Cinereach's Fellowship Program gets a Boost from The Ford Foundation

Just out of film school, Philipp Engelhorn founded Cinereach (See Cinereach: Grants for Film) with the goal of helping independent and small filmmakers create socially conscious films. Through Cinereach, Engelhorn and has been coming to the financial aid of indie filmmakers since 2006. Since the beginning, Cinereach has offered grants to filmmakers that range from $5,000 to $50,000 and, to date, has granted over $5 million to that end.

Separate from its grants programs, Cinereach also offers the Reach Film Fellowship program. In past years, it has anointed four fellows per year, gifting them with a $5,000 grant as well as six months of mentoring and guidance. With a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation (See Ford Foundation: Grants for Film), Cinereach has been able to "reimagine" the Reach Film Fellowship. Information on the purpose, plan, or distribution of the grant money is difficult to come by and there is no word yet if Cinereach plans to increase its number of fellows, increase the total grant award to individual fellows, or expand the Fellowship program. All that's really known for sure is that the Fellowship continues.

If selected, filmmakers receive a grant toward the development, production, and post-production of their film while receiving the professional guidance as mentioned above, as well as film industry exposure. The foundation does not support the costs of distribution, web-based films, or films under 70 minutes long.

You can view Cinereach supported films at a number of different film festivals big and small, around the world. From London to New York and Maryland to Michigan, it's very likely that a Cinereach supported film is being shown at a film festival near you.