November 7, 2017

Win a $30,000 Grant for Your Short, Feature, Doc or Series Pilot From ScreenCraft Film Fund

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If you've got a good idea for a project, ScreenCraft wants to help you fund it.

ScreenCraft is currently accepting applications for its Film Fund grant, backed by BondIt Media Capital, to award up to two applicants a grant of up to $30,000 in production funds. The parameters for projects are incredibly broad for this grant. ScreenCraft will consider applications from all over the world (in English), and projects can be short films, narrative features, documentaries or TV series pilots. Projects can also be simply a screenplay or already shot and in post-production looking for finishing funds.

The grant recipients will not only receive grants between $10,000 and $30,000 depending on the scale of the projects, but they will also receive mentorship and guidance from the ScreenCraft team and their partners.

Two mentors specifically affiliated with the Film Fund grant are Alice Kharoubi and Robert Ogden Barnum. Kharoubi is the head of the Cannes Film Festival's Court Métrage, which brings together the Cannes Shorts in Competition and Short Film Corner, as well as the short programmer for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and international shorts programmer for Festival Tous Ecrans in Geneva, Switzerland. Barnum is a prolific, award-winning indie film producer whose credits include LawlessAll is LostMargin Call and the upcoming The Brits Are Coming, among many others.

To be eligible according to ScreenCraft, your project must meet the following requirements:

  • International applicants are welcome. All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however, the material submitted must be in English.
  • If an applicant is younger than 18 years old, a verifiable parental consent form must also be submitted with application.
  • All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this production grant program.
  • There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
  • Screenplay must be owned and submitted by the writer or owner.
  • Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
  • ScreenCraft has no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
  • Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or director or the work is in the public domain.
  • Screenplays must be in generally accepted industry-standard formatting as a PDF file. Any popular software may be used for formatting, such as Final Draft, WriterDuet, Celtx or Fade In.
  • Documentaries (shorts, series and features) will be considered and instead of a screenplay, a PDF letter or presentation about the project will be accepted, which may also include hyperlinks to video footage (YouTube, Vimeo, etc).
  • All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF or it will not be eligible.

Before entering any grant application or contest, we feel you should always read the fine print about your rights and ownership to your material. Under "Copyright and Ownership" for this Film Fund grant, ScreenCraft notes the following:

"ScreenCraft and BondIt will request an executive producer credit and participation in the project per terms to be agreed upon at time of the award of the production funds. Writer credit and director and producer credit will remain with the original filmmaking team. All ownership and rights to the material submitted to this grant program remains with the original rights holders until and unless other agreements are made. Should your project be awarded funding, you are not obligated to accept it until and unless other agreements are made."

The late deadline is December 1, 2017, with an entry fee of $55. You can learn more and submit your project here.      

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It's a bit strange that there is a fee to apply for a grant. It looks a lot like they are trying to get 1000 filmmakers to apply and use the fee money to award the grants. I recently applied (and got) a Green Room grant but there was no fee to apply.

November 7, 2017 at 8:27PM, Edited November 7, 8:28PM

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