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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Film Festival Grants
http://www.oscars.org/education-outreach/grants/filmfestival/index.html
The Film Festival Grant program has awarded more than $3 million to film festivals since 1999. Grants totaling $450,000 were granted to 24 U.S. film festivals in 2009. While the grants are awarded for a variety of programs, film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Film Scholars Program
http://www.oscars.org/education-outreach/grants/filmscholars/index.html
To stimulate and support new and significant works of film scholarship, the Academy Film Scholars program awards grants of $25,000 to two individuals each year. Established scholars, writers and historians are awarded grants to research topics that may include cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Institutional Grants Program
http://www.oscars.org/education-outreach/grants/institutional/index.html
The Institutional Grants Program assists in fostering educational activities between the public and the film industry while encouraging the appreciation of motion pictures as both an art form and a vocation. In 2008 the program distributed $500,000 to 58 institutions.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/
The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program is an international competition open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of a sole author or of exactly two collaborative authors. Entries must have been written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible. Up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded each year.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation
College Television Awards
http://www.emmysfoundation.org/college-television-awards
The College Television Awards is a major Academy competition which recognizes excellence in college student film/video productions. It is national in scope, accepting entries each year from scores of colleges and universities. The entire program, including $24,500 in cash prizes, is sponsored by the Academy Foundation. First place winners receive $2,000, second place winners receive $1,000, and third place winners receive $500.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Society Foundation
http://www.gottliebfoundation.org/
Provides funding for visual artists who incorporate video and film into their work.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Ann Arbor Film Festival
http://aafilmfest.org/
Gives out $20,000 via various awards to each year's winners.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Austin (Texas) Film Festival Competition
http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/
The Austin Film Festival offers numerous awards, but a registration fee is required for the various competitions.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Center for Asian American Media
Media Fund
http://mediafund.asianamericanmedia.org/
The Center for Asian American Media provides funding and support for provocative and engaging Asian American film and media projects from independent producers. CAAM awards production and completion funds for projects intended for public television broadcast. Since 1990, more than $3 million has been granted to over 150 projects. Funding is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Open Door Completion Funds are available up to $20,000 and Production Funds, $20,000 to $50,000 on average.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Creative Capital Foundation
http://www.creative-capital.org/
Creative Capital is a new, national organization supporting visual artists who are pursuing innovative approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts. Creative Capital will work closely with its funded artists to provide audience development, marketing and other forms of assistance tailored to individual projects. Artists will, in return, share a portion of their proceeds with Creative Capital, enabling the fund to support more artists in the future. Creative Capital funds artist projects in four disciplines: visual arts (includes installation art, painting, fiber art, mixed media works, public art, etc.), film/video arts, performing arts (includes music, dance, theater, puppetry, performance art, etc.), and emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work, and experimental literature). Projects that transcend traditional discipline boundaries are highly encouraged. Creative Capital operates on a two-year grant cycle, funding alternative disciplines each year. The first year of each cycle, we issue grants in visual and film/video arts; the second year, performing and emerging arts.
2008 Grants Focus : Emerging Fields, Innovative Literature and Performing Arts. Emerging Fields may include all forms of digital arts, audio work, multidisciplinary projects and new genres. Innovative Literature may include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, as well as genre-defying work by writers who demonstrate exceptional stylistic, linguistic, and formal originality. Performing Arts may include dance, music, theater, experimental music performance, experimental opera, spoken word, theater/performance art and interdisciplinary projects.
Also listed under Arts and Music.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Databazaar Scholarship Fund
http://www.databazaar.com/Inkjet_Cartridge/UserTemplate/Scholarship_Fund_645.html
A funding opportunity for undergraduate students in the fields of visual communication, broadcast journalism, filmmaking and photography. 2 annual grants of $2,500 each are available to support excellence in the visual fields and promote understanding between the USA and South Asia.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Dean Film and Video Grants (Roy W.)
http://www.fromtheheartproductions.com/
Application deadline: Sept. 30
The Roy W. Dean Grants support film and video projects that are unique and benefit society. The grants primarily provide goods and services donated by companies in the film and video industry. These grants are available for shorts and low budget independents as well as documentary filmmakers.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Duke University
Center for Documentary Studies
http://cds.aas.duke.edu/grants/index.html
(1) Honickman First Book Prize in Photography : This biennial prize offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a traveling exhibition of prizewinners. Duke University Press will publish the book in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. The prize, offered in collaboration with The Honickman Foundation, is open to American citizens of any age who have yet to publish a book-length work.
(2) Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize : This $20,000 award is offered annually to encourage collaborative documentary work in the tradition of photographer Dorothea Lange and writer Paul Taylor. The Center for Documentary Studies invites writers and photographers to make collaborative applications to the sixteenth annual Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize. Deadline for submission: All required materials must be submitted under one cover during the month of January and postmarked no later than January 31.
(3) CDS Filmmaker Award : This $7,500 prize recognizes documentary films that combine originality and creativity with firsthand experience in examining central issues of contemporary life and culture. In keeping with the CDS mission, the award was created to honor and support documentary artists whose works are potential catalysts for education and change. The award winners are selected from among films in competition at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, held each spring in Durham, North Carolina.
(4) John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards : These awards, of up to $2,000, are available to undergraduates at four local universities (Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University) to help them conduct summer-long documentary fieldwork projects. Deadline for submissions: Submit application during the month of February. Entries will not be accepted if postmarked after February 28.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Echo Lake Productions: Production Company and Film Fund for Independents
http://www.echolakeproductions.com/
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Experimental Television Center
http://www.experimentaltvcenter.org/
Provides grants and residencies to New York residents.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

FilmMakers International Screenwriting Competition
http://www.filmmakers.com/contests/2006/
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Financial Aid, Scholarships, Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards in Media Communications
http://scholarships.fatomei.com/communications.html
Covers Advertising, Communications, Filmmaking, Journalism, Marketing, Motion Pictures, Print, Radio, Television, Writing. A compilation of resources by Francisco Alberto Tomei Torres, Ph.D. Covers Advertising, Communications, Filmmaking, Journalism, Marketing, Motion Pictures, Print, Radio, Television, Writing.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Foundation Center
Reference Guide for Film and Videomakers
http://fdncenter.org/getstarted/guides/film.html
If you are an individual looking for financial support to make a film or to work on a video project, this user aid will help you in your search. We have selected a few of the most important print and electronic resources for you to begin your search.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund
Filmmaker Support
http://www.frameline.org/filmmaker-support/
Grants in a range of $2,000 to $3,000 are available for projects in the final stages of production. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated or experimental projects about or of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their communities. The fund also seeks to bring new work to underserved audiences; with this in mind, we especially encourage applications by women and people of color.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

The Fund for Women Artists
Funding Resources
hhttp://www.womenarts.org/funding-resources/index/
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund
http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org/filmmakers/tfi_documentary/
Deadline : December 8
Administered by the Tribeca Film Institute with funding from Gucci, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. The fund is seeking feature-length documentaries in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition in late 2011 or 2012. Films should be commercially viable and resonate with a mainstream U.S. audience. The fund seeks to support films that highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world through complete, thoughtful, and dynamic storytelling; films that focus on issues that may not be extensively covered by the mainstream media or well understood by the general public; and films that focus on people who are ignored, ostracized, or otherwise marginalized or people fighting for political or social justice. The fund does not support Short films or student projects; films that choose advocacy over story and craft; or films completed before January 1, 2011. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $25,000.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Independent Television Service (ITVS)
http://www.itvs.org/
Each year ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs produced by independent producers primarily for public television and beyond. ITVS is looking for proposals which increase diversity on public television and present a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. All production funding requests must be submitted in accordance with ITVS guidelines.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

International Documentary Association
Fiscal Sponsorship Program
http://www.documentary.org/community/IDA-resources/fiscal_sponsorship
Fiscal sponsorship is a legal and financial arrangement which allows a 501(c )(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation, such as the International Documentary Association (IDA) to provide it's nonprofit status and limited financial oversight to a project by an individual or organization that does not have nonprofit status. IDA can provide this service to a variety of projects if they meet the fiscal sponsorship admissions criteria and their project is in line with our mission statement. This arrangement is a well-accepted model of nonprofit arts funding for individuals and organizations who do not have legal nonprofit status, but would like to take advantage of funding offered to 501(c)(3) organizations.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Kickstarter : A New Way to Fund and Follow Creativity
http://www.kickstarter.com/
A funding platform for artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Post a description of a project you want funded, how much money you need, and a deadline. If enough people pledge the money that you need, everyone is billed. For funding goals that aren't reached, no one is charged. Since its inception in April 2009, more than 1,000 projects have been funded. Not a grant program! If anyone has used this program successfully, send a note to the web page editor.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Latino Public Broadcasting
Funding for Independent Producers
http://www.lpbp.org/opencallguidelines.php
Deadline: June 1
An open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a public television program or series on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans. LPB funding will average between $5,000 and $100,000 for programs of most genres, including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, or mixed genre. LPB will consider funding projects at any production stage. LPB Funding for each stage ranges as follows:
(1) Research and Development $5,000 - $20,000
(2) Production $25,000 - $100,000
(3) Post-Production $25,000 - $100,000
(4) Outreach $10,000-$25,000
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA)
Media Scholarship
http://www.manaa.org/2009scholarship.html
Deadline : October 30
Offering one $1000 scholarship for currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers as filmmakers and in television production (not broadcast journalism). Formed in 1992, MANAA is the only organization solely dedicated to monitoring the media and advocating balanced, sensitive, and positive depiction and coverage of the Asian American community.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Media Impact Funders
http://mediaimpactfunders.org/
Consider adding your project to the GFEM Media Database, a searchable database of media projects-in-progress so that others can consider funding it.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Michigan Film Office
Film Incentives for Producers
http://www.michiganfilmoffice.org/For-Producers/Incentives/Default.aspx
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Morrie Warshawski's Home Page
http://www.warshawski.com
Morrie Warshawski, author of "Shaking the Money Tree: How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video" recently announced the launch of a new Web site with an extensive bibliography on fundraising for independent film and video projects. The site also includes a RealAudio clip on "How to Throw a Fundraising House Party" taken from an appearance on Marketplace Radio. For more information, Warshawski can be contacted at MorrieWar@aol.com.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Programs and Deadlines
http://www.neh.gov/grants/grants.html
Have provided funding for documentaries.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

National Film Preservation Foundation
http://www.filmpreservation.org/
Deadline : March 1
The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) was created by the U.S. Congress to save America's film heritage. Working with archives and others who appreciate film, the NFPF supports preservation activities nationwide that ensure the physical survival of film and improve access to film for study, education and exhibition. The foundation provides Basic Preservation grants of $1,000 to $15,000 to nonprofit and public archives for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film material. Matching grants up to $50,000 are also available for larger projects. Nonprofit funding only. Other programs include : Partnership Grants and Avant-Garde Masters Grants.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film
http://jewishculture.org/film/
Supports the completion of original documentaries that explore the Jewish experience in all its complexity. The fund was created with a lead grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and is sustained with major support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. The priority of the fund is to support projects that address significant subjects; offer fresh, challenging perspectives; engage audiences across cultural lines; and expand the understanding of Jewish experiences. Grants from the fund, which generally range in size from $15,000 to $35,000, are awarded to up to six filmmakers annually for post-production support.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Historical Documentary Editing Fellowships
http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/announcement/fellowship.html
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America's documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Native American Public Telecommunications
http://www.nativetelecom.org/
The NAPT Public Television Program Fund supports program ideas that bring new perspectives on Native American cultures to public television audiences, increasing the quality and quantity of Native American television programming on a national and international scale.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

NYFA Source : A Directory for Artists
http://www.nyfa.org/source
A database of some 6,000 grant, award, publication, and other opportunities for artists in all disciplines nationwide. These listings are supplemented by weekly jobs and opportunity listings that are part of NYFA Current. New postings appear every Sunday. NYFA's grants and other programs for New York State residents are also described on the site.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Oppenheimer New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program
http://oppenheimercinerental.com/grant.html
Supports new filmmakers in producing their first serious film project. The grant awards the use of their Grant Program Arriflex 16SR camera package to senior and graduate thesis students and to independent filmmakers for a scheduled period of time. Proposed projects may be of any non-commercial nature: dramatic, narrative, documentary, experimental, etc.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC)
http://www.piccom.org/
The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. Media Fund open call is seeking public television projects at the research & development, production or completion stage. PIC funds up to $15,000 for Research & Development. Production and Completion funding ranges from $20,000 to $50,000. Independent producers or independent entities producing television, film or video programming are encouraged to apply.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Pacific Pioneer Fund Awards Grants to Filmmakers in California, Oregon, and Washington
http://www.pacificpioneerfund.com/
Deadlines: February 1, May 15, October 1, annually
The Pacific Pioneer Fund awards grants to support emerging documentary filmmakers in California, Oregon, and Washington. Grants are limited to public charities that agree to supervise any project for which an individual receives funds. The Fund does not provide support for endowments, building campaigns, accumulated deficits, or operating budgets, nor does it support instructional or performance documentaries, student film projects, or make grants to individuals. In addition, filmmakers are eligible for only one grant from the Fund during their careers. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications available online. Contact: Armin Rosencranz, Executive Director; Tel: (650) 497-1133
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Playboy Foundation
http://www.playboyenterprises.com/
The Playboy Foundation is the charitable giving program of Playboy Enterprises that provides funding for documentary film and video projects in the postproduction stage. "The Playboy Foundation is interested in social-change documentary film and video projects that have nationwide impact and scope. Our grants are quite modest--$1000-$5000. For that reason, our film and video grants are limited to projects in post-production."
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Princess Grace Awards for Aspiring Young Theater, Dance, and Film Artists in America
http://www.pgfusa.com/
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Sundance Documentary Fund
http://www.sundance.org/programs/documentary-fund/
Deadline : February 5
A program of the Sundance Institute, the Sundance Documentary Fund awards a total of between $1 and $2 million a year in support of U.S. and international contemporary independent documentary film. In funding such work, the fund seeks to encourage the diverse exchange of ideas that is crucial to fostering an open society and public dialogue about contemporary issues. The documentary fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display artful and innovative storytelling, global relevance, engagement with contemporary social issues, and the potential for social engagement. The fund accepts submissions twice a year for development grants of up to $20,000, production/post-production grants of up to $50,000, and audience engagement grants of up to $20,000. Audience engagement grants are only available to current Sundance grantees for the support of strategic audience and community engagement campaigns. The fund provides grants to about forty-five to fifty-five projects a year.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

University Film and Video Association (UFVA)
http://www.ufva.org/
Offers a variety of grant programs, including Carole Fielding Student Grants.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Vision Maker Media
Public Media Content Fund
http://nativetelecom.org/filmmakers/2014-public-media-content-fund
Deadline : March 10
With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the Vision Maker Media Public Media Content Fund awards support to video projects with significant Native involvement--particularly projects that profile Native American leaders, activists, and artists--and help bring the projects to national broadcast on Public Television. Submitted proposals must be postmarked by March 15, 2013. Projects in any phase of production are eligible to apply for funding with Vision Maker Media. Awards for research and development range from $5,000 to $20,000; awards for production or completion can be up to $100,000; and, new media awards range from $5,000 to $20,000. Vision Maker Media does not fully fund programs, and awardees are required to seek additional funding from other sources. Programs selected for funding will be offered additional distribution opportunities including educational and home DVD distribution through www.visionmakermedia.org. Theatrical, non-theatrical, television (free, pay syndicated, and video-on-demand), multimedia, and Internet broadcasting (i.e. podcasting and streaming) rights are included in this distribution opportunity. Vision Maker Media convenes a panel of Public Television professionals, independent producers, and Native resource experts to review submissions and recommend proposals for funding. Additionally, Vision Maker Media assists producers with fund raising, navigating the Public Television system for national broadcast, educational resource development, community engagement, and marketing efforts.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Women in Film Foundation
http://www.wif.org
WIF's purpose is to empower, promote, nurture, and mentor women in the industry through a network of valuable contacts, events, and programs including the Women In Film Mentor Program, the award-winning Public Service Announcement Production Program, and the Internship Program in association with the Fulfillment Fund. Additionally, we provide film finishing funds, scholarships, grants, advocacy, community outreach programs, monthly networking breakfasts, seminars, workshops, and a screening series with filmmakers.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Women Make Movies Production Assistance
http://www.wmm.com/
Major distributor of film and videos by women. Also offers a fiscal sponsorship program with accompanying services, such as lists of funding sources, one individualized fundraising consultation, fundraising or proposal writing workshops, networking opportunities with other women media makers, and discounts at labs and equipment facilities.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Worldstudio Foundation Scholarships
http://scholarships.worldstudioinc.com/
Worldstudio Foundation scholarships allow young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities. Areas of study include: architecture, cartooning, crafts, environmental graphics, fashion design, film/theater design (costume, set, lighting), film/video, fine arts, furniture design, graphic design, illustration, industrial/product design, interior design, landscape architecture, new media, photography, surface/Textile design, and urban planning.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals -- Arts, Film, Landscape Architecture, Photography, Minorities.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Many state arts councils also provide grants for film/video and/or fellowships for individual media artists.

Likewise, state humanities councils provide support for public programming that interprets the arts and humanities.


Databases

SciVal Funding
http://www.funding.scival.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/home
http://www.funding.scival.com.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/search?preSearch
Provides access to a searchable database of more than 12,000 active opportunities, 2.25M awards (back to 2004), and 4500 funding bodies. Geographic coverage is strongest for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, European Commission, Australia, Ireland, Singapore, India, South Africa, and New Zealand. At present academic discipline coverage is strongest in the sciences and business; hopefully it will beef up funding information in the arts, humanities, and social sciences as time goes by.
For more information see Frequently Asked Questions: MSU Scholars (SciVal Experts/SciVal Funding)
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
http://gtionline.fdncenter.org/ipl.php
Access restricted to visitors the MSU Main Library. Includes descriptions of more than 6,000 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers, and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated quarterly.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

GrantSelect
http://ezproxy.msu.edu:2047/login?url=http://www.grantselect.com/access
An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, and it contains more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Also provides a selection of funding news.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

MSU Scholarship Search
http://scholendow2.ais.msu.edu/Student/ScholSearch.asp
MSU offers a wide variety of scholarships, some of which have criteria which severely limit the number of students who might be eligible for the scholarship, while others have much broader criteria. This facility should help you find those MSU scholarships for which you might be eligible. You can search either by unit (College/Department) within the University or by criteria such as major/specialization, Michigan county of permanent residence, high school, or study abroad.
(Last checked 06/18/14)

Cornell University
Graduate School Fellowships Database
http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/fellowships
(Last checked 06/18/14)

FastWeb
http://www.fastweb.com/.
If you have access to the world wide web and are willing to fill in the online forms, this service promises a free customized list of financial aid sources. FastWeb is actually a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources for all levels of higher education. First-time visitors have to register (first and last name and a user ID), then complete a profile, including background and fields of study. Registrants then receive a list of all currently relevant funding sources. The registration information is stored and can be used on subsequent visits. The entire sign-up process, and delivery of available funding sources, can be a bit tedious: about five to twenty minutes, depending on the connection speed. Approximately 500 new scholarships are added to the database daily, so registrants can stay current. Provided courtesy of Financial Aid Information Page and Student Services, Inc. created by Mark Kantrowitz and sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
(Last checked 06/18/14)


Books

The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.

Also check out Fundraising for Filmmakers: Dreamers Need Deadlines, Research, and a Good Pitch, from the Philanthropy Front and Center - New York Blog, August 9, 2010.

Art of Film Funding : Alternative Financing Concepts. Carole Lee Dean. Studio City, CA : Mihael Wiese Productions, 2007. 251pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1993.5.U6 D35 2007
This book is your reference guide for creating the perfect pitch, inspiring your winning application, finding and connecting with funding organizations, making a successful "ask," and landing the money to make your film.

The Art of Funding your Film : Alternative Financing Concepts. Heart Production, 2006. 256pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1993.5.U6 D35 2003
“Pitching your project to an investor is very important. “the film pitch is like the baseball pitch in that it is critical to the outcome of the game,” writes Dean. “Practice your pitch and your answers until your delivery is smooth and convincing.” It’s a good pitch if it’s entertaining, if the pitcher enjoys and believes it, and if it makes the project sound exciting and communicates how it will make a difference.”

Directory of Grants in the Humanities. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) AZ188 .U5 D57
Describes thousands of current funding programs that support research and performance in literature, language, linguistics, history, anthropology, philosophy, ethics, religion, and the fine and performing arts including painting, dance, film, photography, sculpture, music, drama, crafts, folklore, and mime. Also includes A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing by Jeremy T. Miner and Lynn E. Miner. Latest edition [19th or 2005/6].

Film Finance Handbook: How to Fund Your Film : New Global Edition (Paperback). Adam P. Davies and Nicol Wistreich, eds. Netribution, 2007. 468pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1995.9.P7 D38 2007
From low budget short film schemes to multi-million dollar international co-productions, this is a vital reference guide for producers, filmmakers, financiers, and their advisors, now fully updated by 40 experts from across the globe. The practice of raising finance is addressed from the basic details to broader concepts and approaches, and information on the incentives and tax breaks offered by 50 countries is included. This resource is packed with invaluable information including details on more than 1,000 funding awards, a glossary of 400 entry film business terms, and a table of co-production treaties. Dozens of original case studies are provided as examples of successful fundraising approaches, as are interviews with such noted film personnel as Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas, Paul Haggis—writer for Crash and Million Dollar Baby—and Jim Gilliam, who raised $300,000 via the web. Packed with valuable contacts, helpful ideas, and decades of experience, this is the complete guide to funding your next big hit.

Fact File #12 -- Film/Television: Grants, Scholarships, Special Programs. Los Angeles, Calif. : The American Film Institute, 1984. 21pp. Funding Center (1 East) Vertical File under "film".

"Filmmakers Say the Search for Money May Be Harder than Ever." Article by Debra Blum appearing in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Vol. 11, 6 May 1999. (Available electronically via the Chroncile of Philanthropy online).
Suggests novel ways that filmmakers use to finance their art.

Free Money for People in the Arts. Laurie Blum. New York, N.Y. : MacMillan, 1991. 258pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX398 .B58 1991
Lists organizations that provide grants, awards, residency programs, and other means of support for individual artists. Details sources in architecture, creative writing, dance, design, film and video, music, theater, and the visual arts. Each entry includes the name and address of the donating organization, an overview of its grant program, eligibility requirements, geographic restrictions, and application procedures. Also includes information on grants available to artists sponsored by non-profit groups, federal agencies that give money to artists, and how to write successful grant proposals.

Gadney's Guide to 1800 International Contests, Festivals and Grants in Film and Video, Photography, TV-Radio Broadcasting, Writing, Poetry, Playwriting, and Journalism. Alan Gadney. Glendale, Calif. : Festival Publications, 1978. 578pp. Main Library Stacks PN 1993.4 .G3
Includes national and international contests, festivals, competitions, exhibitions, markets, and award/sales events, as well as grants, loans, scholarships, fellowships, residencies, apprenticeships, internships, and training programs. Indexed by event, sponsor, award and subject area.

Get the Money and Shoot: The DRI Guide to Funding Documentary Films. Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian. Buffalo, N.Y. : Documentary Research, Inc., 1987. 161pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1995.9 .D6 J28 1987
This volume, aimed at filmmakers, covers how to find out about money, getting a sponsor, and preparing your budget and proposal.

How to Get Grants to Make Films and Video: A Guide to Media Grants. Steve Penny. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Film Grants Research, 1978. 128pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1993.5 .U6 P46
Includes a section on academic scholarships, fellowships, and media research grants.

The Independent Film & Videomaker's Guide. Michael Wiese. Studio City, Calif. : Michael Wiese, c1998. 2nd edition, 488pp. Main Library Stacks PN1995.9.P7 W5 1998
Chapters cover developing, distributing, financing, and marketing of independent film and television works.

Making Films Your Business. Mollie Gregory. New York, N.Y. : Schocken Books, 1979. 256pp. Main Library Stacks PN1995.9 .P75 G7 1979
Briefly covers writing proposals to foundations, foundations as sources of support, and the appendix mentions foundations which have an interest in funding films.

Money Business : Grants and Awards for Creative Artists. Boston, Mass. : The Artists Foundation, Inc., 1982. 140pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX397 .R66 1982
A resource book on financial assistance available to creative artists including poets, fiction writers, playwrights, filmmakers, video artists, composers, choreographers, painters, printmakers, sculptors, craftsmen, and photographers. Covers grants, awards, and prizes offered by various organizations. Funding opportunities cover both independent artists and students.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals: arts, music, photography, and writing.

Money for Film and Video Artists. Douglas Oxenhorn, ed. New York, N.Y. : American Council for the Arts; Allworth Press, 1993. New expanded 2nd ed., 309pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1998.A1 M56 1993
Profiles over 220 organizations that provide a variety of support opportunities for filmmakers and videographers, including: artists' colonies, emergency assistance, equipment access, fellowships/awards, fiscal sponsorship, health, career development, legal assistance, project support, and study and travel grants. Indexed by organization, geographic area, medium and format, and type of support. Bibliography. [Motion pictures -- Scholarships, fellowships, etc. -- United States -- Directories; Video art -- Scholarships, fellowships, etc. -- United States -- Directories]

Shaking the Money Tree : How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video Projects. Morrie Warshawski. Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, 2003. 2nd edition. Funding Center (1 East) PN1993.5.U6 W33 2003
Dazed and confused by the frustrating world of grants and donations? This classic text, now completely revised, demystifies the entire maze of grant hustling with easy-to-follow guidelines. Find out how to: Prepare Yourself for Fundraising; Prepare Your Project for Raising Money; Conduct Effective Research; Make a Personal Ask; Write the Perfect Grant Proposal; and more.
[Motion picture industry--United States--finance]
[Video recording--United States--finance]

Shaking the Money Tree : The Art of Getting Grants and Donations For Film and Video Projects Morrie Warshawski. Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, c2010. 3rd edition, 171pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1993.5.U6 W33 2010
Completely demystifies the art of fundraising for independent film and video projects for students, emerging, and seasoned media makers

The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide : A Down & Dirty DV Production Anthony G. Artis. Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2008. 269pp. Main Library PN1995.9.D6 A78 2008; DVD located in DMC
So you want to make a documentary, but think you don't have a lot of time, money, or experience? It's time to get down and dirty! Down and dirty is a filmmaking mindset. It's the mentality that forces you to be creative with your resources. It's about doing more with less. Get started NOW with this book and DVD set, a one-stop shop written by a guerrilla filmmaker, for guerrilla filmmakers. You will learn how to make your project better, faster, and cheaper. The pages are crammed with 500 full-color pictures, tips from the pros, resources, checklists and charts, making it easy to find what you need fast. Also includes DVD with additional resources.

The Whole Film Sourcebook. Leonard Maltin, ed. New York, N.Y. : New American Library, 1983. 454pp. Main Library Stacks. PN1993.5 .U6 W47 1983
Contains chapter on supporting filmmaking activities: grants, grantsmanship, loans, resources.

Annual Register of Grant Support
Wilmette, Ill. : National Register Publishing Co., annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .A7
Includes information on programs sponsored by government agencies, public and private foundations, educational and professional associations, special interest organizations and corporations. Covers a broad range of interests including academic and scientific research, publication support, equipment and construction support, in-service training, competitions and prizes, and travel and exchange programs. Organized by broad subject areas with four indexes: subject, organization and program, geographic and personnel.

Directory of Research Grants
Phoenix, Ariz. : The Oryx Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .D5
An annual print version of the Grants Database. Contains information about grants and fellowships available for research projects from federal and state governments, private foundations, professional organizations, and corporations. List grants programs by specific funding areas; indexed by sponsoring organization and grant name.

Foundation Grants to Individuals
New York, N.Y. : Foundation Center, biennial. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .F6
The most comprehensive listing available of private foundations which provide financial assistance to individuals. The foundations described have made grants to students, artists, schalors, foreign individuals, minorities, musicians, scientists and writers for scholarships, fellowships, student loans, internships, residencies, arts and cultural projects, medical and emergency assistance, residencies and travel programs.

The Grants Register
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .G7
The complete guide to postgraduate funding worldwide.

 

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