Every month Analog Cookbook puts out a monthly newsletter where upcoming grants, residencies, fellowships and workshops are announced. Finding the right grant can be difficult and big roundup lists of grants on popular blogs aren’t always the accessible of opportunities for emerging filmmakers.
This list is a compilation of residencies that friends of Analog Cookbook have participated in, fellowships sent to me directly, and grants posted in more niche corners of the internet.
Constellation Incubator, presented by Avalon: Story, will bring together up to 36 feature filmmaking teams to participate in an 8-week incubator designed to scale innovation within the independent film industry.
Together we will throw out everything we assume we know about indie filmmaking and apply design thinking to re-imagine a more equitable and sustainable ecosystem – from development, film finance, production, to marketing and distribution.
Deadline: April 15
About 300 artists in seven disciplines are awarded fellowships each year and the sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. There are no residency fees. Travel grants as well as need-based stipends are available to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists. Artists with professional standing in their fields, as well as emerging artists, are eligible to apply. MacDowell encourages artists from all backgrounds and all countries in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts.
Deadline: April 15
The Points North Fellowship brings six teams of early- and mid-career filmmakers to accelerate the development of their feature documentary, culminating in the public presentation of works-in-progress at the Points North Pitch. The Points North Fellowship aims to strengthen filmmakers’ artistic voices and propel their careers forward by facilitating new relationships with mentors, collaborators and funders. We believe that a strong community of support is vital for independent filmmakers who are taking creative risks and expanding the possibilities of documentary cinema.
The Fellowship begins during the weeks leading up to the annual Camden International Film Festival. In private online workshops, Fellows receive rigorous feedback from mentors and peers as they practice their pitches, strengthen their artistic voices, and develop their funding and distribution strategies. These workshops culminate at the Points North Pitch, where each team pitches their project to leading funders, broadcasters, producers and distributors before a live audience.
DEADLINES & FEES
Earlybird Deadline: April 12 @ 11:59pm | $25
Regular Deadline: May 10 @ 11:59pm | $35
Extended Deadline: June 14 @ 11:59pm | $45
The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides production funds to feature-length documentary films taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. In addition to funds, grantees will receive additional resources and expertise tailored to the needs of the project. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund. Please reference the FAQ or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on updates to the application, read “Why We Are Adding Authorship to the IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Grant Application” by Poh Si Teng, Director of IDA Funds & Enterprise
Application Closes: April 19, 2021 11pm PT
Serial Storytellers is an artist development program from BAVC for diverse emerging writers and future showrunners between the ages of 18-25 that are interested in developing either a fiction/scripted or nonfiction/docu- series.
By the end you will have a project description, overall concept, and potentially your pilot episode completed. Serial Storytellers aims to support BIPOC, LGBTQi/ queer, Women and nonbinary, people with disabilities, and low-income filmmakers making episodic projects. This program is a 10-session intensive writing and producing class taught virtually via zoom.
Fellowship Dates: Saturdays, May 1 – July 10, 2021
Application Open: Monday, March 22, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, April 19, 2021
To further amplify the voices of emerging and diverse/BIPOC content creators across public media, PBS has issued an open call for proposals to support long and short form documentaries produced and created by diverse/BIPOC filmmakers that explore a broad range and collection of experiences, perspectives, and points of view. Proposals may be submitted across a range of genres/themes that resonate with a U.S. audience, including (but not limited to) personal history, arts, culture, science, and democracy/civics.
Deadline: Friday, April 23, at 5 PM ET
*Local to ATL*
“Open call for Tech Artists/AV Artists/Filmmakers/Experimental Sculptors/Immersive Theatre/Dance/Other for a Drive In Movie style art series this summer hosted at South River Art Studios.
Artists will pair an original work/performance/experience with a movie that has some significance to them or to the world around us. New or Experimental works are encouraged. Don’t be afraid to try something outside your comfort zone!
The summer series itself is an underground invite only event. This is to help with social distancing also it’s really cool to be invited to a secret event.
Selected artists will receive a $200 stipend to help realize their work!
Events will be held on Saturdays starting at sunset until midnight from June through October of 2021.
Please direct questions to SouthRiverSubmissions@gmail.com
Deadline: May 8