The SFFILM Women, Peace, and Security Fellowship supports narrative and documentary filmmakers world-wide developing projects that elevate women’s efforts to end conflict and advance peace and will generate conversations across public audiences. The focus of the fellowship is stories that explore women’s leadership within the broader context of peace, war and security. Eligible stories do not need to take place in a war zone, but should deal with issues of peace and security as they explicitly relate to armed conflict, national or international security, and/or violent extremism.
Winners will receive a $25,000 cash grant and a two-month residency at FilmHouse, SFFILM’s suite of production offices for local and visiting independent filmmakers. The residency program provides filmmakers with artistic guidance, office space, a vibrant creative community, and mentorship from established filmmakers and members of the independent film industry. Additionally, SFFILM will pair fellows with advisors with expertise in the specific areas of peace and conflict resolution they are exploring through their films.
This fellowship is funded by the Compton Foundation, as part of their support of programs that bring attention to an inclusive, gendered perspective on foreign policy, national security, peace-building, and conflict resolution.
- Applicant must not be a SFFILM or Compton Foundation employee or member of any SFFILM or Compton Foundation Boards.
- Filmmaker must be at least 18 years old.
- Filmmaker, or any other applicant or co-applicant must become a SFFILM member at the Film Pro level or above prior to SFFILM releasing funds related to the fellowship.
- Applicant must be in a key creative role for the film: screenwriter, director, or producer.
- Narrative applicants must be actively engaged in the screenwriting or development phase. Narrative applicants must be the writer/director. If there is a co-writer or producer, they must be the co-applicants.
- Documentary applicants must be actively engaged in either the development or production phase. Documentary applicants must be the director. If there is a producer, they must be the co-applicant.
- Film must tell the story of a woman’s or group of women’s efforts to manage or end conflict and advance peace in the context of armed conflict, security, and/or violent extremism.
- Stories may take place in any country.
- Projects must be in alignment with the SFFILM mission and represent an imaginative contribution to film.
- Project may be a documentary or a narrative feature.
- If the project is fully funded and/or has distribution, it is NOT eligible.
- Project is vibrant, powerful, intelligent, original, moving, and innovative.
- Project is likely to generate conversation across public audiences and influence policymakers to invest in women as essential actors in effective peace-building and violence prevention.
- Project demonstrates viable financial support and a high likelihood of being brought to completion.
- For first-time filmmaking applicants, project should include team members who demonstrate track records of filmmaking success.
- Project must not be work for hire.
- Filmmaker has clearly articulated intended goals for the fellowship, how those accomplishments will be measured, and what the next steps will be for the project.
- Filmmaker demonstrates how the project will impact their short- and long-term professional and artistic goals.
- Applicant directly answers all questions in the application and does not exceed the word count for a given section. Applications that exceed the word count will be considered ineligible.
Ongoing Responsibilities of Fellows
- Filmmaker agrees to submit a progress report detailing how the funds were spent, and a new work sample at three and six months.
- Fellows must reside in the Bay Area during the writing or development phase for a minimum of two (non-contiguous) months, no less than two weeks at a time.
- Upon completion, a copy of the film will be made available to SFFILM.
- Filmmaker shall provide acknowledgement to the SFFILM and Compton Foundation. If the fellowship represents up to 25% of the project budget, the SFFILM and Compton Foundation are to be listed with other comparable funders/fellowships/grants, with language that mirrors or is similar to “Made with support from SFFILM and the Compton Foundation” – onscreen in end titles and in marketing materials tied to other grants/funders. If the fellowship represents more than 25% of the project budget, the SFFILM and Compton Foundation will receive an “in association with” credit – onscreen in main titles or end titles, and in marketing materials tied to other “in association with” credits. Logos will be provided by SFFILM.
- Filmmaker will offer SFFILM a “first look” and first right of refusal for potential Bay Area premiere at SFFILM Festival and/or other SFFILM exhibition venues. Please Note: while we encourage supported filmmakers to submit applications to the SFFILM Festival and other SFFILM Makers programs, winning a grant, residency, or fellowship from SFFILM does not guarantee acceptance into the SFFILM Festival or other SFFILM Makers programs.
- Filmmaker understands there will be a press release announcing chosen fellows. Unless otherwise specified for confidentiality reasons, the submitted bio and logline will be used in that press release.
- Filmmaker will sign an agreement with SFFILM
Projects and applicants may reapply to this or other SFFILM Makers opportunities for additional funding.