How to Present
Once you know which type of filmmaking grants you are going to apply for, it's time to pick a presentation format.
First, establish what type of grants you are likely to apply for. The two most common are the mid-career artist and the emerging artist grant.
The mid-career artist is usually an artist that has three years of experience and have several venues, such as a film festival or convention where their film has been shown. They sometimes go for filmmaker grants to further their projects if they need to hire extra crew.
The emerging artist is generally a beginner filmmaker who has about two years of experience and at least one professional film project out on the market. They may usually go for a film grant to begin their career and to establish more of a body of work. How you present in either category depends on the niche you are applying for. Let's take the comedy filmmaker example again. If you are applying as a mid-career artist and you must generally show your years of experience, you will generally provide: an example of three or more works that display your comedic writing, visual presentation of that writing and examples of what you plan to do with the grant. Usually a production plan with a timeline is required to show exact times when different parts of the project will be completed. This lets the grant decision makers know that you have thought every part of your project out.
The emerging artist will not be required to showcase the same amount as the mid-career artist. The application process would be the same with the exception of three works being submitted. The emerging artist will need at least one production completed and shown in a professional context. Each grant application, of course, has their own rules outside of this general outline and it must be read carefully before the final application is sent for ultimate success. Below are a few of grants that are available to filmmakers if you happen to be in United States or Canada. Good luck!
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