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Jane Morrison Film Fund

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Application opens:      March 13, 2015

Application deadline:  May 6, 2015 (5:00 pm)

Maximum award:        $2,000


The Jane Morrison Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards.


Funds can be applied towards enrichment opportunities at educational institutions, film workshops, seminars, and festivals. In the past funds have been used for classes at the Maine Media Workshops, attendance at the Summer Film Institute in New York and the Sundance Institute in Utah. 


Funding for this cycle is for projects taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. 


Full application instructions and forms are available at the  Maine Arts Commission Grants Management System.


Eligibility Requirements

A person is eligible to apply if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Has resided full-time in Maine for a minimum of one year directly prior to the date of the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the project period. 
  • Is at least 18 years of age at the time of the application deadline.
  • Is not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for all previous Maine Arts Commission awards.



The following list includes examples of eligible and ineligible expenses. If you have questions about your particular expenses please contact the appropriate program staff. 

Eligible Expenses

Ineligible Expenses

  • Fees for classes
  • Fees for workshops
  • Fees for festival attendance 
  • Fees to attend conference workshops
  • Travel, lodging and food costs
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Film production costs
  • Artist fees and salaries 


Application Package

 A complete applicant-package for the Jane Morrison Film Fund should contain:

  • A completed application questionnaire 
  • A resume, CV, or bio of the applicant 
  • Up to five samples of appropriate support materials
  • A completed vendor form
The Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs. The material will be used in a promotional manner only and will not be used for commercial purposes.
It is recommend that contributors consider licensing their media files under a Creative Commons Attribution/Non-Commercial/Share-Alike license.  

Review Criteria

The Jane Morrison Film Fund is reviewed on a competitive basis using the following criteria:

  • Artistc Strength (35%) 

  • Creative Practice (35%) 

  • Community Impact (05%) 

  • Capacity (15%) 

  • Application Quality (10%) 


Application Questions

An application questionnaire will consist of a section that asks for survey information (name, address, artistic discipline, etc.) and a section that asks for information about your project. These project-questions will include:

  1. Define the opportunity, including the cost and any additional expenses, if applicable. If the cost is more than the grant amount, explain how you will cover the difference. (250 words)
  2. What makes this opportunity artistically strong? Please include the following: instructor background and awards and honors received by the opportunity. (150 words)
  3. How will this opportunity advance your career and creative practice? (100 words)
  4. How will the opportunity be a benefit to the public? Define the community that they project will impact. Please include the following: definition of the community that the opportunity will impact; elements of social good and engagement anticipated from this opportunity; and partnerships and collaborations surrounding this project. (150 words)
  5. Tell us about your plan to complete this opportunity. Please include the following: a timeline and examples of similar opportunities that you have successfully completed. (150 words)


Applicants are encouraged to contact agency staff and discuss their ideas any time prior to the application deadline. Applicants can request an informal consultation of their completed application questionnaire (draft) up to two weeks prior to the application deadline. 

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, on the date of the application deadline. 


General questions about the application or review process can be directed to:

 Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility


Specific questions can be directed to agency staff based on the discipline of the proposal.

Kerstin Gilg, Media and Performing Arts Director

Grant information is available in large print format by request. All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with special needs.


Application deadline: March 25, 2015