The Community Builders Grant is a short-form film fund and production resources grant presented by Camera Ambassador. Our mission is to empower filmmakers of varying levels of experience with the necessary tools to create, as well as cultivate community amongst our local Midwestern talent.


The general application fee for the grant is $10. The application fee for students is $5. All funds will go directly to the cost of organizing the grant. If you are unable to cover your application fee, please contact us for other options. We want to ensure that everyone is able to apply.


Applications will open Monday, March 1st and close on March 31st, 2022, at 11:59pm.


For more information about the 2022 grant, kindly direct your inquiries to CommunityBuildersGrant@CameraAmbassador.com.


To sponsor the grant, Camera Ambassador has partnered up this year with Yakkety Yak, Motion Source, DCASE, and On the Set Headset

$5,000 Cash from Our Sponsors (Camera Ambassador, Yakkety Yak, Motion Source, DCASE, and On the Set Headset)

$5,000 Gear Credit from Camera Ambassador


1. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

2. Project must be shot in the Midwest - we are all about building our local community.

3. Your final project must be fifteen minutes or under in length. This is a short film fund.

4. Must be at least 18 years old by March 31st, 2022.

5. Must be a working artist with at least three years of professional experience.

6. Students with experience can apply. If you are a student, please mention that in the application.


1. No long format - This is a short film grant. All submissions must be 15 minutes or under. Submit music videos, short narrative films, art films, trailers or any other type of film or video under 15 minutes total. Anything over will not be reviewed.

2. Projects must be in advanced stages of the pre-production process - this means projects must have at least one producer attached.

3. Gear stipend not redeemable for cash.

4. Must include all materials listed to be reviewed.

5. Must be used within the determined and discussed timeline.

6. Gear is subject to availability; you must lock in gear list as soon as possible.

7. All gear subject to Camera Ambassador's regular terms and conditions.

8. Camera Ambassador will shoot BTS photos on set for one day of production. The selected date will be discussed with the artist in advance, determined by the best fit. We don’t want to be in the way!

9. If gear credit does not cover the full cost of gear and you are not using personal gear, all other equipment must be rented through Camera Ambassador. We will be happy to work with you on budget.

10. A cut of your project must be submitted to Camera Ambassador by December 31st, 2022.


When applying via FilmFreeway, you must create a new project in your FilmFreeway account. While creating your new project, make sure to do the following:

1. Select “Script” under “Project Type.”

2. Mark your project as being from the United States.

3. After you save your project, a pop-up window will appear. Select “Add Project File” to upload your project PDF.

4. The following items must be submitted AS A SINGLE PDF under “project file.” (See next section.)


(In no particular order.)

1. Current script or treatment (it’s okay if it’s the first draft!)

2. Current Budget

3. Tentative Production Timeline

4. Current Key Partner Bios (creators, producers, directors, DP, talent, etc.)

5. Social media handles and links to high-res photographs of all key members currently attached.


1. All completed applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges, starting in April.

2. Finalists will be announced May 9th, 2022. All finalists will be notified via email and social media.

3. Finalists will pitch at the Community Builders Grant Pitch Event on May 27th, 2022.

4. The winner will be announced shortly after the Pitch Event in June 2022.