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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be eligible for this award, you’ll need to be a legal resident of the US over the age of 18 with a SSN or tax ID number. You also need to own 100% of the copyright for the project you are working on, have editorial control, and not be employed by a broadcaster or studio.
We’ll share submissions with a diverse panel of filmmakers, creatives, activists, and friends to ensure the judging process isn’t shaped through just one set of eyes.
The award money is unrestricted, so you can use it for any aspect of your filmmaking. We will not require any proof of expenditure - we trust you :)
We are hoping to get to know our local community of creatives working to capture and tell important stories of hope and change. We’re open to discussing further ways we can help you distribute your project, but don’t expect anything in return.
This 2021 grant is focused on our local Southern California community. We hope to expand the program to creatives in more communities in the future. Please contact us if you’re unsure at email@example.com.