There is no denying it: we are in a massive recession. I can't even afford the butter on my bread. In fact, I am so poor, I don't have bread, I just woefully nibble on a pebble sometimes instead... ;]
ANYWAYS my point is, of all things we chose to become stopmotion animators, and we need money to do so.
There are funding opportunities still out there, they have just become harder to find sometimes. Therefore I am making this thread and I URGE EVERYBODY TO ADD USEFUL LINKS. Even if they aren't useful to you, they might be to someone else!!
Funding opportunities are often competitions, funds you can apply for, crowd funding websites, etc. So add whatever you have found. And don't be greedy - if you are such a brilliant animator/director/whatever you don't have to worry about competition :] So share share share. That's what it's all about!
EVERY COUNTRY IS DIFFERENT
And we are from many countries. So just put in what you know and we can figure out what's usefull to any of us. E.g.: I'm UK based, so probably a lot of my things will come from UK, but maybe sometimes I come across a EU or US thing.
Here are some interesting things I have come across:
Film4 Scene Stealers
I am totally entering this one, if I get the time. As far as I'm aware it isn't limited to life-action so you can interpret your fav scenes in stopmo too!
Viral Video Award
Got a viral video? Or making one before september? Why not enter this one?
Audience Award worth € 1.000,- given by fritz kola
Jury Award worth € 1.000,-
Award for Best political Viral with the themes climate, democracy or justice worth € 1000,- given by the Heinrich Boell Foundation
DePict! Mini Short Film Festival
This is connected to the famous UK Encounters Film Festival. It's for films under 1.5 minute. Price is £1500! As we say in the Netherlands: Never tried, is always failed. So why don't you enter?
This is particularly useful if you are under 25 years old in the UK. I don't know if it's also for outside, and older ages, but this website offers loads of opportunities for young UK artists. Worth checking out, me thinks!
Sigur Ros has a new album and invite you to make a musicvideo to one of their songs.
And lastly, for all UK filmmakers, there is the BFI which sometimes gives funding opportunities! http://www.bfi.org.uk/
That's what I could dig up now, but I'm sure there is more. Please share your links and bookmarks too! :]
Glad you started this thread Bianca!
I think it could be a great resorce for all of us. I'm going to try my best to add links as I find them
Thanks, Jeff :] I look forward to checking out any thing you have found!
I noticed the depict.org link links to somewhere else but should just link to depict.org
The deadline for that is TODAY AT 17.00 UK TIME!!
Also, even though it's not a funding opportunity, this website is great to check out for festivals (which have prize money!) so here you go: http://www.animation-festivals.com/
Here are a few more. Since I've got a twitter account these websites started following me, so having a twitter can be very useful indeed to get noticed.
ALTERNATIVE CROWD FUNDING WEBSITES
GENERAL GRANT SEARCHING
Fund Your Film
Come on, guys, are you telling me NO ONE knows of any more funding opportunities?
Funding opportunities are usually pretty localized apart from the online crowd funding. Crowd funding IMO has faced an inflation, because of the huge amount of projects. It's hard to get money trough that if you don't have a name, or somehow manage to get viral, which itself is hugely difficult nowadays.
I Finland I've applied and received funding from several governmental and non-governmental art/culture foundations, including The Finnish Culture Foundation, Art Council of Finland, Kone Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Kordelin Foundation etc. They all are restricted to the Finnish residents.
In the Netherlands I got funding from the Netherlands Institute for Animation Films, which was funded by the local and central government, and the Dutch Film Funds.
It all depends where you are. Often local companies might give a small funding as well. You just have to ask...
I guess you don't have a link for that..
One possible source of funds, and advice, connections, etc. in the USA is the state arts agencies. You should also check out regional arts agencies. The thirteen western US states are under the care of the Western States Arts Federation, which helps state arts agencies with grants, representing the interests of their constituent members. I imagine they would have the web addresses of other regional arts agencies, or you could google it. If they do not have anything going, then ask them if they are interested in starting something in stop mo, or if it could fit under "performing arts" -- also the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington DC is another possibility. We should be lobbying for something like the CFB in Canada.
ALL THE FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD.
Thanks for posting these, would be useful to have something like this on the discussions board.
Heres another couple of links
Both closed, but maybe next year!
surfing the net I came across this blog:
You'll find any kind of resource for independent filmmakers...it's like a dream!
CHECK IT OUT!