Monday, July 25, 2022

Indie Filmmaker Finance: Cinereach Film Grants

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Where does an indie filmmaker finance their feature films? How does an indie filmmaker find financial partners? As part of our indie filmmaker initiative, we’ll be sharing film grants and resources to help indie filmmakers get their movies seen.

According to the Cinereach website, each year Cinereach awards 20-30 grants—comprising over $1 million—to new and existing grantees. Grants amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 can be awarded to support any stage of a film’s progression, from development to completion. Throughout its engagement with grantees, Cinereach may also offer additional resources to increase the films’ momentum.

How does Cinereach help the indie filmmaker?

Cinereach develops, produces, and finances several projects each year. They also co-finance and co-produce with other production companies, co-financiers and investors using traditional film financing structures. Recent productions and co-productions include the narrative feature films We the Animals, Sorry to Bother You, and Beach Rats.

What kind of indie filmmaker is Cinereach looking for?

Cinereach develops, produces, finances, and supports feature-length fiction, nonfiction and hybrid films crafted for the big screen. They look for projects (at any stage) that create deep and lasting impressions through story, character, or cinematic approach. They seek to work with both unknown and established filmmakers who may face creative, financial or systemic obstacles to realizing ambitious visions. Our films range widely in content and style. Please visit the Cinereach Films page to review recent work.

How To Submit

The Cinereach staff casts a wide net in our search for stories, talent, projects and partners. Cinereach staff members attend events and film festivals in the US and abroad.

They also accept project submissions on a rolling basis through our online portal.

Projects eligible for consideration must be feature-length (over 60 minutes), and intended for theatrical exhibition.

Cinereach does not currently consider short films (under 60 minutes), serialized or episodic work, web series, virtual or augmented reality, or other immersive/interactive work.

Submit your project


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