Chicago Digital Media Production Fund

The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is currently accepting new grant proposals! The submission deadline is Monday, April 18, 2016. Click to Apply.

The Production Fund is intended to support digital media works that encourage social change. The grant requires that all works funded are available for free online viewing upon completion in order to reach the widest possible audience. The Production Fund supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for young and emerging artists.

Last year, Voqal Fund and Chicago Filmmakers announced that in its fourth year of funding, the Production Fund had awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to eight Chicago-area digital media artists' projects in amounts ranging from $3,500 to $19,000. This year, the Production Fund will once again award $100,000 in grants up to $20,000 each for independent digital media projects that seek to advance progressive social change.

Current Grantees


“What is it like to be blind? Is it the same as closing your eyes or wearing a blindfold?


Laces explores the complexities of black youth identity with regard to consumerism.


McTucky Fried High stands as one of the only openly LGBTQ animated series to date.

LORI FELKER, $14,500

Moving is a new web/video project by filmmaker and artist Lori Felker consisting of 12 video portraits highlighting a dozen Chicago women.


Surveillance. Civil liberties. Protests. Arrests.

ANDY RESEK, $14,500

This four-part series will focus on the community of Wolf Lake, previously an industrial dumping ground bordering Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

SAM BAILEY, $19,000

You're So Talented is a series following Bea, an out of work Chicago artist, as she navigates her twenties and all of its inevitab


Submit a complete online application.
Within the application, submit required attachments including proof of residency, project timeline, budget, screenplay or treatment, key talent/crew bios, and budget narrative.
Submit a link to at least one sample work and, if available, a sample of the work for which you are applying.