Cinereach Reach Film Fellowship (RFF)

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126 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor 

New York, NY 10011 

Tel: 212-727-3224




Support Provided

Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter. Our grantees’ films possess an independent spirit, depict underrepresented perspectives, and resonate across international boundaries. They favor story over message, character over agenda, and complexity over duality.

Grant amounts can range from $5,000 – $50,000 per project and can be awarded to support any stage of production including research and development, production and post-production. There are two grant cycles per year (Summer and Winter). Within each cycle, between five and fifteen projects are selected to receive support.

Independent of our two yearly grant cycles, the Cinereach Award is a $5,000 prize presented annually to one completed film that exemplifies the Cinereach mission. Traditionally the winners have been selected in connection with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival via an internal nomination process.

Please note: the Cinereach Grants department is not currently accepting letters of inquiry seeking support for organizations, film distribution, or outreach. Emerging filmmakers seeking support for short films are invited to explore our Reach Film Fellowship.


Winter Grant Cycle 

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: December 1, 2010

Full Proposals Requested from Selected Applicants: January 20, 2011

Full Proposal Deadline: February 8, 2011  

Summer Grant Cycle 

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: June 1, 2011 (11:59pm EST)

Full Proposals Requested from Selected Applicants: July 19, 2011

Full Proposal Deadline: August 9, 2011 

Additional Programs:

The Reach Film Fellowship 

The Reach Film Fellowship (RFF) is a specialized program for emerging filmmakers who are making artful, socially relevant short films.

Four filmmakers per year are selected to receive a $5,000 grant, production support, and seven months of mentorship, career advising and industry exposure as they progress through the entire production and post-production process and prepare for submissions to festivals and distributors. Watch the behind-the-scenes video from RFF 2010 for an inside look at the 2010 program.

The fellowship is open to early-career filmmakers who have studied film at the undergraduate or graduate level, or are self-taught with the equivalent level of experience. Applicants must have completed at least one short film and must live in or near New York City during the course of the Fellowship cycle (which typically spans August – April).

The call for applications for RFF 2011 is now closed. The 2012 application (for the program spanning fall 2011 – spring 2010) will be available in April 2011.

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