Posted: 01/22/2012



by Elaine Hegwood Bowen

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Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is now accepting proposals!

The Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation and Chicago Filmmakers are pleased to announce that the new “Chicago Digital Media Production Fund” is now accepting proposals.

Independent film and video makers based in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are invited to apply for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. Innovative video projects intended for online distribution by established, emerging and young artists could qualify for cash grants of up to $10,000 toward the project’s production and completion. All genres will be accepted, but content should be aimed at advancing progressive social change and be appropriate for youth (though not necessarily intended exclusively for youth). Distribution plans must include free availability on the web by May 15, 2013 in order to reach the widest possible audience.

Short productions are preferred, but features will be considered. Individual applicants must reside in Cook County. Non-profit organizations are also eligible to apply as long as they are based in Cook County. The deadline for applications is March 19, 2012. Winning projects will be announced in mid April. There is no application fee.

The fund is a project of the Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation and is administered by Chicago Filmmakers. For complete guidelines and an application, visit Chicago Filmmakers’ website:

For more information, call Chicago Filmmakers at 773-293-1447, or email

Elaine Hegwood Bowen Is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago, who also serves as a news editor for

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