Ends on May 13, 2019

The Berkeley FILM Foundation (BFF) is pleased to announce the 2019 film and video grant program. Once you have read through the grant guidelines and find you are a qualified candidate, we invite you to submit an application from April 1 – May 13, 2019.

The mission of the BFF is to nurture, sustain and preserve the thriving local film community and provides grants for social, historical and innovative documentary, animation and short dramatic work(s).

Grant Description
The BFF fund will support Bay Area emerging and established independent filmmakers whose work combines intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium.

2019 Funding Guidelines
Berkeley FILM Foundation awards grants in the production, post-production and distribution stages. We do not fund pre-production film projects. Maximum grant request is $12,000. Applicants may submit one project for consideration per funding cycle. If you are a previous grant award winner, you may not reapply in consecutive years. In a non-consecutive year, if you are reapplying for the same project, it should be for funding in another category. (i.e. If you received production or post production funding, you may reapply for outreach and community engagement funding. For ITVS funded films, we can only accept applications for distribution. However, BFF will consider projects that have received an ITVS Diversity Development Grant.)

We are using a new submission process this year. You will be asked to upload a budget, resume and video link or file while completing the online application.

Eligibility:

  • Filmmaker must work or live in Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond or Oakland.
  • Must use a valid street address for application, no P.O. Boxes accepted.
  • Applicant must be the Director or Producer of the film. Organizations may NOT apply.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be residing or working in a qualified city for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
  • Be the primary creator of work submitted.
  • BFF will not consider a new film proposal from a former grant recipient until the prior funded film is completed.

Eligible Genre:

  • Short Form Animation (30 minutes or less)
  • Short Form Narratives (30 minutes or less)
  • Short Documentary (40 minutes or less)
  • Long Documentary (over 40 minutes)

Not Eligible:

  • Broadcast news journalism
  • Broadcast reality entertainment
  • Advertising Commercials
  • Industrial or Corporate Media
  • Animation over 30 minutes
  • Narratives over 30 minutes
  • Music Video

What We Do Not Fund:

  • We do not cover costs retroactively.
  • Media projects other than film or video.
  • Organizational projects for internal or promotional use.
  • General operating expenses of companies or organizations.
  • Student Projects.


For technical assistance, including troubles accessing your account or uploading files, please contact Submittable Support at support@submittable.com

For content assistance please contact the Berkeley Film Foundation at info@berkeleyfilmfoundation.org

The Berkeley FILM Foundation (BFF) is pleased to announce the 2019 film and video grant program. Once you have read through the grant guidelines and find you are a qualified candidate, we invite you to submit an application. 

The mission of the BFF is to nurture, sustain and preserve the thriving local film community and provide grants for social, historical and innovative documentary, animation and dramatic work(s). 

The BFF is seeking to encourage the next generation of filmmakers. We are pleased to sponsor a funding opportunity for student filmmakers currently enrolled in a full time film program. Individual grants will help underwrite production, post-production or distribution expenses. In addition to the online application, the applicant must submit a clip or trailer (up to 10 minutes), of the work for which the grant is sought. It can be uploaded, or linked to, when completing the online application. You will also be asked to upload a budget and resume.

The BFF will support independent student filmmakers whose work combines intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium. Berkeley FILM Foundation will award grants in the production, post-production and distribution stages. Applicants may submit one project for consideration per funding cycle, with a maximum request of $5,000.00.

Eligibility: 

  • Applicant must be over the age of 18.
  • Students must live in the cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond or Oakland. No P.O. Boxes accepted for address.
  • Must be currently enrolled in a full time film studies program in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Marin.
  • Be the primary creator of work submitted.
  • BFF will not consider a new film proposal from a former grant recipient until the prior funded film is completed.

Eligible Genre

  • Short Form Animation (30 minutes or less)
  • Short Form Narratives (30 minutes or less)
  • Short Documentary (40 minutes or less)
  • Long Documentary (over 40 minutes)

Not Eligible

  • Broadcast news journalism
  • Broadcast reality entertainment
  • Advertising Commercials
  • Industrial or Corporate Media

What We Do Not Fund

  • We do not cover costs retroactively.
  • Media projects other than film or video.
  • Organizational projects for internal or promotional use.
  • General operating expenses of companies or organizations.


Download the full Student Grant Guidelines if needed.

For technical assistance, including troubles accessing your account or uploading files, please contact Submittable Support at support@submittable.com

For content assistance please contact the Berkeley Film Foundation at info@berkeleyfilmfoundation.org

Berkeley Film Foundation