The Oxford Film Festival will be offering grant opportunities for local filmmakers through the Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Mississippi. Filmmakers from Mississippi can submit their application online along with their idea for a short documentary on social issues. Small grants will be awarded to an application and their documentary will be screened at the Oxford Film Festival in February 2019.
The Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Mississippi aims to assist micro-budgeted, expediently produced progressive or radical short films that aggressively investigate social injustice. Ideal projects will run 2-5 minutes in length and require no more than $2,500 in total budget. Projects may broach a number of larger issues, including those of violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, and gun control, but the ideal proposal will be deeply specific.
Prospective filmmakers should submit a one-page treatment, an expected total budget for their project, a description of intention for funds awarded, key crew bios, a prior sample work no more than 5 minutes in length, and an outreach strategy.
Preference will apply to filmmakers who are invested in documenting oppressed communities of which they are a part. While all involved organizations champion creative allyship, these grants seek to support the lenses of those who know injustice firsthand and are able to quickly bring awareness to specific injustices within these communities.
Project proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on October 31, 2018, and can be done here.
To be eligible for the Magnifying Glass Fellowship in Mississippi, your project must be completed and ready to screen by January 2, 2019.