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Follow Focus Grant2019-04-22T17:27:20-04:00

FOLLOW FOCUS GRANT

$10,000 finishing fund for a cinematic documentary short in post-production

Points North Institute, ScreeningRoom and Jigsaw Productions are excited to announce the launch of Follow Focus, a new grant opportunity for a short documentary film entering into post-production.

One selected documentary filmmaker or video journalist will receive $10,000 grant towards the creation of a short, cinematic documentary film, a one year ScreeningRoom Pro account, and mentorship from a leading producer and editor.

The selected filmmaker will also have the opportunity to premiere their film at the 2019 Camden International Film Festival in September.

Applications will be accepted through May 31st at midnight. See below for more information, and contact followfocusgrant at gmail dot com for any questions.

There is a $20 fee to submit to the grant and applicants will need a Basic, Premium or Pro ScreeningRoom account. If you don’t have a ScreeningRoom Basic, Premium or Pro membership already, you can sign up on their Membership page, or upgrade your account.

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

WHAT: A $10,000 grant, a one year ScreeningRoom Pro account, and a screening at the Camden International Film Festival in September 2019.

SUBMISSIONS: Open to any documentary filmmaker or video journalist worldwide.

JUDGES: Representatives from Points North Institute, ScreeningRoom and Jigsaw Productions will review the submissions and make a final decision in June 2019. The decisions of the judges are final.

FILMMAKER FEEDBACK/MENTORING: As the winning filmmaker works on their film, representatives from ScreeningRoom, Jigsaw Productions and Points North Institute will watch cuts on ScreeningRoom and leave feedback for the filmmaker.

SCREENING: The winning piece will screen at the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF). The filmmaker agrees to grant the right to screen the completed work at CIFF in September 2019.

RIGHTS: All entrants and the winner retain all rights to their films.

CREDIT: Depending on the project’s budget, following the Crediting Guidelines proposed by the Documentary Producers Alliance, the selected filmmaker agrees to provide an appropriate Executive Producer credit to Points North Institute, ScreeningRoom and Jigsaw Productions.

SUBMISSION PROCESS: There is a $20 submission fee, and filmmakers need to have a Basic, Premium or Pro ScreeningRoom membership in order to apply.

TIMEFRAME:

Submissions open on April 10, 2019

Submissions close on May 31, 2019 at 11:59pm

Final decisions will be made by the week of June 17, 2019

Announcement of Grant winner will be made in early July 2019

Short film to be completed by September 1, 2019

Short film to be screened at Camden International Film Festival in the fall of 2019

IS YOUR FILM ELIGIBLE:
We are looking for a subject matter that is cinematic, character-driven and visually compelling. ]

LENGTH:
The length of the finished film should be between 5 and 40 minutes.

WHAT YOU SHOULD PROVIDE:
A project work sample or rough cut at least 5 minutes long
Previous work sample
Link to your website
Written application (uploaded as PDF document)
Representation that you have all rights and releases required for screening

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:
A $10,000 grant for making your film
A free year-long ScreeningRoom Pro account
Feedback on your cuts from representatives from ScreeningRoom, Jigsaw Productions and Points North Institute through the process of making your film
Inclusion in the 2019 Camden International Film Festival program

The Follow Focus grant application follows the guidelines established by the IDA’s Documentary Core Application Project.

Major support provided by

MAE Private Foundation

WHY SHORTS?

At the Points North Institute, we have long been champions of documentary shorts. They allow filmmakers to experiment with the documentary form, release timely films more quickly, and engage wider audiences through digital platforms. Perhaps most importantly, the growing number of outlets for documentary shorts can help expand and diversify the field by lowering barriers to entry like the cost of production and distribution.

The Shortform Editing Residency, now entering its 4th year, builds on our longstanding commitment to short documentary filmmaking through our highly-curated and wildly popular shorts programs at Camden International Film Festival — Shorts First, Shorts X, and Dirigo Docs — as well as prior artist development programs like the New York Times Op-Docs Pitch @ CIFF (2013) and the AJ+ Pitch @ CIFF (2014).

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