About the Program

In movie theaters and on television screens, films bring the lessons and memory of the Holocaust to life. Recognizing the potential of film to reach large numbers of people and to educate and spark powerful discussions, the Claims Conference began in 2010 to include film grants as part of our ongoing support for Holocaust education, documentation and research.

Films highlight a particular aspect or story from the Holocaust, enabling viewers to connect emotionally with the victims and survivors. By learning of one family’s survival by hiding in a cave, or the triumph of a concentration camp soccer team, or the stories behind a tattooed number, even a viewer with no connection to the Holocaust will walk away with a realization that the vast numbers connected with the Shoah each represent a person, a story, a life taken away or forever changed.

WE ENCOURAGE ALL PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS TO CONTACT US AT film@claimscon.org BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. After contacting us about your application, please read the guidelines and fill out the application form.

Films We Support

Watch trailers of recent films funded in part by the Claims Conference.

Son of Saul/ Saul Fia

“Son of Saul,” a film partially funded by the Claims Conference has been nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe award and the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. The unrelentingly grim film depicts the inconceivable work of the Sonderkommandos at Auschwitz, Jewish prisoners who were forced to prepare fellow Jews for the gas chambers and remove the corpses.


Lost Town

Lost Town uses cartoon as well as archival and documentary footage to illustrate one man’s obsessive attempt to get closer to his deceased father by uncovering the story of his family’s town of Trochenbrod. First made famous by Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Everything Is Illuminated,” Trochenbrod was the only all-Jewish town to ever exist outside of Palestine. Trochenbrod’s 5,000 Jews were obliterated by the Nazis, except for 33 townspeople who escaped the massacre there. This personal search triggers a resurgence of interest in the town and reconnects the few remaining survivors who hadn’t seen each other in over 60 years. Learn more about the film on our blog. 


No Place on Earth

No Place on Earth shows the impossible experience of Jews who hid in two deep underground caves, uninterrupted, for longer than anyone in recorded history. For 18 months, 38 people survived by resourcefulness, will, luck and the strength of their bond.


Liga Terezin

Liga Terezin tells of the Jewish prisoners of Terezin who played soccer on improvised fields in the camp. Thousands of fellow prisoners watched the mixture of professional and amateur players and were briefly able to escape their constant realities of hunger, sickness, death and the terror of the transports east.


Numbered

Numbered introduces 30 Israeli Holocaust survivors through their testimonies of persecution and focuses on four survivors who have tattoos on their arms. Many wear their numbers as a badge of honor.


When Memory Comes

Excerpt from the film’s website: “When Memory Comes is a film about the Jewish historian Saul Friedländer (1932, Prague) and his life-long quest to describe the extermination of the European Jews without losing or repressing a primary feeling of disbelief. Friedländer’s life and work is totally intertwined with the history of Europe 
and European Jewry. He survived World War II in a convent school in France 
while his parents tried to flee to Switzerland in vain and were deported and murdered in Auschwitz.”

Guidelines

WE ENCOURAGE ALL PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS TO CONTACT US AT film@claimscon.org BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. After contacting us about your application, please read the guidelines and fill out the application form.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1 (Fall Decision) / NOVEMBER 1 (Spring Decision)

Please follow the below steps to apply for a Claims Conference film grant:

  1. Refer to the Application Guidelines and Grant Policies for eligibility and other information.
  2. Download and complete the Film Grant Application.
  3. Review the last page of the Film Grant Application for additional required documents.
  4. Attach all required documents, including the Film Grant Application, to the below Submission Form in PDF format and submit your application by the above deadlines. We recommend using Chrome as browser.

Downloads

Film Grant Application (.doc)

Budget Template (.doc)

Application Guidelines and Grant Policies

  1. Films must be Holocaust related.
  2. Films must have both wide distribution potential and educational value. Applications should include a strong distribution plan for non-educational platforms as well as a plan for educational distribution and the creation of educational materials to accompany the film.
  3. All films, regardless of genre, will be evaluated based on historical accuracy as well as creativity, vision and planning. It is highly recommended that applicants work with historical consultants throughout the development and production of their films and allocate funds in their budget for such consultations.
  4. The Claims Conference will grant funds in one of the following categories:
  • Research and development
  • Production
  • Post-production
  1. Previous grantees are eligible to apply for funding for the same project as long as the new application is in a different category/project stage than the prior request. If you have already received production funds, it is rare that funding will be allocated for post-production as well.
  2. It is strongly preferred that production and post-production funding applications for films over 40 minutes are submitted by production companies or similar entities. If you are an individual filmmaker seeking production or post-production funding for a film over 40 minutes without such an entity, please contact us before submitting an application.
  • Submissions made for the April 1st deadline will receive a decision in the fall/winter, and submissions made for the November 1st deadline will receive a decision in the spring/summer. Your funding request must be for expenses which will be incurred no earlier than six months after the application deadline.
  • Applying with a fiscal sponsor is optional. We do not require a fiscal sponsor or 501(c)(3) status for application or receipt of funds.
  • For research and development grants, the Claims Conference will generally consider funding up to $20,000. For production and post-production, the Claims Conference will generally consider funding up to $60,000. However, in no case will the Claims Conference consider funding more than 50% of any project phase. The Claims Conference requires a match for all film grants. You should have other sources of income for the remaining expenses. Proof of matching funds will be requested if you are awarded a grant, although submission of such documentation is optional at the time of the application.
  • Should a grant be awarded, funding is typically released in the form of reimbursement of expenses incurred. You must submit any paid receipts and/or paid invoices associated with the grant request in order to receive the funds. For production and post-productions grants, the Claims Conference may withhold 10% of the grant amount until receipt of the completed film.
  • Funding will not be considered for completed films and films that have already been publicly screened with the exception of work-in-progress screenings.
  • The grant cannot be used for fundraising activities.
  • All grantees must use the Claims Conference’s name and logo in the credits of the film and any relevant promotional material for the film. The Claims Conference will have the right to revoke permission for use of the Claims Conference’s name and logo at any time.
  • The Claims Conference will receive a non-exclusive license to publicly exhibit the film in connection with its non-profit activities. However, the Claims Conference does not intend to compete with the grantee’s commercial exploitation of the film or the grantee’s ability to effectively exploit its rights on educational or non-educational platforms.
  • In the event the film is not completed, copies of Holocaust related research material for funded films must be shared with a public institution designated by the Claims Conference.

If you have any questions or experience technical issues submitting your application, please contact us at film@claimscon.org.

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Submission Form

WE ENCOURAGE ALL PROSPECTIVE APPLICANTS TO CONTACT US AT film@claimscon.org BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. After contacting us about your application, please read the guidelines and fill out the application form.

Submission Form

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