Film Resources

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Film Festival Grants

The Film Festival Grant program has awarded more than $3 million to film festivals since 1999. Grants totaling $450,000 were granted to 24 U.S. film festivals in 2009. While the grants are awarded for a variety of programs, film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public.

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Film Scholars Program

To stimulate and support new and significant works of film scholarship, the Academy Film Scholars program awards grants of $25,000 to two individuals each year. Established scholars, writers and historians are awarded grants to research topics that may include cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Institutional Grants Program

The Institutional Grants Program assists in fostering educational activities between the public and the film industry while encouraging the appreciation of motion pictures as both an art form and a vocation. In 2008 the program distributed $500,000 to 58 institutions.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program is an international competition open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of a sole author or of exactly two collaborative authors. Entries must have been written originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible. Up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded each year.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation
College Television Awards

The College Television Awards is a major Academy competition which recognizes excellence in college student film/video productions. It is national in scope, accepting entries each year from scores of colleges and universities. The entire program, including $24,500 in cash prizes, is sponsored by the Academy Foundation. First place winners receive $2,000, second place winners receive $1,000, and third place winners receive $500.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Society Foundation

Provides funding for visual artists who incorporate video and film into their work.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


American Film Institute
Directing Workshop for Women

Deadline: January 13
AFI’s DWW is designed specifically for women who are working in the arts and are ready to seriously pursue narrative directing. Applicants must have a minimum of five years experience in the arts but may have no professional credits as a narrative director. If you have just completed film school, it is to your advantage to take some time and build up work experience before applying to the program.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Ann Arbor Film Festival

Gives out $20,000 via various awards to each year’s winners.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Austin (Texas) Film Festival Competition

The Austin Film Festival offers numerous awards, but a registration fee is required for the various competitions.

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Center for Asian American Media
Media Fund

The Center for Asian American Media provides funding and support for provocative and engaging Asian American film and media projects from independent producers. CAAM awards production and completion funds for projects intended for public television broadcast. Since 1990, more than $3 million has been granted to over 150 projects. Funding is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Open Door Completion Funds are available up to $20,000 and Production Funds, $20,000 to $50,000 on average.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Chesterfield Field Company Writer’s Film Project

Offer a screenwriting fellowship.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Colombe Foundation

Colombe Foundation seeks to create a peaceful world through changes in American policy. We work for the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, a shift from war and aggression to conflict prevention and conflict resolution, and a shift from wasteful military spending to investments in programs addressing poverty, environmental degradation and other root causes of violence. We believe that American citizens, working through non-governmental organizations, can bring about these changes by using the tools of our democracy. The Foundation currently makes grants to organizations in the United States that share its mission and use these strategies:
(1) Grassroots organizations working to educate the public and influence decision makers;
(2) Peace advocacy organizations promoting alternative policies; and
(3) Organizations initiating media coverage.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Creative Capital Foundation

Creative Capital is a new, national organization supporting visual artists who are pursuing innovative approaches to form and/or content in the visual, performing, and media arts. Creative Capital will work closely with its funded artists to provide audience development, marketing and other forms of assistance tailored to individual projects. Artists will, in return, share a portion of their proceeds with Creative Capital, enabling the fund to support more artists in the future. Creative Capital funds artist projects in four disciplines: visual arts (includes installation art, painting, fiber art, mixed media works, public art, etc.), film/video arts, performing arts (includes music, dance, theater, puppetry, performance art, etc.), and emerging art fields (includes all forms of digital work, and experimental literature). Projects that transcend traditional discipline boundaries are highly encouraged. Creative Capital operates on a two-year grant cycle, funding alternative disciplines each year. The first year of each cycle, we issue grants in visual and film/video arts; the second year, performing and emerging arts.
2008 Grants Focus : Emerging Fields, Innovative Literature and Performing Arts. Emerging Fields may include all forms of digital arts, audio work, multidisciplinary projects and new genres. Innovative Literature may include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, as well as genre-defying work by writers who demonstrate exceptional stylistic, linguistic, and formal originality. Performing Arts may include dance, music, theater, experimental music performance, experimental opera, spoken word, theater/performance art and interdisciplinary projects.
Also listed under Arts and Music.

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Dance Films Association Grants for Post-Production Expenses

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Databazaar Scholarship Fund

A funding opportunity for undergraduate students in the fields of visual communication, broadcast journalism, filmmaking and photography. 2 annual grants of $2,500 each are available to support excellence in the visual fields and promote understanding between the USA and South Asia.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Dean Film and Video Grants (Roy W.)

Application deadline: Sept. 30
The Roy W. Dean Grants support film and video projects that are unique and benefit society. The grants primarily provide goods and services donated by companies in the film and video industry. These grants are available for shorts and low budget independents as well as documentary filmmakers.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Duke University
Center for Documentary Studies

(1) Honickman First Book Prize in Photography : This biennial prize offers publication of a book of photography, a $3,000 award, and inclusion in a traveling exhibition of prizewinners. Duke University Press will publish the book in association with CDS Books of the Center for Documentary Studies. The prize, offered in collaboration with The Honickman Foundation, is open to American citizens of any age who have yet to publish a book-length work.
(2) Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize : This $20,000 award is offered annually to encourage collaborative documentary work in the tradition of photographer Dorothea Lange and writer Paul Taylor. The Center for Documentary Studies invites writers and photographers to make collaborative applications to the sixteenth annual Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize. Deadline for submission: All required materials must be submitted under one cover during the month of January and postmarked no later than January 31.
(3) CDS Filmmaker Award : This $7,500 prize recognizes documentary films that combine originality and creativity with firsthand experience in examining central issues of contemporary life and culture. In keeping with the CDS mission, the award was created to honor and support documentary artists whose works are potential catalysts for education and change. The award winners are selected from among films in competition at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, held each spring in Durham, North Carolina.
(4) John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Awards : These awards, of up to $2,000, are available to undergraduates at four local universities (Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University) to help them conduct summer-long documentary fieldwork projects. Deadline for submissions: Submit application during the month of February. Entries will not be accepted if postmarked after February 28.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Echo Lake Productions: Production Company and Film Fund for Independents

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Experimental Television Center

Provides grants and residencies to New York residents.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


FiftyCrows International Fund for Documentary Photography

Now in its 14th year, the International Fund for Documentary Photography competition remains one of the premiere photography programs in the world. As the core program of FiftyCrows, the Photo Fund supports emerging documentary photographers whose outstanding ability in visual storytelling leads us to a better understanding of our common humanity. International.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


FilmMakers International Screenwriting Competition

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Financial Aid, Scholarships, Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards in Media Communications

Covers Advertising, Communications, Filmmaking, Journalism, Marketing, Motion Pictures, Print, Radio, Television, Writing. A compilation of resources by Francisco Alberto Tomei Torres, Ph.D. Covers Advertising, Communications, Filmmaking, Journalism, Marketing, Motion Pictures, Print, Radio, Television, Writing.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Flintridge Foundation

Supports experimental and interdisciplinary mediamakers for over 15 years. Focuses on California, Oregon, and Washington.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Foundation Center
Reference Guide for Film and Videomakers

If you are an individual looking for financial support to make a film or to work on a video project, this user aid will help you in your search. We have selected a few of the most important print and electronic resources for you to begin your search.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund
Filmmaker Support

Grants in a range of $2,000 to $3,000 are available for projects in the final stages of production. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated or experimental projects about or of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their communities. The fund also seeks to bring new work to underserved audiences; with this in mind, we especially encourage applications by women and people of color.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


The Fund for Women Artists
Funding Lists

Choices include film/video projects, international projects, and visual arts projects.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Funding Exchange/Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media

The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media named to honor this singer, actor and civil rights activist, supports independent film, video and radio projects made by organizations and independent media producers on critical social issues. The Robeson Fund supports pre-production and distribution of film and video, and all stages of radio productions that: combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium, will reach a broad audience with an organizing component, demonstrate how the production will be used for social change organizing.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Independent Film Grants, Foundation and Film Financing Resources

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Independent Television Service (ITVS)

Each year ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs produced by independent producers primarily for public television and beyond. ITVS is looking for proposals which increase diversity on public television and present a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. All production funding requests must be submitted in accordance with ITVS guidelines.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Institute of Humane Studies
Film and Fiction Scholarships

Scholarships of up to $10,000 are awarded by the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University to students pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree and who share an appreciation for the potential and promise of a free society. During the past ten years, IHS has awarded more than $270,000 in scholarships. Students pursuing MFAs in a variety of areas are eligible:
film directing, production, screenwriting, playwriting, and fiction writing. The scholarship can be used towards tuition and expenses, and is open to students pursuing an MFA full-time in the 2010-2011 school year.

(Last checked 09/14/09)


International Documentary Association
Fiscal Sponsorship Program

Fiscal sponsorship is a legal and financial arrangement which allows a 501(c )(3) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation, such as the International Documentary Association (IDA) to provide it’s nonprofit status and limited financial oversight to a project by an individual or organization that does not have nonprofit status. IDA can provide this service to a variety of projects if they meet the fiscal sponsorship admissions criteria and their project is in line with our mission statement. This arrangement is a well-accepted model of nonprofit arts funding for individuals and organizations who do not have legal nonprofit status, but would like to take advantage of funding offered to 501(c)(3) organizations.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


International Documentary Association
Funding Opportunities

Includes informataion of funding by deadlines, without deadlines, and information about fiscal sponsorship.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Latino Public Broadcasting
Funding for Independent Producers

Deadline: June 1
An open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a public television program or series on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans. LPB funding will average between $5,000 and $100,000 for programs of most genres, including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, or mixed genre. LPB will consider funding projects at any production stage. LPB Funding for each stage ranges as follows:
(1) Research and Development $5,000 – $20,000
(2) Production $25,000 – $100,000
(3) Post-Production $25,000 – $100,000
(4) Outreach $10,000-$25,000
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Morrie Warshawski’s Home Page

Morrie Warshawski, author of “Shaking the Money Tree: How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video” recently announced the launch of a new Web site with an extensive bibliography on fundraising for independent film and video projects. The site also includes a RealAudio clip on “How to Throw a Fundraising House Party” taken from an appearance on Marketplace Radio. For more information, Warshawski can be contacted at
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Moxie Film Grants

Moxie Films was founded in 1992 to support the careers of emerging filmmakers as well as the spirit of the independent film, documentary and short. Explore this web page to learn more about the MoxieDocs Co-production Award and a new Century Writer Award.

(Last checked 09/14/09)


National Endowment for the Humanities
Grant Programs and Deadlines

Have provided funding for documentaries.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


National Film Preservation Foundation

The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) was created by the U.S. Congress to save America’s film heritage. Working with archives and others who appreciate film, the NFPF supports preservation activities nationwide that ensure the physical survival of film and improve access to film for study, education and exhibition. The foundation provides Basic Preservation grants of $1,000 to $15,000 to nonprofit and public archives for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film material. Matching grants up to $50,000 are also available for larger projects. Nonprofit funding only. Other programs include : Partnership Grants and Avant-Garde Masters Grants.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film

Supports the completion of original documentaries that explore the Jewish experience in all its complexity. The fund was created with a lead grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and is sustained with major support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. The priority of the fund is to support projects that address significant subjects; offer fresh, challenging perspectives; engage audiences across cultural lines; and expand the understanding of Jewish experiences.
Grants from the fund, which generally range in size from $15,000 to $35,000, are awarded to up to six filmmakers annually for post-production support.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


National Geographic Society Foundation
All Roads Seed Grant Program

The All Roads Seed Grant Program funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers year-round and from all reaches of the globe. The program seeks filmmakers who bring their lives and communities to light through first-person storytelling. Submission deadlines are quarterly on the 15th of each March, June, September, and December. Award notifications are made approximately six weeks after each of these dates.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


National Historical Publications and Records Commission
Historical Documentary Editing Fellowships

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Native American Public Telecommunications

The NAPT Public Television Program Fund supports program ideas that bring new perspectives on Native American cultures to public television audiences, increasing the quality and quantity of Native American television programming on a national and international scale.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


New York Foundation for the Arts
Opportunities for Artists

NYFA’s mission starts with individual artists in the visual, media, performing and literary arts. This site offers access to the most comprehensive list of opportunities for artists in the nation, opening doors to the widest range of financial, educational, technological, and institutional resources and information. Provides information on fellowships, fiscal sponsorship, in support of the production of independent films.
Also see NYFA Source.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


NYFA Source : A Directory for Artists

A database of some 6,000 grant, award, publication, and other opportunities for artists in all disciplines nationwide. These listings are supplemented by weekly jobs and opportunity listings that are part of NYFA Current. New postings appear every Sunday. NYFA’s grants and other programs for New York State residents are also described on the site.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Oppenheimer New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program

Supports new filmmakers in producing their first serious film project. The grant awards the use of their Grant Program Arriflex 16SR camera package to senior and graduate thesis students and to independent filmmakers for a scheduled period of time. Proposed projects may be of any non-commercial nature: dramatic, narrative, documentary, experimental, etc.

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC)

The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. Media Fund open call is seeking public television projects at the research & development, production or completion stage. PIC funds up to $15,000 for Research & Development. Production and Completion funding ranges from $20,000 to $50,000. Independent producers or independent entities producing television, film or video programming are encouraged to apply.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Pacific Pioneer Fund Awards Grants to Filmmakers in California, Oregon, and Washington

Deadlines: February 1, May 15, October 1, annually
The Pacific Pioneer Fund awards grants to support emerging documentary filmmakers in California, Oregon, and Washington. Grants are limited to public charities that agree to supervise any project for which an individual receives funds. The Fund does not provide support for endowments, building campaigns, accumulated deficits, or operating budgets, nor does it support instructional or performance documentaries, student film projects, or make grants to individuals. In addition, filmmakers are eligible for only one grant from the Fund during their careers. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications available online. Contact: Armin Rosencranz,
Executive Director; Tel: (650) 497-1133
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Paul Robeson Fund for Indepedent Media
Funding Exchange

Named to honor singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, the Fund supports media activism and grassroots organizing by funding the pre-production and distribution of social issue film and video projects and the production and distribution of radio projects, made by local, state, national or international organizations and individual media producers. The Fund solicits projects of all genres that address critical social and political issues, combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium and demonstrate understanding of how the production will be used for progressive social justice organizing. The maximum grant award is $20,000; most grants range between $5,000 and $15,000. The Fund has one grant cycle a year, and the postmark deadline is May 15.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Playboy Foundation

The Playboy Foundation is the charitable giving program of Playboy Enterprises that provides funding for documentary film and video projects in the postproduction stage. “The Playboy Foundation is interested in social-change documentary film and video projects that have nationwide impact and scope. Our grants are quite modest–$1000-$5000. For that reason, our film and video grants are limited to projects in post-production.”

(Last checked 09/14/09)


Princess Grace Awards for Aspiring Young Theater, Dance, and Film Artists in America

(Last checked 09/14/09)


San Francisco Film Society
Grants and Prizes

The San Francisco Film Scoiety has taken over activities previously undertaken by the Film Arts Foundation. The Film Society awards filmmaking grants and cash prizes to innovative and exceptional films, with specific monies set aside exclusively for Bay Area filmmakers. The total amount of money to be awarded in 2009 will exceed $190,000. Visit the web site for information about specific programs, including the Hearst Screenwriting Grant, Djerassi/SFFS Screenwriting Fellowship, SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants, Herbert Family Filmmaking Grants, and Golden Gate Awards.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


University Film and Video Association (UFVA)

Offers a variety of grant programs, including Carole Fielding Student Grants.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Why Fund Media?

Advice for grantmakers on the benefits of funding media.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Women in Film Foundation

WIF’s purpose is to empower, promote, nurture, and mentor women in the industry through a network of valuable contacts, events, and programs including the Women In Film Mentor Program, the award-winning Public Service Announcement Production Program, and the Internship Program in association with the Fulfillment Fund. Additionally, we provide film finishing funds, scholarships, grants, advocacy, community outreach programs, monthly networking breakfasts, seminars, workshops, and a screening series with filmmakers.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Women Make Movies Production Assistance

Major distributor of film and videos by women. Also offers a fiscal sponsorship program with accompanying services, such as lists of funding sources, one individualized fundraising consultation, fundraising or proposal writing workshops, networking opportunities with other women media makers, and discounts at labs and equipment facilities.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Worldstudio Foundation Scholarships

Worldstudio Foundation scholarships allow young people from minority and economically disadvantaged backgrounds not only to realize their artistic dreams, but also to give back to their communities. Areas of study include: architecture, cartooning, crafts, environmental graphics, fashion design, film/theater design (costume, set, lighting), film/video, fine arts, furniture design, graphic design, illustration, industrial/product design, interior design,
landscape architecture, new media, photography, surface/Textile design, and urban planning.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals — Arts, Film, Landscape Architecture, Photography, Minorities.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Writer’s Film Project

Deadline: June 21
The Writer’s Film Project (WFP) offers fiction, theater, and film writers the opportunity
to begin a career in screenwriting. This year, up to five writers will be chosen to participate, and each will receive a $20,000 stipend to cover his or her living expenses. The WFP writers are chosen by competition, and evaluated on the basis of prose and dramatic writing samples. Selected
writers form a screenwriting workshop in Los Angeles, using their storytelling skills to begin
a career in film. Each year, a mix of writers–fiction, theater, and film–has been chosen to participate. Each year, some of these writers have been affiliated with university writing programs, and others have been unaffiliated. During the Fellowship year, each writer creates two original, feature-length screenplays. Throughout the program, selected film professionals and Paramount Pictures executives serve as mentors, sharing their opinions and experience with the Fellows. For more information contact the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, 1158 26th Street, PMB 544, Santa Monica, CA 90403; E-mail:
; telephone: (213) 683-3977.
(Last checked 09/14/09)


Many state arts councils also provide grants for film/video and/or fellowships for individual media artists.


Likewise, state humanities councils provide support for public programming that interprets the arts and humanities.







Community of Science Funding Opportunities Database

On campus access

Off campus access using EZ Proxy Server

Michigan State university faculty, staff, and students can identify additional funding opportunities by searching this database. Select Main Search and then type in the academic discipline of your choice in the “All Fields” box.
(Last checked 07/22/06)


Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

Access restricted to visitors the MSU Main Library. Includes descriptions of more than 6,000 foundations and public charities that fund individual grantseekers, and is searchable by nine different criteria. Records provide contact information, financial data, application information, and program descriptions, with links to more than 500 foundation Web sites. Updated quarterly.
(Last checked 07/22/06)



GrantSelect is the online version of the GRANTS Database containing over 10,000 funding opportunities provided by over 3,400 sponsoring organizations. Access restricted to Michigan State university faculty, staff, students, and subscribers.
(Last checked 02/01/07)


MSU Scholarship Search

MSU offers a wide variety of scholarships, some of which have criteria which severely limit the number of students who might be eligible for the scholarship, while others have much broader criteria. This facility should help you find those MSU scholarships for which you might be eligible. You can search either by unit (College/Department) within the University or by criteria such as major/specialization, Michigan county of permanent residence, high school, or study abroad.
(Last checked 04/19/06)


Cornell University
Graduate School Funding Database

(Last checked 03/31/06)


ENotes Scholarships and Loans Directory

Covers over 4,200 scholarships by type of school, gender, field of study and special recipient criteria. Or you can browse by state/province with the links on the left. Our database contains a total of 7,200 scholarships, grants, loans, prizes and fellowships.

(Last checked 07/22/06)


If you have access to the world wide web and are willing to fill in the online forms, this service promises a free customized list of financial aid sources. FastWeb is actually a searchable database of more than 400,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans from more than 3,000 sources for all levels of higher education. First-time visitors have to register (first and last name and a user ID), then complete a profile, including background and fields of study. Registrants then receive a list of all currently relevant funding sources. The registration information is stored and can be used on subsequent visits. The entire sign-up process, and delivery of available funding sources, can be a bit tedious: about five to twenty minutes, depending on the connection speed. Approximately 500 new scholarships are added to the database daily, so registrants can stay current. Provided courtesy of Financial Aid Information Page and Student Services, Inc. created by Mark Kantrowitz and sponsored by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
(Last checked 07/22/06)







The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.


Art of Film Funding : Alternative Financing Concepts. Carole Lee Dean. Studio City, CA : Mihael Wiese Productions, 2007. 251pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1993.5.U6 D35 2007
This book is your reference guide for creating the perfect pitch, inspiring your winning application, finding and connecting with funding organizations, making a successful “ask,” and landing the money to make your film.


The Art of Funding your Film : Alternative Financing Concepts. Heart Production, 2006. 256pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1993.5.U6 D35 2003
“Pitching your project to an investor is very important. “the film pitch is like the baseball pitch in that it is critical to the outcome of the game,” writes Dean. “Practice your pitch and your answers until your delivery is smooth and convincing.” It’s a good pitch if it’s entertaining, if the pitcher enjoys and believes it, and if it makes the project sound exciting and communicates how it will make a difference.”


Directory of Grants in the Humanities. Phoenix, Ariz. : Oryx Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) AZ188 .U5 D57
Describes thousands of current funding programs that support research and performance in literature, language, linguistics, history, anthropology, philosophy, ethics, religion, and the fine and performing arts including painting, dance, film, photography, sculpture, music, drama, crafts, folklore, and mime. Also includes A Guide to Proposal Planning and Writing by Jeremy T. Miner and Lynn E. Miner. Latest edition [19th or 2005/6].


Film Finance Handbook: How to Fund Your Film : New Global Edition (Paperback). Adam P. Davies and Nicol Wistreich, eds. Netribution, 2007. 468pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1995.9.P7 D38 2007
From low budget short film schemes to multi-million dollar international co-productions, this is a vital reference guide for producers, filmmakers, financiers, and their advisors, now fully updated by 40 experts from across the globe. The practice of raising finance is addressed from the basic details to broader concepts and approaches, and information on the incentives and tax breaks offered by 50 countries is included. This resource is packed with invaluable information including details on more than 1,000 funding awards, a glossary of 400 entry film business terms, and a table of co-production treaties. Dozens of original case studies are provided as examples of successful fundraising approaches, as are interviews with such noted film personnel as Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas, Paul Haggis—writer for Crash and Million Dollar Baby—and Jim Gilliam, who raised $300,000 via the web. Packed with valuable contacts, helpful ideas, and decades of experience, this is the complete guide to funding your next big hit.


Fact File #12 — Film/Television: Grants, Scholarships, Special Programs. Los Angeles, Calif. : The American Film Institute, 1984. 21pp. Funding Center (1 East) Vertical File under “film”.


“Filmmakers Say the Search for Money May Be Harder than Ever.” Article by Debra Blum appearing in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Vol. 11, 6 May 1999. (Available electronically via the Chroncile of Philanthropy online).

Suggests novel ways that filmmakers use to finance their art.


Free Money for People in the Arts. Laurie Blum. New York, N.Y. : MacMillan, 1991. 258pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX398 .B58 1991
Lists organizations that provide grants, awards, residency programs, and other means of support for individual artists. Details sources in architecture, creative writing, dance, design, film and video, music, theater, and the visual arts. Each entry includes the name and address of the donating organization, an overview of its grant program, eligibility requirements, geographic restrictions, and application procedures. Also includes information on grants available to artists sponsored by non-profit groups, federal agencies that give money to artists, and how to write successful grant proposals.


Gadney’s Guide to 1800 International Contests, Festivals and Grants in Film and Video, Photography, TV-Radio Broadcasting, Writing, Poetry, Playwriting, and Journalism. Alan Gadney. Glendale, Calif. : Festival Publications, 1978. 578pp. Main Library Stacks PN 1993.4 .G3
Includes national and international contests, festivals, competitions, exhibitions, markets, and award/sales events, as well as grants, loans, scholarships, fellowships, residencies, apprenticeships, internships, and training programs. Indexed by event, sponsor, award and subject area.


Get the Money and Shoot: The DRI Guide to Funding Documentary Films. Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian. Buffalo, N.Y. : Documentary Research, Inc., 1987. 161pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1995.9 .D6 J28 1987
This volume, aimed at filmmakers, covers how to find out about money, getting a sponsor, and preparing your budget and proposal.


How to Get Grants to Make Films and Video: A Guide to Media Grants. Steve Penny. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Film Grants Research, 1978. 128pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1993.5 .U6 P46
Includes a section on academic scholarships, fellowships, and media research grants.


The Independent Film & Videomaker’s Guide. Michael Wiese. Studio City, Calif. : Michael Wiese, c1998. 2nd edition, 488pp. Main Library Stacks PN1995.9.P7 W5 1998
Chapters cover developing, distributing, financing, and marketing of independent film and television works.


Making Films Your Business. Mollie Gregory. New York, N.Y. : Schocken Books, 1979. 256pp. Main Library Stacks PN1995.9 .P75 G7 1979
Briefly covers writing proposals to foundations, foundations as sources of support, and the appendix mentions foundations which have an interest in funding films.


Money Business : Grants and Awards for Creative Artists. Boston, Mass. : The Artists Foundation, Inc., 1982. 140pp. Funding Center (1 East) NX397 .R66 1982
A resource book on financial assistance available to creative artists including poets, fiction writers, playwrights, filmmakers, video artists, composers, choreographers, painters, printmakers, sculptors, craftsmen, and photographers. Covers grants, awards, and prizes offered by various organizations. Funding opportunities cover both independent artists and students.
Also listed under Grants for Individuals: arts, music, photography, and writing.


Money for Film and Video Artists. Douglas Oxenhorn, ed. New York, N.Y. : American Council for the Arts; Allworth Press, 1993. New expanded 2nd ed., 309pp. Funding Center (1 East) PN1998.A1 M56 1993
Profiles over 220 organizations that provide a variety of support opportunities for filmmakers and videographers, including: artists’ colonies, emergency assistance, equipment access, fellowships/awards, fiscal sponsorship, health, career development, legal assistance, project support, and study and travel grants. Indexed by organization, geographic area, medium and format, and type of support. Bibliography.
[Motion pictures — Scholarships, fellowships, etc. — United States — Directories;
Video art — Scholarships, fellowships, etc. — United States — Directories]


Shaking the Money Tree : How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video Projects. Morrie Warshawski. Studio City, CA : Michael Wiese Productions, 2003. 2nd edition. Funding Center (1 East) PN1993.5.U6 W33 2003
Dazed and confused by the frustrating world of grants and donations? This classic text, now completely revised, demystifies the entire maze of grant hustling with easy-to-follow guidelines. Find out how to: Prepare Yourself for Fundraising; Prepare Your Project for Raising Money; Conduct Effective Research; Make a Personal Ask; Write the Perfect Grant Proposal; and more.
[Motion picture industry–United States–finance]
[Video recording–United States–finance]


The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide : A Down & Dirty DV Production Anthony G. Artis. Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2008. On order 05/13/08


The Whole Film Sourcebook. Leonard Maltin, ed. New York, N.Y. : New American Library, 1983. 454pp. Main Library Stacks. PN1993.5 .U6 W47 1983
Contains chapter on supporting filmmaking activities: grants, grantsmanship, loans, resources.


Annual Register of Grant Support
Wilmette, Ill. : National Register Publishing Co., annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .A7
Includes information on programs sponsored by government agencies, public and private foundations, educational and professional associations, special interest organizations and corporations. Covers a broad range of interests including academic and scientific research, publication support, equipment and construction support, in-service training, competitions and prizes, and travel and exchange programs. Organized by broad subject areas with four indexes: subject, organization and program, geographic and personnel.


Directory of Research Grants
Phoenix, Ariz. : The Oryx Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .D5
An annual print version of the Grants Database. Contains information about grants and fellowships available for research projects from federal and state governments, private foundations, professional organizations, and corporations. List grants programs by specific funding areas; indexed by sponsoring organization and grant name.


Foundation Grants to Individuals
New York, N.Y. : Foundation Center, biennial. Funding Center (1 East) LB2336 .F6
The most comprehensive listing available of private foundations which provide financial assistance to individuals. The foundations described have made grants to students, artists, schalors, foreign individuals, minorities, musicians, scientists and writers for scholarships, fellowships, student loans, internships, residencies, arts and cultural projects, medical and emergency assistance, residencies and travel programs.


The Grants Register
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin’s Press, annual. Funding Center (1 East) LB2338 .G7
The complete guide to postgraduate funding worldwide.


Awards, Honors, and Prizes : Volume I, United States and Canada and Volume II, International and Foreign

Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., irregular. Main Library Reference AS8 .A87
Directory of awards and their donors recognizing achievement in advertising, architecture, arts and humanities, business and finance, communications, computers, consumer affairs, ecology, education, engineering, fashion, film, journalism, law, librarianship, literature, medicine, music, performing arts, photography, public affairs, publishing, radio and television, religion, science, social science, sports, and transportation. Indexed by sponsoring organization, award, and subject area.


From Michigan State University Library Resources.

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