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Global Film Initiative Accepting Applications For Winter 2012 Production Grants Program; Deadline Imminent!

Global Film Initiative Accepting Applications For Winter 2012 Production Grants Program; Deadline Imminent!

Late on this, but better late than never… you’ve got 6 days, so get on it!

The Global Film Initiative (GFI) is an institution we’ve mentioned a few times on S&A, as a number of projects by and/or about people of African descent that we’ve featured on the site, benefited in some way from any one of the GFI’s programs – from production grants to its Global Lens traveling film screening series.  

The San Francisco-based GFI’s mission is to assist films and filmmakers from under-represented/emerging locales compete and succeed in the international marketplace.

So, if you’ve got a project, and you live in countries in Africa, Asia (excluding Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan), the Caribbean (excluding Cuba), Central & Eastern Europe (excluding European Union), Latin America, the Middle East (excluding Iran) and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand), you should submit!

Details below:


In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce the Winter 2012 cycle of its feature-film Production Grants program. Applications will be accepted from October 31, 2011 to January 16, 2012.

Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in winter and summer, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the Initiative’s mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world. Monies received through the Initiative’s granting program are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs, such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems.

Next year, the Global Film Initiative will award production grants of up to $10,000 each to select applicants during its Winter granting cycle. These funds are made available following the Initiative’s evaluation of an applicant’s completed screenplay and early film-footage, and may include a pre-sale option for exclusive U.S. distribution of an applicant’s film by the Initiative. Individuals may submit more than one film for consideration per granting cycle but please note that only applications from qualifying countries or regions will be considered and that production grants are not available for documentary or short films.*

The Global Film Initiative strongly believes in supporting narrative storytelling traditions from around the world and invites all qualified applicants to submit their work for granting consideration. For Applications & Guidelines, please see the links to the left of the screen.

Application deadline: January 16, 2012. Applications will be accepted starting October 31, 2011.

*The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: 

For more information on the Global Film Initiative’s granting program, please click here.

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