Camden International Film Festival and the Conservation Media Group have teamed up to award a grant to a video project that encourages action in ocean conservation or sustainable energy. They will be awarding at least one $5,000-$10,000 grant, which is open to applicants worldwide, including both individual filmmakers and organizations looking to fund hiring a filmmaker.
This grant works alongside CIFF’s upcoming 3rd Annual Points North Engagement Summit, a program that connects Maine-based nonprofit leaders with documentary films and filmmakers. Through these connections, screenings and social action campaigns are set up to engage Maine communities in dialogue and problem solving to change the state’s biggest issues. The program’s focus will be the theme “Sustainable Maine” for 2015. Check out requirements for the grant below:
The guidelines for the grant include:
1. A theme that relates to creating change in ocean conservation or sustainable energy.
2. A video concept that is engaging, unique, and strategic.
3. Total video length under five minutes. Applicants may submit an idea that includes multiple videos whose total run time is less than 5 min.
4. A clearly defined target audience associated with the call to action and distribution plan. Target audiences could include millions of people, a single community or even a single person.
5. A clear call to action and a strategic plan for measuring impact in a meaningful way. These may include a petition, a vote, event attendance, pledges, sign-ups – or something creative. This does NOT include “vanity metrics” such as shares, likes, or views.
6. A strategic plan for distribution that specifies how the video(s) will engage audiences social media or other channels. Partnerships for distribution & impact (either confirmed or proposed) are a bonus, especially for individual filmmakers.
CIFF and CMG will be accepting applications through August 21. Finalists will receive up to two All Access passes to CIFF and the chance to meet individually with CMG commissioners during the festival in Camden, Maine. Attendance at CIFF is mandatory and travel support will not be provided. Finalists will be notified on August 28 and the CMG Action Grant Pitch Meetings will be held on September 18 at CIFF in Camden, Maine. For more details on the grant and to apply, check out CMG’s website.