Following the 2018 Prism Prize win for Fritz' video of Charlotte's hit single “Work”, the duo is announcing a one-time film grant for female and gender non-binary directors in Canada.
The $10,000 fund was generated from a portion of the Prism Grand Prize Fritz received for the video in May. The project was originally released in January of 2017 around the International Women’s March.
Applicants to the Work Film Grant are encouraged to align with emerging musical acts (who must also be Canadian citizens). Priority will be given to music video projects but narrative short film projects will also be considered. Charlotte and Fritz first envisioned the grant as a small contribution towards easing the absence of MuchFACT funding for Canadian music video projects. The music video-focused body ceased funding projects in 2017.
With MuchFACT having issued more than $100 million to over 9000 projects since the program’s inception in 1984, the Work Film Grant is hardly a stop gap, but the musician and director saw it as a meaningful and appropriate use of the Prism Prize winnings. The remaining $5000 was donated by Charlotte to Toronto women’s shelter Sistering.
“Many people in the filmmaking community here have supported me and my projects in one way or another over the years and this grant is a small gesture of encouragement to someone new,” said Fritz.
“The music video for ‘Work’ was created with the help of my community,” added Charlotte. “This is my way of giving back and paying it forward.”
Full criteria and submission guidelines for the Work Film Grant are available here.
Submissions will be voted on by a panel after the closing of the application period on October 26, 2018.
Interested applicants are asked to submit materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.