If you search for grants and barge in the requirements, you may have read some warnings. One of these is that the films and documentaries seldom receive funds. Private funders see them as one of the areas that do not make a big social impact. Thus, they seldom fund such projects.
For some good reasons, movies motivate people to begin a change. But non-profit organizations that create a film or report often fail to convince funders that have strict guidelines. Here are some reasons private foundations do not give grants to films and documentaries (FAD).
Why FAD Seldom Get Funds?
Short-term and has a Purpose of Less Merit.
A film is for short-term and are just artistic works to sway the mind of viewers. It is a project that aims to inspire them. But private funders are looking for a worthwhile purpose that brings an instant change. The thoughts really make it hard for FAD projects to get funds.
Mass Media or Liberal Arts students usually direct and produce FAD. These are projects that focus on social problems or to show creative knacks to seek public attention. As such, they seek sponsors to finance their projects from start to end. So if you are not a college students in this craft, you will find it hard to ask grants from private funding groups. These funders only consider programs that resolve community, national, or global problems.
Slim Chance to Influence People.
Private grants will not risk shelling out money on experimental ventures such as movies and narrative films. Even if a proposal is written to address the film’s national range, the film is not expected to bring forward influence until viewers collectively deem it so. Projects must incorporate achievable outcomes and must not simply rely on hunches.
Too Costly to Start Out a Project with No Anticipated Results.
In doing the project, you have to buy high-priced materials. Some funders are also strict on proposals that request for equipment funding. If you produce a film or a video-report, you have to purchase a video camera, spotlights, and video editing tools. Even if you avoid these things and lease for the gadgets, it will still cost much. Foundations do not fund such purchases. In fact, buying such materials is also a part of any foundation’s grant-giving methods.
Although films and documentaries are not so vital in bringing forth change, foundations that focused in the field of arts may fund your project. These are groups that take films and narrative reports as a medium to awaken and drive people to start the change.