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TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant

- REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS -

Submission Deadline: Monday October 30, 2017 at 5pm

For over four decades, TIFF has been committed to transforming the way people see the world, through film. ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports.

Central to these two organizations is a shared commitment to provide filmmakers and content creators with resources and mentorship to support their storytelling. In an effort to foster the next generation of filmmakers, TIFF and ESPN Films are honoured to partner together to present the TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant (“the Grant”), which will provide support to an emerging film and media creator 30 years of age or under who is pursuing, or will undertake, the creation of a short-form documentary film that considers issues of social and cultural importance through the lens of sport and/or athletics. Through financial support and mentorship opportunities, the Grant will encourage and catalyze an emerging filmmaker towards the realization of their project.

ESPN and TIFF believe in the power of film and media to advocate for social change – to this end, we actively seek project proposals that highlight athletic groups, organizations, and participants using sport and athletics to create impact in their communities. The successful recipient will be awarded $25,000 CAD to use towards the development, production or post-production of their film. The recipient will also receive professional consultation and project notes from industry professionals identified by ESPN and TIFF, networking assistance, access to TIFF Film Reference Library resources and a student pass to the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival Industry Conference where they will be exposed to industry professionals.

The TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant is generously supported by ESPN.

Workshop opportunity

On August 10, TIFF will present a three-hour Film Treatment Workshop in Toronto for TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant applicants to workshop their applications with film industry professionals. Those planning to submit an application to the Grant are encouraged to attend. For more information on the Film Treatment Workshop, including the next steps to register, please email . Space at the workshop is limited. Please send an email expressing interest by August 3, 2017.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For additional information regarding the TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant, including eligibility, application deadline and components, please visit the website. Please direct any questions about the Grant or Film Treatment Workshop to .