2020 Call for Entries
The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant supports self-identifying women and gender nonconforming individuals 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 or more grants 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 director or a key member of the creative team.
To apply for the grant, please email the following materials to The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant, firstname.lastname@example.org, between May 15, 2020 and July 1, 2020.
**The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant is a small, volunteer-run program, and we are unable to respond to telephone or email inquiries. All the information to apply can be found below.**
Please format the following files within a single PDF document.
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. Please note, total budgets should not exceed $200,000.
3. A short bio for the director, 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 for which you’re applying, or an example of previous work. The work sample should be available as a Vimeo link. If the video is set to private, please include a password. More information on Vimeo compression guidelines can be found here. Privacy settings and other answers can be found in the Vimeo Help Center.
Please do not send more material than requested. We are a small, volunteer-run program, and incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered. Thanks for your understanding!
Please send all materials via email to: email@example.com. Subject Line: “[Your Name] / 2020 Application”
Applications must be received by end of day (11:59pm EST) on July 1, 2020.
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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 27 filmmakers.