Apply for the 2021 Chicago Digital Media Production Fund

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Applications are now open for Chicago Filmmakers’ Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF). The CDMPF supports Chicago-based filmmakers and digital media artists whose work encourages social change.

Voqal has supported the CDMPF since 2012. Since its conception, the program has awarded a total of $750,000 to 75 Chicago-area artists. The only program of its kind in the Chicago-area, the CDMPF provides critical funding, up to $20,000, for the production or completion of projects intended for online exhibition and distribution. Productions funded by CDMPF include award-winning web series, groundbreaking short documentaries, interactive media projects, and more.

The CDMPF seeks socially conscious video and media projects that are compelling, authentic, impactful, and transformative. To reach the widest possible audience and promote social change, the grant requires that all productions funded be available and accessible for free online viewing within one year of completion.

The program is open to artists local to the Chicago-area with varying levels of experience. All genres are eligible but the content must address current social justice issues and/or represent the points of view of those historically marginalized by mainstream media because of their sexual orientation, race, class, religion, ability, immigration, or another minority status. Projects by women, transgender and gender non-conforming, and artists of color are especially encouraged.

To receive funding during this year’s application window, individuals should apply by no later than April 23.

To learn more, including how to register for an upcoming information session, visit the Chicago Filmmakers website.