Application Form and Guidelines

Application Deadline:

Monday September 20, 2021 Midnight

Application Guidelines:

In the application guidelines you’ll find information on participant eligibility, participant ineligibility, the FILM 5 program structure, the program timeline and information on how applications are assessed.

FILM-5-Application-Guidelines-2021 – PDF

Application Form:

The FILM 5 Online Application Form 2021/22 must be completed by midnight on Monday September 20, 2021. In order for your application to be considered you must pay the $30 application fee.

The application will require you to include a link to an example of the director’s previous work and it will ask you to upload the following documents:

1. Script (Max 6 pages): Script development is a major component of the FILM 5 program. Applicants should not apply with a script they consider to be completely finished. Scripts should be suitable in length for a five minute short and should not propose special effects or technical requirements beyond what is generally available.

Celtx is a free screenplay formatting software that is easy to use and will make your script look professional.

2. Letter of Intent (each letter is one page max.) from each Team member: Please explain in your letter what you hope to gain by participating in the program, and how it fits into your overall professional development as a filmmaker. You can also use this space to explain any unclear eligibility criteria or feasibility issues arising from your script that need more explanation.

Letter of Intent Template.docx

3. Director’s Treatment (two page max.): This should be used to discuss the Director’s vision, such as plans for cinematography, sound design, art direction, editing, casting, performance etc. It may be helpful to reference other films and/or to discuss your influences as a filmmaker and artist.

*** A note about Cultural Representation: If your story is set primarily in a community (racial, ethno-cultural, religious, sexual, ability, class etc.) your team are not members of, please provide a statement explaining your connection to the community, your intention in telling the story, and what steps you have taken, and will take, to address the issue of representation.

Director’s Treatment Template.docx

4. Budget in Telefilm format (see template link): Use the amended template provided, which separates cash and in kind services. Delete or “hide” lines and categories that do not apply to your project (your budget should not be 30 pages long). It is not necessary to include the deferred rates of crew or other deferrals external to the FILM 5 sponsorships.

FILM 5 Budget Template.xls

5. Filmography and Resume for each Team member: For any films listed include your role, the length, format and any awards or screenings. Even if you don’t have a large amount of direct film experience, highlight jobs with transferable skills.

Online Application form for 2021/22

FILM 5 Budget Template:

Please use this template to create the budget for your FILM 5 application. You will be using this same template throughout the program.

FILM 5 Budget

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