Digital media grants available to indie producers

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Content aimed at advancing social change has a good chance of winning a Chicago Digital Media Production Fund that’s open to indie video and filmmakers in the Chicago area. 

Chicago Filmmakers, the fund’s administrator, will host a March 6 informational session with knowledgeable staff members answering questions about the fund, and to explain guidelines, the application process.

They also will individually answer questions about specific proposals. 

The fund will provide cash grants up to $10,000 to use for the project’s production and completion.  They will be made to qualified innovative video projects intended for online distribution by established, emerging and young artists.

Application deadline is March 19.

All genres will be accepted, but content should be aimed at advancing progressive social change and be appropriate for youth, although not necessarily intended exclusively for youth.

Distribution plans must include free availability on the web by May 15, 2013 in order to reach the widest possible audience. Click here for guidelines. 

The fund is a project of non-profit Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation, which offers non-commercial, free educational programs to member schools.

The free informational meeting will be held at Chicago Filmmakers, 5243 N. Clark, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.   Email coop@chicagofilmmakers.org to reserve a seat.

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