FILMMAKING GRANT FAQ
The AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival and Whole Foods Market will be accepting applications from filmmakers who are looking for grant money towards the development or completion of a documentary feature film project for green-themed films.
What kind of projects are you supporting? What do you mean by "environmental" themes?
We are looking for well thought out feature film projects in development, in production or post-production that focus on environmental themes. Projects to be considered will address "green" topics — large or small — that relate in a significant way to the environment. Examples include (but are not limited to) food, farming, water, pollution, waste, land preservation, climate change, natural disasters, energy conservation, and alternative fuel sources. Your film should tell a compelling cinematic story that has the power to inform, motivate and/or inspire positive action.
Does my project have to be a documentary film?
Yes. A documentary can also incorporate experimental or creative elements as long as it is primarily a documentary film.
Does my project have to be a short or a feature?
We are supporting feature projects only (39 minutes in length or longer).
What kind of experience must I have had to apply?
We expect that filmmakers submitting proposals would have a minimum amount of preexisting filmmaking experience. Applicants should meet one or more of the following criteria:
· Previous short or feature film that has played as an "official selection" of an established film festival;
· Previous short or feature released in theaters or sold for other distribution;
· Graduate level film student with recommendation by professor.
How many projects will actually be funded through this grant?
2; one in development and one in production or post-production.
How much funding can I expect if my project is chosen?
$25,000 per project.
Do you accept submissions after the deadline?
Will my DVDs be returned to me?
No. Unfortunately, the volume of submissions is so high that we will be unable to return any physical materials to you.
When will I be notified about whether or not my project has been chosen?
All applicants will be notified by June 11th, if not sooner.
If my project has been declined, will I be able to get some feedback from staff?
Due to the limited capacity of our staff and resources, we are generally unable to provide any one-on-one feedback.
If I am a first time director and have not yet shot anything for the proposed project, but I have a great idea, what should I do regarding material submission?
You must submit something for your proposed project. Even if it is a "sketch" with a small digital camera, a collage of photographs, a series of filmed preliminary interviews or a storyboard. We need to visually get an idea of what you see in your creative mind. Be creative.
How do I apply?
See our Apply for a Filmmaking Grant page to download an application and instructions.
Who can I contact if I have any further questions or run into a problem?
Associate Programmer, Silverdocs
Desk: (301) 495-6719