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When is the application deadline?
The deadline for 2022 grants is August 15, 2022.
I work with a co-director, collaborator, or collective. Can we apply together?
Yes, TVF welcomes applications from filmmaking teams. In this case, you should only designate 1 single individual to apply on behalf of your team and then include all relevant members of the team and their background/roles in the video essay.
Is there any application fee to apply?
No, there is no application fee and all applications are entirely free. However, as a 501c3 nonprofit, every donation counts. If you’re able, please consider making a small donation (click here) to support TVF’s initiatives (not required but truly appreciated). Note: All grant applications receive equal consideration irrespective of donations submitted.
Is the video essay really required? Can I submit footage or a completed film instead?
The video essay is required of all applicants and is not optional. It is one of the most important pieces of the application and is an opportunity for you to communicate directly with the selection committee. Separate footage or completed works may be included in the portfolio but may not replace the video essay.
Any advice or tips for producing the video essay?
The video essay is a key element of the selection process and should showcase the best of your creative and technical abilities. We advise all applicants to produce a new video essay specifically for the TVF grant application and to address TVF directly. Please do not simply submit a link to a general trailer or promo video for your project. Additionally, please ensure that you give yourself enough time to produce a video that demonstrates what you are truly capable of. Do your best to let your personality shine through and to communicate why your story needs to be told. Previous successfully-funded projects have communicated a strong understanding of TVF’s core values and what makes their project special.
I missed the grant application deadline, can I still apply?
Applicants who are unable to submit their grant application and supporting materials by a particular deadline are encouraged to apply during the next application cycle.
If my project receives funding, how will I document my project’s progress?
As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, accountability and documentation are core elements of our operations. All grant recipients are required to submit regularly-scheduled progress reports and other items. However, we are careful to ensure that all documentation is scaled to the relevant level of funding provided and that all required items can be easily completed. All grant recipients are provided more detailed information upon receiving their award offer.