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The Global Film Initiative Announces Summer 2012 Feature Film Production Grants: Application Deadline 16 July 2012

The Global Film Initiative Announces Feature Film Production Grants on their website. Fortunately, Nigeria and many other African countries are eligible for the grant.


In its continuing effort to promote original storytelling by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the Summer 2012 cycle of its narrative feature film production grants program. Applications are accepted for feature-length, narrative film projects in all stages of production by directors from eligible nations of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Oceania. Applications may be submitted from May 15, 2012 through July 16, 2012, and granting decisions are announced in October 2012.* APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16, 2012 *For Applications, Eligibility Requirements and Granting Guidelines, please visit:


About the Granting Program The Global Film Initiative’s Granting Program awards fifteen to twenty grants per year, of up to $10,000 each, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation and accomplished storytelling. Funds received from grants are used to support completion of film production and to subsidize post-production costs such as laboratory and sound mixing fees, and access to advanced editing systems. Since the Initiative’s founding in 2002, the Granting Program has awarded 122 grants to filmmakers worldwide. Grant recipients include:

  • BEATRIZ’S WAR (A GUERRA DA BEATRIZ), dir. Bety Reis, East Timor  First locally produced and directed narrative feature film from East Timor. GFI grant awarded in 2011.
  • THE MIRROR NEVER LIES, dir. Kamila Andini, Indonesia Awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2012 Hong Kong International Film Festival. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.
  • MISS LOVELY, dir. Ashim Ahluwalia, India Official Selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard). GFI grant awarded in 2010.
  • LA RUTA DE LA LUNA, dir. Juan Sebastián Jácome, Panama World Premiere at the 2012 International Film Festival Panama. GFI honorable mention awarded in 2011.

For more information about the Granting Program, please visit:

Questions about our Granting Program? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)page.

Grant Guidelines:



Definition of Grants Pre-Sale Option Application Instructions Eligibility Requirements Materials to be Submitted With Application Timeline of the Global Film Initiative Granting Cycles Mailing Address

Definition of Grants:

  • The Global Film Initiative awards up to ten (10) Production and/or Honorable Mention grants per funding cycle (Winter and Summer).
  • Grants are awarded to film projects in pre-production, production and post-production
  • Each Production Grant is in the amount of USD $10,000 with a pre-sale option.
  • Each Honorable Mention award is in the amount of USD $1,000.
  • Grants are not awarded to documentary and short film projects.

Pre-Sale Option:

  • Each applicant may request to be considered for a pre-sale option for U.S. and Canadian distribution.
  • Applicants who elect the pre-sale option may be offered a distribution contract for all U.S. and Canadian distribution rights if awarded a grant; the finished film will be included in the Initiative’s Global Lens film series for distribution.

Application Instructions

  1. Determine project eligibility
  2. If project is eligible, complete and send two (2) copies of application form with two (2) copies of all supporting materials to The Global Film Initiative before application deadline (projects submitted without required application and supporting materials will not be accepted)
  3. All applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.

Announcement of grant awards will be made in October 2012. For a timeline of the Global Film Initiative granting cycles, please click here.
Eligibility Requirements In order to be considered for a Global Film Initiative grant, a project must meet all of the eligibility criteria outlined below:

  • Application is for narrative, feature-length film project from DAC nation (more than 65 min.; no documentary or short films accepted)
  • Project is in pre-production, production or post-production stage (no projects in development accepted)
  • Production occurs in same nation of application (DAC nation)
  • Director was born in and is citizen of same nation of application (DAC nation)*
  • 50% or more of project’s total production funding secured/received
  • International, world and/or regional premiere(s) scheduled to occur after Sept. 30, 2012

*exceptions regarding citizenship may apply to applications from territories and/or regions without recognized sovereign governments

Materials to be Submitted With Application:  Two (2) copies of each of the following English-translated materials must be included (incomplete applications will not be processed):

  1. Completed application form
  2. Finished English-translated screenplay/script
  3. Rushes/dailies, selected scenes or rough cut/final cut (if available)
  4. Complete production budget
  5. Finance plan
  6. Copies of agreements with production financiers
  7. Complete production schedule
  8. Synopsis and logline
  9. Director’s statement
  10. Biographies of key production personnel
  11. Previous film(s) of filmmaker(s) (if available)


    • The Global Film Initiative does not fund documentary or short films.
    • Applications must be submitted by mail or courier — electronic or faxed applications will not be accepted.
    • Submission materials will not be returned to applicant.
    • All grant amounts are at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative.
    • Applications can be rejected at the sole discretion of the Global Film Initiative.

Timeline of the Global Film Initiative Granting Cycles

Winter Cycle November 15, 2011 – Application period open for Winter cycle January 16, 2012 – Deadline for submission to Winter cycle April 2012 – Winter cycle grant awards announced

Summer Cycle May 15, 2011 – Application period open for Summer cycle July 16, 2012 – Deadline for submission to Summer cycle October 2012 – Summer cycle grant awards announced

Mailing Address  Send applications and supporting materials to:

The Global Film Initiative – Granting Program 145 Ninth Street, Suite #105 San Francisco, CA 94103, USA             +1(415) 934-9500


Please note: all applications must be postmarked by the deadline, and received within five (5) business days of the deadline. The Global Film Initiative will confirm via email receipt of all projects received, but will not track shipments of individual projects.

Call for Papers: Language, Communication and Literature in the Globalised and Digital Age, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife: Abstract Deadline: 30 June 2012



Ife English Language, Literature & Communication Conference

Date: August 20 – 23, 2012

Venue: Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife

Theme: Language, Communication & Literature in the Globalised & Digital Age

Keynote Speakers ·Professor McPherson Azubuike, Department of English, University of Jos and Professor Remi Raji-Oyelade, Department of English, University of Ibadan

Lead Paper Presenters: Dr. Suleiman Salau, Department of Mass Communication, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

We invite paper abstracts from scholars on any of the following sub-themes:

·Language & Culture in the Digital Age

·Literary Discourse in the Digital Age

·Language Contact in the Digital Age

·Language & Rhetoric in the Digital Age

·Literature & Rhetoric in the Digital Age

·Film in the Digital Age

·Literature and The Internet

·Discursive Features in Synchronous & Asynchronous Online Interactions

·Communication & the Social Media

·Language & identity in the Digital Media

·Drama & Theater in the Digital Age

·Linguistic & Literary Creativity in the Digital Media

·English Language Teaching in the Digital Age

·Language, Literature & Gender in the Digital Age

·African Writing in the Transnational Space

·Emergent Trends in Nigerian Writing

·Migrancy, Exile & Globalisation in Black Writing

·Imagining the New African Diaspora

·Linguistic & Literary Representation of Diaspora Communities

Contributors should send a 250 – 300 word abstract containing their full names, institutional affiliation, email and telephone number on or before *30th June, 2012*.

The mail should be addressed to:

*Conference Registration:

Early Bird Registration: N8,000 to be paid into Skye Bank A/C No 1770730734, Account Nam Things Fall Apart @ 50. Deadline, 30th July, Payment at the Conference Venue *N10,000

Graduate Students: Early Bird: N3,500 Payment at the Conference Venue: N5,000

Further Enquiries:

Dr. Kehinde Ayoola +234-8056342354,

Dr. Yemi Adegoju +234-08033867602,

Dr. Rotimi Taiwo+234-8034069746, (Chair, Central Coordinating Committee),

Prof Segun Adekoya +234-8059186247, Head, Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,

Prof Bamitale Omole, The Vice Chancellor, Obafemim Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Chief Host*

Call for Papers: Evolving African Film Cultures: Local and Global Experiences at the University of Westminster, London: Abstract Deadline 8 June 2012

Evolving African Film Cultures: Local and Global Experiences
Conference organised by the
Africa Media Centre, University of Westminster
Date: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 2012
Venue: University of Westminster, Regent Campus
309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2UW
This is the first call for papers for a two-day conference on changes in African film and television production and, of equal importance, the transformation of African film audiences in local and global contexts. African film production, distribution and consumption have been more noticeable in the West African region, as showcased by biennial exhibitions at the FESPACO festivals in Burkina Faso. Arguably, such festivals have encouraged a type of production that is admired by Europeans, but which is rarely available to, or appreciated widely by audiences in those productions’ countries of origin. Portuguese and Arab-speaking regions in Africa have also developed diverse and high quality film cultures, but their experiences need to be debated within a wider context. More recently, Anglophone regions, led by Nigeria, have developed popular commercial film models which have been enthusiastically received by African audiences. One could say that African film markets have been rapidly expanding, with many implications for film and policy makers, distributors and audiences. 
Since 2000, audiences for African film elsewhere in the world have grown in size. Such expansion has implications for film content, form, production strategies, distribution mechanisms and policy frameworks. African filmmakers have to delicately negotiate widening markets, for instance, by paying  more attention to the political economy of film consumption in the rapidly changing local and global contexts. The digital economy, especially the internet, has opened up huge opportunities for the wider distribution of African film. Papers may focus on, among other topics, the following:
•             Production cultures and circulation of film;
•             History, myth and identity in African film;
•             The representation of African cultures in film;
•             Audiences, reception and sites of spectatorship;
•             Indigenous language films and the problems of subtitles and illiteracy.
•             Morality and spirituality in African cinema;
•             Exhibition, financing and distribution of African film;
•             Cinema and digital technologies;
•             Film festivals and the development of national cinemas in Africa;
•             Revenue, business models and piracy
•             Auteur, film genres and form
•             Collaborative filmmaking in the global north/trans-national collaborations
•             African film philosophy
•             The image, sound, written and spoken word in filmic narratives
•             Institutions, policies and film agencies
The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 8 June, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday 18 June, 2012. Abstracts should be 300 words long. They must include the title of the conference, presenter’s name, affiliation, email and postal address, together with the title of the paper. Please ensure when saving your abstract that your name is part of the file name. Please email your abstract to Helen Cohen, Events Administrator at: (
This two day conference will take place on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November, 2012. The fee for registration (which applies to all participants, including presenters) will be £140, with a concessionary rate of £60 for students, to cover all conference documentation, refreshments and administration costs. Registration will open in September 2012.