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Film Fund Grant Program

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READY TO BE A PART OF THE SCREENCRAFT FILM FUND? We’re looking for our next film projects to fund with up to $30,000 grants! Past recipients have screened at Cannes, Sundance and SXSW. Accepting features, TV pilots, documentaries and short scripts for consideration.

We are accepting applications from around the world (in English)

Whether you have a simple screenplay or a film that’s already in production, we want to consider it for our grant program. We consider a range of projects, from standalone screenplays, to fully packaged projects seeking finishing funds.

If your aspirations are solely to become a produced screenwriter, you can rely on ScreenCraft and BondIt to package the winning script with a talented director and in-house production resources with up to $30,000 in cash financing, judged on a case-by-case basis, depending on each project’s budget and needs as determined by our internal jury of industry professionals.

In partnership with BondIt Media Capital, a film & media fund based in Beverly Hills, ScreenCraft is offering two production grants per year to talented filmmakers for narrative features, short films and TV pilot series scripts and documentaries that display originality, vision & exceptional potential. Grant amounts will vary from $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the scale and merit of each project. This program includes creative development from the ScreenCraft team and production guidance and resources from BondIt Media Capital and Buffalo 8 Productions.

New for 2021 is the program’s inaugural Diversity Award, which guarantees at least one of the recipients selected will be from an underrepresented background as defined by the WGA Diversity Report.

ScreenCraft and BondIt Media Capital
ScreenCraft is a Los-Angeles based media company dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through competitions, events and educational content.

BondIt Media Capital is a world renowned film, television and media financier founded in 2014. Based in Santa Monica, BondIt has completed over 250+ film and television financing transactions resulting in $60M+ of invested capital and over $200M+ of aggregate production spending. Recent credits include the Oscar nominated LOVING VINCENT, the Arnold Schwarznegger starring AFTERMATH from Lionsgate, the Netflix original film TO THE BONE starring Lily Collins, and the cult hit horror film THE INVITATION.

Requirements
To apply, there are two documents required:
A Script or Treatment— This doesn’t have to be a completed screenplay if you’re applying for a documentary or if your film is already in production. It can be a treatment, a PDF with links to footage, or any other pitch document that shows the project’s potential.
A Cover Letter — A letter that expresses your vision for your project. Help the judges get a sense of your creative vision and professional experience. Let us know if you’ve begun production and what you’d be able to use the funding for. We recommend 1-2 pages in length.
Optionally, you can include a PDF document that includes any other information. This can be anything from a full series bible to a line-item budget, to links to footage or a sizzle reel. We recommend only including information that gives a better sense of the specific project, but please include anything that will help our judges understand the creators and the project.

MENTOR AND STRATEGIC ADVISOR

SOLA FASEHUN
Producer and Literary Agent at Buchwald
Sola Fasehun joins the Spring 2020 Film Fund program as a special mentor and strategic advisor for fund recipients. Fasehun previously worked under Academy Award winning producer Michael Phillips (TAXI DRIVER, THE STING), has her own independent film company: Fasehun Films, amongst her many accomplishments. She is also the founder of The Distribution Collective (TDC) that brings mentorship to the community by supporting diversity and inclusion in entertainment.

Prizes
Jump start your career.

Grand Prize Winner
Between 2 and 4 projects will be selected each year, depending on the quality of applicants in each application cycle as determined by our judges, for grants up to $30000 in finishing funds.

As a part of the program’s inaugural Diversity Award, at least one of the recipients selected will be from an underrepresented background as defined by the WGA Diversity Report.

Mentorship with Literary Talent agent, Sola Fasehun to provide exceptional level of support for the professional development and advancement of the project for the fund recipients.

Grants up to $30,000 in finishing funds.
Inaugural Diversity Award
Mentorship with Literary Talent agent, Sola Fasehun
Complimentary Badge for the 2021 ScreenCraft Summit + Travel Stipend
PREVIOUS SUCCESSES
Placing in a ScreenCraft competition can launch your career.

RULES AND MORE

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Submission Guidelines
Updated: the two annual application periods are as follows — Fall 2020 Funding Cycle opening September 1, with a Fall Early Deadline of September 30, and a final deadline of November 30.
Grants will range in size from $5,000 to $30,000 per project. Grant amount will be determined by the jury consisting of executives from ScreenCraft and BondIt, as well as Sola Fasehun from the Buchwald Agency.
Recipients will be announced within 12 weeks of the final deadline of each cycle.
Applications are accepted via electronic submission only.
Application fee for each project is $49 before the early deadline of each cycle, and then $59 until the regular deadline of each cycle.
Application must include a screenplay and a project vision statement from the writer or director. You are welcome to include any and all relevant links to prior work in the cover letter.
There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
Applications must be received on or before the deadlines and application fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission.
All application fees are non-refundable
All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer(s).
Material must be submitted by the author or owner of the material. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s). All writers must be credited on the title page.
Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material are not allowed. Please proofread your script very carefully before submitting.
Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required.
Any diversity and demographic information that you wish to share can be included in the checkout form and the cover letter.
Recipient(s) of each funding cycle will be announced and notified approximately 6 weeks after the application deadline.
Grant funding is conditional upon selected recipient going into production on selected project within twelve (12) months of when the grant was awarded.