In 2021, Ford and SVFF continue their partnership with a winning recipient receiving a $25,000 grant – a critical infusion to help a producer build their project from concept to completion. Projects will be reviewed by a committee including SVFF staff, industry experts and representatives from Ford. With the field narrowed to 3, the grant recipient will be selected by judge, Alice Gu. An award winning director and cinematographer, Gu wowed audiences this past year with her documentary feature The Donut King.

The selected winner will walk away with a $25,000 Ford Producers Grant to take their project one big step closer to reality


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- All Access pass for SVFF Streaming 2021

- $25,000 cash grant towards project’s budget

- Projects submitting for the Ford Producers Grant must be submitted, represented, and pitched by a producer. Producers are allowed to submit as a team, but only one producer will be considered as a finalist.
- Applicants must be U.S. residents to submit their project for consideration.
- Open to both scripted and documentary feature-length projects. Short films and episodics are not eligible.
- Project must have partial funding, or a feasible line of funding.
- Project must have a feasible projected start date before March 2022.
- Project must be previously unproduced (documentaries are allowed to have some filming completed).

* Ford and SVFF shall be individually credited as follows “Made with the Support of [_______]” in the end credits of the completed Project.
* Winner must accept grant via an LLC; the grant funds will not be issued to an individual.
* Winner will be obligated to file a report (pre-drafted by SVFF) every 6 months with status updates until the project is complete.
* Winner will be obligated to file an expense report showing how the grant monies were spent.
* Winner will be obligated to file a final report once the project is finalized.
* Winner must consent to screening the finalized film at SVFF in a timely manner during the finished film’s festival rounds.
The following are the terms and conditions of the Ford Producer’s Grant (the “Producers Grant”) sponsored by The Sun Valley Film Festival (“SVFF”) and its related sponsor, Ford Motor Company (“Ford”). By submitting your project (the “Project”) to SVFF for consideration for the 2021 Producers Grant, you hereby acknowledge the following:
All primary participants must be 18 and over to be eligible.
Applicants must be U.S. residents.
A Project must be currently unproduced as of April 2021.
The Submitting Producer must have secured all rights for the Project and have the authority to participate in the Producers Grant and its associated events.
The winning participant must agree to screen the Project at SVFF after completion in a timely manner during the Project’s festival run.

Credit and other Obligations:
Each of SVFF and Ford shall be credited as follows “Made with the Support of [_______]” in the end credits of the completed Project.
Representations and Warranties; Indemnity and Grant of Rights
You grant SVFF permission to share your email address with Producers Grant partners.
You represent and warrant to SVFF that: (a) you have the authority to exhibit or publicly share this Project at SVFF; (b) the sharing and/or exhibition of the Project will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity, and that the Project does not constitute or include a defamation of any person or entity; (c) the Project is not subject to (or subject to any threat) of any litigation, arbitration, or other adversarial claim or proceeding, and; (d) you have secured and paid for all permissions, clearances and licenses (whether for music, stock footage, or any other elements contained in the Project) for participation and/or exhibition at SVFF and Producers Grant events.
You have the authority to and do agree that the Project will screen as a completed work during a TBD date during the Sun Valley Film Festival in Ketchum, Idaho.
In the event your Project is awarded the Producers Grant, you hereby grant, on behalf of yourself and all other parties related to the Project, each of the following rights to SVFF without reservations, conditions or qualifications: (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles, and information from or relating to the Project for promotional purposes; and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Project and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. You represent to the SVFF that you are authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing the Project to receive any awards. You further represent and warrant that by submitting the Project to SVFF, you hereby grant SVFF the irrevocable right to view and/or download all digital assets associated with the Project for use by SVFF.
You understand and agree that the number of screenings, days and venues is at the sole discretion of SVFF.
You understand and agree that if your Project is accepted by SVFF, its screenings and associated events may be sponsored by SVFF partners.
You hereby acknowledge that you have the right to consult with an attorney of your own choosing with respect to these Terms and Conditions. By submitting your Project to the SVFF for consideration, you agree that you are doing so after having consulted with an attorney or after you have freely or voluntarily elected not to do so without coercion or duress.
You agree to hold SVFF and Ford harmless from any claims that may be asserted by any person or entity, or may be incurred by SVFF and Ford, at any time in connection with the Project or the use, handling or consideration thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by you to SVFF and Ford including, without limitation, any express or implied representation in these Terms and Conditions.
SVFF reserves the right to change screening times and locations at their discretion.
The Sun Valley Film Festival reserves the right to determine eligibility of any Project submitted.