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ScreenCraft and BondIt Fund Short Films with Production Grants!

Screenwriters seeking funding for an English-language short film are advised to apply for a new grant from the Los Angeles-based company, ScreenCraft, and the Beverly Hills-based hedge fund, BondIt. Four to ten short film screenplay submissions will be guaranteed production per year, with grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 based on each project's scale and merit. ScreenCraft has also offered to match the funds of crowd-funding campaigns, and is welcoming all genres for consideration, though scripts with a potential for feature film or series adaptation are of particular interest. Projects currently in production will also be considered.

“Access to reliable financing for short form content is a continuing challenge for many deserving filmmakers and we're excited to offer this opportunity,” said BondIt’s co-founder Matthew Helderman.

Originality, vision and exceptional potential are the stated qualities that ScreenCraft will be seeking in every submission. The Short Film Production Fund program also includes creative development from the ScreenCraft team as well as strategic production guidance and resources from BondIt and Buffalo 8 Productions. This grant program has been announced soon after ScreenCraft's inaugural short screenplay competition, which garnered the participation of judges from Vimeo, the Cannes Film Festival and Maker Studios.

“In administering the short screenplay competition it became exceedingly clear to us that there is an underserved international community of writers and filmmakers with exceptional short film projects in need of funding and support,” said ScreenCraft co-founder Cameron Cubbison.

Consulting packages worth over $7,000 will also be given to the selected projects, providing guidance for production, crowd-funding, festival strategy and distribution opportunities. They will also assist in bringing together creative teams and in-kind resources.  
To apply for the fund, visit the official ScreenCraft site. The regular deadline is Monday, August 31st, followed by a final deadline on Wednesday, September 30th.

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