Can We Help Fund Your Great Project?

I wouldn't have been so excited to become the Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society if it didn't have the support from Kenneth Rainin Foundation.

The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants support feature narrative films that through plot, character, theme or setting explore human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time. This is NOT a documentary grant.

This bold, unprecedented initiative helps realize the Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s visionary goals at the same time as it consolidates the Film Society’s position as a national leader in support of cinematic work that celebrates humanity in all its variety and vitality. “The Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s mission is to fund inspiring, world-changing work,” said Jennifer Rainin, KRF founder and president. “We are thrilled to partner with the San Francisco Film Society to harness the power and influence of film for positive social change and to support the vibrant Bay Area film community.”

The grants, which run 2009–13, is awarded in the spring and fall of each year.  It is more than just a cash grant (more than just money!).  Read about the grants here.  And read about the Kenneth Rainin Foundation here.


Film Independent is now accepting submissions for the Wildfire Post-Production Sound Grant, a complimentary Sound Mix provided by Wildfire Post-Production Studios on a feature film project selected by Film Independent Artist Development.

To be eligible, applicants must be either Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival or Spirit Awards nominees/winners. Film Independent will award this grant on or before November 1, 2012.

Sound Package includes:

  • 4 Weeks Supervising Sound Editorial
  • 8 Hours ADR Recording
  • 2 Days Foley Recording
  • 45 Hours Final Mix
  • 9 Hours Final Mix Playback and Fixes
  • 9 Hours Printmaster
  • Sound Deliverables provided on Firewire Drive

Value of services: $40,000. Fulfillment of services is to be scheduled anytime before March 31, 2013, with the exception of the month of January 2013.


  • Applicants must be the director or producer of a feature – narrative or documentary – that is in the rough cut stage.
  • Applicants must be either (a) alumni of Film Independent’s Artist Development programs; (b) alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival; (c) a past Spirit Award Nominee or Winner; or (d) solicited by Film Independent.
  • All submitted films must be feature length.
  • Applicants must be current Film Independent members.

How to Apply – Applications open September 12, 2012

To be considered for the Wildfire Post Production Sound Grant, qualifying filmmakers must apply on the Film Independent website. Applicants must complete the online application form, which includes:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the award
  • Detailed written plan outlining the filmmaker’s post-production process and timeline
  • Budget and detailed outline of funds raised to date
  • Project status and history, including any awards the script has won, talent development programs the project has been developed in, etc.
  • Logline and synopsis
  • Bios of key cast and crew attached
  • Rough cut or final cut of the film on DVD or via URL
  • $35 application fee

Application deadline: October 1, 2012

DVD of the film (rough cut or final cut) must be received by October 8, 2012

Selection Criteria

Film Independent employs the following guidelines in making its selections:

  • Overall quality of the film
  • Strength of post production plan
  • Uniqueness of vision
  • Original, provocative subject matter
  • Well-conceived plan for how to use the award

Overseeing the Award

Film Independent staff will select the winner of the award, oversee the administration of the award to the winning filmmaker and will monitor the services rendered.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jennifer Kushner, Director of Artist Development:


2013 Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant

Established in 2005 to support the development of screenplays with science or technology themes, Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provides two different opportunities for screenwriters through a Commissioning Grant or a Fellowship. Both provide a cash award to support further development of a screenplay and to retain science advisors, along with overall creative and strategic feedback throughout development. Only one of each is awarded per year.

Through this commissioning grant we are able to support filmmakers with a wider range of experience than in our Screenwriting and Directing Labs, including writers and directors who have made several features as well as those at an earlier stage in their careers.  For this grant, we are seeking a science or technology related narrative, English-language project that is in early draft stage or full treatment.

Grant & Support
The Commissioning Grant recipient will receive the following:

  • A cash grant of up to $20,000 to provide support during the writing period
  • A stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor and research
  • Creative support during the writing process from a Creative Advisor
  • The possibility of a Fellowship to a Lab
  • Creative and strategic support from the Feature Film Program staff
The Fellowship recipient will receive the following:
  • Attendance as a Fellow at a Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Creative Producing Lab, Creative Producing Summit, or Sundance Film Festival
  • A stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor
  • A cash grant of up to $10,000 to provide support during the development of the project
  • Creative and strategic support from the Feature Film Program staff
Projects must have science or technology as a major theme or scientists as major characters.  We cannot consider science fiction or projects that stray too far from a base of scientific reality.  We also cannot consider projects that are already being developed within the studio system (including the mini-majors); it is fine, of course, if they are later made at the studios.
The deadline for applications for the Sloan Commissioning Grant is September 7, 2012.  Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you feel might fit the criteria and benefit from this grant.  The online application and further information can be found at:
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