Overview

Tasveer is excited to present the 3rd year of the Tasveer Film Fund (TFF), with partial support from Netflix.

We are excited to announce that Tasveer is more than doubling its Tasveer Film Fund grant in 2022, from $15,000 to $50,000. The Tasveer Film Fund aims to empower South Asian filmmakers to bring their scripts to life with monetary grants, as well as year-long support with resources and mentorship access. We believe that our support can help to take some of the fundraising burden away from filmmakers, while helping to connect them with important resources to get their projects made. These films, that bring necessary representation and social justice issues to light, deserve to be fully resourced and widely seen.

With support from Netflix, TFF will once again offer awards for US-based filmmakers, which includes increased grants in the Short Narrative, LGBTQIA+ Short, and Documentary categories.

New in 2022, Tasveer is presenting a Feature Film Track, which will award up to $15,000 to a feature-length narrative. This track is open to submissions from any country.

We will host a live pitching session to determine the award winners in each category. The top 3 finalists will be invited from each category to pitch their short film, LGBTQ+ films, or their documentary treatment.

Pitch dates & time:
Thursday, October 13th
- 8am-10am PST: Documentary pitch
- 12pm - 2pm PST: LGBTQI+ Short film pitch
Friday October 14th, 2022
- 8am-10am PST: Feature film pitch
- 12pm- 2 pm PST: Short Film Pitch

Short Narrative: $10,000 max (US only)
Short Narrative LGBTQI+: $10,000 max (US only)
Documentary: $15,000 max (US only)
Feature Narrative:$15,000 max (Global)

ELIGIBILITY

NARRATIVE SHORT( up to $10,000) ( 1 project or divided between 2 projects)
-The short film script must not be more than 20 pages in length.
-The grant is only for filmmakers living within the United States.
-The short film must include South Asian representation in the story as well as in the cast/crew.
-The film must be fully finished by September 2023.
-Must show at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival.
-Must first premiere at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (exceptions available on case-by-case basis).

NARRATIVE SHORT LGBTQI+ ( up to $10,000 max)
-The short film script must not be more than 20 pages in length.
-Must be written by a South Asian LGBTQIA+ individual.
-The topic of the film must be an LGBTQIA+ story.
-The film must be fully finished by September 2023.
-Must show at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival.
-Must first premiere at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival (exceptions available on case-by-case basis).

DOCUMENTARY ( $15,000)
-The project can be of any length.
-The documentary must be in the post-production stage when grant money is received.
-Filmmaker must submit a documentary proposal in place of the script.
-Please include a link in the proposal, to the trailer or clip to show the general direction of your documentary
-The film must be finished by September 2023.
-Must show at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival.

NARRATIVE FEATURE ($15,000)
-Submit the first 30 pages of the feature-length script. A full final script will be requested if your project is shortlisted.
-The film must be ready to go into production within a few months.
-The film must be fully finished by September 2023.
-Must show at Tasveer South Asian Film Festival.

GENERAL SUBMISSION/SCRIPT REQUIREMENTS
-Script submitted must not exceed 20 pages in length for Short Film or the first 30 pages for Feature Film, and must be written in standard script format.
-For the documentary, attach a documentary proposal in a pdf format. Include a trailer and/or example clip (required)
-For short films, we fund projects from the pre-production stage
-For the documentary category we fund projects in the post-production stage
-Scripts must be submitted in English, even if they might be shot in another language.
-Filmmakers submitting to Short Narrative, LGBTQIA+ Short, and Documentary must be based in the U.S. and with a U.S. bank account in order to receive funds.
-Filmmakers submitting to the Feature Narrative track can be based in any country
-Filmmakers must be of South Asian descent.
-Preference will be given to scripts with a social justice theme and based on the South Asian diaspora experience.
-The script/story cannot be discriminatory against people of any background, ethnicity, religion, race, sexuality, or gender.
-Filmmakers must include an estimated top-sheet production budget and indicate what the funds will be used for.
-Submission fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome of the submission.
-Scripts submitted in previous years will not be eligible for resubmission in 2022
- Filmmakers must have at least one film under their belt.

LEGAL RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
-The completed film must include an “In association with Tasveer” in the opening credits, along with the Tasveer logo. Special Thanks to some key members and mentors for the acknowledgment in the closing credits. Names will be provided by Tasveer.
-The grantee consents to Tasveer using their name, photo, script title, and any other relevant information for promotional purposes on their website and other publicity platforms.
-The Film Fund money must only be used towards the production budget of the short film, and cannot be re-assigned for any other purpose.
-Upon completion of production, the filmmaker must submit a cost report of how the funds were used.
-If the filmmaker has not used the funds or is unable to complete their film by the agreed-upon deadline, they agree to return the grant fund in its entirety to Tasveer. Consideration may be given to schedules affected due to Covid-19.
-In the case of the grantee defaulting on using the funds, Tasveer reserves the right to reassign the funds to the second choice filmmaker.
For more information and FAQs please visit https://tasveer.org/filmfund

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  • Janki Parekh

    Amazing program to help emerging South Asian filmmakers in the U.S. So glad I submitted!!!

    November 2020