IMPACT GRANT FUND

CMP's Impact Grant Fund is Chicago Media Project’s latest membership-driven initiative to financially support documentary films and media. This initiative is yet another example of CMP’s Community Model Philanthropy at work. The Fund was founded by multi-year donations from members of our CMP I/I equity group, who are committed to “paying it forward” via philanthropic grants to filmmakers.

We are thrilled that with this fund CMP has expanded the generous pool of grants for non-fiction films and filmmakers in the field. Our goal is to further enable films to get made, and to help sustain the lives of more media-makers. To that end, our IGF Advisory Board will approve grants in three categories:

EARLY STAGE FUNDING

These grants will provide early stage support to filmmakers producing trailers and fundraising media, and to cover critical production shoots.

FILMMAKER SUSTAINABILITY FUNDING

These grants acknowledge the personal sacrifices non-fiction filmmakers must make to sustain their creative lives. Earmarked specifically for filmmakers independent of a particular project, these grants provide unrestricted assistance to filmmakers who are telling the critical stories of our time.

INNOVATION IN OUTREACH CAMPAIGN FUNDING

These grants support innovative approaches to impact and outreach campaigns. We are interested in growing this area and supporting new approaches to the idea of outreach and engagement.


Each grant includes mentoring and guidance from CMP staff and its members, and awarded filmmakers are invited to share their work at one of our Big Table Dinners, where they meet our members and further solidify support during their funding year.

IMPACT GRANT FUND AWARDEES TO DATE:

2019

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Virtually Free by André Robert Lee, Susan MacLaury and Alexandra Blaney
2019 Innovation and Outreach Awardee

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Untitled Syrian Families Film by Megan Mylan and Robin Hessman
2019 Filmmaker Sustainability Awardee

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Loyalty by David Washburn
2019 Early Stage Funding Awardee


2018

This is the House Where I Learned Not to Sleep  by Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare - 2018 Early Stage Funding Awardee

This is the House Where I Learned Not to Sleep by Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare - 2018 Early Stage Funding Awardee

Water Warriors  by Michael Premo - 2018 Innovation in Outreach Funding Awardee

Water Warriors by Michael Premo - 2018 Innovation in Outreach Funding Awardee

One Child Nation  by Nanfu Wang - 2018 Filmmaker Sustainability Funding Awardee

One Child Nation by Nanfu Wang - 2018 Filmmaker Sustainability Funding Awardee

The Pushouts  by Katie Galloway - 2018 Public Good Funding Awardee

The Pushouts by Katie Galloway - 2018 Public Good Funding Awardee


2017

Crip Camp by Jim LeBrecht & Nicole Newnham - 2017 Early Stage Funding Awardee

Crip Camp by Jim LeBrecht & Nicole Newnham - 2017 Early Stage Funding Awardee

Elaine Sheldon - 2017 Filmmaker Sustainability Funding Awardee

Elaine Sheldon - 2017 Filmmaker Sustainability Funding Awardee

Facing Whiteness by Whitney Dow - 2017 Innovation in Outreach Campaign Funding Awardee

Facing Whiteness by Whitney Dow - 2017 Innovation in Outreach Campaign Funding Awardee

Dark Money by Kim Reed - 2017 Honorary Impact Grant Fund Awardee

Dark Money by Kim Reed - 2017 Honorary Impact Grant Fund Awardee



CMP PITCH & COCKTAILS

We believe in the power of community giving in a live setting - live "crowdfunding" as we call it. To date CMP has held 5 pitch events, including GOODPITCH CHICAGO in 2015 where we raised over $350,000 in the room for 6 documentary film projects. Watch our calendar for our next pitch - you'll definitely not want to miss it!

2018

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Represent by Hillary Bachelder

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The Terrorist's Son by Danny Yourd

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Punch 9: Harold Washington for Chicago by Joe Winston

Previous years

Area 2 by James Sorrels & Joshua Simon

Area 2 by James Sorrels & Joshua Simon

Grace by Rachel Pikelny

Grace by Rachel Pikelny

Women Leaders of the First Intifada by Suhad Babaa

Women Leaders of the First Intifada by Suhad Babaa

Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan by Saad Khan & Anam Abbas

Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan by Saad Khan & Anam Abbas

The Feeling of Being Watched by Assia Boundaoui

The Feeling of Being Watched by Assia Boundaoui

Blood at the Doorstep by Erik Ljung

Blood at the Doorstep by Erik Ljung


CMP I/I + CMPAC EQUITY FUNDS

CMP Invest/Impact & CMPAC are equity funds for investing in documentary films. These funds are distinct & separate from the grant funding of CMP the non-profit.