Filmmaking is a challenging and rewarding endeavor that is usually pretty costly. Luckily, there are many opportunities for filmmakers to help get funding whether it be for their work or schooling.
There are currently several organizations that have started their application process including the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and the KODAK Scholarship Program. The KODAK Scholarship Program awards current college students who have demonstrated “superior professional filmmaking production skills and creativity along with academic success.” The deadline for this highly competitive scholarship is June 13, 2011.
Offered only to SAG members, the John L. Dales Scholarship helps members and/or their children attend college. It is also meant for SAG members who need financial assistance to obtain further education to change their career. The deadline for applying is April 22, 2011.
Other possible funding opportunities not limited to those attending college are the ASCAP Foundation Grants, the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and Creative Capital. The ASCAP Foundation is “dedicated to supporting American music creators and encouraging their development through music education and talent development programs.” Their foundation grants are rewarded to non-profits that are dedicated to music education programs for aspiring songwriters and composers. The application deadline for non-profits is October 1, 2011.
The Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting is hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is for screenwriters who have yet to earn more than $5,000 writing for film or television. This prestigious fellowship awerds up to $30,000 to promising new screenwriters who submit an original feature film screenplay by May 1, 2011. Applications for the program will be available after January 2011.
Perhaps the most unique form of grant funding is Creative Capital which is “the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process.” Creative Capital also makes a multi-year commitment to its recipients, making their application available only every three years. Those with projects in Film/Video and Visual Arts are eligible to apply this year starting February 1.
Of course these are only some of the ways that artists can receive funding for their projects. There are many other scholarships, grants, and fellowships available. There are also fundraising sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo. For more listings of funding opportunities, be sure to check out our career scene page.
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