The following is a list of libertarian filmmaker support opportunities in the form of training and grants. It includes assistance in filmmaking, screenwriting, video production, etc.
Have you seen a libertarian film lately? Somewhere along the way, the Moving Picture Institute (MPI) may have had a hand in it. MPI supports libertarian filmmakers in numerous ways, from training to internships to financial support. “The Moving Picture Institute produces and promotes films that make an impact on people’s understanding of individual rights, limited government, and free markets, and supports freedom-oriented filmmakers at every phase of their careers.” More information here. Opportunities include:
Film production and promotion
“MPI provides grant support for high-quality, pro-freedom films, at all stages of development, production, and distribution. MPI works with existing projects, in addition to creating its own original content.”
Rising libertarian filmmaker
“MPI provides fellowship grants to support the career development of filmmakers who are committed to telling stories about freedom. This program also provides valuable mentorship and networking opportunities.”
Hollywood career launch
“MPI places students and recent graduates in paid internship positions at production companies. Interns gain hands-on work experience, mentorship, skills training, and networking opportunities.”
“MPI fiscally sponsors films that advance our mission of promoting freedom through film. Films in this program may benefit from tax-exempt donations and assistance with crowd funding on Indiegogo and Kickstarter.”
“MPI staff give screenwriters valuable instruction and feedback in this collaborative, seminar-style workshop. Each participant submits an active project for peer review, and benefits from other workshop members’ critiques.”
“We invite think tanks, both U.S. and international, to apply for the Lights, Camera, Liberty! grant and training program. This program offers a year of workshops, on-site training, equipment and technology support, and a film festival competition for organizations committed to more effectively sharing the freedom message with key audiences through online video.”
The Anthem Film Festival is the world’s largest annual screening of the latest libertarian films and documentaries. It is part of the larger FreedomFest event. The festival is a great way for libertarian filmmakers to get their film seen and reviewed. “We seek movies and documentaries about self-reliance, innovation, entrepreneurship, individual rights, and the triumph of persuasion over force. Libertarian films often point out the unintended consequences of government intervention, but they’re just as likely to be about a protagonist’s personal struggle for self-expression or self-reliance.” You can learn more about the submission process here. Not sure if your film fits the bill? Here’s a list of the festivals previous winners over the last decade.