Grants

Filmmaker’s Production Assistance Program

Deadline: *NEW* May 15th 2020
Eligibility:  Full Members applying for Independent Projects

Resources:
Production Assistance Grant Application – Online Form
Grant Guidelines – PDF
Application Checklist – PDF
Budget Template – Excel/Numbers/Google Sheets

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:

  1. Production
  2. Post-Production
  3. Distribution

Each year, the Filmpool distributes $10,000 among applicants as recommended by an independent jury of peers ratified by the Board of Directors. In addition, up to $10,000 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 $1,000 in equipment deferral.

• The production coordinator or 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:

Emerging Artist Narrative fiction grant

Emerging Artist Documentary grant

Emerging Artist Experimental grant


Additional Information:

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 only have one grant open at a given time.

A member must be in good standing to receive their second installment.

Commercial, promotional, or educational projects are not eligible for Filmpool funding or deferrals.

Grant funding will not be given to any film made for a school curriculum.

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.

Production Assistance Grant Application – Online Form

THE TRUDY STEWART PRIZE

*NEW DEADLINE* MAY 15th 2020

The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is pleased to announce the introduction of the Trudy Stewart Prize that will be given out annually beginning in the spring of 2020. 

The deadline for applications will coincide with the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative’s Production Funding Deadline on April 15th every year. This prize is a separate fund from the Production Funding applications with separate adjudication, and guidelines. 

To be eligible you must be an Indigenous filmmaker who is a full member at the Saskatchewan Filmpool. The prize itself is $1,000 that should be used for production, or post-production costs for a project by the successful applicant. 
Applicants are eligible to receive funding from both the Filmpool’s Production Fund, and to also receive the Trudy Stewart Prize for the same project.  

Submit all applications to [email protected], or if you have any questions to call 306-757-8818

Guidelines Download

THE TRUDY STEWART PRIZE GUIDELINES 

All applications for the Trudy Stewart Prize will be reviewed and considered based on the merit of the project and the quality of the support material included in the application. It is strongly recommended that you discuss your support material and your application with the Production Coordinator. Both emerging and established filmmakers are eligible for the prize. 

Eligible applicants are full members in good standing of the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative, seeking funding for an independent, non-commercial project. 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. If you are not a member please contact the Production Coordinator to inquire about how you may become eligible to apply.

The application is made up of 4 sections. 

Personal Information

This section requires your current personal contact information, as well as information about the project you are applying for. The application requires the project title, genre, expected runtime, the applicant’s anticipated role, and a 1-2 sentence description for the project.

Project Description

Please provide a detailed description of the project including the goals you wish to achieve, why the project is important, and a general work plan.

Budget Breakdown

This section requires you to identify your confirmed and unconfirmed funding for the project as well as all expenses. There is a template for the Budget on the Filmpool’s website under Production – Grants.

Yourfunding and your expenses should match exactly. Every dollar that will be spent should be accounted for under expenses, and where each of those dollars is coming from should be accounted for. 

Support Material

When choosing your support material ensure that you present the strongest material possible, and that it has a strong relationship to your current project. Please ensure you have supplied all of the required support material, as incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Please provide the following: 

  1. Treatment
  2. Resumes for Confirmed Cast and Crew
  3. Production Schedule
  4. Audio / Visual Support Material
  5. Support Letter for Emerging Applicants

The audio and visual support material should not exceed 5 minutes of footage. It can be made up of past projects, concept art, storyboards, rushes or any other content that you think makes a strong support case for you as a filmmaker as well as your project. 

Please submit a PDF linking to the material on a streaming platform (Vimeo, YouTube, Dropbox, etc.) The links provided should go directly to the exact content you want the jury to see. Alternatively, you may provide a physical drive to the Filmpool containing the support material. 

Applicants are eligible to receive funding from both the Filmpool’s Production Fund, and to also receive the Trudy Stewart Prize for the same project, so you can submit the same required elements from that proposal to this fund.

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