Music on Film-Film on Music (MOFFOM) Documentary Grant

The Denver Film Society is proud to announce the first round of funding through the Music on Film-Film on Music (MOFFOM) Documentary Grant Program. The MOFFOM grant will provide up to $25,000 annually in finishing funds for documentary productions specifically for music licensing, scoring and composition. Awardees will be announced at the 40th Denver Film Festival (November 2017).


MOFFOM APPLICATION:

Important Dates:

  • LOI Deadline (2 pages max): April 3, 2017
  • Notification of Invitation to Submit a Full Application: May 1, 2017
  • Early Deadline: May 30, 2017
  • Late Deadline: June 15, 2017

GUIDELINES:

  • MOFFOM offers grants to selected feature length documentary films in production and post-production
  • A film over 70 min in length is considered a feature length film
  • We do not consider proposals for fiction films, docu-dramas, student projects, or outreach campaigns
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • A fiscal sponsor is required to receive funding. The Denver Film Society offers a fiscal sponsorship program, but applicants can select a program of their choice. International applicants may apply but must have a U.S. based fiscal sponsor should a grant be awarded. Grant recipients and their fiscal sponsors will be asked to review and sign a grant agreement and will be asked to submit progress reports on the project

HOW TO APPLY:

Letter of Inquiry (LOI):

The LOI is an online application that filmmakers can submit within a one month period. The LOI should be no more than 2 pages and include the following items:

  • Logline: In a few sentences, describe the crux of your film
  • Project synopsis
  • Amount requested and proposed specific use of the grant
  • To date, what support have you received for this project? List all sources of contributions.
  • List examples of music you will use in the film, their cost and the name and company of your music supervisor

Approximately ten applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Finalists’ materials will be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals including composers, music supervisors, producers, etc.


Full Application:

  • Two-page treatment
  • Three work samples. One should be footage from the project intended for the grant
  • One page director statement
  • How will you measure the success of this project?
  • List of names, roles, and qualifications of key individuals involved in the project including a music supervisor and fiscal sponsor
  • Full budget including money raised to date

Review Panel:

The Denver Film Society will convene panels to evaluate applications and award grants at its sole discretion. Winners will be announced in a press release and on the DFS website.

Payment:

Payment will be made via business check and can be made out to an individual or company name according to recipient specifications. The Denver Film Society will issue a 1099 form at the year’s end reflecting grant income.

Fine Print:

  • Filmmakers with incomplete applications will not be considered. LOI’s without payment will not be considered.
  • Filmmakers shall provide an acknowledgment to the Denver Film Society and MOFFOM grant program. Logos will be provided by DFS.
  • Filmmakers will be required to provide status updates throughout their projects.