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Film and Video Grant Program

Grants to California Filmmakers and Students for
Animation Films, Dramatic Works, and Documentaries

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Berkeley Film Foundation (BFF)

Deadline Date:

05/18/20 12:00 Noon

Description:

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Grants to California students and filmmakers in eligible regions to create animation films, short dramatic works, and documentaries. Funding is intended to support projects that are already in the production, post-production, or distribution stages. Eligible applicants are Bay Area emerging and established independent filmmakers producing films that combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium. For general grants, filmmakers must work or live in Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond or Oakland. Applicants for student grants must be currently enrolled in a full-time film studies program in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, or Marin.

Eligible Genre:

  • Short Form Animation (30 minutes or less)
  • Short Form Narratives (30 minutes or less)
  • Short Documentary (40 minutes or less)
  • Long Documentary (over 40 minutes)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153759

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $12,000 for general awards. Up to $5,000 for student awards.
The Saul Zaentz award is $25,000 and The Al Bendich award is $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
-Work or live in Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond or Oakland. No P.O. Boxes accepted for address.
-Be at least 18 years of age.
-Be the primary creator of work submitted.
-BFF will not consider a new film proposal from a former grant recipient until the prior funded film is completed.
-For General Grants: Applicant must be the Director or Producer of the film. Organizations may NOT apply.
-For General Grants: Must reside or work in a qualified city for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
-For Student Grants: Must be currently enrolled in a full-time film studies program in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Marin

Not Eligible:
-Broadcast news journalism
-Broadcast reality entertainment
-Advertising Commercials
-Industrial or Corporate Media
-Animation over 30 minutes, narratives over 30 minutes, or music videos eligible only under the Student Grant.
-Student projects are not eligible for the General Grant.

What Is Not Funded:
-The Foundation does not cover costs retroactively.
-Media projects other than film or video.
-Organizational projects for internal or promotional use.
-General operating expenses of companies or organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant season opens at 9:00 AM on April 1, 2020.
Applications are due on or before 12:00 Noon, Monday, May 18, 2020.

The Saul Zaentz award and The Al Bendich award will be determined by the Grants Review Panel; there is no application for either award.

Contact Information:

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

For content assistance please contact the Berkeley Film Foundation at info@berkeleyfilmfoundation.org.

For technical assistance, including troubles accessing your account or uploading files, please contact Submittable Support at support@submittable.com.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: General applicants - Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond and Oakland; Student applicants - Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Marin.

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