In climate where it feels like funders that support independent filmmaking are reducing grants or shutting down it’s particularly exciting to hear about a new stream of money available! A few weeks ago the Derek Freese Film Foundation opened up the application process for its new $35,000 grant for documentaries with a connection to the Greater Philadelphia area. The Foundation was created 16 years ago to honor the memory of Derek Freese, an aspiring filmmaker who passed away two days after arriving in Hollywood to pursue his dream of making movies. This fund was created to honor Derek’s love of film, a good story, and his hometown of Philadelphia. What an awesome way to honor someone’s legacy!
The deadline is June 7, 2013. Details on how to apply are available here.