Doc Film Fund: How to Apply
|LETTER OF INQUIRY |
The LOI is an online application that filmmakers can submit within a one month period. If you are not a SFFS member at the Filmmaker Pro Level or higher, you will have to pay an administrative fee when submitting your application ($25 if submitting by the early deadline, $45 by the late deadline). If you are a Filmmaker Pro member or above, the fee is waived.
We recommend preparing your answers in a separate document for your records before submitting. Below is a sampling of a few of the questions you will find in the online application:
Finalists will be asked to submit the following:
A three to ten page treatment
Work Sample One: A ten minute sample on DVD or online link (of a short or feature)
Work Sample Two: A ten minute sample on DVD or online link of the work-in-progress.
A one-page Director's Statement
Full budget including money raised to date
The Film Society will convene panels to evaluate applications and award grants at its sole discretion. The review panel to decide the finalists is conducted internally and is comprised of qualified SFFS staff. The review panel to decide the winners is comprised of panelists that are producers, filmmakers, industry professionals and qualified SFFS staff amongst others. Winners will be announced in a press release and on the SFFS website.
Grant recipients will be required to submit a progress report and a new work sample three months, and then again six months, from the date of the grant award.
SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant winners are asked to help us in our marketing efforts by filling out a questionnaire and providing links to trailers and/or reviews. Unless otherwise specified for confidentiality reasons, the log line submitted for the LOI will be used in our press release.
Payment will be made via business check and can be made out to an individual or company name according to recipient specifications. The Film Society will issue a 1099 form at year's end reflecting grant income.
Please note: All grant recipients will be required to offer SFFS the first look at finished work and first right of refusal for potential premiere at the SFIFF or other SFFS exhibition venues in the Bay Area.
Filmmakers with incomplete applications will not be considered.
All DVD work samples should be tested on a television set before sending. DVD submissions will not be returned.
Please do not submit finalist materials on special paper or in special bindings. Please only submit materials on standard black and white paper.
Filmmaker shall provide acknowledgement to San Francisco Film Society. If the grant represents up to 25% of the project budget, credit with a “Produced in association with the San Francisco Film Society” credit and use of our logos in film, web and written materials. If the grant represents between twenty-five and fifty percent of the project budget, credit will be “Produced in partnership with San Francisco Film Society” credit and use of our logos in film, web, and written materials. If the grant represents fifty percent or more of the project budget a “San Francisco Film Society presents…” credit and use of our logos in film, web, and written materials. Logos will be provided by SFFS.
For any and all questions, please contact the Documentary Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-561-5045.
HOW TO APPLY