Do you have a nonfiction film project in production or post-production?
The LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund, which provides crucial support to New England independent documentary film, is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for production (maximum grant, $15,000) and post-production funding (maximum, $25,000). The opportunity has a January 26, 2018 received-by deadline. More information is available online.
You can attend a free workshop on Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:30-8 PM, at the PRX Podcast Garage in Allston. Gen Carmel, Program Officer at LEF Foundation, will present an overview of Moving Image Fund grant opportunities for nonfiction filmmakers in New England.
Sara Archambault, the LEF Foundation Program Director, contributed to an ArtSake post about approaching funders and offered this advice about seeking funding:
Having clarity about your vision for the project is critically important. This is not just the “what” part of your proposal (i.e. what are you creating?), but also the “why” and “how” and “who.” The process of preparing a grant request may help you achieve this clarity. Funders are often asking questions about your project that you, in your enthusiasm for the work, may not have asked yourself in regards to execution, audience, and feasibility. If you find that you are hitting major stumbling blocks in answering the questions put forward by the funder, have an honest talk with yourself. Is this project ready for review? At LEF, we welcome conversations with potential grantees to help you determine if you are ready to apply. I would see if the foundation you are approaching also invites these conversations. Sometimes speaking with a program officer can be very helpful; if not with potential dollars, then with essential feedback.
Investigate the LEF Moving Image Fund.
Image: Dr. Suniti Solomon from the documentary LOVESICK, co-directed by Ann Kim (Film & Video Fellow ’13) and Priya Giri Desai. LOVESICK has received funding from the LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund.