This $4K Grant Could Help You Tell an American Muslim Story

Here's a unique opportunity to make or support films from the American Muslim community.

At No Film School, we like nothing better than when members of our filmmaking community help each other get more great projects out into the world. That's exactly what San Francisco-based director Michael Morgenstern is setting out to do with the new American Muslim Storytellers grants. The grants offer $1-4,000 and producing support to filmmakers who are aiming to "challenge existing depictions of Islam and Muslims" with their work. 

The best part is that, even if you are not a Muslim storyteller yourself, you can help get these films made by supporting the IndieGoGo campaign from which the fund will be generated. As Morgenstern put it, "Anyone who believes that Muslims deserve a powerful voice today can give directly to people who want to tell their own stories."

The deadline for both filmmaker applications and donating to the fund is Friday, February 24. However, if you're looking to apply with a film idea, the sooner the better, as the team will be granting awards on a rolling basis even before the contest closes. 

Judges for the grant are an impressive lineup, including Indiewire Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris and four-time Emmy-winning filmmaker Justin Mashouf. Even more useful to applicants is the group of film professionals who have signed on to help realize your film's vision if you win, including Morgenstern himself, along with cinematographers Dagmar Weaver-Madsen and Autumn Moran, cinematographer/editor Cameron Marshad, director Olivia Newman, and colorist/motion graphics artist A.J. Russo

Criteria

  • Short films or projects involving video that celebrate or articulate the American-Muslim experience in the U.S.
  • Preference given to projects that will be released before July
  • Preference given to projects created by Muslim-Americans
  • The team will consider your past projects for artistic skill and internet engagement, but we will be funding new, less established creators as well as professionals.

Details

  • Grant is open to all ages
  • Only one submission per applicant
  • Grant amount will be determined  by judges, based on your proposal
  • Grant money will be given in three stages: 50% on approval of project, 25% on submission of first rough cut, and 25% on project release
  • Additional judges may be added over the course of the grant disbursement period

For questions about the application or donations, contact the project's partner, Islamic Scholarship Fund. For questions about partnerships or distribution, contact American Muslim Storytellers    

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Yeah. That`s what we need...yawn...

February 9, 2017 at 11:35AM, Edited February 9, 11:35AM

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DingDong
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I agree

February 10, 2017 at 12:41PM

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D Jones
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wtf is wrong with you 2 ...why is it such a problem? i can tell by your comments how you really feel and what your hiding.

February 10, 2017 at 2:17PM

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hazem
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Yeah, you're right man. Muslims should just stick to being portrayed as terrorists and taxi drivers ;). How dare they be given an opportunity like this!!

February 12, 2017 at 10:58PM, Edited February 12, 10:58PM

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Fantastic! Very inspirational to see initiatives like this.

February 9, 2017 at 12:37PM

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Saw title. Looked at comments. Saw exactly what I expected.

Personally I would love to see a blockbuster movie about the Crusades but from the Middle Eastern perspective.

February 9, 2017 at 6:13PM

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Jeremiah Kuehne
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This is a great way to support Muslim. Thank you for sharing this information with us.
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February 10, 2017 at 4:15AM

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I'd like to see NoFilmSchool promote for American Jews and American Christians to be highlighted the same way. Thoughts?

February 10, 2017 at 12:40PM

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D Jones
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I think the initiative is to support under represented communities. American Jews and American Christians don't really fall into that category...

February 11, 2017 at 2:08AM, Edited February 11, 2:08AM

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LATIF ULLAH
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Exactly.

February 11, 2017 at 10:04AM, Edited February 11, 10:07AM

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I know right. There aren't ANY companies that support American Christians or Jews. I mean...look at Hollywood. FULL of muslims...no Christians or Jews anywhere!

How the hell can we expect to create diversity in the industry if we don't support American Christians and Jews? It makes me so mad man...so mad. The film making world is just run by Muslims, real shame.

February 12, 2017 at 11:00PM, Edited February 12, 11:00PM

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:P

February 13, 2017 at 8:25AM

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LOL!

February 13, 2017 at 9:51AM

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Liz Nord
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