How to Apply
|Your application is not only to the Film Society as a potential fiscal sponsor, it is a blueprint that you will use to secure funding by applying to grants or to present to individual contributors. Direct your application towards potential funders as well as the Film Society. Our goal is to help you build the best proposal possible so you can go forward and be successful raising funds to make your project. |
This will most likely be the first of many revisions you will prepare for your project as it evolves. Think of it as an ongoing business plan that you will update as changes are made and you develop your knowledge and vision.
July 16, 2014 (see below for Express Service)
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Applications received after the above deadline will be automatically submitted for the next application period.
We review applications every four months. If you would like us to accept an application out of cycle or would like a faster response, we offer Express Service. This service requires an additional fee of $60 (total application fee of $100) and guarantees timely review of your application. Please note that the Express Service does not guarantee acceptance into the Fiscal Sponsorship program, but rather faster consideration for it.
Please note that we do not always offer Express Service. To find out whether we will be able to process your express application please contact Documentary Program Coordinator Athena Kalkopoulou indicating the date you would like to hear from us by. Once your Express Service application is accepted, please allow at least 10 business days for us to review it.
Contract with the San Francisco Film Society
Once you are approved into the Fiscal Sponsorship program you will be required to sign a contract with the San Francisco Film Society. If you would like to see the contract prior to the application process, please let us know. Contracts cannot be individualized and changes in the contract will not be permitted after you have been approved into the program. If you have further questions, please contact Documentary Program Coordinator Athena Kalkopoulou.
We prefer that the filmmaker/project director is our main contact as we believe it facilitates more opportunities for the project but we recognize that filmmakers often need to hire someone to help them with the administrative aspects of the project.
You can now add on an administrator as an additional contact on your project. This person can correspond with SFFS in all matters relating to the project e.g., grant application paperwork and donations inquiries etc. There will be a one time administrator fee of $25 but the administrator is not required to be a current member or be on the contract. All we require is a name and an email address. Please note, the project administrator is only an additional contact for the project and cannot be a substitute for the project's primary contact. The Primary and secondary contact(if applicable) must be current pro-level members. If you have any questions about the role of administrator please contact the sponsorship department.
Grant Applications to government organizations
Please note that due to a change in grant regulations, SFFS will no longer be submitting applications on filmmakers' behalf to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Please contact us if you have further questions.
Please note: While we encourage filmmakers to apply to the San Francisco Internation Film Festival, Cinema by the Bay and grants offered by our organization, being fiscally sponsored by the San Francsico FIlm Society does not guarantee acceptance into any of the above programs.