Jerome Foundation: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The Jerome Foundation supports early career and emerging filmmakers.

IP TAKE: This funder limits its grantmaking to artists located in the state of Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York.

PROFILE: Established by Jerome Hill, the Jerome Foundation “[s]eeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development and production of new works by early career/emerging artists.” The foundation offers fellowships, film and video production grants and residencies of individual artists. Jerome also offers grants for arts organizations, as well as for, convenings, research and memberships.  

The foundation’s film and video grants are for up to $30,000 and supports production and post production costs on the “[c]reation of new narrative, documentary, experimental or animated works in film, video or digital formats.” This grant is not intended to cover any costs related to pre-production or post completion such as script writing and distribution, respectively.

Past grantees in the filmmaking space include Maria Juranic, who received support for her film Welcome to Disneyland and Flavio Elves, who received a grant for his feature-length narrative The Garden Left Behind.

The Jerome Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding in odd numbered years. Submissions are typically due in May.  The next grant round is expected to take place in 2019. Grantseekers should take note, however, that filmmakers must have released at least two works “[w]ith a combined significant length,” to qualify for a grant.

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