Few festivals are able to truly make a difference in a filmmaker’s journey in getting their project to the big screen! Together, Ford and SVFF are doing just that. It began in 2020 with a powerful story of injustice and redemption from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jessica Sanders that, with the grant as its catalyst, is now in the works as a major motion picture.
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.