What organizations are involved in administering this grant?
The Philadelphia Independent Media Fund is administered by Scribe Video Center. Evaluation of proposals and selection of grant recipients is made collectively by members of media arts organizations in the Philadelphia area who are involved in media making, educating and supporting local artists, as well as by individual members of the independent film and digital media community. Organizations who have participated in the selection committee include BlackStar Film Festival, Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Lightbox Film Center, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, PhillyCAM (Philadelphia Community Access Media), University of the Arts, WHYY, and Scribe.
Support for the Philadelphia Independent Media Fund is provided by the Wyncote Foundation and the Independence Public Media Foundation.
Who can apply?
A producer/director who is a current member of Scribe Video Center and whose primary residence is in Philadelphia or the surrounding region including residents of Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
All applicants must be at least 18 years old.
What projects are eligible for Funds?
Project must be in the research and development phase. Principal photography and production must not have taken place. Projects that have completed significant production are not eligible. We welcome time-based visual media works (including works for broadcast, screenings or gallery exhibition) and audio projects that are created for public audiences. Web-based art projects that have a clear strategy of reaching a broad public audience are also eligible. Projects should demonstrate solid access to the story, characters and locations necessary for production. Examples of pre-production costs include but are not limited to: travel in connection with filming or recording for research of story elements; writing, shooting and editing of a sample reel; grant writing consultants for fundraising; story development consultants; website construction lookbook; other activities prior to principal photography and production start. Planning Grants cannot be used for equipment purchases or supplies. Although these grants are not intended to complete the media project, you will be asked to describe in the grant application what will have been created with the Planning Grant funds? What is the deliverable? What will be the evidence that the Planning Grant work has been completed and will help move you forward with your project?
Next Level Grant
Project must be in the post-production phase. These works are shot and edited, but may need assistance in getting from a rough cut to a fine cut. Next Level Grants may allow an independent producer/director to hire a consultant to help a project move forward to a fine-cut. We welcome time-based visual media works (including works for broadcast, screenings or gallery exhibition) and audio projects that are created for public audiences. Web-based art projects that have a clear strategy of reaching a broad public audience are also eligible. Applications for Next Level Grants should describe how the project will be transformed as a result of the funding. What work will be accomplished?
Project must be in the post-production or distribution phase. Only projects that are close to completion or expect to be completed within twelve months of the award date are eligible for funding. We welcome digital video works (including works for broadcast, screenings or gallery exhibition) and audio projects.