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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.
Eligible works include new film, video and digital production work in the genres of animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative. The Foundation has no preferences for subject matter or genre (i.e., documentary over narrative or animation). Applicants are expected to demonstrate an ability to complete the proposed project. Depending on the subject matter, this may require the applicant to demonstrate an understanding of the subject and an ability to handle the material appropriately. In reviewing documentary proposals, panelists are interested in the degree to which relationships with the film subjects/content has been or will be developed.
Funds may be used for production and post-production expenses. For a list of eligible expenses, see:
The following factors are all considered when assessing artistic merit:
- Distinctive and authentic artistic “voice”
- Bold and risk-taking approach—expanding the aesthetic or social experience
- Technical proficiency and exhibiting a high level of craft
- Imaginative, rigorous, and well-executed
- Engaging aesthetically and experientially
- Effective structure, rhythm and use of the medium to convey substance and meaning
- Creative, original and memorable content
- Established relationship with or connection to subjects/subject matter and audiences
For additional selection criteria, see:
GrantWatch ID#: 160719
Generally, 5–8 grants are provided each round in Minnesota, and 13–18 in New York City.
Awards of up to $30,000 are made and do not require matching funds.
Directors provided with support through this program must request and receive all grant funds and begin production by October 31, 2021. Exceptions to this policy, whatever the reason, must be approved in advance by staff and requested before September 30, 2021.
This program supports early career film directors who have in the past and will in the proposed project generate new work. Generative filmmakers are those who generate new works and claim creative “authorship” and creative control in the creation of new work, and whose primary practice is centered in creating new work in animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative film, video and digital production.
Early career directors show significant potential; 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-distributed and who have no additional support through grants, public screenings produced or sponsored by others and/or competitive prizes are generally uncompetitive.
This is not a program for first-time or second-time filmmakers. At a minimum, applicants must have directed and completed at least two non-student film/video/digital production projects. 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, LLCs, or other organizations.
If applying as an individual, applicants must have sole directing credit on at least two non-student 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. If applying as a co-directing team, applicants must have credits on at least two, non-student 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 two minimum credits to meet eligibility and may not be used as work samples.
All applicants must:
- Be a resident of the state of Minnesota or New York City as demonstrated by having filed two most recent federal taxes as a resident of Minnesota and/or New York City, and will file in those same areas next year.
- Have either a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
- Not be participating in any degree-granting programs (K-12, undergraduate, graduate) in any field at the time of application
- Not be entering degree programs during the grant period.
For additional eligibility requirements, see: https://www.jeromefdn.org/sites/default/files/2019-01/2019%20FVDP%20Guidelines.pdf#page=3
A webinar was held on February 21, 2019. The session was recorded and can be watched here: https://vimeo.com/318865275
A workshop will take place in New York City, on Wednesday, April 3 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM Eastern Time at:
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue at East 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
RSVP here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YRKZJY7
The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019. Notification of award will be no later than September 30, 2019.
- Online application opens: January 31, 2019
- Webinar with program staff: Thursday, February 21, 2019
- Deadline for applications: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 4 pm Central/5 pm Eastern
- Notification of grant status: No later than September 30, 2019
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 “eligibility check” in the application and the 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).
How to Apply: https://www.jeromefdn.org/film-video-production-grants#how-to-apply
Help and Contacts: https://www.jeromefdn.org/film-video-production-grants#help-and-contacts
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/ (select either the Minnesota or New York City application)
Lann Briel, Program Officer
Andrea Brown, Grants Adiministrator
400 Sibley Street, Suite 125
St. Paul, MN 55101
USA: Minnesota; New York City; New York