In their fifth year of partnership, New Orleans Film Society and IF/Then Shorts have joined forces to offer a fund and rough cut residency for filmmakers from the American South with documentary shorts in post-production/approaching rough cut. The South Shorts Grant and Residency will support films under 30 minutes that explore a range of socially, politically and culturally relevant topics that are rooted in the region. Filmmakers with shorts in post-production living and working in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia are eligible to apply.
Four projects will receive a $5,000 post-production grant and participate in a five-week long online rough cut lab, culminating with an invitation-only rough cut screening as a part of the 2021 New Orleans Film Festival. Following the lab and festival, filmmakers will receive distribution consultation and festival strategy to help get their film out into the world.
Applications are now open and will close on August 4 at 11:59pm EST. For more information on how to apply: neworleansfilmsociety.org/south-shorts/
At the ACS, we believe that if we provide filmmakers an arena to exhibit their talents, and film enthusiasts a healthy diet of quality programming, we can inspire more Arkansans to make and watch more films. By supporting filmmakers, festivals, theaters and young people interested in filmmaking throughout the state, we hope to create statewide network, pool Arkansas’s resources and be an umbrella organization that feeds all things film. We believe a rising tide lifts all boats.
To be a filmmaker, we have to connect to create. A painter needs a brush, paint and a canvas. A director needs a writer, a cinematographer, a sound mixer, production designer, editor, actors, distributors, and an audience. We cannot do it alone. This art form forces one to collaborate and thus, creates jobs. Filmmaking is unique in the arts in this way. It takes an army.