2019 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant – Applications Open December 17, 2018
The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant funds first-time documentary directors for travel and accommodations to attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 4-7, 2019. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, discussions, and mentorship by experienced filmmakers. Recipients will also present short excerpts from their works-in-progress at the festival. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its thirteenth year.
The deadline to apply is Friday, February 1, 2019. Applications must be RECEIVED before 11pm PST. Applicants will be notified by email no later than Wednesday, March 6.
Applicants must be American, first-time filmmakers, living in the United States, who are 18 or older. By “first-time filmmakers,” we mean directors who are in the early stage of their documentary careers and have not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival or broadcast play). All applicants should anticipate finishing their first project by March 2020. Filmmakers still qualify as “first-time” if they’ve made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crewmember on other films, or recently completed a documentary that has not yet been released. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.
Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant / APPLICANT NAME(S).” Please send application letter as a Word Document attachment. Do not send application materials in the body of an email. The application should be no more than two pages and must include the following components:
1) Contact details: Name, Address, Phone, Email
2) Project summary: Describe the documentary you’re working on. It doesn’t matter whether the film is a short or a feature, though judging tends to favor more ambitious projects. Describe the characters, structure, visual approach, and what stage you’re at.
3) Director’s statement: Describe how you came to filmmaking and how you’ve trained as a filmmaker. It doesn’t matter whether you went to film school or are self-taught. Describe what you want audiences to take from your film.
4) Work sample: Applicants must submit a screening link of a 5 to 10 minute sample of a work-in-progress or a past work. You may send a longer work sample, but judges may only review the opening minutes. Please include the link and password, if necessary, at the end of the two-page letter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the grant open to international filmmakers currently residing in the United States with an Artist’s Visa?
A: No, the grant is only open to American first-time filmmakers who are living in the United States.
Q: If the director of the project is not eligible for the grant, but the producer is, can we still apply?
A: No, the grant is intended for first-time, American directors. The application must come from the film’s director.
Q: I submitted my film for Full Frame 2019. If my film is selected, would I still be eligible for the grant?
A: The grant is not intended for filmmakers who are screening completed new works at Full Frame 2019. If a first-time director submitted their film for consideration to both the festival and the grant, and the finished film is accepted to screen at Full Frame, the filmmaker will not be eligible to receive the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant.
Q: If the project has more than one first-time director, should each filmmaker submit a separate application?
A: All filmmakers must meet the eligibility, and one application should be submitted per project, not per director.
Q: If I have more than one project, can I apply with multiple films?
A: We encourage filmmakers to only apply with one project. If you are working on multiple films, apply with the one you feel strongest about.
Q: Can I submit a teaser or a trailer instead of a 5 to 10 minute sample?
A: The work sample should be the best representation of the project. If you believe a trailer or even an excerpt from previous work is a stronger example of your current film, we will accept a sample less than five minutes. The decision is ultimately up to the applicant.
Q: I’ve already applied to the grant, but have a new screener I think is a better example of my work. Do you accept replacement screeners?
A: Due to the large number of applications, Full Frame will not accept updated screeners.
Q: Can Full Frame offer me feedback on why my application was not chosen?
A: Full Frame is not in a position to provide individualized feedback to filmmakers.
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