Do I keep the rights to my short film if I win?

Yes, you retain the copyrights to all intellectual property associated with your winning project.


Will my film be posted on the website?

TLDR: Yes. The big fests like Sundance and SXSW don’t care if your film plays online first, and more and more film festivals are following suit. But if you’re still worried, we can delay your online release.

We realize this is a hot topic, and we don’t want to mess with your festival strategy. While you must provide us with a private version of the completed film immediately upon its completion, you do not have to send us a public version until one year after we send you the funding. You can send it to us after your film's physical festival run, or you can send it before the festivals in order to gain traction and pick up something like a Short of the Week or Vimeo Staff Pick. Up to you, as long as you send us the film within one year of getting the funding.

Short of the Week is so cool that they’ve compiled some handy data concerning online film festivals and how they affect offline festival runs. We’re not quite an online film festival, but the same thoughts apply:

“This is one of the biggest scares for filmmakers (it was ours, too). So we did the research and found that 2/3rds of the top film festivals will accept online films (66% in 2013). And with heavyweights like Sundance and SXSW leading the charge, this is clearly a growing trend. If you want to know about a specific festival, take a look at our Essential List of Festival Eligibility to see if the festivals you’re considering are online-friendly” (Short of the Week).


Do I need to give credit to The Film Fund?

Yes, and we'll be honored. We'll provide you with our motion graphic that reads "In association with The Film Fund." It looks cool, and it'll lend even more credibility to your project. Not that you're not awesome to begin with. 😀


What’s with the new category?

This makes it easier for our judges to judge the entries so we’re not forced to judge documentaries against narrative projects.


What's all this about Auteurs?

We want to showcase films even if we didn't fund them. Filmmakers work hard, and we want to promote them. Submit anything related to your work here, and we'll feature it. Free of charge.


What’s for lunch?

Depends on the day! Ask us here. Maybe we can ship you some leftovers. 👀


Can I enter a sentence idea for my film that's already in production but needs post work?

Yes. We want to make films happen.


Can I enter if my address says Colorado, Maryland, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont, New Jersey, or Tennessee? 

No, and this makes us really sad. The Film Fund offers what are called "skill contests," and these states prohibit paid skill contests. It's really dumb. Maybe your friend who lives in another state could be brought on as a producer for your project...


Can I enter a sentence idea for a web series?

Yes. A short film could serve as the pilot episode, right?


How do I receive the funding?

To maintain accountability, The Film Fund will reimburse individual expenses for your film after receiving expense reports, receipts, invoices, etc.


Where does the money come from?

Filmmakers like you who have also submitted their sentence to The Film Fund.


Why are you doing this?

We know there's a simpler way to fund films.


What kind of genres are you looking for?

Anything that has the potential to carry a good story. Horror, comedy, drama, documentary, anything.  Absolutely no adult films under any circumstance.


Who are the judges?

Check them out here!


Can I submit the finished film to film festivals?
Of course.


I have no idea what I'm doing. Will you help me with budgeting?
Budgets will be different for each film, but we'd be more than happy to share a sample short film budget with you. Just sign up for our email updates with the button below! 🙂

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