The CISCFF Grant

The Chicago International Social Change Film Festival will be sponsoring one filmmaker a $5,000 grant to produce a film that are unique and make a contribution to society for the sake of social development.

Grant Guidelines

We fund short films, documentaries, and independent features under this amount. We want films that are unique and make a contribution to society. Through this film grant, we fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films, and films that touch hearts. We like films that expose and bring important information to light, we like films on little known people when there is a good story. We are storytellers and that is the main criteria for entering and winning our grants. Stories that can initiate change within society and stories that can heal and enrich our lives are what we are looking for.

We are looking for: Film and Video projects that are unique and benefit society.
  • New projects.

  • Works-in-progress.

  • Length is not a consideration.

Who is eligible to apply

This film grant is available for short film and low budget independent filmmakers, as well as documentary filmmakers. We have expanded to further our goals of creating films that are unique and make a contribution to society. Student filmmakers, independent producers, or independent production companies are all welcome.

Who is not eligible to apply

You cannot apply if you are an employee, board member, an employee of any of the sponsors, or a family member of any employee of the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival.

In your application we would like to know the following:

1) What audiences will be interested in your film? Please describe the target audience(s) for your project, including any underserved audiences.
2) How do you plan to reach these audience(s)? Describe your plans for broadcast, theatrical screenings, educational and/or community group.
3) If you have a trailer for the film you are making, send it with your application and, if you have completed any prior films, we would like to see them too.

Grant Application Form
Please read application Instructions & Guidelines carefully before completing. Suggested donation application fee is $25.00 USD or $15.00 USD for students (with a copy of student ID).

After filling out this form:

1. Press 'SUBMIT (To E-Mail your Grant Application)

2. Mail a hard copy of your responses along with your check and other materials to
Chicago International Social Change Film Festival.
Attn: Todd Belcore
23 East 26th Street, Unit 2
Chicago, IL. 6060

Early Deadline: June 1st
Regular Deadline: September 1st

All applications must be postmarked by the official grant deadline date. Chicago International Social Change Film Festival requests an Associate Producer credit. This application, if chosen as a winner, may be published or used to educate other filmmakers by Chicago International Social Change Film Festival.

You will need to submit the following items in addition to this online application:

1. A printed copy of this application form.
2. Prior tapes, clips, etc.
3. Checks should be made out to "Chicago International Social Change Film Festival".