Apply today for the 2021 Synchronous Pictures Diverse Filmmaker Fund (SDFF). Open to creatives documenting and telling stories in the Southern California region. 

A diverse and vibrant filmmaking community, in front of and especially behind the camera, is more critical than ever. The film & tv we consume reflects and shapes our culture, and should authentically represent, include, and value stories from all walks of life - especially those who have been historically marginalized and underrepresented. 

Synchronous Pictures hopes to uplift and support underrepresented voices in the Southern California area by launching our 2021 Diverse Filmmaker Fund

There will be one $2,000 award given to a local creative documenting and telling stories from their community. Funds are unrestricted and can be used towards any aspect of filmmaking (gear, music licenses, paying yourself, coffee for all-night edits, etc.). 

The application will be open through November 12, 2021. 

The winning creative will be announced on our Instagram on December 10, 2021*. 

To ensure the selection process isn’t driven by any one perspective, we’ll be reaching out to a diverse group of collaborators, peers, and friends in the creative and activist community to help us select a recipient.  

We recognize this grant is just a small effort towards a more diverse filmmaking community, and certainly isn’t perfect. But we want to take a step towards learning, listening, and meeting more creatives by investing in and elevating stories different from our own. 

For any questions, please contact grants@synchronous.tv.


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Candice Dickens-Russell
Director, Social & Environmental Justice, DoGoodery
Michael Alvarado
Brand Director / Producer / AD
James Parker
Film Director & Founder,
Synchronous Pictures
Clarissa Abundis
Production Coordinator Intern, Synchronous Pictures
Daniel Benitez
Film Composer
*Selected recipient(s) will also be notified via email and/or phone. Synchronous Pictures reserves the right to change or modify
any of the terms and conditions contained above or any policy or guideline of this award program, at any time and in our sole discretion.