SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant FAQ
|The SFFS/KRF grant requires a “strong connection” to the San Francisco Bay Area. What does this mean? |
Applicants must demonstrate that their film will have an economic or professional impact on the city of San Francisco or the greater Bay Area. You are not required to be a resident of the Bay Area to apply. However, your project should clearly demonstrate a net economic or professional gain for the Bay Area filmmaking community in the following ways:
What does “social justice” mean?
The SFFS/KRF Grant supports films that explore issues of equality, fairness, societal intolerance or systemic oppression of people from various classes, racial or ethnic groups, sexual preferences, gender identities or income brackets. Social justice also includes political, economic and environmental matters. We are particularly interested in supporting projects that do not take a didactic or polarized approach to social justice; but rather, use character, plot or setting to reveal wider social justice themes.
The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking grant also supports films where the social justice theme is more subtle or metaphorical. Please refer to the Past KRF Winners page for further information about what projects have received funding in the past.
What phases of the filmmaking process does the SFFS/KRF Grant support?
The SFFS/KRF Grant supports projects in all phases of the filmmaking process: Screenwriting, Packaging, Preproduction, Production and Postproduction.
What phase should I apply for? Can I apply for more than one?
Please apply for the one phase that best describes the current status of your project, or the anticipated status of your project three months from when you submit your application.
I am co-writing my screenplay. Am I still eligible for the SFFS/KRF grant?
If you are applying for a screenwriting grant, you must be the principal writer on the project. You may not apply for a screenwriting grant to then pay someone else to write the project. You can however work with a co-writer.
What is considered the Bay Area?
Here is a helpful list of cities in the Bay Area
I already received a SFFS/KRF Grant. Can I apply again?
Yes. We encourage all SFFS/KRF Grant recipients to apply for consequent rounds after you already received funds.
Do I need to be a SFFS member to apply for the SFFS/KRF grant?
You must either be a SFFS Member at the Filmmaker Pro Level or above, OR, pay the application fees (the early or late fee) stipulated on the application.
Where does my application fee go?
The application fee goes directly to administrative support for our grants programs, helping to hire outside experts to review finalist material and also to ensure that our procedures are systematic, professional, confidential and timely.
Who will review the SFFS/KRF applications? What is the review process like?
For the initial Letter of Inquiry round, qualified SFFS staff members will serve as jurors. They are required to read all applications thoroughly and then attend a meeting with the other jurors. They each discuss their top ten individual choices until the entire group reaches a unanimous list of finalists to move onto the next round.
For the Finalist round, SFFS Director of Filmmaker Services Michele Turnure-Salleo as well as KRF senior staff, previous KRF finalists or outside filmmakers, producers or industry professionals read all of the Finalists’ materials. They then attend a review panel to unanimously decide who will receive funds.
How many applicants will receive funds per funding round?
We do not have a set number of recipients in mind before making the final decision. The quality of the materials we receive will determine how many finalists will end up being funded and how much funding – if any – each receives.
Money granted will be dispersed and should start to be used in May 2013, and funds must be spent in ways that directly support the Bay Area as outlined in the application guidelines. If applying for screenwriting, you must be the screenwriter and must hold the copyright.
Is the SFFS/KRF grant open to student filmmakers?
Yes. Student applicants are evaluated alongside non-student applicants using the same criteria.
Do I have to be fiscally sponsored by the SFFS in order to apply for the SFFS/KRF grant?
You do not need to be fiscally sponsored by the SFFS in order to apply for any SFFS grants and residencies.
PLEASE NOTE - there will be press releases issued for both the finalist phase and the winners.
Am I eligible to apply for the SFFS/KRF grant if I live outside the US?
The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant is open to international applicants, but they must demonstrate a strong connection to the San Francisco, as mentioned above, and will be contractually obligated to spend received funds in the Bay Area.
HOW TO APPLY