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LEF Moving Image Fund Grants

Grants to USA Artists in New England
States for Video and Film Projects

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LEF Foundation - Moving Image Fund (MIF)

Deadline Date:

06/04/21 11:59 PM (Midnight) Eastern

Description:

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Grants to New England artists in eligible states for video and film projects. Some applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support the work of individuals in the New England region to create independent documentary film and video productions. The main creative personnel of eligible documentary film and video projects must live in one of the six New England states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine.

The Moving Image Fund provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film’s completion. Grant funds may be used to support projects in pre-production, early development, production, and post-production phases. Both first-time filmmakers and more experienced filmmakers are encouraged to apply for LEF funding.

The goal of LEF New England is to fund the work of independent documentary film and video artists in the region, and to broaden recognition and support for their work, both locally and nationally. It also supports programs that highlight the rich history and ongoing legacy of innovation within New England’s independent film community.

LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program’s funding criteria.

Funding Criteria:

  • Quality of cinematic form and technique
  • Originality of filmmaker’s voice, vision, and point of view
  • Resonance and power of the film’s core idea or story
  • Feasibility of production

EligibilityProjects must be long format; running times of 40 minutes or more.

Appropriate Use of Funds:

  • Pre-Production Funding: Pre-production funds may be used for research, travel, location scouting, script or storyboard development, experimentation with shooting picture and sound, distribution planning, fundraising, creating a trailer, and schedule and budget development.
  • Early Development Funding: Early Development funds may be used for research, travel, location scouting, script or storyboard development, experimentation with shooting picture and sound,  distribution planning, fundraising, creating a trailer, and schedule and budget development.
  • Production Funding: Production funds may be used for shooting picture and sound, early stage editing, equipment costs, materials, travel, and staffing (creative, technical, or otherwise).
  • Post-Production Funding: Post-production funds may be used for editing costs, rights, online, sound mix, color correction, transfers, and distribution strategy.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177587

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$240,000

Number of Grants:

For pre-production, early development, and production phases: a maximum of 6 grants will be awarded in each phase; A maximum of 4 grants will be awarded to projects in the post-production phase.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to projects in the pre-production phase.
- Grants of $2,500 each will be awarded to projects in the early development phase.
- Grants of $15,000 each will be awarded to projects in the production phase.
- Grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to projects in the post-production phase.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

LEF grants are open to New England-based filmmakers seeking funding for feature non-fiction film projects. Primary creative personnel (director and/or producer) must reside in New England.

In order to be eligible for Post-Production support, the project for which you are applying must have received previous LEF support.

LEF will accept only one project submission from a New England-based director or core creative producer per round.

Limitations:
- Students enrolled in degree-granting programs may not apply.
- Multi-channel or installation work will not be considered.
- LEF no longer requires you to have a confirmed fiscal sponsor at the time that you submit a letter of inquiry or application. However, if you are awarded a grant, you must have a confirmed 501c3 fiscal sponsor in place in order to receive any grant funding. (Find more details about locating a fiscal sponsor on the FAQ page, and reach out if you have other questions.)
- For prior grantees, a final report on previous LEF grant funding is required. Previous LEF grantees, please see this link for important eligibility information: https://lef-foundation.org/MovingImageFund/ForMIFGrantees/tabid/176/Default.aspx
- LEF does not fund retroactively – any expenses LEF funds cover must be anticipated and not already incurred.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Moving Image Fund Deadlines:
- The next Production & Post-production LEF Moving Image Fund deadline is Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm (midnight) Eastern. The submission forms open in November 2020.
- The next Early Development & Pre-Production LEF Moving Image Fund deadline is Friday, June 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm (midnight) Eastern. The submission forms open in April 2021.

At the Early Development and Pre-production stages, full applications are accepted through an online submission form for a June deadline each year. Filmmakers are notified by e-mail of funding decisions in July.

At the Production and Post-production stages, letters of inquiry (LOIs) are accepted through an online form for a January deadline each year. Please note that Post-production LOIs are only accepted for projects that have received prior LEF funding. Filmmakers are notified by e-mail of LOI decisions in March. At that time, the projects that most align with LEF’s funding criteria are invited to submit a full application.

If invited to submit a full application in March, applicants will be required to re-submit all of the elements included at the LOI stage with any updates, including responses to some additional questions, and a full line-item budget. Filmmakers are notified by e-mail of funding decisions in May.

All online submission forms ask for a written proposal adapted from the Documentary Core Application (see Supporting Documents below), in addition to project budget information and a film/video work sample.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the LEF New England Moving Image Fund guidelines and frequently asked questions before applying.

All prospective applicants are encouraged to take the opportunity to contact LEF New England staff early on by phone, email, or messenger (http://m.me/lefnewengland) to ask any questions about the application process and to determine whether your project is eligible and a good fit for LEF's funding priorities. LEF is a small team and does its best to respond to all inquiries quickly, but if you are reaching out during the final two weeks before a grant deadline, e-mail is preferred.

LEF accepts Moving Image Fund LOIs and applications through an online submission form hosted by Submittable.

There is not a limit as to how many times you may apply.

- Deadlines: https://lef-foundation.org/MovingImageFund/Deadlines/tabid/165/Default.aspx
- Information about Moving Image Fund: https://www.lef-foundation.org/DefaultPermissions/NewEngland/tabid/160/Default.aspx
- Guidelines: https://www.lef-foundation.org/MovingImageFund/Guidelines/tabid/162/Default.aspx
- How to Apply: https://www.lef-foundation.org/MovingImageFund/HowtoApply/tabid/244/Default.aspx
- Frequently Asked Questions: https://lef-foundation.org/NewEngland/MIFFAQs/tabid/164/Default.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply, see: https://lef-foundation.submittable.com/submit

LEF Moving Image Fund
PO Box 382066
Cambridge, MA 02238-2066
T: 617.492.5333

Lyda Kuth, Executive Director

For questions, please contact Gen Carmel, Program Officer: gen@lef-foundation.org

Grant Coverage Areas:

New England

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont

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