Firelight Announces Next Step Media Fund
$15,000 Competitive Grants for Producers' Lab Members
It is with great pleasure, that we announce the launching of the Firelight Next Step Media Fund. As we all know, funding continues to be one of the greatest challenges for emerging diverse filmmakers. Even when producers have great ideas and experienced mentors attached to their projects, lack of funds can stall or completely halt their progress. Often, producers just need a small grant to keep them moving towards the next stage and keep their projects alive. With a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Firelight is launching the Next Step Media Fund (NSMF) to respond to this crucial need.
The NSMF will provide up to $15,000 in production and post-production funding to 5-7 filmmakers in the Producers’ Lab to complete innovative documentary films that tell stories about people, places, and issues that are underrepresented in the mainstream media. Funded activities may include travel, shooting, editing, and other mid to finishing phase activities.
The goal of the NSMF is to help filmmakers advance their projects even in the absence of major funding. Grantees will be selected on the quality of the project AND their ability to demonstrate how a small grant from the NSMF will allow them to make progress and move their project to a significant next phase.
Please note: This fund is only open to filmmakers in the Producers' Lab.