Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program
Deadline: April 15th, annually.
Eligibility: Full Members applying for Independent Projects
Note: Once you start the grant application process, it must be finished in one sitting. It cannot be saved and returned to later.
Grant support is available annually to independent projects for one of three stages:
Each year, the Filmpool distributes approximately $7,500 among applicants as recommended by an independent jury of peers ratified by the Board of Directors. In addition, up to approximately $8,000 in equipment & facility deferrals will be awarded under the same conditions.
Production grants will be applied for, as either an established or emerging filmmaker.
• Established applicants may apply for up to $2,500 in funding and $2,500 in equipment deferral.
• Emerging filmmakers are eligible for up to $800 in funding and $2,000 in equipment deferral.
• The jury may, at their discretion, shift an application to or from either the established or emerging category as they see fit.
Post-production grants may apply for up to $2,500 in funding and $1,000 in facility deferral.
Distribution grants may apply for up to $1,000 in funding.
Examples of past successful grants:
• If the application deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due the following business day.
•All grants are specific to the phase of production and do not cover costs retroactively.
• Distribution funds may be used for festival entries, poster creation, dubs, shipping costs, etc.
• The filmmaker may reapply more than once for the same project.
• A project may receive funding and/or deferrals at all three stages (production, post-production, distribution), but you may apply for only one stage per application deadline.
• A member may have two grants open simultaneously, provided they are for different stages of the same project OR the same stage of two different projects.
• Commercial, promotional, or educational projects are not eligible for Filmpool funding or deferrals.
• Eligible non-commercial projects are those in which the filmmakers have full artistic control over all stages of the production, retain copyright of the finished production, are able to credit the Filmpool, and provide the Filmpool with a completed version of the film. This copy may be used as support material for Filmpool grant applications or in future Filmpool screenings.
• Deferrals are assessed in the same manner as grants. They are provided to projects based on the artistic merit of the production.
• Juries may approve deferral requests without approving any other funding support.
• Successful emerging candidates cannot receive funding in the emerging category a second time.
Questions? Please call 306.757.8818 or email the Production Coordinator.