Chicago Digital Media Production Fund | Emerging, Youth, Social Impact

Chicago Digital Media Production Fund

Emerging Filmmakers, Youth, Social Impact

Chicago Digital Media Production Fund

The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a grant designed to support digital media artists whose works encourages social change. 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.

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, which is usually April.

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.

Since 2012, Chicago Filmmakers has (through the support of Voqal) awarded a total of $750,000 to 75 Chicago-area artists through the CDMPF. The only program of its kind in the area, the CDMPF provides critical funding, up to $20,000, for the production or completion of projects intended for online exhibition and distribution. Productions funded by CDMPF include award-winning web series, groundbreaking short documentaries, interactive media projects, and more.

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 eighth 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.

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