The Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce that the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund will be accepting proposals for its second year of funding. Applications may be submitted online. This past year, eight talented filmmakers were awarded grants ranging from $1,500 - $10,000 for projects that focus on a variety of social issues.
Due to the enthusiastic response from the film community and the high number of applicants, the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation has doubled the total funds available to filmmakers in 2013 to $100,000.
Independent film and digital video makers based in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are invited to apply. Innovative video projects intended for online distribution by established, emerging, and young artists could 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). Short productions are preferred, but features will also be considered. Individual applicants must reside in Cook County. 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 mid May. Distribution plans must include free availability on the web by May 15, 2015. There is no application fee.
The fund is a project of the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers. Check out our Production Fund pages for complete guidelines, FAQs, info on past winners, and to submit a proposal.
CHICAGO DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION FUND NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
FOR 2015 GRANTS
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