LEF New England Now Accepting Moving Image Fund Letters of Inquiry for Projects in Production & Post-production Through January 20

Image description: Over a stained-glass pattern of different shades of blue, white and bright blue text reads: “Now Accepting Production & Post-production Letters of Inquiry, Deadline: Friday, January 20.” The LEF Moving Image Fund logo appears in the bottom right corner.

LEF’s Moving Image Fund is now accepting letters of inquiry for projects in Production and Post-production.

A maximum of seven (7) grants of $15,000 each will be awarded to projects in the Production phase, and a maximum of four (4) grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to projects in the Post-production phase during LEF’s major grants review. Please note that in order to be eligible for Post-production support, the project for which you are applying must have received previous LEF support.

Learn more about guidelines and eligibility by reading the full announcement. Letters of Inquiry can completed through LEF’s Submittable.

Submitting a MIF letter of inquiry is also an opportunity to express interest in being considered for the Harvard FSC-LEF Fellowship, an opportunity for Boston-area filmmakers to receive a jointly-funded $10,000 grant, access to FSC’s pool of production and post-production equipment, and participation in the Harvard FSC community through work-in-progress screenings, workshops, and other activities. Find out more about this opportunity on our website.

To learn more about these upcoming opportunities, LEF staff will be hosting a virtual info session on Zoom from 1:00 – 2:00pm ET on Monday, December 5. Register for the info session here.

An Update to MIF Applications

This year, in a continued effort to standardize the application process for filmmakers who may be applying to multiple funds, LEF has used the latest Nonfiction Core Application as a template to update the Moving Image Fund LOI and Full Application forms. The LEF letter of inquiry form now includes an additional 2022 question drawn from the updated Nonfiction Core Application and clarifying language about existing LEF questions. The MIF full application will further reflect updated and added questions, for which you can get an initial sense by visiting the Nonfiction Core Application website.

Our hope is that any updates and additional questions in our forms will provide the opportunity for applicants to expand upon their approaches to access, accountability, and community care in their projects.

Announcing LEF’s Fall Grant Cycle

LEF is excited to announce that our grant cycle to support projects in Pre-production and Early Development, which historically included a deadline in mid-June and a decision in late July, is shifting to slightly later in the year.

The next grant cycle will have a deadline on August 7, 2023 with a decision in early October. Mark your calendars!

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