To apply, there are two documents required:

  1. A Script — not necessarily a completed screenplay if you’re applying for a documentary or if your film is already in production. Here are the acceptable materials:
    • Treatment
    • PDF with links to footage
    • Any other pitch document that shows the project’s potential.

  2. A Cover Letter — a letter that expresses your vision for your project. Your goal is to inspire and help the judges envision your creative masterpiece into a potential film media. State in your letter if production had begun and what the funding will be used for. We recommend 1-2 pages in length.

*Optional only: You can include a PDF document that includes any other information. This can be anything from a full series bible to a line-item budget, to links to footage or a sizzle reel. We recommend only including information that gives a better vision of the specific project. Please include anything that will help our judges understand both the creators and the project.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Updated: The two annual application periods are as follow: 2020 Funding Cycle opening on February 1, Spring early deadline on June 30.

Grants will range in size from $5,000 to $30,000 per project. The grant amount will be determined by the jury consisting of our executives.

Eligible recipient(s) of each funding cycle will be announced and notified within 2 weeks after the submission of the application.

Applications are accepted via electronic submission only.

All applications must include a screenplay, cover letter, portfolio, and visual representation of your work. You are welcome to include any and all relevant links to prior work in the cover letter.

There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.

All submitted materials must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).

All materials must be submitted by the author or owner. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with the consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on the title page.

All materials submitted are assumed final. Follow up edits will be declined once prior material is sent. Please proofread your script very carefully before submitting it.

Not required, but contact information may be included on the cover page of the screenplay.

Grant funding is conditional within 12 months when the grant was awarded upon the selected recipients going into production.

ELIGIBILITY

International applicants are eligible to join given that the material submitted is written in English.

Below 18 years old is allowed given that a verifiable parental consent form must also be submitted with the application.

All materials submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this production grant program.

Materials do not necessarily have to be written within the year. Materials written on the previous years are also acceptable.

The screenplay must be owned and submitted by the writer or owner.

The material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, space, and margin.

We have no preference regarding title page content. The title and the name of the writer would suffice.

Adaptations are ineligible unless the underlying rights are owned by the writer or director or the work is in the public domain.

Screenplays must be in generally accepted industry-standard format and must be in a PDF file. Any popular software may be used for formats, such as Final Draft, WriterDuet, Celtx, or Fade In.

Documentaries (shorts, series, and features) will be considered. However, instead of a screenplay, a PDF letter or presentation about the project will be accepted, which may also include hyperlinks to video footage (YouTube, Vimeo, etc).

All materials must be submitted electronically. Materials submitted in other forms will not be eligible.