Short Film Fund

 

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2019 FUND WILL OPEN IN MARCH. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE 2018 SHORT FILM FUND RECIPIENTS.

 

 

As part of MiTribe’s efforts to support other local filmmakers, we are proud to offer our yearly Short Film Fund. Each year we offer a $2000 grant to a team of Vancouver filmmakers. We select one short film script a year from any genre to fund and co-produce in collaboration with the filmmakers. We support the filmmakers through the production process to complete a short film which is then THEIRS to distribute as they please, be it through film festivals or online. We only require 2 things from the end product:

  1. That MiTribe be credited in the film as a co-producer.
  2. That some material from the film (even if it’s just a trailer) is screened at MiTribe’s annual party in early November.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

To submit a short film concept please email us, at mitribe@mitribemedia.com, a 300 – 500 word written pitch, and/or a 1 – 3 minute video pitch (private vimeo link is preferred) and/or a draft of the script (one of these things, or all three). We will review all short film submissions and will be evaluating them based on

  1. The strength of their concept.
  2. Our belief in their ability to execute on a $2000 budget.

After reviewing all short film submissions we will select 10 teams of filmmakers for a face-to-face interview with our panel.  If a draft of the script has not yet been submitted, this draft will be due 2 days before the interview, along with resumes and demo reels (if applicable) from everyone on the filmmaker’s core creative team. The panel will be asking questions about production, story, timeline for shooting and how the filmmakers plan to distribute this film. 

 

TERMS OF CO-PRODUCTION

WHAT WE WILL DO

We will fund the film project up to $2000. If production/post-production goes over $2000 the filmmakers will be responsible for coming up with the remaining funds themselves.

We will fund the film with money upfront (not through reimbursement).

We will fund film costs as they come up (we will not pay filmmakers in a lump sum).

We will provide assistance as needed in the following areas; filling crew positions, locations, equipment, casting, catering, story/script editing, post-production services and film festival submissions.

WHAT WE WILL NOT DO

We will not direct the project. Any film submitted must either have a director already attached, or be open to having us help find a director.

We will not change the story or concept. Although we are happy to offer story and script EDITING suggestions if needed, we will not change the core concept of the script and any edits will be done in close collaboration with the creators. This is their project which MiTribe is happy to support.

 

TIMELINE AGREEMENT

After we have selected a short film script to fund and co-produce this year, a specific timeline agreement will be drawn up with the filmmakers. This timeline will vary depending on the needs of the film. The timeline will cover things such as dates for casting sessions, location scouting, shoot dates, post-production, release dates etc. Below is a general timeline that applies to all short film applicants.

 

March 26-May 3
SUBMISSIONS OPEN
May 10 TOP 10 SELECTED AND INFORMED
May 25 DRAFT OF SCRIPT DUE
May 27 INTERVIEWS WITH MITRIBE PANEL
June 3 DECISION MADE AND FILMMAKERS INFORMED
June/July PRE-PRODUCTION/PRODUCTION
August 1 PRODUCTION COMPLETE
November 3 TRAILER DUE
March 1 FINAL CUT DUE