Chicago Digital Media Production Fund



February 24, 2015 - Chicago, IL -- Voqal and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce a call for proposals for the fourth round of funding through the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund (CDMPF). Applications may be submitted online starting on February 24, 2015 at the CDMPF Application Site. The application deadline is March 31, 2015. Winning projects will be announced in late May.


Over the past three years, the CDMPF has awarded a total of $250,000 in cash grants. Thirty-five talented Chicago-based digital media artists were awarded grants ranging from $1,500 - $10,000 for projects that focused on a variety of relevant social issues. Projects chosen for funding demonstrated a strong capacity to have a powerful community impact, while maintaining quality production values and aesthetics.


This year, the CDMPF will once again award a total of $100,000 for digital media projects that are intended to progress social change. Applicants may request up to $20,000 in funding, which is an increase from the previous maximum grant request of $10,000.


To qualify, applicants must reside in Cook County and production and/or post-production must take place in Chicago. Applicants may apply as an individual or under the auspices of a non-profit organization, as long as the organization is based in Cook County. Proposals from applicants of all ages will be considered.


All genres will be accepted, but content must be aimed at advancing social change and should be appropriate for youth*. Shorts or web series are most appropriate given the available funding; however, features will also be considered. In addition to digital videos, other digital media, such as interactive apps and games will also be considered.


An important stipulation of the grant is that all funded projects must be made available for free online by the completion deadline of May 15, 2016.


The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is a project of The Voqal Fund, and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers.

The Voqal Fund is dedicated to supporting the dissemination of alternative ideas and building a more engaged public to effect progressive social change and disrupt the status quo. Through various grant-making and fellowship initiatives, The Voqal Fund supports nonprofit organizations and individuals using media and technology to empower those who are politically, economically or socially disenfranchised.


Chicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit media arts organization that empowers local artists to create new work through production funding, equipment access, fiscal sponsorship, and other filmmaker services and resources; encourages the professional advancement of media artists through seminars, panel discussions, lectures, rough-cut and open screenings, as well as networking events and other opportunities for artistic exchange; and nurtures the development of aspiring filmmakers of all ages by offering classes, workshops, and summer camps. CF develops diverse film-going audiences through its year-round film and video exhibition programs and two annual film festivals.


For complete Production Fund GuidelinesHelpful Tips and FAQs, visit Chicago Filmmakers' website. To submit a proposal, please visit the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund Application Site


*In order to meet grant guidelines, a project's content must be available for free online distribution and, therefore, should not contain content that would be considered inappropriate for general public viewing. However, content does not need to be intended for youth in order to qualify for a CDMPF grant.