This single $10,000 grant will be awarded to the City of Portland BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color – including but not limited to Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islanders) creators or creative teams for a virtual-residency in order to develop, explore and/or shoot story(ies) applicants want to tell in any film format they choose.
The connections, insights, experience, access to physical office space (at the Oregon Film Office, if needed), and consultations with strategic supporting and contributing sponsors, will be made directly available to each of the winning creators for a period of six months. After that, consultations will be provided on a continuing basis as/when those resources are useful.
Now, more than ever, space and support need to be held for BIPOC creators. These residency grants can be used for any creative purpose. A final required project report will update the progress, benchmarks, and creative outcomes that were pursued during the residency period. Additionally, monthly check-ins will be offered to ensure that adequate support is being given whenever and wherever that’s possible. Because this grant is funded through the CARES Act it is open to the City of Portland residents only. This grant is being provided by the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), OMCF, and Oregon Film. Supporting and contributing sponsors include Cast Iron Studios, Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), and Gearhead Grip.