Filmmaker FAQs

+ CAN I APPLY FOR MULTIPLE PROGRAMS?

Of course! Simply apply through each program’s page. For example, many Moving Picture Institute filmmakers take advantage of the Rising Filmmaker Program as well as masterclasses, screenwriting workshops, and skills workshops, including MOVINGPICTURE: CRAFT and the Mindful Editor. Interns sometimes also “graduate” into our more advanced programs.

+ DOES THE RISING FILMMAKER PROGRAM OFFER FISCAL SPONSORSHIP?

Sometimes. In special instances, the Moving Picture Institute offers fiscal sponsorship to filmmakers who are raising funds for non-commercial projects that advance our educational mission of promoting freedom through film. This is not a grant program; rather, it enables participating filmmakers to raise funds. By “borrowing” the Moving Picture Institute’s tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status, filmmakers can offer their supporters substantial tax benefits.

+ HOW BIG ARE RISING FILMMAKER GRANTS? WHAT DO THEY COVER?

Rising Filmmaker grants range in size and scope. We encourage filmmakers to workshop projects in our Screenwriting Workshops before applying.

+ DO I NEED TO BE A CURRENT FILM SCHOOL STUDENT OR RECENT GRAD TO APPLY FOR AN INTERN PLACEMENT?

Though the Hollywood Career Launch Program focuses on film students and recent film school graduates, we have accepted applicants with a wide range of backgrounds. The key is to have a dedicated interest in film, the Moving Picture Institute mission, and a desire to work in the entertainment industry in the future.

+ I’M A STUDENT BASED OUTSIDE OF LOS ANGELES. WILL I HAVE TO RELOCATE FOR MY INTERN PLACEMENT?

Most internships take place in Los Angeles and New York, but we have also placed interns in production companies in Washington, D.C., and Austin. We may not be able to place interns who are not willing to relocate. Unlike many entertainment internships, our Hollywood Career Launch Program interns are paid, which helps cover the cost of living.

+ I APPLIED FOR A GRANT BUT HAVEN’T HEARD BACK. WHAT IS MY APPLICATION STATUS?

Due to the high volume of application submissions, we are unable to contact everyone who has applied for a grant. We will reach out to you if you’ve advanced beyond the initial stage. No calls please. We do not accept application materials by mail.

+ WHERE DO WORKSHOPS TAKE PLACE? DO I HAVE TO BE IN NEW YORK OR LOS ANGELES?

Though most programming takes place in New York and Los Angeles, filmmakers from other areas often receive travel stipends to attend longer workshops, such as our cinematography and editing workshops. Screenwriting workshops are conducted virtually, online.

+ CAN I APPLY FOR MULTIPLE WORKSHOPS?

Of course! Simply apply through each class's page. Many Moving Picture Institute filmmakers take advantage of our wide range of programming.

+ DO I NEED EDITING EXPERIENCE TO ATTEND THE MINDFUL EDITOR WORKSHOP?

Though editing experience is not a prerequisite to apply, preference will be given to applicants with editing experience and a professional interest in film editing.

+ DO I NEED CINEMATOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE TO ATTEND THE MOVINGPICTURE: CRAFT WORKSHOP?

Though cinematography experience is not a prerequisite to apply, preference will be given to filmmakers who want to pursue cinematography in the future. This workshop is also appropriate for directors who want to learn more about working with their directors of photography.

+ I APPLIED FOR A WORKSHOP BUT HAVEN’T HEARD BACK. WHAT IS MY APPLICATION STATUS?

Due to the high volume of application submissions and limited spaces, we are unable to contact everyone who has applied for a class. We will reach out to you if you’ve advanced beyond the initial stage. No calls please. We do not accept application materials by mail.

+ DO YOU ACCEPT ANY APPLICATION MATERIALS BY MAIL?

No.


General FAQs

+ WHAT IS THE MOVING PICTURE INSTITUTE? WHAT DO YOU DO?

The Moving Picture Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting human freedom through film. Learn more on our Mission Page.

+ I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND A FILMMAKER FOR A GRANT, INTERNSHIP, OR WORKSHOP. WITH WHOM SHOULD I SPEAK?

Please contact our vice president of talent development, Lana Link, at Lana@thempi[dot]org.

+ I WORK IN THE INDUSTRY AND AM INTERESTED IN HIRING A MOVING PICTURE INSTITUTE INTERN. WITH WHOM SHOULD I SPEAK?

Please contact our program director, Stacie Fulcher, at Stacie@thempi[dot]org.

+ I WORK IN THE INDUSTRY AND AM INTERESTED IN SPEAKING AT A MOVING PICTURE INSTITUTE MASTERCLASS. WITH WHOM SHOULD I SPEAK?

Please contact our vice president of talent development, Lana Link, at Lana@thempi[dot]org.

+ I AM A MEMBER OF THE PRESS AND WOULD LIKE TO COVER A MOVING PICTURE INSTITUTE FILM. WITH WHOM SHOULD I SPEAK?

Please contact our senior impact producer, Claudia Murray, at Claudia@thempi[dot]org. You can also visit our Press Center.


         

Still have questions? Email: info@thempi[dot]org.