Chicago Digital Media Production Fund

The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is currently accepting new grant proposals! The submission deadline is Monday, April 23, 2018. Click to Apply.


The Production Fund is intended to support digital media works that encourage social change. The grant requires that all works funded are available for free online viewing upon completion in order to reach the widest possible audience. The Production Fund supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for young and emerging artists.

Last year, Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers announced that in its sixth year of funding, the Production Fund had awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to nine Chicago-area digital media artists' projects in amounts ranging from $2,200 to $18,000. This year, the Production Fund will once again award $100,000 in grants up to $20,000 each for independent digital media projects that seek to advance progressive social change.

CDMPF Projects

Why do we eat? What do we chew on?

‘Brown Girls’ is an intimate, fictional series focused on the stories of two young women of color as they explore their sexuality, personal aspirations, and familial relation

This dynamic web-series blends Latin American soap opera, American sitcom, and critical theory as it follows four gay Latino grad students—who are also witches—as they naviga


Soteria – Dreams as Currency (SDC) is a metaphorical, single-player, 3D adventure game intended to promote players’ readiness to use psycho-therapeutically proven yet counter-intuitive

STRANDED BY THE STATE is an eight-part webseries that examines the impact of the Illinois budget crisis on average workers and social service users, by telling stories in their own voice

The Doula Project is an animated web series created by a group of female filmmakers, animators, and a professional doula.

The Orange Story employs the power of cinema and transmedia platforms to introduce the history of Japanese American incarceration during WWII, its aftermath, and the implications for future gener

Zero Weeks will be the first feature documentary to analyze America’s desperate need for modern paid family leave policies.


Submit a complete online application.
Within the application, submit required attachments including proof of residency, project timeline, budget, screenplay or treatment, key talent/crew bios, and budget narrative.
Submit a link to at least one sample work and, if available, a sample of the work for which you are applying.