This year’s grant is seeking to invite filmmakers to explore the “Nature Gap” – the term that describes the uneven and inequitable access to wild, outdoor spaces in America.
Natural space is supposed to be free and accessible for everyone, but in reality, it is not apportioned equally to all races, ages, genders, or income groups. Over many generations accessibility, opportunity, intimidation, stereotyping, discrimination, societal modeling, and exclusion have all played a part in creating this disparity that is often called the “Nature Gap.”
The grantors are looking for personal stories from the BIPOC community that confront the reality of the “Nature Gap”. What do Oregon’s landscapes and adventuring mean to you, and how have you experienced this? Has the “Nature Gap” impacted your life in Oregon’s outdoors?
The OAFG2023 specifically invites experienced BIPOC filmmakers and on-camera subjects to create a short film pitch. The pitch, set in Oregon’s outdoor landscape, should inform, inspire, capture and/or reveal, a personal journey involving an outdoor pursuit that explores the “Nature Gap”.
This $20,000 to $25,000 Grant is being provided by the Oregon Made Creative Foundation, in conjunction with Travel Oregon.
When can you submit applications?
- Applications open at 9 AM PST on January 23, 2023.
- Deadline for applications: 5 PM PST March 3, 2023.
- Aiming to notify the winner by end of April 2023.
- Projected Delivery Date: Spring 2024.
You are invited to apply if you are:
- A member of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color – including but not limited to Latino/Latina/Latinx, Asian American, and PaciEic Islanders) community.
- Part of a Filmmaking team (i.e. the credited directors), and that team should be no more than 3 people.
- A current Oregon resident (more than a full year living in Oregon).
- Available to pitch or further explain your proposal to the Review Committee if requested.
- Able to provide a sample or reel of content that demonstrates your ability to capture the outdoor-adventure experience through your work.
- Able to shoot and post your short Film in Oregon, ready for completion by the end of 2023.
If your pitch is selected you will receive:
- $20,000 to $25,000 to prep, travel to locations, shoot, and complete your short Film.
- Distribution and marketing support from Oregon Film, and Travel Oregon.
- Production support from Oregon Film.
- In addition, you own the finished product and the footage (subject to a non-exclusive license for Travel Oregon and/or Oregon Film & Oregon Made Creative Foundation to use, reproduce, display, and publish the work product subject to coordination and non-interference with the Grantee’s general release plan).
How To Apply:
- Email us your application – opens at 9 AM PST on January 23, 2023
and closes at 5 PM PST, February 17, 2023 (email address: [email protected].)
- Include the phrase “#OregonMade OAFG23” in your email subject line.
- Complete an “Application Cover Form” for the project – available here.
For more application details, what to include, conditions of the award, etc, please our #OregonMade site.