Funding brief: Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) supports independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives. Supported projects include narrative films, documentary films, and new media projects that align with themes of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange.
Goals & Objectives
● To empower the next generation of digital storytellers
● To promote diverse communities and cultures
● To share unique perspectives and stories
● To support independent voices from around the world
Proposed projects should address one of the following themes:
● Social justice
● Women’s voices
● Youth voices
● Cultural exchange
● Climate change
Proposed projects should be aligned with the following guidelines:
● Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity
● Demonstrated commitment to cultural sustainability
● Demonstrated commitment to empowerment
● Adherence to the American Anthropological Association’s Code of Ethics (http://ethics.americananthro.org/category/statement/)
Types of grants: Grants are available for all of the following stages of production:
● Film Festival Applications
Grants are available for all of the following types of projects:
● Short Film Projects (6-40 minutes)
● Feature Film Projects (90+ minutes)
● New Media Projects (various)
Donor Name: Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB):
Funding name: Filmmaking grants
Deadline: There are three grant cycles throughout each year (Spring/Summer/Fall).
Each cycle has its own unique application deadline:
● Spring: January, 1st
● Summer: June, 1st
● Fall: August, 1st
Funding details link: http://filmmakerswithoutborders.org/grants/
Funding limit: Grants are available in the following amounts:
● Development: $250, $500, or $1000
● Production: $500, $1000, $2500, or $5000
● Post-production: $250, $500, $1000, or $2500
● Film Festival Applications: $100, $250, or $500
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A
Eligible organization: As below
● Applicants should be 18+ years old.
● Applicants should be proficient in relevant digital technologies.
● Applicants should be able to provide samples of their work.
● Applications and supporting materials must be produced in English.
● FWB provides equal consideration for all qualified candidates. FWB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.
NOTE: Completed films may be in any language
Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)
Submission mail: Not found
How to apply: Interested applicant may apply through the website (http://filmmakerswithoutborders.org/grants/apply/).
● FWB encourages both novice and experienced filmmakers from around the world to apply for grant funding. The application process is designed to showcase each respective project’s alignment with FWB’s mission as well as to outline the filmmaker’s goals, implementation strategy, outcomes, and expected impact.
● All applicants complete an online application and submit a variety of supporting materials including a video essay. The video essay is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, describe the project, and explain how it will be successfully completed.
● Submit an updated CV/resume
● Submit a link to work samples, previous projects, or a portfolio
● Submit a 5-10 page treatment/outline of your proposed project
● Submit a reference letter from a mentor, community leader, employer, or teacher in support of your specific film project.
Submit a 3-5 minute video essay outlining your background and proposed project. This video is intended to be creative and to showcase your personality and technical skills. It may be filmed on a DSLR, pocket camera, or other comparable camera but should include an edited combination of all of the following:
● The applicant speaking directly to camera
● Voice over narration
● B-roll footage
● Text elements
Submit three short-answer essays responding to the following questions:
● How does your film project demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity? (1-2 pages)
● Why does this specific story need to be told and why are you the best person to tell it? (1-2 pages)
● How does your film project address your chosen theme? Include a minimum of x5 examples. (2+ pages)
Submit an estimated budget for each of the following (x2 total):
● An estimated budget for the highest amount of funding available for your project’s stage (e.g. production: $5,000). This budget should clearly itemize all anticipated costs.
● An estimated budget for the lowest amount of funding available for your project’s stage (e.g. development: $250). This budget should clearly itemize all anticipated costs.
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