I applied in the previous round. Can I apply this year with the same project?
You may apply with the same project from a previous round if your project has progressed. Please reference the current application checklist and update your submission accordingly.
When is the next production grant open open?
January 2, 2020
What is the date and time of the deadline?
Online submissions will technically close via Submittable.com at 11:59 PM PST on March 1, 2020. We recommend uploading your application before 11:00 PM PST to avoid any technical difficulties. Submittable will lock you out of the system at midnight.
When will I be notified?
Applicants will be notified in July/August 2020. Please check your inbox for email notifications from Submittable.
Can I provide an update?
Finalists will be invited to provide a project update.
Are there exceptions to the credit requirement?
No, we cannot make exceptions. If you are an emerging filmmaker and have a project in development, you are eligible to apply to the development fund.
Can I submit multiple projects?
No, each applicant can only submit one project.
What is expected from the current work sample?
You must submit a work sample for the project you are proposing. The suggested length is 10-15 minutes. It can be less than 10 minutes. Also only the first 15 minutes of a sample longer than 15 minutes can be reviewed. There are no restrictions on the type of sample. Choose material that reflects the strongest elements of your story, characters and style. It can be one scene, a string out of scenes, an interview with a character, a trailer, a rough cut. Please make certain the audio can be heard. Be sure to give context of what the sample is in the proposal. We encourage applicants not to expend extra resources to prepare the sample.
Are broadcast or web series eligible?
Series are not eligible for the production grant but they are eligible for development funding.
Do you accept international co-productions?
Yes, so long as the primary applicant (director and/or producer) is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
What production-related costs are acceptable?
Production costs may include staff, crew, travel, gear rental, office expenses, production insurance and legal expenses during the production period. Films with principal research and development completed are especially encouraged to apply. Films nearing the end of production will be considered, but must have production expenses remaining.
Is there someone I can discuss my project with before applying?
I applied in the previous round. Can I apply again with the same project?
Yes if the project is still in development.
How do you define development and development related costs?
Principle photography and production are not in progress. Examples of development costs include but are not limited to: travel and filming to research story elements and characters, editing for fundraising trailer, researchers/subscriptions, etc.
Do I submit a line item budget for the requested grant amount?
Yes, you only need a line item budget for the grant amount. You will also need an estimated total budget amount for the entire project but we do not need a line item budget for it.
What is date and time of deadline?
The application portal on Submittable.com will close on a TBD date in October 2020. We will update this information closer to the open call. We highly recommend starting your upload no later than 11pm PST to avoid technical difficutlies.
When will I be notified?
Applicants will be notified in December 2020.
Can I submit mutliple projects?
No, each applicant must only submit one project.
Are short films, web series, podcasts and XR/VR projects eligible?
Yes, short or feature films, web series, podcasts, XR / VR projects and other emerging media for non fiction storytelling are eligible.