In-Kind Sponsorship For Filmmakers
Great stories deserve to be told! The Miami Film Development Project helps filmmakers bring their project to the screen by leasing production equipment to approved South Florida based productions, for free. The goal of the In-Kind Sponsorship Program is to make high quality film production widely accessible to South Florida filmmakers who seek to produce inspired works of art.
Before applying for in-kind sponsorship, make sure to read below about the In-Kind Sponsorship Program, specific requirements for consideration, and info on what kind of projects we're looking to sponsor.
What Is In-Kind Sponsorship?
The Miami Film Development Project sponsors projects with production equipment and resources. We can't always fund every project that comes to us for support. The In-Kind Sponsorship Program allows us to continue assisting South Florida filmmakers producing inspiring, engaging cinema beyond the capacity of funding. With in-kind sponsorship, South Florida filmmakers have an opportunity to lower the cost of their productions significantly without compromising production value.
To be considered for in-kind 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.
-Productions must have proof of production insurance coverage, (including equipment floater coverage equal to the retail value of all equipment donated .)
- Productions must have a minimum of scripts and key personnel locked before submitting an application for sponsorship.
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?
MFDP 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!