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The Film Dayton Initiative

The Film Dayton Initiative is concerned with supporting, retaining, and attracting local creative talent, a key indicator of the region’s ability to achieve economic competitiveness in a creative economy. Film Dayton will leverage existing assets of regional filmmakers, cast and crew, institutional programs, and related technology in order to grow the existing industry and to export the region’s film product. This will raise awareness of the region and it’s strengths.

The goals of Film Dayton are to establish an endowment that will fund grants to local filmmakers who are making films in the region, and to host an annual film festival- beginning in 2009- eventually featuring films funded by Film Dayton.

Team Members:
Debra Wilburn
Ron Rollins
Andy Snow
Matt Joseph
Drew Fuller

Current Steps:
1) Research creation of film festival.
2) Develop a business plan.
3) Identify donors, establish endowment.

The first major volunteer meeting is expected to be held in April- check back for more information soon!

4 Responses to “The Film Dayton Initiative”

  1. Tim Gaffney says:

    Film initiative: Since you are looking for donors:

    From http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=209800008:

    Posted on March 27, 2008
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    Deadline: May 15, 2008
    Funding Exchange Announces New Guidelines for Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media
    The Funding Exchange’s Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media supports media activism and grassroots organizing by funding the pre-production and distribution of social issue film and video projects as well as the production and distribution of radio projects made by local, state, national, or international organizations and individual media producers.

    The fund invites applications for projects of all genres that address critical social and political issues, combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium, and demonstrate understanding of how the production will be used for progressive social justice organizing.

    The fund makes grants to radio projects in all production stages and to film and video projects in the pre-production or distribution stages only. The fund does not support production or post-production costs for film and video projects. The fund does not provide support to project budgets or projects of organizations with annual budgets of more than $500,000.

    The maximum grant award is $20,000; most grants range between $5,000 to $15,000.

    See the Funding Exchange Web site to download complete program guidelines and an application form.

    Link to Complete RFP

    Primary Subject: Arts and Culture
    Geographic Funding Area: National

  2. Stephen Kallenberg says:

    This sounds like a really fascinating opportunity. I have a great passion for acting and filmmaking. Is there a way that I can get involved and volunteer or something? If someone could get back to me, that would be wonderful. I’ve left my e-mail above. Here it is again.

    -Stephen Kallenberg-

  3. Monavie says:

    I like your suggestions. The fund makes grants to radio projects in all production stages and to film and video projects in the pre-production or distribution stages only.

  4. VanGuy says:

    I’ve been to Sundance and the real draw is not just the Film Festival it’s the location and the tons of activities you can do there. So if you start a festival you really need to focus on Airport Access in and out and having tons of things to do while people are there. Think about all the really popular film festivals and you’ll see that location is the primary motivation to bring in the big boys for a couple of days to drop big big bucks in your community.

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