10,000 — just opened on February 1st, and runs until March 1st. If you’re a U.S. citizen (or permanent legal resident) 25 or older, check out the 2011 grant guidelines [PDF link]. Here are the details: More »

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Not-for-profit film production company/foundation Cinereach awards $500,000 to feature films every year, and their Winter grant cycle comes to a close December 1st. In the past four years Cinereach has disbursed $4 million to more than 80 projects “at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry and vital subject matter.” If you’ve got a project that fits the bill, here’s how to apply. More »

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I always make it a point to say “check out the fine print” when I post contests or other opportunities here, but I owe much of my career so far to grants and other awards. Thus I think many contests are overlooked by the larger filmmaking community – so here are five upcoming contests I’ve found recently (and be sure to read the fine print if you’re planning on participating): More »