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The Big Tell

Grants to California Filmmakers for Short
Documentaries that Feature Local Stories

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF)

Conf. Date:

05/11/21

Deadline Date:

06/18/21 Midnight

Description:

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Grants of $5,000 to California filmmakers for short documentaries that feature stories from eligible counties. The purpose of the program is to shape the narrative of the region by highlighting local culture, pride, history, and resilience. Films must represent at least one of the six counties located in the funding source's service area: Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings counties. The Big Tell is open to student, amateur, recreational, and professional filmmakers. Women, people of color, people who identify as members of minority or underrepresented groups, emerging filmmakers, and people from or living in the Central Valley are encouraged to apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151077

Number of Grants:

10

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $5,000

Term of Contract:

Winners will have 3 months to complete their 5-minute film.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant can be the filmmaker, a person or organization hiring a filmmaker to tell their story, or a member of the project team. Only one member of the filmmaking team will be recognized as the filmmaker of record in marketing and promotional materials.

This grant is for the production of new, non-fiction material – completed films or work that has been publicly screened are not accepted.

Please note that the Foundation is unlikely to select a film that is similar to films from prior The Big Tell winners.

Pre-proposal Conference:

May 11: Q&A with CVCF and CMAC 6:00pm – Virtual meeting to learn how to create a winning application and ask questions of staff

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUoc-itrjsvE9Vgufm8Jaf2cgi4Wm-pSyoX

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- April 30: Applications Open
- June 18: Applications due at midnight
- June 26: Winners Announced
- June 30: Meet & Greet with Sascha Rice, CVCF, and CMAC at 6pm (Virtual or in person TBD)
- July 8-30: One-on-one check in with Sascha Rice (Virtual)
- August 15: Rough Cut #1 to Sascha Rice
- August 15-30: Second 1:1 with Sascha Rice (Virtual)
- Sept 15: Rough Cut #2 to Sascha Rice
- Sept 15-30: Third 1:1 with Sascha Rice (Virtual)
- September TBD: Interview Day:* Filmmakers record 2-minute intro to their films in studio with Nexstar; Provide 2 minutes of footage and up to 10 photos to use as B-roll during the interview.
- October 1: Final Films due by midnight.
- TBD November: Showcase – will air on Central Valley Nexstar station(s) and CMAC

FAQs: https://www.centralvalleycf.org/thebigtell-faqpage/

Q&A Recording:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/zuaUgFSQ8H1VD7hD3-NF5pwh1dr09wbttK9RgeE2KlLQ59V6Qy0G4Whg_stgWmCB.qTE1gi6nCjmNEZgK?startTime=1620780818000

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerQ3cspytOCkFIJUkFe6mtlu5Z73IZE675r6IfwbVA8otuuQ/viewform

Central Valley Community Foundation
5260 North Palm Avenue, Suite 122
Fresno, California 93704

Phone: 559-226-5600
Fax: 559-230-2078

Email: info@centralvalleycf.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: California’s six-county Central Valley - counties of Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare and Kings.

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