Houston Short Film Fund (HSFF) SWAMP's new filmmaker grant!
Houston Short Film Fund (HSFF)
SWAMP's new filmmaker grant!
With a desire to help Houston-area filmmakers to develop their craft, Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) inaugurates the Houston Short Film Fund in 2013. We sincerely appreciate the anonymous donor who provided initial funding for this grant opportunity.
Application Information and Guidelines
Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a 36-year-old nonprofit media arts organization, supports the creation and appreciation of film, video, and new media as art forms of a multicultural community. In support of Houston-area, independent filmmakers, SWAMP is pleased to offer a new funding opportunity, the Houston Short Film Fund, 2013 (or, The Fund). The Fund will provide production funds of up to $5000 to a limited number of individual, independent filmmakers living in the Houston area to produce a short film of up to 10 minutes in length, in any style (fiction, documentary, animation, experimental).
The Fund, which includes mandatory mentorship and peer discussion components, is intended to help filmmakers strengthen their artistic skills as well as encourage new directions and creative ideas. The film's production must take place over a six-month period, from May to October 2013, when the film will receive a public screening.
Participating mentors are selected on the strength of their professional experience, availability, and willingness to serve in this capacity. A mentor will be assigned to each grant recipient based on film style, interest, and application information.
Application fee: $10 SWAMP Members; $15 General Public
APPLICATIONS DUE WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013
Persons age 18 or over.
"Independent Filmmaker" means that individual applicants: 1) own the copyright to their HSFF production; 2) have artistic, budgetary, and editorial control of their project; 3) are not regularly employed as producers/directors by a public or commercial broadcast entity or film company; 4) are not staff or board members of SWAMP.
Must be a resident of the City of Houston or Houston-area. Proof of residency will be required.
Persons with some previous film/video production experience in a principal role (director, co-director, producer, co-producer) as demonstrated by submitting a previously completed work sample.
Persons must be willing to accept mentor oversight and participate in peer discussions.
Individuals who do not meet the definition of an "independent filmmaker."
Persons regularly employed as producers/directors by a public or commercial broadcast entity including public access stations.
Organizations such as universities, foundations, and nonprofit media arts organizations.
What Grant Recipients Can Expect:
Will be required to sign the Applicant Certification and a completion agreement.
Will meet with other recipients at SWAMP at a scheduled date/time to review.
Will be paired with a mentor.
Will receive ¾ of their funding; final payment is due on completion and delivery of DVD to SWAMP.
Note: Filmmakers will be responsible for staying in contact with their mentors throughout their project, including a W-I-P (work-in-progress) exchange with mentor. Peer group meeting & discussion is TBD.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Announcement of Winners: Friday, May 31, 2013
Completion Deadline: DVD (format for completed film) due at SWAMP, Monday, October 7, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.
Public Screening: TBD
HOW TO APPLY
A complete application package must be submitted on the SWAMP website (see form below). Other arrangements may be made on request.
A Complete Application Package Includes:
Complete Application Form (available on SWAMP website) with certification section completed and "signed" electronically.
A synopsis of the film you intend to make.
A treatment specifying how you will translate your story from page to screen.
Detailed project budget (If budget is greater than the $5000 maximum grant, indicate specifically how HSFF-13 funds will be used).
Brief resume of applicant: Summary bio including filmography.
Personal statement (1 page, max): describe career goals, interest in the field, and why you should be awarded a HSFF grant.
List of key production personnel only, with 2 sentence bio (e.g., additional directors or producers, writer, editor, videographer, etc.).
Work sample: Upload to Vimeo (www.vimeo.com) with password protection up to 10 minutes of recent work; provide the link and password and state briefly how this work is relevant to your current project proposal.
Payment of application fee of $15 ($10, SWAMP members).
Project must be a new work. Proposals to enhance or complete previously undertaken projects will NOT be considered.
Project must not exceed 10 minutes in length.
Must be able to be completed and submitted by October 7 deadline.
Credits must include the following credit: "Funding provided by Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) through the Houston Short Film Fund, 2013."
Grant recipients agree to make their completed project available without charge to SWAMP for publicity, exhibition, and consideration for online and/or broadcast distribution.
Deadline: May 15, 2013
Winners Announced: May 31, 2013
Projects Due: October 7, 2013
Questions? Contact Jenny Waldo
p: 713-522-8592 x2
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