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Funding For Your Project

While roaming the notorious World Wide Web I starting thinking about possible projects and how I can fund them to get them out. Wouldn’t it be freakin’ awesome to be able to animate your own stuff full time and get payed for doing it?! Not getting political, because that isn’t what this blog is about, but recently While driving home from work I heard a very disturbing story by a caller on the radio. I was so touched by this guys story that I immediately thought “DAYUM! This would make a very interesting, intense and emotional animated movie. Done as a documentary in the style of Waltz With Bashir. If you haven’t seen Waltz With Bashir you need to go watch it, NOW! Go on, it’s only an hour and a half movie, I’ll wait right here for you. Here’s the trailer…. Oh, and you can find the full movie on youtube as well.

Ok, back to funding, So I started searching for how i could fund such a project. I stumbled upon a Loyola Marymount University page that listed a bunch of sites for funding, which I will reproduce for you here. It’s all public information so I’m sure they won’t mind. Check out the links maybe they might help you as an artist, animator, or filmmaker to get your projects done. Here you go, from the Loyola Marymount University website;

National Endowment for the Humanities
Planning and Scripting Grants
NEH supports television documentary programs or historical dramatizations that address significant figures, events, or developments in the humanities and draw their content from humanities scholarship. Projects must be intended for national distribution during prime time hours, whether on public television, commercial television, or cable networks. There are a number of funding opportunities available in this discipline such as the NEH PLANNING GRANTS which can be used to draft a treatment and the SCRIPTING GRANTS which can be used to prepare a script or detailed treatment.

The National Endowment for the Arts
Media Arts
The media arts — film, radio, and television — encompass a variety of genres including narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated film as well as video and audio art. The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to encouraging the artists and organizations that participate in advancing and preserving the media arts, and to supporting the production of media art works that celebrate the arts; visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, etc., in an engaging and creative manner.

The Roy W. Dean Foundation
Film and Video Grants
The foundation want films that are unique and make a contribution to society. They fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films and films that touch hearts. They like films that expose and bring important information to light; they are story-tellers and that is the main criteria for entering and winning our grants, stories that can change and stories that can heal and enrich our lives.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
Academy Film Scholars Program
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) established the Academy Film Scholars Program in 2000 to stimulate and support the creation of innovative and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical, or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures. Each applicant must propose a new work in the English language encompassing some aspect of theatrical motion picture art, science, commerce, history, or theory. Proposed projects may be books, multimedia presentations, curatorial projects, DVD-ROMs, or Internet sites.

California Council for the Humanities
California Documentary Project Production Grant
The PRODUCTION GRANT of California Documentary Project supports the work of experienced radio producers and filmmakers that bring to light compelling stories and explore issues related to California’s past, present and future. The Council is particularly interested in projects that can be used to spark community discussion.

California Council for the Humanities
California Documentary Project Research and Development Grant
The RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT GRANT of the California Documentary Project enables experienced film makers and radio producers to develop projects that explore issues related to California’s past, present and future. California Documentary Project Research and Development Grants cover a wide range of activities, including meetings and individual consultation with humanities scholars, field and archival research, preliminary interviews, and preparation of program treatments.

California Council for the Humanities
Youth Digital Filmmakers
The mission of the California Council for the Humanities is to foster understanding between people and encourage their engagement in community life through the public use of the humanities. The YOUTH DIGITAL FILMMAKERS PROGRAM will involve teens from a variety of communities in making short films about what they see and experience. Award-winning filmmakers and humanities scholars will guide the teens’ efforts.

Creative Capital Foundation
Visual Arts and Film/Video
Founded in 1999, Creative Capital acts as a catalyst for the development of adventurous and imaginative ideas by supporting artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields. FILM/VIDEO may include experimental documentary, animation (including vector animation), experimental film/video, non-traditional narrative (in all formats), and interdisciplinary projects. VISUAL ARTS may include painting, sculpture, works on paper, installation, photo-based work, contemporary crafts, public art and interdisciplinary projects.

There are many more out there.  If you know of any that might help other artists, please reply and post them.  I’m sure i’ll be finding more and posting them up.


One response

  1. This is a very good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very accurate info… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

    December 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

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