Many film production grants offer funding for 16mm, 35mm, digital films (mostly in HD) both for professional and student filmmakers. Some provide enough budget to fund an entire production while others offer financial assistance to specific areas of production: pre-production, script development, principal photography, post-production, or marketing and distribution.
KODAK Scholarship Program
343 State St. Rochester, NY 14650; 800-621-3456
The KODAK Scholarship Program offers competitive grants to student filmmakers demonstrating superior filmmaking skills. It allows accredited colleges and universities offering a degree or diploma in film, film production and cinematography to nominate up to two students for the program each year. Participating countries include the United States, Canada and selected countries in Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. This scholarship grant helps students offset the expenses they incur in their student films. KODAK also offers the Educational Allowance Program which provides significant discounts to qualifying students when buying KODAK motion picture products.
Women in Film and Television-Florida Scholarship Grant
P.O. Box 533541, Orlando, FL 32853
The Women in Film and Television-Florida (WIFT-FL) encourages its members to pursue careers in filmmaking and excel in their chosen fields through the WIFT-FL Scholarship Grant. This competitive program aids grantees in finishing their film productions. Applicants must be active members of WIFT (at least six months prior to the scholarship application) and they must be full-time students in two- or four-year undergraduate or graduate film courses or any related field. They must also be enrolled in any accredited college or university in Florida to qualify.
San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants
39 Mesa Street, Suite 110 , The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129 ; 415-561-5000
The San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation (SFFS/KRF) Filmmaking Grants support Bay Area filmmakers with projects exploring any of the themes: human and civil rights, discrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues. Required films must have significant economic or professional impact on the filmmaking community of the Bay Area. These film grants for narrative feature films are given twice annually. Aside from cash grants, recipients also receive other comprehensive and dynamic filmmaker services programs from the SFFS.
Helpful readings for student, amateur, and aspiring filmmakers:
Motion Picture History: A Chronological Look
Tips in Using a Digital Camera for Documentary Filmmaking
3D Post Conversion: From Traditional 2D Filming to 3D Theatrical Release
Creative Producers: How Do They Affect the Quality of Films?
Movies and Filmmaking: Homage, Rip-off, or Coincidence?
How to Make Keychains Out of Old Film Prints
How to Use the JVC GR-SV3 Camcorder
Using Trademarks in Movies