Fall 2023 ScreenCraft Film Fund Grant Recipients

by ScreenCraft on September 27, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the Grant Recipients of the Fall 2023 ScreenCraft Film Fund. These exceptional projects were selected from almost 1,100 submissions and will receive grant assistance and creative development support from the ScreenCraft team to help these projects advance through the filmmaking process.

The Spring 2024 Film Fund is now open for submissions. If you’d like to receive additional notifications for this contest you can subscribe for updates via Coverfly here.

Grant Recipient Winners:

Coal Country is a feature documentary from directors Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen and producer Audrey Rosenberg. In southern West Virginia, a community devastated by the deadliest U.S. mining disaster of the 21st century strives towards a brighter, more sustainable future in this emotionally-raw documentary that complicates mainstream perceptions of life and politics in rural America.

El Cartel Cubano is a feature documentary from Adrienne Hall. It tells the story of the complex and beautiful Caribbean island of Cuba, reflected through 60+ years of its post-revolution cinema, posters, and the artists behind these creations. As the Cuban people continue to endure political and social upheaval, local artists continue to fight for freedom of expression. El Cartel Cubano explores how these posters (carteles), a beloved and enduring form of expression and activism, continue to be visible in the daily lives of Cubans and serve as a true reflection of Cuba.

The (Mis)education of Black Children is a live-action feature film from Moreetsi Gabang. Over the course of a single day in a village in Botswana, a little boy’s relationship with his domestic helper is threatened, a dog’s life is endangered, and the barren wife of a pastor discovers her albino niece is missing. A look at a defining moment in the lives of three Batswana who learn the values of compassion, respect and responsibility.

Timetracker is a feature documentary from Peter Quandt that follows Jack Powers, a brilliant 61-year-old man recently released from a 33-year federal prison stay, 22 of which were spent in extreme solitary confinement. The film accompanies Jack as he navigates reentry and travels the American West in a rehabbed RV, in search of a better life and a sense of peace with his past.

Congratulations to our grant recipients and finalists, and thank you to everyone who submitted; we read a number of remarkable projects. View the second rounders, semifinalists and finalists by clicking the corresponding link.

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