Global Film Initiative: Call for Applications Summer 2012 Feature Film Grants.

By Holly Bynoe Saturday, May 5th, 2012 Categories: Film, Funding, Grants, Updates

In its continuing effort to promote original storytelling by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the Summer 2012 cycle of its narrative feature film production grants program. Applications are accepted for feature-length, narrative film projects in all stages of production by directors from eligible nations of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania. Applications may be submitted from May 15, 2012 through July 16, 2012, and granting decisions are announced in October 2012.*

Still from Nile Saulter's 'The Young Sea'


*For Applications, Eligibility Requirements and Granting Guidelines, please visit:

About the Granting Program

The Global Film Initiative’s Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants per year, of up to $10,000 each, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. Funds received from grants are used to support completion of film production and to subsidize post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees, and access to advanced editing systems.

Since the Initiative’s founding in 2002, the Granting Program has awarded 122 grants to filmmakers worldwide. Grant recipients include:

  • BEATRIZ’S WAR (A GUERRA DA BEATRIZ), dir. Bety Reis, East Timor
    First locally produced and directed narrative feature film from East Timor. GFI grant awarded in 2011.
  • THE MIRROR NEVER LIES, dir. Kamila Andini, Indonesia
    Awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.
  • MISS LOVELY, dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, India
    Official Selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). GFI grant awarded in 2010.
  • LA RUTA DE LA LUNA, dir. Juan Sebastián Jácome, Panama
    World Premiere at the 2012 International Film Festival Panama. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.

Application Instructions

  1. Determine project eligibility
  2. If project is eligible, complete and send two (2) copies of application form with two (2) copies of all supporting materials to The Global Film Initiative before application deadline (projects submitted without required application and supporting materials will not be accepted)
  3. All applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.

Announcement of grant awards will be made in October 2012. For a timeline of the Global Film Initiative granting cycles, please click here.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for a Global Film Initiative grant, a project must meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • Application is for narrative, feature-length film project from DAC nation (more than 65 min.; no documentary or short films accepted)
  • Project is in pre-production, production or post-production stage (no projects in development accepted)
  • Production occurs in same nation of application (DAC nation)
  • Director was born in and is citizen of same nation of application (DAC nation)*
  • 50% or more of project’s total production funding secured/received
  • International, world and/or regional premiere(s) scheduled to occur after Sept. 30, 2012

*exceptions regarding citizenship may apply to applications from territories and/or regions without recognized sovereign governments

Materials to be Submitted With Application:

Two (2) copies of each of the following English-translated materials must be included (incomplete applications will not be processed):

  1. Completed application form
  2. Finished English-translated screenplay/script
  3. Rushes/dailies, selected scenes or rough cut/final cut (if available)
  4. Complete production budget
  5. Finance plan
  6. Copies of agreements with production financiers
  7. Complete production schedule
  8. Synopsis and logline
  9. Director’s statement
  10. Biographies of key production personnel
  11. Previous film(s) of filmmaker(s) (if available)


      • The Global Film Initiative does not fund documentary or short films.
      • Applications must be submitted by mail or courier — electronic or faxed applications will not be accepted.
      • Submission materials will not be returned to applicant.
      • All grant amounts are at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative.
      • Applications can be rejected at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative. 

Mailing Address

Send applications and supporting materials to:

The Global Film Initiative – Granting Program
145 Ninth Street, Suite #105
San Francisco, CA 94103, USA
+1(415) 934-9500


Please note: all applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.

Holly Bynoe
Holly Bynoe

Holly Bynoe is a curator, visual artist and writer based in the Caribbean. She is the Executive Director of ARC Magazine, and a graduate of Bard College International Center of Photography (2010) where she earned her M.F.A. in Advanced Photographic Studies. She currently holds the position of Chief Curator at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, and is co-director of the annual arts conference Tilting Axis and Caribbean Linked Residency Program.