2017 #CREATELOUISIANA FRENCH CULTURE FILM GRANT

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN I MAKE MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS AS A DIRECTOR?

No. One application may be submitted per Director.

IF OUR PROJECT HAS CO-DIRECTORS, DO WE STILL NEED A SEPARATE PRODUCER? 

Yes.

CAN A PRODUCER BE LISTED ON MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS?

Yes.

CAN I SERVE AS A DIRECTOR ON ONE APPLICATION AND A PRODUCER ON ANOTHER?

Yes.

 

AM I REQUIRED TO HAVE A PRODUCER ATTACHED TO MY PROJECT AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION?
Yes, the producer is evaluated as part of the application process. The applicant director may not also serve as the producer. At least two separate people must comprise the roles of director and producer. However, the director or producer may also serve as the writer.

 

IS THE #CREATELOUISIANA FRENCH CULTURE FILM GRANT OPEN TO STUDENT FILMMAKERS?
Yes, provided that the student applicant meets the Louisiana residency requirement. Student applicants will be evaluated alongside non-student applicants using the same criteria.

 

DO I NEED FISCAL SPONSORSHIP TO APPLY FOR THIS GRANT?

No.

HOW DETAILED MUST MY BUDGET BE AT THE APPLICATION STAGE?
Your budget must be complete with all applicable line items accounted for. Please make sure to include any deferrals and in-kind donations.

I AM APPLYING WITH A DOCUMENTARY FEATURE. WHAT IF I HAVEN’T EDITED ANY SELECTED SCENES? In a grant review process, it can be challenging to compare documentary projects at various stages of execution. To level the playing field, this grant is specifically designed to fund documentary projects where production or post-production are already underway. To this end, we expect that access must be demonstrated in the application and there should have been sufficient filming to produce at least one scene. We completely understand that this scene will not be at the fine cut stage.

 

CAN I SOLICIT MY OWN CONTRIBUTIONS AND DEFERRALS AND INCLUDE THEM IN THE PROPOSED BUDGET AND FINANCING PLAN?
Yes. As with any production, the selected filmmaker and his or her producer are responsible for arranging any additional financing required above and beyond that committed by the #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant. Additional financing may include personal contributions, crowd sourcing and cast or crew deferrals. If you have grants in place, or plan to pursue them, your budget and financing plan should reflect this source of support.

I HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS A FINALIST. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Five semi-finalist teams will be selected from stage one. They will each have approximately two weeks to prepare for stage two. Stage two is a private pitch/interview in front of the grant review committee. Of the five semi-finalists, one recipient will be selected as the grant recipient.

 

WHO HAS CREATIVE CONTROL OF THE PROJECT?
Final editorial and creative control rests with the selected recipient team of the award. #CreateLouisiana should be kept abreast of developments prior to, during and after production. The disbursement of funds will be contingent on cost reports submitted to and approved by #CreateLouisiana. #CreateLouisiana does reserve the right to screen the final locked film before release.

 

WHAT DOES IN-KIND MEAN?

In-kind consists of those services, goods and/or facilities donated to the project. Examples of in-kind contributions include volunteer time, donated supplies, use of equipment, and donated office space. If you use a loaned camera or editorial system, the in-kind cost is what you would have to pay if you had to rent it. The director or producer’s unpaid time at work on the project can be counted as an in-kind salary. Filmmakers may choose a flat rate for the entire project, or a weekly rate or monthly rate in scale with the rest of the project budget. The in-kind funds may seem high, but the #CreateLouisiana reviewers will value projects that detail the contributions and craftiness of the project team.

CAN I SAVE MY APPLICATION AND COME BACK TO IT LATER?

Yes. We use Formstack for application submissions. At the bottom of each page, there is a link to "Save and Resume Later." Click on this link and you will be prompted to enter your email address. Formstack will email you a link where you can access your application in the future. You can use this link any time within the next 30 days to resume answering questions within the application. NOTE: Please save this link in a secure place. Without the link, the data you have entered cannot be retrieved, and you will have to start filling out the form at the beginning. 

Unfortunately, Formstack does not save your uploaded documents as part of this feature. You should hold off on uploading documents until you are ready to submit your application. They will NOT save as part of the "Save and Resume" feature.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE SIZE OF MY PDF UPLOADS?

Yes. Formstack will allow each application submission to include 25 MB worth of file uploads (this is for ALL submitted PDF documents required of the application). To meet this size limit, you may need to compress any larger files in your application through a site like Smallpdf.  

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

With any other questions please contact #CreateLouisiana at info@createlouisiana.com

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