You’re ready to make your documentary short, your artistic 20 minute video, or even your full length project. The follow are sources of funding for video and film artists:
Specifically geared for New York City residents, the nonprofit Jerome Foundation funds projects from video and film artists who live in one of the city’s five boroughs. The Foundation “seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by early career/emerging artists.”
Film Fund makes the pitching process simple. Instead of the time/labor of crowdfunding sites or grant applications, the Fund requests a pitch in the form of one sentence or a 30-second video. Filmmakers receive up to $10,000 for their project.
Filmmakers Without Borders is a nonprofit organization that funds projects focused on cultural exchange and social justice. Its goal is to “empower the next generation of digital storytellers” and “promote diverse communities and cultures.” Grants are relatively modest, ranging from $500 to $5000.
The Finishing Fund lives up to its name: to receive funding, a project must have completed 90 percent of photography, with a rough cut at application. The Fund gives grants to artists working both long and short formats, and is open in terms of genre, funding narrative, experimental, documentary and other formats. (But student projects are not eligible.) Grants can range up to $100,000. Among the grantees are Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s The Mask You Live In, an examination of how boys are raised in America, and I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced, a tale based on true events about the first Yemeni child bride ever to file for divorce.