APRIL 1, 2019 (Winter decision for the grant period beginning on October 1, 2019)
OCTOBER 2, 2019 (Summer decision for the grant period beginning on April 1, 2020)
The online submission form will become available 6-8 weeks prior to the application deadlines.
Please carefully review the Application Guidelines & Grant Policies and List of Application Materials below prior to submitting an application.
Application Guidelines & Grant Policies:
- Films must be about the Holocaust.
- 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.
- 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.
- Your film will not be considered for funding unless a director is attached.
- 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. Examples of such activities are attending co-production markets or compensating consultants for the main purpose of raising financing.
- You can request funding for only one of the following three project phases: a) Development, b) Production or c) Post-Production.
- Your funding request must be for expenses which will be incurred no earlier than six months after the application deadline.
For example, if you submit a grant application for post-production on March 13, your funding request must be only for post-production expenses that will be incurred on and after October 1 of the same year. If you submit a grant application for production on September 29, your funding request must be only for production expenses that will be incurred on and after April 1 of the following year.
- If you already submitted a film for funding consideration and your funding request was denied, we are unable to reconsider the same film for funding.
- Previous grantees are eligible to apply for funding for the same film as long as the new application is for a different 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.
- Applying with a fiscal sponsor is optional. We do not require a fiscal sponsor or non-profit status for application or receipt of funds.
- Individual filmmakers, production companies and other non-Holocaust dedicated organizations shall be considered for only one project request per round. Fiscal sponsors may submit multiple film projects for consideration as long as each film is produced by a different entity and production team.
- You will receive a decision within eight to nine months of your submission. Regardless of the decision notification date, if you submit an application for the April deadline and receive funding, the grant period will begin on October 1 of that year. If you submit an application for the October deadline and receive funding, the grant period will begin on April 1 of the following year.
- For 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. Proof of matching funds will be requested if you are awarded a grant.
- For countries other than the United States, all budgetary information, including your grant request amount, must be indicated in the local currency only if it is in AUD, CAD, GBP, EUR, or ILS. Otherwise, all budgetary information must be provided in USD.
- Should a grant be awarded, funding is 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%-15% of the grant amount until receipt of the completed film.
- 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 any platforms.
- If the film is not completed, copies of Holocaust-related research material for the film must be shared with a public institution designated by the Claims Conference.
List of Application Materials:
INFORMATION TO BE ENTERED INTO THE ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM
- Information about the applicant, fiscal sponsor (if any), director and producer.
- Information on project content & objectives, including but not limited to the logline, treatment, artistic statement, phase budget, financial plan and distribution plan.
- Names and emails addresses of two recommenders, one of whom must be a film industry professional who can critically assess the potential of the film. The second recommender should be a scholar/expert who can evaluate the historical accuracy of your film or comment on its educational value. The recommenders should have no affiliation with the film as consultants, funders, distributors or in any other capacity. When you submit your application, each recommender will receive an email with a link to upload a recommendation letter within 30 days.
- Director’s work samples. You should submit at least one sample of the director’s prior work. It is preferable that you submit work created within the last five years. If you are a first-time director and do not have a co-director who can provide a prior work sample, you should include the prior work sample(s) of the producer, director of photography and/or editor. If you are applying for post-production, you must submit a current work sample. All work samples should be in English or have English subtitles. Work samples must be submitted via an online streaming service, like Vimeo or YouTube. We do not accept links via file transfer sites such as Dropbox, WeTransfer, or Google Drive. Links can be password-protected and must be accessible until you receive a decision on your grant application. No DVDs, Blu-Rays or hard drives will be accepted.
ATTACHMENTS TO BE UPLOADED TO THE ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM
- Total project budget. This budget must include all estimated expenses for development, production and post-production.
- Resumes for director and producer. You may attach up to three additional resumes for screenwriter, director of photography, editor or other collaborators.
- Proof of Rights. You must attach documentation showing who or which entity holds the rights in the screenplay and/or film.
- Progress Report. Required only if you previously applied for or received funding for the same film.
- Screenplay. Required only for narrative films. If your screenplay is in a language other than English, please submit an English translation.
- Signed Releases. Required only for documentary films. Copies of releases and/or contracts confirming the participation of subjects.
- Proof of Secured Funding. Required only if you have already secured funding.
- Proof of Distribution. Required only if you have already secured distribution.
- Certificate of Non-Profit Status / List of Board Members / Financial Statement / Annual Report. Required only if your production company/organization has non-profit status.
- Fiscal Sponsor Letter / Fiscal Sponsor Certificate of Non-Profit Status / Fiscal Sponsor List of Board Members /Fiscal Sponsor Financial Statement / Fiscal Sponsor Annual Report. Required only if you are applying with a fiscal sponsor.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you experience any technical issues while submitting your application, please contact Submittable. We are unable to assist you until your application has been successfully submitted.