Filmmaking

3 Filmmakers Win 2016 Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants

3 Filmmakers Win 2016 Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants

The three winners of the 2016 Spirit Awards filmmaker grants were unveiled at the annual Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch hosted by Uzo Aduba and Rami Malek. This year marks the 31st edition of the awards show that celebrates the best of independent film. Winners for the remaining categories will be revealed at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards in a tent at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, February 27. “This year’s recipients of the Spirit […]

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13 Filmmakers Win 2015 Rooftop Filmmakers Fund Grant

Rooftop Films has awarded thirteen cash and service grants to alumni filmmakers, including The Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund Garbo NYC Feature Film Grants, which were awarded to directors Kitty Green and Sebastian Silva. Green will receive a monetary grant of $15,000 to help finish her new film, Casting JonBenet, and Silva will receive a $10,000 grant to support his film, Demon Me. “Kitty Green’s film Casting JonBenet represents the type of daring and meaningful cinema that […]

7 Narrative Feature Film Projects Win Fall 2015 San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants

7 Narrative Feature Film Projects Win Fall 2015 San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) / Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants

Seven filmmaking teams will receive a total of $270,000 to help with the next stage of their creative process, from screenwriting to postproduction in the latest round of Fall 2015 San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) / Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF) Filmmaking Grants. The SFFS / KRF program has funded more than 50 projects since its inception, including Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and has created buzz all over the international […]

33 Independent Documentary Films Selected for 2015 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Support

33 Independent Documentary Films Selected for 2015 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Support

Thirty-three independent documentary films have been selected for 2015 Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program support. The Sundance Documentary Fund moved to a limited rolling open call in 2015, encouraging filmmakers to submit applications only when they feel their film is ready to share. Rahdi Taylor, Film Fund Director, said, “This past year was one of experimentation and change. We eliminated deadlines, embraced risk taking in form, filmmaker and subject matter, but we stayed true to […]

Brent Green and Thyra Heder Win SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant for “Over the Eaves”

Brent Green and Thyra Heder Win SFFS / Hearst Screenwriting Grant for “Over the Eaves”

Brent Green and Thyra Heder have been selected to receive this year’s $15,000 2015 San Francisco Film Society / Hearst Screenwriting Grant for development of their script Over the Eaves. “Man, it takes a long time to write a screenplay! Way longer than you’d think,” said Green. “Or at least longer than I’d have thought. I’m so very grateful to the San Francisco Film Society and William Hearst III for their generosity, which will allow […]