Tuesday, January 18, 2011

perfect weather to fill out grant applications

My editor, Alan, just stopped by my place. I appreciate him coming to me while he was in the area because it is a miserable day in terms of weather- just icy cold rain all day long. Which is why I have spent most of the day in my jammies, filling out grant applications form my bed.

POV is now complete and I am working on the Sundance Documentary Fund. Alan came over to discuss the DVD submission materials. What to include, what is too rough, what is important enough, etc. Fun fun fun.

NYWIFT sent out this email earlier this week, which I have found very helpful:




Deadline: February 4, 2011
For complete information visit: http://www.fullframefest.org/garrett2011.php

The grant supports first time documentary makers with travel and accommodation at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 14-17, 2011. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers.

Criteria: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder and live in the continental United States; any age 18 or older. By "first time filmmaker," they mean someone who is in the early stage of their documentary career and has not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival play or broadcast). All applicants should anticipate finishing their first project by March 2012. You still qualify as a "first time filmmaker" if you've made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crew member on other people's films, or if you've recently completed a documentary that hasn't been released yet. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
ATTN: Garrett Scott Documentary Grant
324 Blackwell Street. Suite 500
Washington Building, Bay 5
Durham, NC 27701
Email: submissions@fullframefest.org
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2. RISING VOICES MICRO-GRANTS: Citizen Media Outreach Projects
Deadline: February 4, 2011

It has been more than three years since Rising Voices began with a simple mandate: to help bring new voices from underrepresented communities to the global conversation through the use of citizen media. They have been accomplishing that by providing microgrant funding, as well as technical and mentoring support to their grantee communities. Ever since the first microgrant competition was announced in May 2007, they have provided seed funding to 24 projects from around the world to help turn ideas into reality. The diversity of these grantee projects has made Rising Voices a unique place on the web to have a firsthand look at places around the world, such as Tamatave, Madagascar and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, through the first-person accounts of these new bloggers.

Beginning on January 11th, 2011, Rising Voices is launching the latest round of microgrant funding and is now accepting project proposals from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or individuals for funding of up to $4,000 USD for digital media outreach projects around the world. Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to underrepresented communities that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, or podcasting on their own.
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Deadline: February 9, 2011

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grants are announced twice a year. Since its inception, the Fund has supported more than 500 films in 61 countries. A committee of human rights experts and film professionals make recommendations from projects submitted by filmmakers from around the world. The Fund reviews between 1,400 and 2,000 proposals annually, choosing 35-50 for support each year. In funding such work, the Documentary Fund encourages the diverse exchange of ideas that is crucial to fostering an open society, raising public consciousness about human rights abuses and restrictions of civil liberties, and fostering an ongoing dialogue about these and other pressing social issues.

Sundance Documentary Film Program
8530 Wilshire Boulevard, 3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-3114
Tel: 310-360-1981
Fax: 310-360-1969
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Deadline: February 14, 2011

The Sundance Institute Feature Film Creative Producing Fellowship is a year-long program for emerging American producers ready to take their next project to the screen. The Fellowship focuses on supporting the next generation of independent producers to help develop their creative and strategic skills for a complex marketplace and encourage a holistic approach in their collaboration with directors and writers. Candidates must have produced at least one short or feature-length narrative or documentary film (no more than two narrative features total) and have a legally-optioned scripted narrative project in hand with a director attached. Candidates may not be the writer or director of the submitted project. For guidelines and the application, visit:

Please submit your application package to the following address:
Attn: Rebecca Green
Creative Producing Fellowship
Sundance Institute
8530 Wilshire Blvd, 3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, California 90211
Email: rebecca_green@sundance.org
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5. WGBH LAB OPEN CALL: Stonewall Uprising and Gay Rights in 2011
Deadline: February 14th, 2011

The WGBH Lab TeamWe have a great new opportunity for all aspiring filmmakers, video journalists and new media makers. In partnership with the PBS show American Experience, which is airing the film Stonewall Uprising next spring, they are asking for videos that tell the story about the gay rights movement happening today in your community. Help share new views of this important civil rights story by contributing your own.

Your video could be one of five to win a $1000 prize and maybe even a chance to air on PBS after the film. Video submissions will become part of a contest and guest judges, including prominent gay rights advocates Cyndi Lauper and Dan Savage, will help decide who wins. The deadline for submissions is February 14, 2011. Find out more about the application process and what makes a winning video on the open call home page.

WGBH Educational Foundation
One Guest Street
Boston, MA 02135
Tel: 617-300-5400
Attention: WGBH Lab/Filmmakers in Residence
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New Deadline: 5 PM, February 18, 2011

POV, public television's premier showcase for independent, non-fiction film is seeking to support emerging filmmakers through its Diverse Voices Project, a co-production fund supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

POV, public television's premier showcase for independent, non-fiction film is seeking to support emerging filmmakers through its DIVERSE VOICES PROJECT, a co-production fund supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. POV values exemplary storytelling, well crafted aesthetics, compelling characters and real-life drama shaped by the unique perspective of a filmmaker with something to say to a large audience. POV believes in presenting the work of filmmakers that reflect experiences not commonly represented on television, offer a springboard for discussion, and provide a deeper understanding of the world we live in. All submissions must be received by 5 PM, February 18, 2011. This is an arrival deadline, not a postmark deadline. Submissions received after January 14th shall be entered in the following submission cycle unless an extension is granted by POV.

Diverse Voices Project
American Documentary | P.O.V.
32 Broadway, 14th floor
New York, NY 10004-1635
Tel: 212-989-8121
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Deadline: Ongoing

Firelight Media’s Producers’ Lab is a mentorship program for independent producers of color. Participating producers work with award-winning filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, and his team of senior producers, writers, editors, new media, and fundraising specialists to complete their projects for a national broadcast. The Lab also provides quarterly workshops and seminars to their producers on relevant and contemporary topics.

Mable Haddock spearheads this exciting project as Director. Haddock served as founding President and CEO of the National Black Program Consortium (NBPC) for 25 years.

Firelight Media started the Producers’ Lab as a way to provide infrastructure support for producers of color to help overcome some of the barriers to completing their film or video. Services include support and consultation in the areas of writing, treatments, budgeting, script development, editing, and other areas as needed. In the future, they will have editing suites, a screening room, and a safe place for producers to create and complete their work.

Mable Haddock
Director, Producers’ Lab
Firelight Media
68 East 131st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10037
Tel: 212-234-1324
Email: mable@firelightmedia.org
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Deadline: Initial Letter of Inquiry: February 21, 2011
(Spring Funding cycle opens online: January 17th, 2011)

The Fledgling Fund supports innovative media projects that can play critical roles in igniting social change. We believe that film and other creative media can bear witness to the challenges faced by vulnerable individuals, families and communities in ways that statistics can not, and that it can create a broader understanding of social problems and inspire concrete action. We also believe that well-structured and creative audience engagement initiatives can leverage media's ability to ignite social change by moving people from awareness to action.

The Fledgling Fund
162 Fifth Avenue Suite 901
New York, New York 10010
Tel: 212-242-1680
Email: info@thefledglingfund.org
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9. "smARTpower" Artists Exchange Initiative of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Deadline: February 28, 2011

smARTpowers will send fifteen U.S. artists abroad to work with local artists and young people around the world to create community-based art projects. Travel opportunities of up to 45 days will be awarded to selected artists to design and develop programs in cooperation with local arts organizations in host countries including China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kosovo, Lebanon, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Venezuela. smARTpower will support the development and implementation of community-based art projects that engage youth and other local residents, including artists. The projects are strongly encouraged to create a tangible legacy of the work accomplished through smARTpower in a variety of visual arts media, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, drawing, video, installation, photo-based work, public art, and interdisciplinary projects. Participatory work is strongly recommended and encouraged. Artists will address a full range of relevant subjects including, but not limited to, women's empowerment, the environment, health, education, and civic engagement.

Emerging to mid-career artists are encouraged to apply. Finalists will be identified through open competition and selected by a national advisory panel of artists and art professionals. Each recipient will be provided with an honorarium of up to $11,000.00, travel funding, a budget for materials of up to $10,000.00, resources for documentation (including photography, video, and web posting), and on-site logistical support. Proposals must be submitted ONLINE ONLY by midnight, February 28, 2011.
For complete information, visit: http://www.bronxmuseum.org/smartpower
Mailed applications will NOT be accepted. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

smARTpower is an initiative of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
administered by The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Email: egrady@bronxmuseum.org

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