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Feature film production grants. Act now!

Are you looking for funds to make your next feature film? Yes? Well, take note of the following grant opportunity courtesy The Global Film Initiative, which is awarding production grants of up to US $10,000 each to select applicants. This is their Winter granting cycle, and the deadline for submitting your application is January 15, 2010. Below is some text from The Global Film Initiative or you can go to their website for more information and to download an application.
Best of luck!

In its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, The Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce the Winter 2010 cycle of its feature-film Production Grants program. Applications will be accepted from September 30, 2009 to January 15, 2010, and decisions will be announced in March 2010.

Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in winter and summer, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the Initiative’s mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world. Monies received through the Initiative’s granting program are used to support completion of film production, and to subsidize post-production costs, such as laboratory and sound mixing fees and access to modern editing systems.

Application deadline: January 15, 2010.

The Global Film Initiative accepts grant applications from countries in the following regions: Latin America,
the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia (excluding Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

Children of God premieres at the BIFF

Last night, the Bahamas International Film Festival got underway. Opening the festival was the local feature Children of God, directed by Kareem Mortimer. The film follows the fate of two characters: Jonny, a young white Bahamian artist suffering from depression and who is in danger of losing his scholarship at a local university, and Lena, a middle-aged anti-gay activist. Both head to the island of Eleuthera where their paths cross, and their lives are irrevocably changed.

The early word is that the screening was a hit–at least, that’s the word of Maria Govan, Kareem’s fellow Bahamian filmmaker, and the director of Rain, the film that opened this year’s ttff. According to Maria: “Last night was an amazing one! Another Bahamian film that will live in the world in such a powerful way! So much to be proud of Kareem!!!”

(Alright, so not exactly an in-depth review of the film, but Maria’s enthusiasm at another Bahamian filmmaker getting a feature film out there is certainly understandable.)

Hopefully we’ll get more critical feedback on Children of God soon. In the meanwhile, you can see a thorough video interview with Kareem Mortimer here.

And, finally, we at the ttff join with Maria in congratulating Kareem on his success.

The Havana Film Festival, and Johnny Depp at the BIFF

Apologies for being late with this: the Havana Film Festival is currently taking place. The Festival–The International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, to give it its full, proper title–began on December 3rd, and runs until the 10th in Havana, Cuba. It focuses on new feature, documentary and animated films from the Caribbean and Latin America, films “whose significance and artistic values contribute to enrich and reaffirm the Latin American and Caribbean cultural identity.” The festival also includes a world cinema showcase, and various seminars and initiatives on cinema.

In other film festival news, the Bahamas International Film Festival, which gets going in five days’ time, has announced that its 2009 Career Achievement Award will go to Jack Sparrow aka Edward Scissorhands aka Sweeney Todd aka Willy Wonka aka Johnny Depp. Festival patron Sean Connery will present the award. We recommend Depp place the gong in that space on his mantel he’s reserved for his Oscar.

Feature film production grants. Act now!

Children of God premieres at the BIFF

The Havana Film Festival, and Johnny Depp at the BIFF

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