FAQ : CARY FUKUNAGA PRODUCTION FUND

WHAT HAPPENS IF I WIN?

By accepting the fund, you will agree to abide by the below:

  • Production Deadline of 2 Years: Fund recipients will be asked to provide a cut of your completed film by no more than 24 months after receipt of the fund (e.g. Summer 2022 recipients will be expected to provide a cut by Summer 2024).

    • Failure to meet these deadlines will result in the forfeiture of remaining funding.

  • Fund recipients will work closely with their thesis advisor and the Grad Film Chair to ensure their production meets Grad Film thesis standards.

  • Awarded funds cannot be used for any other project--only the one for which the applicant applied.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE 2022 FUND?

Current Grad Film Students with a narrative short project who have completed the first two years of coursework (or are in the process of completing the final semester) and have yet to begin their thesis projects.

CAN I APPLY NEXT YEAR?

Yes. You can apply as long as you have not begun production on your thesis film and said thesis film is a narrative short.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A FINALIST?

We will choose a minimum of 3 finalists who will be asked to provide a lookbook for their project. These lookbooks will be considered in addition to the previously provided materials as we choose the fund recipient.

IF I AM AWARDED FUNDS, HOW DO I ACCESS THEM?

Please be aware that receiving an award does not mean you will receive the funds immediately. Your Chair has to approve release of the funds, and that will be based on production approval.

MAY I SUBMIT THE SAME PROJECT MULTIPLE TIMES DURING MY YEARS OF ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible to apply each year of your eligibility, but cannot apply with the same project more than twice. Should you choose to submit the same project a second time, you will need to indicate that you are doing so in the section of the application marked “Previous Application History.” Failure to accurately disclose your past application history may cause your application to be disqualified.

WHAT IF I WIN THE AWARD BUT THEN MY PLANS FOR MY THESIS PROJECT CHANGE?

Awarded funds must be used toward the project for which you received them. This requirement does not preclude script revisions, casting changes, or the normal evolution of a project as production and post-production take place, but any substantial changes to the nature of the project must be approved by the Grad Film Chair and your thesis advisor.