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Minnesota/New York City Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Programs

Grants to New York City and Minnesota Emerging Film
Directors for Production and Post-Production Projects

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Jerome Foundation

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08/24/17 4:30 PM CST


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Grants of up to $30,000 to New York City and Minnesota emerging film and video artists to support production and post-production expenses for a specific project. Funding is intended for projects in the genres of narrative, experimental, animation, or documentary work. Production and post-production expenses include editing, titles, and special effects (marketing, distribution costs, festival fees or pre-production are not funded). Film projects that are in post-production are eligible but are a lower priority.

The Foundation supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:

- Who take risks and embrace challenges;
- Whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
- Who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
- Who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
- Who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.

In their consideration, panelists consider only the following three criteria:

- The artistic merit of the applicant, as indicated by the work sample, resume and artist statement
- The feasibility of the film project, as indicated by the film budget, specific details around logistics (including but not limited to anticipated shooting schedule, identification of collaborators, and viability of location(s), and sources of additional potential and/or secured funding; and
- The potential impact of the film in contributing to artistic development and career of the artist, as indicated by the artist statement.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160719

Number of Grants:

Generally, six to nine grants are provided each year in both the Minnesota and New York City programs.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards of up to $30,000 are made and do not require matching funds. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $30,000. Applicants may request the entire cost of the film, provided it does not exceed the grant ceiling amount of $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Grantees must accept all grant funds within 18 months and use all funds within two years of the date of the grant letter. The eligible grant period is from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must:

1. Be residents of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City and have lived there for at least one year prior to the application date, and still plan to be residents at the end of 2017.

Potential applicants who have lived in MN for at least a year but plan to relocate to New York City before year end should apply in the NY Film and Video Program. Potential applicants who have lived in New York City for at least a year but plan to relocate to Minnesota before year end should apply in the MN Film and Video Program.

For establishing residency, street addresses are required; however, post office boxes may be used for mailing purposes.

2. Be individuals who are emerging film directors.

This program is not open to applications from organizations or fiscal sponsors.

The applicant may wear other hats, such as producer, writer, editor, etc. but must also assume the role of director with ultimate artistic/creative control of both past films establishing eligibility and the project for which support is requested. Producers, editors, crew people and writers who are not in ultimate creative control of the project are not eligible to apply.

Emerging filmmakers show significant potential; have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and are recognized as emerging artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.

If you need more information on eligibility, please consult the Jerome Foundation's Definition of an Emerging Artist or contact Foundation staff.

3. Have already completed at least two non-student film projects as the director before the application is submitted.

This program does not fund applicants with little or no background as principal creators of film, video, or digital media. Factors used to assess whether an applicant is emerging include production record/history, distribution record, awards, grants, peer recognition, career stage, and critical response to the work.

4. Function as the director/ have total creative control of the project for which support is requested.

In addition, applicants may not be enrolled in graduate, undergraduate, or K-12 educational programs at the time of application. Artists who plan to enter degree programs during the grant period are not eligible to apply (unless the film will be completed before those studies begin.)

Previous grant recipients in this program or in the Travel and Study program must have completed the supported production or travel and filed all final reports before submitting a new application.

Project Eligibility:

Only production and post-production expenses (editing, titles, special effects, but not marketing, distribution costs, festival fees or pre-production) that are incurred after the grant is awarded and the grant contract signed are supported. Film projects that are in post-production are eligible but are a lower priority.

Installations, new media, gamers or interactive work are subsidized in other Foundation programs and are not eligible in this program. Commercial, industrial, informational, or student work all fall outside of Foundation priorities and are not eligible in any Foundation program.

Jerome Foundation considers music videos to be industrial or commercial work; they are therefore not eligible for support nor appropriate to use as work samples. Music videos submitted as work samples will be removed from application materials and will not be reviewed by the panel.

The Foundation has no preferences for kinds of project (i.e., documentary over narrative or animation) or subject matter. Subject matter of a proposed project is considered only in cases where the subject clearly requires special expertise. The applicant must show evidence of having the capability to handle the subject matter. In reviewing documentary proposals, panels are typically also interested in the degree to which relationships with the film subjects have been or will be developed.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational webinars are offered by Jerome Foundation staff to answer questions and assist applicants in the preparation of their proposals. Attendance at webinars is encouraged for applicants who wish to receive detailed information about the program or ask specific questions about their projects.

The upcoming webinar will be held July 19, 2017 at 12 Noon CT. Registration is required (see Contact Information below).

A recorded informational webinar can be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

- Online application opens: May 1, 2017
- Webinar with program staff: July 19, 2017 at 12 Noon Central
- Deadline for applications: August 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM Central
- Notification of grant status: Between December 15, 2017 and December 31, 2017

The Foundation encourages applicants to contact Foundation staff with questions that are not addressed in the guidelines (including the FAQ) and the webinar. See the Contact Information below.

Please note: Projects that are still in early pre-production planning and that may not begin shooting for at least 24 months are encouraged to postpone application until more work on the project has been completed.

Films of any financial scale are allowed; all budgets will be given the same consideration. Applicants with small budgets are welcome and encouraged to apply. Because Jerome may not be able to cover the entire costs of production, all application budgets must identify additional secured and/or potential sources of income for the project.

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Contact Information:

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

Register for the informational webinar online:

Before starting the online application, take the eligibility quiz online:

Register and apply online:

Staff may be contacted either by telephone (651-224-9431) between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Time, Mondays through Fridays (excepting holidays) or by sending an email to Venessa Fuentes ( or Andrea Brown (

Jerome Foundation
400 Sibley Street, Suite 125
St. Paul, MN 55101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota;   New York City;   New York