How To Apply
Applications for fiscal sponsorship with the Film Society also act as project blueprints to be presented to grantors or to individual contributors. Direct your application towards potential funders as well as to the Film Society. Our goal is to help you build the best proposal possible so that you can successfully raise funds for your project.
Your initial application will most likely be the first of many drafts you will prepare as your project evolves. It is an ongoing business plan that changes in tandem with your project–you will update your proposal as your vision develops.
Application Opens: December 15, 2015
Deadline to Apply: February 1, 2016
- You must be enrolled as a Film Society Filmmaker Pro member. Join Online.
- Log in to MySFFS using your membership ID and complete the online application form.
- Pay the $40 application fee. You will be asked to pay the fee before you hit the submit button on your online application form. Note that applications will not be reviewed until the next dealine.
Note: If you are not currently a member, you must allow 24 hours for the system to update and allow you access to the application. Applications received after the above deadline will be automatically submitted for the next application period.
Contract with the San Francisco Film Society
Once you are approved into the Fiscal Sponsorship program you will be required to sign a contract with the San Francisco Film Society. If you would like to see the contract prior to the application process, please let us know. Contracts cannot be individualized and changes in the contract will not be permitted after you have been approved into the program. If you have further questions, please contact Documentary Program Coordinator Athena Kalkopoulou.
We prefer that the filmmaker/project director is our main contact but recognize that filmmakers often need assistance with administrative aspects of their endeavors.
You can now add an administrator as an additional contact on your project. This person can correspond with SFFS in all matters relating to the project, e.g., grant application paperwork and donations inquiries. There will be a one time administrator fee of $25, but the administrator is not required to be a current member or on the contract. All that's required is a name and an email address. Please note, the project administrator is only an additional contact for the project and cannot be a substitute for the project's primary contact. The primary and secondary contact (if applicable) must be current pro-level members.
To pay the $25 project administrator fee, mail checks made out to 'San Francisco Film Society' (with 'Fiscal Sponsorship & Project Development project administrator fee' written clearly in the memo) to:
San Francisco Film Society
ATTN Fiscal Sponsorship & Project Development
39 Mesa Street, Suite 110
San Francisco, CA 94129
- You must be a Film Society Filmmaker Pro member. Join online if you are not a member, or if you are already a member and want to upgrade to Filmmaker Pro. If more than one person is applying with a project you must both be members. Identify one person as the primary contact.
- The project must be consistent with Film Society charitable purposes, must be noncommercial or educational and represent an imaginative contribution to the film or video art form.
- The project cannot be a work for hire.
- The project cannot be a narrative feature or short film.
- You must seek donations in the form of grants from public agencies, foundations, corporations or individual donors, including fundraising benefits.
- You cannot use a hybrid model to fundraise for your project, utilizing commercial and non-profit means of support.
- You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply for fiscal sponsorship with San Francisco Film Society. However, at least one of your project's named project directors will need to have a Social Security number, EIN (employer identification number), ITIN (independent taxpayer identification number) or other type of IRS registration.
- Format using single spacing.
- Use the same font throughout.
- Use page numbers beginning on page 2 at the bottom right-hand corner of each page.
- Comply with suggested lengths in the guidelines.
- Include applicant name and project name in footer.
- Label sample materials clearly with your name, the title of the project with which you are applying and the title of the material you are submitting.
- Do not double space your proposal.
- Do not write in the first person.
- Do not make your application too long or repetitive.
Grant Applications to government organizations
Please note that due to a change in grant regulations, SFFS will no longer be submitting applications on filmmakers' behalf to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Please contact us if you have further questions.
Please note: While we encourage filmmakers to apply to the San Francisco Internation Film Festival and grants offered by our organization, initiaiting fiscally sponsorship with the San Francsico Film Society does not guarantee acceptance into any other Film Society programs.