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Chicago Digital Media Production Fund

Chicago Digital Media Production Fund

Chicago Digital Media Production Fund

Independent digital media and film makers based in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are invited to apply for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. Innovative media projects intended for online distribution by established, emerging, and young artists may qualify for cash grants of up to $20,000 toward the project's production and completion. Deadline April.

All genres will be accepted, but content must be aimed at advancing progressive social change and should be appropriate for youth (though not necessarily intended specifically for youth). An important stipulation of the grant is that all funded projects must be made available for free online by the completion deadline.

Short productions, interactive apps, and games are preferred, but features and other media will also be considered. Individual applicants must reside in Cook County and production and/or post-production must take place in Chicago. Individuals are also eligible to apply in partnership with a non-profit organization, as long as the organization is based in Cook County. Winning projects will be announced in late May.

Last year, Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers announced that in its fourth year of funding, the Production Fund had awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to eight Chicago-area digital media artists' projects in amounts ranging from $3,500 to $19,000. This year, the Production Fund will once again award $100,000 in grants up to $20,000 each for independent digital media projects that seek to advance progressive social change.

Open to Youth!
Don't forget that there is no minimum age requirement for applying. We are hoping to get some more great proposals from individual youth applicants and youth organizations.

Help Us Spread the Word!
Although the Production Fund is now in its fourth year of funding, we still need your help getting the word out to as many people as possible. YOU can help by sharing information on the Fund with film and other digital media makers you know via Facebook, Twitter, word-of-mouth, e-mail, newsletters, websites, etc. This is particularly helpful if you are a group or organization.

FAQ & Helpful Tips!
For complete guidelines and FAQs, visit Chicago Filmmakers' website. To submit a proposal, please visit the Production Fund Application Site. www.chicagofilmmakers.org

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