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How To Apply

The Fall 2014 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant Round is now closed.

Early deadline is July 28, 2014, 5:00PM PST

Late deadline is August 4, 2014 5:00PM PST.

Finalist materials are due by October 1, 2014

Winners will be announced November 2014  

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 before the early deadline, $45 before the late deadline). If you are a Filmmaker Pro member or above, the fee is waived.  

If you are not currently a member and choose to purchase a membership you must allow 24 hours for the system to update and allow you access the member version of this application. 

PLEASE LOG INTO MY.SFFS.ORG TO ACCESS THE ONLINE APPLICATION.  

You must first create a profile in order to access application.   

Please email support@sffs.org if you have any technical questions. We recommend preparing your answers AHEAD OF TIME in a separate document for your records before submitting. Leave time for technical issues. 

Do not leave this to the last minute as you run the risk of not being considered. 

Here is a sample of a few of the questions you will find in the online application:

  • Logline. In a couple sentences, please describe the crux of your film (75 words or less)
  • Bio (200 words or less)
  • Project synopsis (300 words or less)
  • Describe how your film, through plot, character, theme or setting, explores urgent social justice issue of our time. (150 words or less)
  • How does the film contribute to or uplift the Bay Area filmmaking community professionally or economically? (150 words or less)
  • Please describe your artistic vision and stylistic approach. How will your film look and feel? (150 words or less) How will you measure the success of this project as it relates to audience impact and basic distribution strategy? (150 words or less)
  • Describe the anticipated impact of the requested grant on your short- and long-term professional and artistic goals. (150 words or less)
  • List the names and roles and briefly describe the qualifications of the other key (3 to 5) individuals involved in the project. These individual could include producers, directors of photography, editors, actors, or other key cast and crew. State the date they became attached to the project (300 words or less).   


Approximately ten applicants will be invited to submit finalist applications.  Finalists have roughly three weeks to a month to submit finalist materials. 

FINALISTS

Finalists will be asked to submit the following:

Screenwriting

A one-page writer/director's statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. A three to ten page treatment.  This should give us a clear sense of the beginning, middle and end of the story. A minimum of ten pages of the script you are applying for. The ten pages do not need to be the first ten pages. Please select what you believe to be the best ten pages. You are also welcome to submit your full screenplay - however, we can't guarantee we will read it in its entirety.  Should you choose to submit it please send it as a separate PDF.

Work Sample: A minimum of ten pages of a previous screenplay (short or feature). Again, the ten pages do not need to be the first ten pages. Please select what you believe to be the best ten pages. Work sample explanations.  These should broken up into two individual pages: one that introduces the script pages from the project for which you are applying, and another that introduces the previous work sample you have submitted as well as an explanation of how this has led you to the project you are currently working on.

Packaging  

A one-page director's statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. A one-page producers statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. A three to ten page treatment. This should give us a clear sense of the beginning, middle and end of the story. A minimum of ten pages of the script you are applying for. The ten pages do not need to be the first ten pages. Please select what you believe to be the best ten pages. You are also welcome to submit your full screenplay - however, we can't guarantee we will read it in its entirety.  Should you choose to submit it please send it as a separate PDF.

Work Sample: A ten-minute sample of a previous work of the writer/director (short or feature). This can be one ten-minute sample, two five minutes samples, etc. We will only accept online links. Work sample explanations.  These should broken up into two individual pages: one that introduces the script pages from the project for which you are applying, and another that introduces the previous work sample you have submitted as well as an explanation of how this has led you to the project you are currently working on. A full budget that includes all expenses AND revenue  *Revenue section must include:  ---Actual funds raised to date  ---In-kind donations with associated market value  ---Any outstanding or pending funds 

Preproduction

A one-page writer/director's statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. A one-page producers statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. A three to ten page treatment. This should give us a clear sense of the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Current Script Sample: A minimum of ten pages of the script you are applying for. The ten pages do not need to be the first ten pages. Please select what you believe to be the best ten pages. You are also welcome to submit your full screenplay - however, we can't guarantee we will read it in its entirety.  Should you choose to submit it please send it as a separate PDF. Current Script Sample Explanation. A one-page explanation that gives context in terms of where we are in the script as well as orients us as to where we are in the story. Previous Work Sample: A ten-minute sample of a previous work of the writer/director (short or feature). This can be one ten-minute sample, two five minutes samples, etc. We will only accept online links. Previous Work Sample Explanation.  A one-page statement that gives context for the Previous Work Sample you have submitted. Please also include an explanation of how this has led you to the project for which you are applying.  A full budget that includes all expenses AND revenue  *Revenue section must include: ---Actual funds raised to date ---In-kind donations with associated market value ---Any outstanding or pending funds   

Production

A one-page writer/director's statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. A one-page producers statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. A three to ten page treatment. This should give us a clear sense of the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Current Script Sample: A minimum of ten pages of the script you are applying for. The ten pages do not need to be the first ten pages. Please select what you believe to be the best ten pages. You are also welcome to submit your full screenplay - however, we can't guarantee we will read it in its entirety.  Should you choose to submit it please send it as a separate PDF. Current Script Sample Explanation. A one-page explanation that gives context in terms of where we are in the script as well as orients us as to where we are in the story. Previous Work Sample: A ten-minute sample of a previous work of the writer/director (short or feature). This can be one ten-minute sample, two five minutes samples, etc. We will only accept online links. Previous Work Sample Explanation.  A one-page statement that gives context for the Previous Work Sample you have submitted. Please also include an explanation of how this has led you to the project for which you are applying. A full budget that includes all expenses AND revenue  *Revenue section must include:  ---Actual funds raised to date  ---In-kind donations with associated market value  ---Any outstanding or pending funds

Postproduction  

A one-page writer/director's statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. A one-page producers statement. This should provide insight into who you are and your process. A three to ten page treatment. This should give us a clear sense of the beginning, middle and end of the story.

Current Script Sample: A minimum of ten pages of the script you are applying for. The ten pages do not need to be the first ten pages. Please select what you believe to be the best ten pages. You are also welcome to submit your full screenplay - however, we can't guarantee we will read it in its entirety.  Should you choose to submit it please send it as a separate PDF. Work sample one: A ten-minute sample of a previous work of the writer/director (short or feature). This can be one ten-minute sample, two five minutes samples, etc. We only accept online links. Work sample two: A ten-minute sample of the work in progress. We also invite you to submit a full copy of the film but we can't guarantee we will watch more than ten minutes.  Should you choose to submit the entire project please submit it as a separate link. Work sample explanations. Three pages - A one-page explanation that gives context in terms of where we are in the script pages (if they are not the first ten pages).  A one page that introduces work sample one and explains how this work has lead to your current project.  A third page that contextualizes the work in progress A full budget that includes all expenses AND revenue  *Revenue section must include: ---Actual funds raised to date   ---In-kind donations with associated market value ---Any outstanding or pending funds 

REVIEW PANEL

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, screenwriters, industry professionals and qualified SFFS staff amongst others.  Winners will be announced in a press release and on the SFFS website. 

FUNDING DISPERSAL

Screenwiritng funds are disperesed in two payments.  One within a month of receopt of a signed contract and the second after the receipt of a three report and progress has been made to the satisfaction of SFFS.  Packaging funds are dispersed in two payments. One within a month of receopt of a signed contract and the second after the receipt of a three report and progress has been made to the satisfaction of SFFS.  Preproduction funds are dispersed in two payments. One within a month of receipt of a signed contract and one after a report has been filled out and progress has been made to the satisfaction of SFFS. Production funds are allocated one month prior to the beginning of production and within receipt of a signed contract.  Postproduction funds are allocated once production has wrapped and within receipt of a signed contract.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you are unable to complete any of the requirements stated in your contract or in your ask in your application you must inform SFFS in writing right away.  It is possible if you become unable to adhere to the requirements of the grant the money may not be awarded or could be returned to SFFS.

REPORTING REQUIREMENT

Grant recipients will be required to submit a progress report and a new work sample after three months, and then again three months later from the date of funds received. 

MARKETING 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 releases.

REPORTING REQUIREMENT

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 - for projects applying for production, funds will not be released until shoot dates have been set.

GIVING BACK AND SUPPORTING BAY AREA FILM CULTURE

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 San Francisco International Film Festival or other SFFS exhibition venues in the Bay Area.  Write an article or participate in an interview about your work for one or more publications. Lead a FilmHouse workshop or professional development course in your area of expertise. Meet with filmmakers to discuss work. Show a work-in-progress or present your project at an appropriate forum. Participate in SFFS Golden Gate Awards prescreening activities. Mentor or otherwise assist filmmakers who participate after you in these programs. Participate in community outreach activities around the issues addressed by the film. 

FINE PRINT

Filmmakers with incomplete applications will not be considered. Budget must be UNDER $3 million dollars. 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/Kenneth Rainin Foundation.  If the grant represents up to 15% of the project budget, credit with a "Produced in association with the San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation" credit and use of our logos in film, web and written materials. If the grant represents between 15% and 50% of the project budget, credit will be "Produced in partnership with San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation" credit and use of our logos in film, web, and written materials.  If the grant represents 50% or more of the project budget a "San Francisco Film Society/Kenneth Rainin Foundation presents..." credit and use of our logos in film, web, and written materials.  Logos will be provided by SFFS. Please note: The submitted log line will be used in the press release in the finalist phase and the winners phase.  If you want producers or cowriters to be included in the press release they must be listed as COAPPLICANTS on your application. 

For any and all questions, please contact the Narrative Program Coordinator tamara@sffs.org or 415-561-5019.