Documentary Exploration Grants
Background and Purpose:
The Colorado College Documentary Exploration Grants seek to use documentary filmmaking as a means to tell today’s most powerful stories. Given the ability of film to support interdisciplinary conversations and analysis, students across campus are invited to apply for grants to research and create character-driven documentary films that push them outside their comfort zone and challenge their worldview. Competitive projects will explore personal, social, environmental, or cultural perspectives; engage an audience
The grant also encourages students to take advantage of the network of CC alumni in the documentary filmmaking space. Students will be able to tap into the collective expertise of these alumni through close mentorship throughout the life of the project. Based on need, one or two alumni will help guide the filmmaking journey.
Grants will range from $500 - $10,000 based on the budgetary needs of the proposed project. Projects should be entirely student produced.
Grant monies may not be used to purchase filmmaking equipment or other gear that becomes the property of the student; however, gear rental, travel, food costs, special services, finishing and festival costs, and other expenses may be supported.
All students, regardless of major and including graduating seniors, in good academic standing are eligible to apply, assuming they meet the requirements spelled out in the application. Filmmaking teams are supported and encouraged.
February 1: Application opens
April 5: Applications due
April 23-24: Finalists interviewed, if needed
May 8: Recipients announced at Honors Convocation
Completed projects will be shown
PLEASE APPLY BY CLICKING THE BUTTON TO THE RIGHT
Elevator Pitch (2-3 sentences)
Qualifications (1-2 paragraphs + link and letter)
Description of relevant coursework and/or experience
Work Sample (previous film)
Background in subject matter
Letter of support from a faculty member or alumna/us
Synopsis (2 paragraphs)
Overview Anticipated Plot
Characters Narrative trajectory
Topic (1-2 paragraphs)
Why make this film? Themes
Issue(s) it addresses and how Challenges
Approach (2 paragraphs)
Access to story and characters
Technical approach – camera platform, editing software, etc.
Intended Audience and Outcome (1 paragraph)
What audience do you intend to reach?
How will you evaluate your project's personal/social/cultural impact?
If you have a non-profit partnership, please list the organization.
Distribution Plan (1 paragraph)
How will the film be seen?
Collaboration (1-2 paragraphs)
If this is a team project, please outline how the collaboration will work and what strengths each member brings to the project
Internship/Mentorship (1 paragraph)
Is there a specific alumna/us that would be the best fit for your project? Why?
Projected timeline, with dates, for pre-production, production, post-production