Global Film Initiative calls for applications


In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from the developing world, The Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the Spring cycle of its feature-film Production & Distribution Grants programme.

Global Film Initiative Production & Distribution Grants are awarded twice a year, in Spring and Fall, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling, while contributing to the development of local film industries and offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world.

Monies received through The Initiative’s granting programme are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidise post-production costs (such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems).

This year, The Global Film Initiative will award Production & Distribution Grants of up to $10 000 each to select applicants during its Spring granting cycle. These funds are made available following the Initiative’s evaluation of an applicant’s completed screenplay and early film-footage, and may be accompanied by a pre-sale option for exclusive US distribution of an applicant’s film by The Global Film Initiative. Individuals may submit more than one film for consideration per granting cycle but please note that only applications from qualifying countries or regions will be considered and that Production & Distribution Grants are not available for documentary or short films.*

The Global Film Initiative strongly believes in supporting narrative storytelling traditions from around the world and invites all qualified applicants to submit their work for granting consideration. For Applications & Guidelines, please visit:

Application deadline: March 30, 2007

* The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: Latin America, The Caribbean, Africa, The Middle East, Asia (excluding Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

The Global Film Initiative is a US-based 501(c)3 organization specialising in the acquisition, distribution and support of independent film from the developing world. Founded in 2002 with the mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through the universal language of cinema, since its inception the Initiative has awarded numerous grants to deserving filmmakers from around the world, and presented outstanding films to US audiences through a 16- to 18-city touring film series entitled Global Lens. For more information about The Global Film Initiative’s programmes and the Global Lens film series, please visit


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