Before you fill out your next filmmaking grant application, take a look at these tips and insights into what reviewers are looking for.Cover image by FrameStockFootages.Having recently covered the SXSW film festival in-depth for PremiumBeat, I discovered a very unsurprising trend when speaking to filmmakers about their budgets. The majority of films in competition received some sort of filmmaking grant support — either in hard cash or in-kind donations of camera gear, filmstock, or other resources.After attending a workshop hosted by the Austin Film Society for their statewide filmmaking grants, I gathered the following insights that should help filmmakers improve their chances of winning grant funding.Grants are Meant to Help Up-and-Coming FilmmakersImage by guruXOX.Perhaps the biggest point is the grant reviewers’ earnestness (in this case, as a state-sponsored non-profit) in supporting unknown and up-and-coming filmmakers. They’re not there to be gatekeepers; rather, they’re supporters — they just have their own sets of rules to follow, and the applications help ensure they realize their investments.Application Comes from Principal FilmmakerImage by Kevin Pedersen.While you can and should obviously solicit as much help as possible on your grant applications, at the end of the day, the reviewers want to see that your application comes from the principal filmmaker — usually the person who is most responsible for guiding the project from start to finish. This is often the director. Authenticity trumps presentability in this case (but shoot for both).Applications Change Hands OftenImage by Dragon Images.This was an interesting insight, and other grant review processes may differ slightly, but for the AFS process, every application gets reviewed by at least two people (and a third to confirm if the first two give low marks). After initial reviews, a pool of candidates go before a panel of experts where merits get argued and final grant decisions get made.Guarantee CompletionImage by guruXOX.As I mentioned above, grant reviewers want to find talented filmmakers to support; however, their biggest concern is that their money will be as useful as possible. Their biggest fear is that they’ll grant money to a project that doesn’t come to fruition — which, in turn, would mean that money gets wasted when it could have helped another filmmaker achieve his or her dream. With that in mind, at every turn of your application, your goal is to prove a 100% guarantee of completing your project.As such, after reviewing many past grant recipients, it’s clear that grants very often go to projects looking for specific funds for post-production and other elements on the tail end of the production cycle. Why? Simply because there’s more confidence that the money is going to projects that are more likely to see completion and succeed.Don’t Lowball YourselfImage by GaudiLab.This was also an interesting realization — grant reviewers are not looking for bargains. If you have an ambitious project and lowball yourself and your crew, that might appear to reviewers like a recipe for disaster. Instead, they look for proposed scope, budgets, and timelines that may be ambitious but, at the end of the day, look feasible.Control the Viewing ExperienceImage by Rohatynchuk Mykola.Many grant applications will allow you to share either clips of a project (if you’re already in production) or relevant sample clips from past or similar works. As these applications may quickly change hands many times, it’s important to “control the viewing experience” of these clips. Reviewers might view your clips without reading your entire application, so if you’re showing concept art or clips without color grading, put explanatory notes on the screen.(Bonus tip: if you, as the director, don’t have many samples to share but, say, your DP has a great reel, then share that and explain the relevance).Show How The Grant Will HelpImage by PORTRAIT IMAGES ASIA BY NONWARIT.It’s important that you outline exactly how the requested funds will help your production. If you’re working on a $100,000 project, it might be a stretch to explain how a $5,000 grant would help — especially if you can’t show where the rest of your funds would come from. Knowing an exact number, where that money (or in-kind resource) will go, and how that will help your overall production is key.Include Letters of Support if you CanSimilar to applying for a job, having references or letters of support is a great way to demonstrate accountability, subject knowledge, and your ability to finish projects. Look to mentors, college professors, or clients who know your skills and character and are willing to write short-but-specific letters of support.Read Guidelines, FAQs, and Supporting MaterialsFinally, the most important of them all — Read. Every. Thing. Read the guidelines, read the FAQs, read any available supporting materials. There may be samples and past winners’ submissions available to review — read those. Read the mission statements and about sections of the website. There’s no excuse for missing information by not thoroughly reviewing what is available.Get FeedbackIn the case of the AFS grants, and for many others, there is often an opportunity to have your application reviewed before applying, as well as after grants have been announced (if yours is not chosen). This could honestly be your most valuable resource, as you’ll get genuine feedback on which sections are strong and which need improvement.For more tips about filmmaking grants and production, check out some of these resources:How to Write a Documentary TreatmentFund Your Project with the IDA’s Massive List of GrantsFree Money: 5 Cash Grants for FilmmakersHow To Raise Money For Your Indie FilmThe Comprehensive Guide to Pitching Documentary Projects
4 November 2003The department of trade and industry (DTI), with funding from the World Bank, has established the Black Business Supplier Development Programme, aimed at fast-tracking small and medium black-owned enterprises with potential for growth into the mainstream of the economy.The programme aims to help black-owned enterprises develop their core competencies, upgrade their managerial capabilities and become more competitive through restructuring.The programme is an 80:20 percent cost-sharing cash grant incentive scheme that provides qualifying companies with access to business development services. It will fund businesses by up to 80 percent of their costs, to a maximum of R100 000.The programme will also foster links between black-owned companies and corporate and public sector enterprises, to complement affirmative procurement and outsourcing initiatives in these areas.Recipient companies will also benefit from the scheme by building their capacity to enable them to successfully compete for corporate and public sector tenders and outsourcing opportunities.All fees related to business development services, including travel and subsistence costs, will qualify for cost-sharing assistance in terms of the scheme. Costs for acquiring printed materials and software for implementing projects will also be covered, provided these do not exceed 50% of the total cost of the project.Companies will also select service providers of their own choice, subject to obtaining at least three competitive bids during the selection process.These incentives are targeted at projects that aim to improve the effectiveness of management systems of an enterprise, and to help the company enter into targeted markets.To qualify, a company must have a minimum trading history of one year, and also:Be majority black-owned (51% or more) and have a significant representation of black managers on its management team.Have maximum annual turnover not exceeding R12-million.Comply with commercial regulatory requirements applicable to its areas of business, including being registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office and the SA Revenue Service.Application forms can be downloaded from the DTI website.For more information, contact the DTI customer centre at 0861 843 384.Source: Department of Trade and Industry
Tags:#Apple#music#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Paul McCartney’s whooping encouragement, Lennon’s calm breaths and Harrison’s pensive plucking – if you’re a Fab Four fan, you already know that tomorrow marks the official launch of the Beatle’s remastered catalogue. But to further fan the flames of excitement, Yoko Ono spilled the beans that the discography will also finally appear in the iTunes store. According to 9 to 5 Mac, Ono told Sky News that the entire Beatles back catalogue will be available for download in conjunction with tomorrow’s Apple event. While the post has since been removed, Twitter has been a aflutter with rumors. The long awaited event will also happen with the release of The Beatles: Rockband. While diehard fans have been anticipating tomorow’s digitally remastered Beatles catalogue since April, the iTunes rumor comes as a surprise. The Beatles catalogue has been mired in legal issues and label negotiations have always kept the catalogue off of web services like iTunes and Amazon. In an interview with the Guardian, George Harrison’s son Dhani even suggested that rights owners create their own Beatles-specific independent music store to sell the remastered versions. If Yoko is right about the catalogue making it to iTunes, it will be interesting to see the pricing negotiated on this epic release. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… dana oshiro 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout
Last week I wrote about sunspaces and how they can be used to deliver passive solar heat to our homes. Another option for passive solar heating is the Trombe wall, or thermal storage wall.While the sunspace is an “isolated-gain” solar system, a Trombe wall is an “indirect-gain” system. Here’s how it works: On the south side of a house you have a high-mass concrete or masonry wall whose exterior surface is painted a dark color. A layer of glass (or some other type of clear or translucent glazing) is held away from the wall surface by a few inches or more. Sunlight shines through the glazing and is absorbed by the dark wall, which heats up. The solar heat conducts into the wall where it is stored, and it gradually moves through the wall to the inner surface, where it radiates its warmth to the room.A short history of Trombe wallsThe Trombe wall is named after a French engineer Félix Trombe, who popularized this heating system in the early 1960s. The idea actually goes back a lot further. A thermal-mass wall was patented in 1881 by Edward Morse. In the U.S., interest in Trombe walls emerged in the 1970s, aided by researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.I was fortunate enough to be working in Santa Fe in the late 70s, for the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, and I became particularly interested in Trombe walls. In fact, my first article in a national magazine was on Trombe wall retrofits — in Solar Age magazine in 1979. I also wrote the obscure Thermal Storage Wall Design Manual in 1979 (see photo), which gained some prominence among the small cadre of passive solar designers around that time.Trombe walls are particularly well-suited to sunny climates that have high diurnal (day-night) temperature swings, such as the mountain-west. They don’t work as well in cloudy climates or where there isn’t a large diurnal temperature swing. In New Mexico, where homes have been built out of adobe (dried mud) bricks for hundreds of years, even an unglazed south wall will deliver some heat into the house — if you add a frame and layer of glazing on the outside of the wall the performance improves dramatically.We are used to insulating walls, but with Trombe walls there is no insulation. The system works with a material that is both very heavy (high heat capacity) and fairly conductive (low R-value per inch). The trick is to choose the right material and size the wall thickness so that the solar heat makes it through to the inner surface by nighttime. If it’s too thick, it won’t be as effective at delivering solar heat, and if it’s too thin it will result in too much heat loss at night.Tweaking a Trombe wallAn overhang is typically built that extends out over the Trombe wall above it. This will shade the wall from direct sun during the summer (when the sun is high overhead), but allow full solar exposure in the winter (when the sun is lower in the sky).Top and bottom vents can be installed through the masonry wall to deliver more heat into the house during the daytime hours. Warm air in the space between the glazing and wall surface rises and enters the room, being replaced by air from the house entering through the lower vents in a convective loop. These vents should be closed at night so that the air circulation doesn’t reverse, with air next to the glazing cooling off and pulling in warm air from the room through the upper vents and delivering chilled air to the room through lower vents.Vents through the glazing can also be installed and seasonally opened and closed. In the summer months — when you don’t want the Trombe wall delivering heat into the house — these vents are left open. Screens on the vents keep out insects and other unwanted visitors.Like other passive solar heating systems, Trombe walls don’t require fans or pumps. Part of the house itself is turned into the solar heating system.In addition to this Energy Solutions blog, Alex contributes to the weekly blog BuildingGreen’s Product of the Week, which profiles an interesting new green building product each week.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News, which is now in its 20th year. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.