WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE CMP IS A FOUNDING SPONSOR OF AMDOC AND POV's ARTISTS EMERGENCY FUND

To commemorate their 30th year, American Documentary (AmDoc) is launching an Artists Emergency Fund for documentary filmmakers who are facing financial emergencies due to unforeseen personal calamities, such as health issues, eviction, or disasters. This initiative is a direct response to concerns about low salaries and overall sustainability within the documentary field, especially among emerging and underrepresented filmmakers. To date, this is the first fund of its kind dedicated to nonfiction filmmakers. This fund was made possible with support from Chicago Media Project, Genuine Article Pictures and the Sage Foundation. For more information on the application process, contact AmDoc directly.

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:

2018

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

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

Born in China by Nanfu Wang - 2018 Filmmaker Sustainability Funding Awardee

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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.