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

Grants to New York City and Minnesota Emerging Film
Directors for Production Projects and Artist Development

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Jerome Foundation

Conf. Date:

04/07/21

Deadline Date:

04/21/21 4:00 PM Central/5:00 PM Eastern

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 and grants of up to $7,000 to New York City and Minnesota emerging film directors to support production expenses for a specific project and to support artist development. Production funding is intended for projects in the genres of narrative, experimental, animation, or documentary work. Funding for artist development provides mentorship opportunities while working on a specific project.

Offered every two years, this program provides early career filmmakers either a Production Grant for all stages of production, or, new this year, an Artist Development Grant. The Production Grant supports film, video and digital production directors who reside in either New York City or Minnesota and who work in the animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative genres, or in any combination of these forms. The Artist Development Grant supports early career film, digital production and video directors based in Minnesota. In the Production Grant the expansion to all stages of production, including pre-production costs, is new for this program round.

Production Grant

The production grant provides funds to early career filmmakers to support specific projects, both short and full-length, for all stages of production, including pre-production, production and post-production costs.

Artist Development Grant

The artist development grant provides funds to early career filmmakers to engage in self-designed mentorship with experienced directors and further their filmmaking craft and/or professional skills while working on a specific film, video or digital production project.

For use of funds, see the eligibility questionnaires for each grant in the Pre-Application Information section below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160719

Estimated Size of Grant:

- New York City Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant: Up to $30,000
- Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant: Up to $30,000
- Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Artist Development Grant: Up to $7,000

Term of Contract:

Filmmakers provided with support through this program must receive all grant funds and begin production by April 13, 2023. Exceptions to this policy, whatever the reason, must be approved in advance by staff and requested before March 13, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These programs support early career film directors who have in the past and will in the future generate new work; who claim creative “authorship” and creative control in the creation that new work; and whose primary practice is centered in creating new work either in animation, documentary, experimental, or narrative film, video and digital production, or in a combination of these forms.

The Foundation understands that, especially at an early stage, artists may do more than direct: they may also act, design, write, edit and/or produce. Artists who perform multiple functions are eligible only if these functions also include directing. This program is not open to film producers, screenwriters, editors, designers, etc., unless they also meet the eligibility requirements related to directing past work and are directing the proposed project.

Early career directors have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment and are recognized as early career artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators. Applicants whose filmography is entirely self-presented and who have no additional support through grants, public screenings produced or sponsored by others and/or competitive prizes should contact Jerome staff prior to April 1, 2021 to discuss eligibility.

At a minimum, applicants must have directed and completed at least two film/video/digital production projects. This is not a program for first-time filmmakers. Applicants must serve as the director(s) of the proposed project (i.e., must be listed in the film credits as the director).

Applications are only accepted from individuals or co-directing teams applying jointly. Applications may not be submitted by fiscal sponsors, production companies or other organizations. Individuals with a single user or sole proprietor LLC may direct the funds to their LLC. Funds may not however be directed to a Partnership LLC.

- If applying as an individual, applicants must have prior sole directing credit on at least two film/video/digital production projects. Projects done as part of a co-directing team will not count towards eligibility and may not be used as work samples unless applying as a co-directing team (see below). Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements.

- If applying as a co-directing team, applicants must have credits on at least two prior film/video/digital production projects that they have already co-directed together. Projects completed individually or co-directed with anyone other than the co-directing partner for the application do not count towards the minimum of two credits to meet eligibility and may not be used as work samples.

Co-directors must submit a single application and will share the grant funds equally. In order to submit an application, all co-directors must meet all of the eligibility requirements for filmmakers applying individually and have a demonstrated history of creating new work. Only eligible co-directing filmmakers may be included in the application. For example, a producer or cinematographer cannot be included in the application.

Eligible artists are:
- Residents of New York City or Minnesota for one year at time of application
- Film Directors* who are currently creating new original work
- Artists early in their career
- Creating bold, innovative and risk-taking new work that explores and/or challenges conventional artistic forms

* Film Directors are those who conceive and create new original work. Jerome does not fund artists who solely perform or develop/produce the work of others (e.g., actors, editors, cinematographers, screenwriters and producers who are not also film directors).

Grantees may not substitute a different project than the project in the application for which a grant was received. Doing so may result in the Foundation recalling the grant. Any major changes to the nature or scope of the project must be approved in advance by the Foundation.

For additional eligibility criteria, including ineligible artists, see below:
- New York eligibility: https://www.jeromefdn.org/new-york-city-film-video-and-digital-production-grant#eligibility
- Minnesota eligibility: https://www.jeromefdn.org/mn-film-video-and-digital-production-artist-development-grants#eligibility

Pre-proposal Conference:

Q&A Sessions:

Bring your questions to these open “office hours” with Jerome staff. Sessions will be held on Zoom—mark your calendar and use this link to join the meeting!

New York Film, Video and Digital Production Grant Q&A Session link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84241270606?pwd=d04xYWdUT29kbnREMDFSZSs0aE5Xdz09

- Wednesday, February 17 at 4 pm Eastern
- Wednesday, March 24 at 4 pm Eastern
- Wednesday, April 7 at 4 pm Eastern

Minnesota Film, Video and Digital Production Grant Q&A Session link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89831468273?pwd=REo3WEpqNUFtT01VZWxkVGxFbW50dz09

- Wednesday, February 17 at 12 noon Central
- Wednesday, March 24 at 12 noon Central
- Wednesday, April 7 at 12 noon Central

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is April 21, 2021 at 4 PM Cental/5 PM Eastern. Notification of award will be no later than October 15, 2021.

Timeline:
- Online application opens: January 14, 2021
- Webinar with program staff: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
- Q&A Session with Program Staff: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4 PM Eastern
- Q&A Session with Program Staff: Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 4 PM Eastern
- Q&A Session with Program Staff: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 4 PM Eastern
- Deadline for applications: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 5 PM Eastern
- Notification of grant status: No later than October 15, 2021

Applications Process:
- Step 1: Read the 2021 Program Overview
- Step 2: Take the Eligibility Questionnaire
- Step 3: Review the Application Questions and Review Process and Criteria
- Step 4: Review the FAQs, attend an information session webinar (optional)
- Step 5: Complete the online application in Submittable

The program does not fund retroactively: only costs incurred after the grant is awarded and a grant contract is signed will be supported.

The Jerome Foundation staff first pre-screens applications to verify eligibility, relying on the work samples and resume. Staff will not perform any additional research, including on IMDb or applicant websites to verify eligibility. Applicants who do not identify at least two eligible completed past projects that they have directed (or in the case of co-directing teams, have co-directed) in the eligibility check will be eliminated at this stage, regardless of additional information that may be found or inferred in the resume.

The Foundation encourages applicants to contact Foundation Staff to ask questions and to discuss potential applications. Staff may also be contacted by telephone between 9 am and 4:30 pm Central Time, Mondays through Fridays (except holidays).

Filmmakers may apply for one or the other of these opportunities, but not both.

New York City Film, Video and Digital Production Grant:
https://www.jeromefdn.org/new-york-city-film-video-and-digital-production-grant

Minnesota Film, Video and Digital Production Grant and Artist Development Grant:
https://www.jeromefdn.org/mn-film-video-and-digital-production-artist-development-grants

Eligibility Questionnaire for New York Grant:
https://www.jeromefdn.org/nyc-fvdp-eligibility-questionnaire

Eligibility Questionnaire for Minnesota Grants:
https://www.jeromefdn.org/mn-fvdp-eligibility-questionnaire

New York City Application Questions and Review Process and Criteria:
https://www.jeromefdn.org/nyc-fvdp-application-criteria-review

Minnesota Application Questions and Review Process and Criteria:
- Production Grant: https://www.jeromefdn.org/mn-fvdp-production-applications-criteria-review
- Artist Development Grant: https://www.jeromefdn.org/mn-fvdp-artist-development-applications-criteria-review

New York City FAQs:
https://www.jeromefdn.org/new-york-city-film-video-and-digital-production-grant#faqs

Minnesota FAQs:
- Production Grant: https://www.jeromefdn.org/mn-fvdp-production-faq
- Artist Development Grant: https://www.jeromefdn.org/mn-fvdp-artist-development-faq

New York City Informational Webinar recording:
https://www.jeromefdn.org/new-york-city-film-video-and-digital-production-grant#resources

Minnesota Informational Webinar recording:
https://www.jeromefdn.org/mn-film-video-and-digital-production-artist-development-grants#resources

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://jeromefdn.submittable.com/submit (select either the New York City application or one of the Minnesota applications)

For questions or to discuss your application, contact:
Lann Briel, Program Officer
651.925.5614
lbriel@jeromefdn.org

For technical questions or general questions about the guidelines, contact:
Andrea Brown, Grants and Program Administrator
651.925.5615
abrown@jeromefdn.org

Jerome Foundation staff: https://www.jeromefdn.org/staff

Jerome Foundation
550 Vandalia Street, Suite 109
St. Paul, MN 55114

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