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Get Paid $25,000 To Make a Climate Change Documentary

Make a documentary about climate change and get paid $25,000, network connections and more.

SFFILM, previously known as the San Francisco Film Society, has announced a partnership with Vulcan Productions for a new opportunity for aspiring filmmakers looking to tell stories about the most important conservation and environmental issue facing our planet.

“Stories about the environment and conservation that inform and enlighten have never been more important. SFFILM is the perfect partner to support emerging filmmakers in telling these vital stories. Through the SFFILM/Vulcan Environmental Fellowship, we hope to enable greater storytelling on today’s critical environmental issues,” Carole Tomko, General Manager and Creative Director of Vulcan Productions explains.

The fellowship is open to all documentary filmmakers around the world, as long as they can travel to San Francisco to get support from the SFFILM FilmHouse Residency. If you land the fellowship, it not only comes with $25,000 but an advisor on your environmental topic, and access to SFFILM’s artist development services. It also provides travel to San Francisco and Seattle for workshops in filmmaking, the environment, and the entertainment industry.

There is a major emphasis on being an experienced filmmaker, so you’re a stronger candidate if you have made a movie or two. All you need to do to get started is to complete a Letter of Inquiry through the SFFILM portal (which includes basic categories like Topic Summary, Artistic Approach, Budget—must be under $3 million—and Distribution Strategy).

If you think climate change is fake, you should not apply. Otherwise, get started on the SFFILM application, and best of luck! The deadline is Monday, March 5th.

What you receive 

  • A $25,000 cash grant
  • Guidance from advisors with expertise in the specific environmental issue they are exploring
  • Travel to San Francisco and Seattle to participate in workshops on filmmaking and environmental activism
  • Lesson plans for educational outreach, developed by SFFILMEducation staff
  • Strategic consultation from SFFILM and Vulcan Productions staff, including SFFILM and Vulcan filmmakers and policy, science and technology experts, as well as documentary mentors, who will advise the fellow artistically while providing industry support that will allow the filmmakers to successfully enter fundraising and production


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