Non-Profit Sponsorship for Filmmakers

The Coral Gables Cinemateque aims to support filmmakers with the battery of programs and initiatives making up the Miami Film Development Project. Part of supporting artists working in such a multi-dimensional craft involves offering solutions in funding and resources, employing creativity and innovation to solve the problems of filmmaking has always been at the forefront of the craft. 

Non-Profit Sponsorship is a solution being explored by filmmakers the world over to solve the problems of attracting potential funders for their projects. The Coral Gables Cinemateque, to support regional filmmaking, is extending Non-Profit Sponsorship opportunities to South Florida filmmakers in order to assist the daunting task of funding independent projects. 

For information about non-profit sponsorship and requirements for consideration, please read all the information below before applying. To apply for the Non-Profit Sponsorship, click the "Apply" button directly above.

What is Non-Profit Sponsorship?

The Coral Gables Cinemateque, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, sponsors projects with its non-profit status. This allows for sponsored projects to solicit tax-deductible donations from potential donors as well as allows individual filmmakers the ability to apply for grants and other funding opportunities exclusively available to non-profit organizations. MFDP's Non-profit Sponsorship DOES NOT fund any part of any projects. It's purpose and goal is to sponsor productions with our nonprofit status so that they may seek funding from foundations, private and public grants, donation pools, and other funding sources with full use of our organization's nonprofit status.  


Benefits of Non-Profit Sponsorship

- Non-profit 501(c)3 status for sponsored projects.
- Donations to sponsored projects are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law for all donors.
- Sponsored projects may seek funding traditionally reserved for non-profit entities.
- Sponsored projects are encouraged to participate in MFDP's In-Kind Sponsorship Program.
- Creative, fundraising and festival advising available for sponsored projects.
- Donor support and management provided by the Coral Gables Cinemateque for supported projects.
- Campaign marketing and outreach support for sponsored projects, (crowd-funding outreach, festival outreach, etc.)
- Open your project's funding campaign to possible new donors interested in supporting non-profit work!



To be considered for fiscal sponsorship, a project must meet the following criteria:

- At least 50% of the completed film must be shot in the South Florida region.
- At least 50% of the project's total cast & crew must predominantly live or work in South Florida.
- At least 50% of the project's key personnel must predominantly live or work in South Florida.
- Projects must have a minimum of scripts and key personnel locked before submitting an application for sponsorship.


Your Team

The largest part of making a great film is your team. Cinema that thrills, that brings audiences to the brink of movement and inspiration is undoubtedly created by filmmakers who are invested and prepared to execute their crafts. This doesn't always mean industry veterans or filmmakers who have worked on "x"-amount of film sets, but we will take into heavy consideration your team's filmmaking experience and past works in order to arrive at whether the complex plans of a particular project are able to be executed as well as they are conceived. 

When considering the application, make sure you have a strong team of artists and craftspeople attached to your project that can make the film a reality with reasonable means and constraints. Filmmaking is a team sport, and your film is only as good as your team. 


What Kind of Projects Are We Looking For?

The Coral Gables Cinemateque is not looking for projects in any particular genre. Instead, we're looking for projects that inspire and engage audiences emotionally, artistically and intellectually - projects that seek to bring audiences to the edges of their seats and challenge the limits and definitions of filmmaking and storytelling. We're looking to be thrilled, provoked and inspired by what you've got to offer. 

Great films are not equipped with singular themes, tropes, or styles. They don't all look or feel the same, and they don't always follow traditional models and ideas of what a film is "supposed to be". In the end, the only way to know for sure if your project is a good fit for sponsorship is to apply!