Friday, May 8, 2009

Global Film Initiative Accepting Applications for $10k Film Grants

Global Film Initiative is accepting applications for its Summer 2009 feature-film production grants. Start writing your grant application! Here's the deal from the GFI Web site

In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, The Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce the Summer 2009 cycle of its feature–film Production Grants program. Applications will be accepted from April 30, 2009 to July 15, 2009, and decisions will be announced in September 2009.

Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in winter and summer, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the Initiative's mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world. Monies received through the Initiative's granting program are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs, such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems.

This year, the Global Film Initiative will award production grants of up to $10,000 each to select applicants during its Summer granting cycle. These funds are made available following the Initiative's evaluation of an applicant's completed screenplay and early film-footage, and may include a pre-sale option for exclusive U.S. distribution of an applicant's film by the Initiative. Individuals may submit more than one film for consideration per granting cycle but please note that only applications from qualifying countries or regions will be considered and that production grants are not available for documentary or short films.*

The Global Film Initiative strongly believes in supporting narrative storytelling traditions from around the world and invites all qualified applicants to submit their work for granting consideration. For Applications & Guidelines, please see the links to the left of the screen. 

Application deadline: July 15, 2009. Applications will be accepted starting April 30, 2009. 

*The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia (excluding Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

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