Applications now open for the Community Builders Grant

The Community Builders Grant is a short-form film fund and production resources grant sponsored by Camera Ambassador. Their mission is to help build bridges between filmmakers and the community while elevating their production by arming them with the necessary tools to create.

This grant supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for young and emerging artists. 


  • MARCH 1 – 31 – Applications Open
  • MAY 10TH – 20TH – 10 Semi-Finalist Announces
  • MAY 21 – 3 Finalist Announced
  • JUNE 3 – Finalist Pitch event
  • MID-JUNE – Winners Announces


  • $3,000 Cash from Camera Ambassador
  • $5,000 Gear Credit from Camera Ambassador
  • Free Entry to Six of Camera Ambassador’s Bootcamps
  • Free Color Grading by The Mill Chicago
  • 40% off post services, 60% off location audio, and a mention session from NoiseFloor Sound Solutions
  • One Day of BTS Photography from Emma Thatcher Photography
  • 1-2 Hour Consultation with the Chicago Film Office
  • One year membership with the Independent Film Alliance
  • 50% Off One Day of electro static spraying services and a one-day PPE Kit rental from Chicago Compliance Specialists
  • Submission waiver for the Midwest Film Festival
  • $500 to be used towards a casting session with Compass Casting
  • Promotional interview with The Walkie Check podcast

2021 Judges:

Samantha George, Harley Foos, Mary Kay Cook, TJ Karam, Philip Lauri, Michelle Maslanka, Sarah Clark, Charles Gardner, Oriana Oppice, Janelle Snow, Jenny Lumpkin, Cory Coken, Charles Borg, Olivia Aquilina, Tony Scott-Green, Ramone Hulet, Colette Ghunim, Saró Melero Bonnin, Megan McDonough, Oisin O’Driscoll, Jenny Napier, Jordan Graves

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