Process and Review Criteria: MN/NYC Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Programs

Process and Review Criteria

As a first step in the process, Jerome Foundation staff pre-screen applications to verify eligibility along residency and discipline lines. In this process, staff rely on the resume, the artist statement, and specific information supplied on the application form. Resumes must include dates, total running times, and clear indications of what the applicant’s role is on each specific film, video or digital project. Any applicant who cannot clearly meet residency eligibility requirements, who is enrolled in an education program at any level at the time of application, whose role as a director/ultimate creative voice on at least two completed non-student past projects cannot be determined from the resume, and/or who is not clearly an emerging film/video/digital production artist will be eliminated at this stage.

Any applicant or grantee who falsifies application information will be eliminated from consideration and will (depending on when this becomes apparent) have her/his grant revoked and be ineligible to apply to any Jerome program in the future. If such falsification is discovered after a grant has been awarded, the Foundation will be entitled to a refund of all monies paid.

All eligible applications are reviewed by a panel of experts working in the field(s) of film, video and/or digital production. Panels are charged with recommending a roster of grantees and one or more alternates, in the event that a recommended grantee has abandoned, delayed beyond the allowable grant period, or completed her/his proposed project, or that the Board determines subsequent to the panel that an applicant is ineligible.

Panelists use work samples in particular as indicators of the quality of work and the mastery of a specific genre; filmmakers whose project represents an attempt to move into a new form should explain their reasons for wanting to make this move and include an explanation of how the work sample can be used as an indicator of ability in the proposed new form. Panelists do not visit websites, view additional materials, or consider samples that exceed limits of time and/or do not meet format requirement.

 In their consideration, panelists consider three and only three criteria: 

  1. The artistic merit of the applicant, as indicated by the work sample, resume and artist statement (Please consult FAQ section for fuller discussion of this criterion);
  2. The feasibility of the film project, as indicated by the film budget, specific details around logistics (including but not limited to anticipated shooting schedule, identification of collaborators, and viability of location(s), and sources of additional potential and/or secured funding; and
  3. The potential impact of the film in contributing to artistic development and career of the artist, as indicated by the artist statement.

In reaching the final roster of grantees and alternates, panels are charged to think, not only of the ability of every grantee to meet each criterion strongly, but of recommending a cohort of grantees that collectively capture the diversity (including aesthetic, cultural, racial, gender, geographic, relative scale and genre, among other factors) of the larger field of film, video and digital work.

Panel recommendations are reviewed by the Jerome Foundation Board of Directors, which has the sole authority to approve the panel recommendations and award grants.

Please do not contact the Foundation to inquire about the status of an application unless you have not heard by the published notification deadline.

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