Cinereach: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: Cinereach operates at the helm of independent filmmaking. It offers a range of opportunities for adventurous and visionary filmmakers. 

IP TAKE: The foundation is known for its adaptive development, financing, production, distribution, and other engagement models. It may get involved with a project at any stage in the production process, from development through post-production, and may support multiple stages of an individual project as it progresses. 

PROFILE: Established in 2006, Cinereach was created and is led by a savvy group of philanthropists, entrepreneurs, and filmmakers with the goal of supporting fiction and nonfiction films and championing "vital stories, artfully told." The foundation ultimately seeks to expand the "creative potential of the films [with which it works] by offering adaptive development, financing, production and other models of support that align with the unique vision of each supported filmmaker."

Cinereach is an innovative, philanthropic film organization above all. It engages several projects each year through its grantmaking, as well as developing, producing, and financing new work through other models, and striving for a more sustainable film industry through its fellowship program, producers initiative, and special initiatives and partnerships with other organizations and entities. Fellowship recipients have included Young Jean Lee, Barry Jenkins, and Terence Nance among others. 

Two Cinereach original productions recently premiered: Steve Loveridge’s MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. (World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award, Sundance 2018) and Jeremiah Zagar’s We the Animals (NEXT Innovator Award, Sundance 2018). Previous original productions include Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats, Matt Wolf’s Teenage and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild. Cinereach co-productions include Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You and Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory.

Cinereach grants range from about $5,000 – $50,000; the foundation generally offers 20-30 grants per year. Past supported work includes The Florida ProjectStrong IslandLast Men in Aleppo, The Fits, I Am Not Your NegroCutie and the Boxer, and Citizenfour. Cinereach has also collaborated with several organizations, such as the Sundance Institute, Court 13 Arts in New Orleans, and Miami’s Borscht Corp. 

Prospective applicants can learn more at and on the foundation's FAQs


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