Chicago Digital Media Production Fund


Voqal and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce a call for proposals for the third round of funding through the "Chicago Digital Media Production Fund." Applications may be submitted online starting on January 30, 2014.

Over the past two years, 22 Chicago-based talented digital media and film-makers have been awarded grants ranging from $1,500 - $10,000 for projects that focus on a variety of relevant social issues. Successful digital media projects have demonstrated a strong community impact, and some have gone on to showcase at film festivals. The Voqal Fund will award a total of $100,000 to digital media makers in 2014.

Independent digital media and film-makers based in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are invited to apply for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. Innovative media projects intended for online distribution by established, emerging, and young artists may qualify for cash grants of up to $10,000 toward the project's production and completion. All genres will be accepted, but content must be aimed at advancing progressive social change and should be appropriate for youth (though not necessarily intended specifically for youth). Distribution plans must include free availability on the web by May 15, 2015.

Short productions are preferred, but features and other media (interactive apps, games, etc.) will also be considered. Individual applicants must reside in Cook County and production and/or post-production must take place in Chicago. Individuals are also eligible to apply in partnership with a non-profit organization, as long as the organization is based in Cook County. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2014. Winning projects will be announced in late April. There is no application fee.

The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a project of the Voqal Fund, administered by Chicago Filmmakers. The Voqal Fund is dedicated to supporting the dissemination of alternative ideas and building a more engaged public to effect progressive social change and disrupt the status quo. Through various grant-making and fellowship initiatives, Voqal Fund supports nonprofit organizations and individuals using media and technology to empower those who are politically, economically or socially disenfranchised. For more information, please visit voqal.org.

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