Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd floor
BAVC provides state-of-the-art technology to independent producers, technology professionals and students entering digital media and technology-related occupations. It supports independent producers and media artists through access to technology, grants and awards and fiscal sponsorship. Subsidized services include:
Their web site has classified ads, job postings and announcements about funding and festival deadlines.
Creative Capital Foundation
65 Bleecker Street, 7th floor
Creative Capital provides support for artists in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and emerging media fields. It provides grants, advisory services and professional development assistance along with multi-faceted financial aid and promotional support throughout the life of each Creative Capital project.
Their web site shares information about their grantees and grantmaking process, and offers a variety of resource links.
Film Arts Foundation (FAF)
346 Ninth Street, 2nd floor
FAF is the largest regional organization of independent producers in the country. It provides comprehensive training and education, low-cost equipment access, project funding, fiscal sponsorship, exhibition opportunities, and information and consultation resources to independent filmmakers. The FAF Grants Program encourages new and diverse works by film and video artists who have little likelihood of being supported through traditional funding sources.
It publishes Release Print on a monthly basis for its members. Their web site offers a variety of resources, including screenings and festival listings.
The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center's mission is to foster public understanding of the foundation field. It maintains an electronic database containing information on virtually every active grantmaking foundation in the U.S. It publishes books ranging from basic primers on fundraising to comprehensive reference works.
The Center operates five professionally staffed libraries located in New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Contact them for information on a participating library in your area.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
90 Park Avenue
The Guggenheim Foundation provides fellowships (for mid-career and established artists or for artists who have already demonstrated exception creative ability) in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2003 the Foundation awarded 184 United States and Canadian Fellows an average grant of $36,685; there were 3,282 applicants. In the same year they awarded 37 Latin American and Caribbean Fellows an average grant of $31,081; there were 737 applicants.
Their bilingual web site provides information about eligibility, application requirements and deadlines.
Independent Feature Project (IFP)
IFP is a membership organization that provides resources and information to filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. A wide range of programs including special screenings, workshops and seminars help members make connections and stay informed about creative and commercial aspects of the industry.
Their web site features news, articles, interviews, information resources and networking opportunities. Their monthly publication, Filmmaker, is available at newsstands as well as a membership benefit. An archive of educational and resource items makes up the "Filmmaker's Library."
IFP has six chapters located in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York and Seattle. The web site links to each regional chapter's programs and events.
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs made by independent producers primarily, but not exclusively, for public television. ITVS favors proposals that present a diverse range of subjects, viewpoints and forms that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. Their web site provides information about producing for ITVS, including funding applications, articles and tips.
The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science, and Technology
3530, Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Suite 402
The Foundation's mission is to further artistic and scientific knowledge by fostering the meeting of art and science in the field of technologies through five granting programs, for individual artists and organizations.
The Foundation operates a Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D). The CR+D documents the history, artworks and practices of electronic, digital media arts and makes this information available to researchers.
Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB)
6777 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 512
LPB supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television about Latino people or that addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. Programs are produced for distribution to pubic broadcasting stations and other public telecommunication entities. Independent producers are eligible to apply for grants for dramas, comedies, animation, documentaries and mixed genres. LPB will consider funding projects at any stage of production.
Their web site provides resources, funding calls, broadcasts, screenings and special events.
National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA)
145 Ninth Street, Suite 350
NAATA funds, produces, distributes and exhibits films, videos and new media that convey the richness and diversity of the Asian Pacific American experience to the broadest audience possible.
Their web site provides a calendar of events, filmmaker opportunities, and resources for families, communities and educational institutions.
National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC)
346 9th Street
NAMAC is a national association whose diverse member organizations are dedicated to encouraging film, video, audio and online/multimedia arts, and to promoting the cultural contributions of individual media artists. NAMAC provides services for the institutional development of the field in the areas of networking, research and development, and advocacy. Its regional and national members provide a wide range of support services including media education, production, exhibition, distribution, collection building, preservation, criticism and advocacy.
NAMAC's web site provides a member directory and information about and links to job openings, national events and funding.
Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT)
1800 North 33rd Street
NAPT encourages American Indians and Alaska Natives to create and use all forms of educational and public telecommunications programs and services, thereby supporting tribal sovereignty. It produces educational programs for all media including television and public radio; distributes and promotes these programs; and provides training opportunities in media production to American Indians and Alaska Natives. NAPT builds partnerships to develop and implement telecommunications projects with tribal nations, Indian organizations, and native communities
Their web site provides an on-line newsletter (The Vision Maker), links to tribal web sites and other related sites.
National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC)
NBPC supports makers of African-American film and video projects and funds every phase of the production process, including research and development, scripting, production, and post-production. It encourages the submission of projects that offer a realistic, historically accurate, diverse, and non-stereotypical portrayal of African Americans and the African diaspora.
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NYFA Source is the nation's most extensive free on-line service and database of awards, services and publications for artists of all disciplines and those who support them in any way. Managed by the New York Foundation for the Arts (see below), the databank includes more than 6,600 organizations and services and nearly 2,900 award programs.
Information can be accessed at www.nyfa.org. Assistance is also available toll-free at 800-232-2789, 1-5 PM EST, Monday through Friday, or by e-mail.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)
55 Sixth Ave, 14th floor
NYFA serves artists, the arts community, donors, and the broader public by supporting programs in five major areas: grants, services, information and research, public programs, and donor services. Granting programs include individual artist fellowships and artist/audience exchanges. Artists applying for Fellowships must be residents of New York State. Fiscal Sponsorship is offered for artists' projects and emerging organizations working in any discipline, including film and media arts, anywhere in the world.
Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)
1221 Kapi'olani Blvd. Suite 6A-4
PIC supports the development of national public broadcast programming by and about Pacific Islanders. It funds a variety of grants and awards for project development, production, post-production and acquisitions. It also provides media training to emerging makers, internships and mentoring on PIC-funded productions, scholarships to encourage Pacific Islanders to pursue the fields of media and/or communications, workshops on production-related topics, with a special focus on digital technology, and travel awards for producers to attend industry conferences and marketplaces.
PIC's web site provides a calendar of events, grant information and video distribution.
Roy W. Dean Film Grant
1455 Mandalay Beach Road
Administered by From the Teart Productions. One $50,000 grant will be awarded to a documentary filmmaker or independent studio to produce a film that "is unique and makes a contribution to society." Additional information is available on the organization's web site.