The 2015 Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund grants will be open for applications in September, with a deadline in October, and grants awarded in November. Please check back then for more details. 


The Goal: 
The goal of the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund is to help our filmmakers make creative, intelligent, low-budget films. Since Rooftop Films inception in 1997, the mission of the organization has been to support an independent filmmaking community, and to help filmmakers at all stages of the process, from production to exhibition. To read more about the history of the Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund and Production Collective, click here.

Who is eligible:
Any director who has ever screened a film at Rooftop Films may apply. Producers and other collaborators may apply, but only if the director (or co-director) of the film for which you are applying is a Rooftop alumni. Please note that only these filmmakers may apply for funding.  If you have NOT screened a film in our festival, you are NOT eligible. If you have questions regarding your eligibility, please email Rooftop Films Artistic Director Mark Elijah Rosenberg at filmfund [at] rooftopfilms [dot] com or call 718-417-7362 before applying.

If you are an eligible filmmaker and plan on applying, please RSVP as soon as possible by clicking on this link and filling out a simple form. This way we can gauge how many applicants to expect and will know to look for your application, lest it get lost in some way.  

The Process:
The Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund has seven grants available:

SHORT FILMS - guidelines
+ The Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund Short Film Grant.
+ The Rooftop Films / Domicile NYC Sound Mix Grant.
+ The Rooftop Films / DCTV Short Film Equipment & Services Grant.
+ The Rooftop Films / Adrienne Shelly Foundation Short Film Grant for Women.

+ The Rooftop Films / Piper-Heidsieck Feature Film Grant.
+ The Rooftop Films & Eastern Effects Equipment Grant.
+ The Rooftop Films & Edgeworx VFX / Titles / Animation Grant.
+ The Rooftop Films & Technological Cinevideo Services Camera Grant.

+ The Rooftop Films / DCTV Color Correction Grant.


Good luck! We’re excited to hear about your films, and to help them get made and get screened on the roof.

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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.