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Sarah Jacobson Film Grant

2019 Call for Entries

The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant supports self-identifying female, transgender, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming artists “whose work embodies some of the things that Sarah stood for: a fierce DIY approach to filmmaking, a radical social critique, and a thoroughly underground sensibility.” This year we plan to give out one grant of $2,500 to support film projects.

We are open to films of any length and genre, from documentary to experimental to narrative. We’re looking for projects that in some way embody Sarah’s spirit and represent the values that she articulated in her work—powerful representations of women, a do-it-yourself approach to filmmaking and life, and a passionate commitment to advancing equality without sacrificing fun.

We award grants to projects at any stage of production, including post-production, but not for marketing or publicity. The grant is open to international applicants. Applications should be submitted by the filmmaker – not by a producer or another person.

To apply for the grant, please email the following materials to The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant,, between May 1, 2019 and June 15, 2019.

**The Free History Project is a small, volunteer-run organization, so we are unable to respond to telephone or email inquiries. All the information to apply can be found below.**

Application Materials:

Please format all text files as PDFs.

1. A synopsis/treatment of the project you wish to fund (no more than 3 pages). This should include a detailed description of the film—its subject, style, and structure—and of your intended audience and distribution strategy. Please also explain why your project is appropriate for this grant.

2. A simple one-page budget for the project. Also include a paragraph describing other funding you have received for this project and how you would use the money from this grant.

3. A short bio for the filmmaker, as well as any significant collaborators.

4. Contact information, including your name, email, phone number, and mailing address.

5. A single work sample: either a trailer or rough-cut of the project you’re applying for the grant with, or an example of previous work. The work sample should available as a Vimeo link. You can set your video to private if you don’t want the material available online, but please be sure and send us the password! More information on formatting for Vimeo can be found on their very helpful guidelines page: Privacy settings and other questions are discussed on their FAQ page:

Please do not send more material than requested. We’re a small, volunteer-run organization, so incomplete or incorrect applications cannot be considered. Thanks for your understanding!

Please send all materials via email to: Subject Line: “[Your Name] / 2019 Application”

Applications must be received by end of day (11:59pm EST) on June 15, 2019.

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About Sarah

Sarah Jacobson (1971–2004) was a an independent filmmaker who wrote, produced, and directed several movies in the 1990s, including “Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Any More” and “I Was a Teenage Serial Killer.” Sarah’s films reflected her punk sensibilities, her feminist beliefs, and her dedication to DIY principles.

After her death, filmmaker Sam Green and Sarah’s mother established the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant for young women “whose work embodies some of the things that Sarah stood for: a fierce DIY approach to filmmaking, a radical social critique, and a thoroughly underground sensibility.” Since 2004, the grant has been awarded to 26 filmmakers.

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