Chicago Digital Media Production Fund open for biz

Artists with
“varying levels
of experience”
encouraged to
apply for grants
ranging up to $18K
by March 25

The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF) application period will open this Friday, February 15! Grants are awarded in amounts of up to $20,000 to artists and filmmakers in the Chicagoland area whose work encourages social change. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 25.

The Production Fund is intended to support digital media works that encourage social change. The grant requires that all works funded are available for free online viewing upon completion in order to reach the widest possible audience.

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

The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a project of Voqal, and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers.

$100,000 in grants
Last year, Voqal and Chicago Filmmakers announced that in its seventh year of funding, the Production Fund had awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to nine Chicago-area digital media artists’ projects in amounts ranging from $2,200 to $18,000.

Streamy award-winning the T was among the 2018 recipients.

This year, the Production Fund will once again award $100,000 in grants up to $20,000 each for independent digital media projects that seek to advance progressive social change.



About Chicago Filmmakers
Chicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, and understanding of film and video as media for artistic and personal expression, as well as media of important social and community impact. Chicago Filmmakers’ twofold mission is to serve independent film and digital video artists by supporting the creation and dissemination of new media arts works and to serve Chicago audiences by screening artistically innovative, socially relevant, and diverse films and videos.

About Voqal
Voqal is dedicated to supporting the dissemination of alternative ideas and building a more engaged public to effect progressive social change and disrupt the status quo. Through various grant-making and fellowship initiatives, Voqal supports nonprofit organizations and individuals using media and technology to empower those who are politically, economically or socially disenfranchised.