GRANTING: Summer 2011 Grantees Announced!

Grantees include eight-director Mexican ensemble production, THE ROOM, and acclaimed Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir’s sophomore feature, WHEN I SAW YOU

On location for Annemarie Jacir's WHEN I SAW YOU

They submitted and we reviewed. Of course, what went into each process cannot be summed up in just a few words.

Nearly 100 films in various stages of production sent in applications, detailing their hard work, passion and vision. From every corner of the world—including first-time submissions from East Timor, Guatemala and Sri Lanka—filmmakers and producers mailed carefully-composed packages that contained the fruits of their labor (thankfully, they didn’t send the blood, sweat and tears shed in the process).

We went through each application (representing 44 nations in all) reading scripts, watching rough cuts, and writing detailed coverage of each film. It wasn’t an easy or obvious decision, but we did end up choosing ten exciting projects to award production funds, and are thrilled by the creativity and brilliance in each one.

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GRANTING: Winter 2011 Grantees Announced–Now Accepting for Summer 2011 Granting Cycle!

The Winter 2011 granting cycle: applications for over 31 different countries!

The GFI team hard at work during the Winter 2011 granting meeting

Granting season at the GFI office is a time of excitement and inspiration, and after reading over many applications and screenplays seeking production funds, it often becomes a time of passionate debate! The choice of grantees is never an easy one, and this year was no different—the projects were truly some of the most unique and impressive we’ve seen yet.

Not surprisingly, many hours and days went into this cycle’s decisions, and in the end, we selected ten projects of which we’re very proud and delighted to support.

Of course, this also means we’re ready to start accepting grant applications for the Summer 2011 granting cycle! Visit http://www.globalfilm.org/granting.htm for guidelines and applications. Good luck!

GRANTING: Victor Viyuoh on Filmmaking in Cameroon

Victor Viyouh (right), director of Ninah's Dowry

Last year, GFI awarded Cameroonian director Victor Viyuoh a production grant to support completion of his film, Ninah’s Dowry. Such grants, as many of you know, are awarded twice a year to filmmakers who present us with unique cinematic visions of the world (or rather, their world). And since our founding, we have supported films that cover every kind of story one might imagine–from a behind the scenes look at Bollywood to films about wrestlers, politics, and, in Victor’s case, marriage in Cameroon.

However, as is often the situation, we sometimes find that the story behind the ‘vision’ is just as engaging as the film it produces–something Victor recently reminded us of after sending an email recounting the various difficulties he and his production crew faced while trying to film Ninah’s Dowry in Cameroon.

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Screen Africa: Global Fund Reaches Out

Screen Africa talks to GFI and other funders about what it means to “support” Africa

“The revered Senegalese filmmaker Ousame Sembene once said that ‘funds make beggars out of Africans.’ [GFI Director of Programs, Santhosh Daniel] responds, ‘This is always an interesting question to consider, and I think it truly depends on how the funds are given: to support the growth of African cinema or to seed and appropriate stories that support a western notion of Africa and ultimately, prove to be more profitable for the world external to Africa, than Africa itself.”

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