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  • Call For Applications: Feature Film Grants

    Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 12:00AM / Members only



    Winter 2013 Feature Film Production Grants

      Application deadline: January 15, 2013

    San Francisco, CA - November 1, 2012 - In its continuing effort to promote original storytelling by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the Winter 2013 cycle of its narrative feature film production grants program.


    Applications are accepted for feature-length, narrative film projects in all stages of production by directors from eligible nations of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania. Applications may be submitted from November 15, 2012 through January 15, 2013, and granting decisions are announced in April 2013.*


    APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 15, 2013


    *For Applications, Eligibility Requirements and Granting Guidelines, please visit: www.globalfilm.org/granting.htm  


    About the Granting Program

    The Global Film Initiative's Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants per year, of up to $10,000 each, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. Funds received from grants are used to support completion of film production and to subsidize post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees, and access to advanced editing systems.


    Since the Initiative's founding in 2002, the Granting Program has awarded 132 grants to filmmakers worldwide. Grant recipients include:

    • BAD HAIR (PELO MALO), dir. Mariana Rondón, Venezuela

    International Producers Meeting selection of the 2012 Cartagena International Film Festival; 2011 Ibermedia Fund. GFI grant awarded in 2012.

    • BLESSED BENEFIT (INSHALLA I'STAFADET), dir. Mahmoud al Massad, Jordan

    L'Atelier selection of the 2012 Cannes Cinéfondation; Arte Award at the 2011 Dubai FIlm Connection; 2011 Rawi Middle East Screenwriters Lab selection; 2011 Abu Dhabi Film Commission Shasha Grant. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2012.

    • MISS LOVELY, dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, India

    Official Selection of the 2012 Mumbai Film Festival, 2012 Dharamshala Film Festival, 2012 Melbourne International Film Festival, 2012 South Asian International Film Festival, 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard, world premiere). GFI grant awarded in 2010.

    • PORT FATHER (PUERTO PADRE), dir. Gustavo Fallas Vargas, Costa Rica

    2012 Cinergia Fund; 2011 Ibermedia Fund; Cinepolis Award at the 2009 Morelia Lab. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2012.

    • WILDLIFE (KALAYAAN), dir. Adolfo Alix Jr., Philippines

    NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at the 2012 Warsaw Film Festival; Official Selection of the 2012 Busan International Film Festival and 2012 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2012.

    For more information about the Granting Program, please visit:  www.globalfilm.org/programs.htm 


    About the Global Film Initiative

    The Global Film Initiative is a U.S.-based international arts organization specializing in the support of independent film from Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Founded in 2002 to promote cross-cultural understanding through the language of cinema, the Initiative awards numerous grants to deserving filmmakers from around the world each year, and supports a touring film series entitled Global Lens. For more information about the Global Lens film series and Global Film Initiative programs, please visit:  http://globalfilm.org/programs.htm.


    The Global Film Initiative is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All proceeds from the Global Lens film series support international filmmaker grants, educational programming and resources, touring film exhibitions and other philanthropic initiatives and programs sponsored by the Global Film Initiative. 


    The Global Film Initiative

    145 Ninth Street, Suite 105
    San Francisco, California 94103 USA
    +(415) 934-9500 - phone

    +(415) 934-9501 - fax
    [email protected]

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  • The "Morning After" Interview @ RTHK

    Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 4:35PM / Members only

    We continue the 48HFP tradition of a "Morning After" interview with Phil Whelan's Morning Brew show at RTHK - hardcore filmmakers who even after a sleepless weekend can show up first thing the next Monday morning to share their experiences on the radio!

    Click here for the interview (2nd one in) or look up "Morning Brew" archives on the RTHK website:

    Come to the one-time screenings this Saturday (October 27)!  Buy your tickets from The Grand website:  www.thegrandcinema.com.hk

    More details on the screenings in the blog posts below...

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  • Filmmaking Weekend Credit Roll

    Sunday, Oct 21, 2012 11:56PM / Members only

    And that's a wrap!  15 out of 17 teams crossed the finish line, with our final qualifying team handing over media in the last 30 seconds!  (All 17 films will be screened at the Grand this weekend, see previous blog post for details.)  

    Thanks to all who participated and helped out, including all our teams (you did it guys!), our uber-organized volunteers Gloria & Christine, our amazing MCs Lee & Amy-Lou (you need to take that show on the road), our super-pro photog/videographer EC, our expert workshop instructors Seth & again EC, and of course my resourceful co-producer, Spencer.  

    Thanks again to all our sponsors:  International Academy of Film & Television, Pizza Express, The Flying Pan, Alive Not Dead, Absolute Bull, The Grand Cinema, and of course Joyce Is Not Here (she was there).

    Thanks to everyone who is supporting us to build this community of filmmakers in Hong Kong!

    Can't wait to see the films!!

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  • 3rd Hong Kong 48HFP Screenings....this Saturday!

    Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 5:07PM / Members only

    October 27, 2012
    5:00PM & 7:30PM
    The Grand Cinema, Elements, Kowloon

    Come out and see the results of 48 hours of blood, sweat, tears and filmmaking!

    Here are the teams that will be screening at each show, and genres being filmed by them RIGHT NOW!

    SCREENING GROUP A - 5:00PM show
    Bravo Company (Silent Film)
    Filmshop (Musical/Western)
    Halcyon Films (Vacation/Holiday Film)
    le shilundano (Mockumentary)
    Man I Love Film (Sci Fi)
    Ng-Goi-Shine (Drama)
    Slate 48 (Comedy)
    Team Of Shadows (Dark Comedy)
    WANCHAI POWER! (Comedy)

    SCREENING GROUP B - 7:30PM show
    @movphere (Horror)
    Bear Foot Production (Fantasy)
    Dragon (Detective/Cop)
    It's Fine Productions (Horror)
    Jesper & Friends (Sci Fi)
    Junk Shot (Silent Film)
    MDCT (Romance)
    The Wild Winning Cards (Dark Comedy)

    Tickets are available at The Grand website:  http://www.thegrandcinema.com.hk/

    Each screening will have an audience award winner - exercise your armchair critic and vote for our winners!

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  • HAF 2013 Project Submission Deadline Extended to Nov 5

    Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 3:20PM / Members only

    The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) has become Asia's premier film financing platform where filmmakers and producers connect with international financiers and other industry players every year. HAF has passed a decade of success and now enters its 11th edition. The 11th edition will take place during 18-20 March 2013 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and we cordially invite you to submit your film project to be part of this world-renowned event and win our prestigious cash and in-kind awards.


    In view of overwhelming response, we have extended the deadline for project to 5th Nov 2012. Up to HK$350,000 cash awards with HAF Award, HAF Script Development Fund, and HAF/FOX Chinese Film Development Award will be given to projects with outstanding originality.


    Information on selection criteria and required materials is available at http://www.haf.org.hk/haf/submission.htm. Apply now at http://www.haf.org.hk/projectentry13/haf_app_form.asp to capitalize on the various opportunities at the HAF. It would be very much grateful if you can also help spread this exciting news to your friends and colleagues!


    For more information about HAF, please visit www.haf.org.hk, or contact us at [email protected].

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