OJAI FILM SOCIETY’S YOUNG FILMMAKER’S GRANT
P R E S S R E L E A S E
In order to encourage and support young filmmakers in the Ojai Valley, the Ojai Film Society has funded (in conjunction with a generous private donation) the Young Filmmaker’s Grant. The program provides $10,000 for a young filmmaker (or team of filmmakers) to make a professional-quality short film (25 minutes or fewer). Additionally, a team of filmmaking professionals in a variety of disciplines (screenwriting, directing, producing, editing, casting, costume design, etc.) will mentor the filmmaker(s) chosen, to help shepherd the project to completion.
The Film Society is now ready to accept submissions from those interested in receiving the grant and participating in the program. They must meet and agree to the following criteria:
- the filmmaker(s) must be 26 years old or younger;
- the filmmaker(s) must have some significant connection to the Ojai Valley community (e.g., an affiliation or former affiliation with an Ojai school; residency or former residency in the Ojai Valley);
- the proposed short film must be a live-action narrative film (i.e., not animated or a documentary);
- production will be limited to area locations, preferably in Ojai;
- if the filmmaker is enrolled in a professional film school, the film to be made cannot be a curriculum requirement;
- the production budget will be capped at $10,000, i.e., the filmmaker cannot raise outside monies to complete the project (a goal of the program is to teach the filmmaker(s) how to stay within a budget);
- the filmmaker will own the finished movie and all its inherent rights, but the OFS will receive on-screen credit.
To apply for consideration, the applicant must “pitch” the Film Society the movie they would propose to make, by providing materials that demonstrate what they have in mind (a script, an outline, a storyboard, etc.), as well as any supporting materials that demonstrate their current level of expertise and experience in filmmaking (e.g., a reel or a previously-produced film). The deadline for submitting these materials is January 15, 2018.
After that deadline, the Film Society will select up to 3 semifinalists for consideration and meet individually with them to dig deeper into their vision for the film they wish to make. Once a filmmaker is chosen for the grant, the mentorship program will begin, as the project is developed for production through the spring of 2018, with the goal of producing and post-producing the film in the summer of 2018.
Those interested may submit the requisite materials either via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to the Film Society (P.O. Box 545, Ojai CA 93024).