Do you have a screenplay that you want to produce but don't have a way to fund it? Are you ready to head into production on your film but need a little extra financing to get there? Well, you're in luck because ScreenCraft has announced that it is officially accepting applications to its highly successful grant program. Backed by media financier BondIt, the ScreenCraft Film Fund offers up to $30,000 twice annually for the production and post-production of up to four creative projects, be they short, feature, or documentary films, or even TV pilots.
Perhaps the greatest thing that ScreenCraft and BondIt have to offer isn't necessarily the money—I mean—the money is incredible and extremely necessary (and also the whole point), but the key to this program is its focus on mentorship through the production process.
In the past, ScreenCraft has enlisted the help of mentors such as Alice Kharoubi, head of the short films corner at the Cannes Film Festival, and Ira Sachs, Sundance and Berlin award-winning filmmaker. This year, producer Jordan Yale Levine, Producers Guild of America member and one of Variety's 10 Producers to Watch in 2016, will be there to provide winners with his unique industry expertise.
According to ScreenCraft co-founder John Rhodes,
“Our program has provided over $100,000 in cash grants to 9 filmmakers so far – and we look forward to discovering and supporting talented rising screenwriters and content creators with this unique funding program via our partnership with BondIt Media Capital.
The Film Fund is open to anyone anywhere in the world, but all scripts and other materials must be in English. If you are younger than 18, you must have parental consent. There is an application fee for each project:
- Before January 31st: $45
- Before March 31st: $55
- Before June 30th: $65
(Students save $10 on application fees.)
If you're interested in entering, submit your application on the ScreenCraft website by the final Spring 2019 funding cycle deadline, which is June 30th.