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Announcing the 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant

Do you have an idea for a compelling documentary project? The 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant was established to help get your story told. We’re asking you to create a 2-5 minute video pitch and upload it to Vimeo – you’ll have the chance to win one of three equipment usage grants worth a combined total of $100,000.

But it’s not just us you’re pitching to – it’s your fellow filmmakers as well. Once all the Vimeo submissions are in, 10 finalists will be chosen based on the number of “Likes” from the Vimeo community. A select panel of judges, comprised of AbelCine & industry experts, as well as filmmakers Ellen Kuras, ASC, Mark Benjamin, and Peter Schnall, will review the finalists’ pitches and determine the three grant recipients.

Documentaries have always been close to AbelCine’s heart. In fact, many of our original clients are documentary filmmakers. Now we want to make sure that the next generation of documentarians has a chance to tell their stories too. 


Submissions & Selection Process

Entrants are asked to submit 2-5 minute pitch videos for longer documentary projects. All submissions must be received by August 27, 2013 using our online form, where you’ll also find complete details on entry requirements. If entrants are pitching a documentary project that they have previously crowd-funded for (such as on Kickstarter), they must include the URL when applying. 

Pitch videos should be 2-5 minutes in length and must comply with the content restrictions and guidelines in Vimeo’s Terms of Service. Additionally, all entries must adhere to Vimeo’s recommended compression & uploading guidelines. Once videos are submitted and reviewed, they will be added to the 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant Group on Vimeo. Voting will begin once submissions close on August 27 and will continue until September 24. The (10) videos with the most “Likes” from the Vimeo community will become finalists and move on to the next round of judging. (Please note, only “Likes” received during the active voting dates will be counted.) 

A selection committee will then select three (3) recipients to receive access to a full camera package to complete their project. The committee will be comprised of AbelCine and industry experts, along with three special guest judges: filmmakers Mark Benjamin, Ellen Kuras, ASC, and Peter Schnall. Judges will take into account the strength of the submission, the compelling nature of the topic, as well as the likelihood that the completed project will exemplify the art of non-fiction storytelling. 

Awards Package

The three (3) finalists selected for a grant will be notified by October 22, 2013. Each will receive:

  • An equipment grant consisting of a credit for $33,000 to be used towards their choice of a Canon 300 rental package + lenses. Winners may choose one of three base C300 packages and work with AbelCine rentals to complete the package with accessories that fit their needs. 
  • Access to the Endcrawl cloud-based credits service with an “Unlimited DPX” tier, which includes unlimited 2K or HD DPX renders and unlimited 1K H.264 renders. Please note: “unlimited renders” applies on a per project (not per user) basis.

For any questions about the 2013 AbelCine Documentary Grant, contact Claire Orpeza, Social Media Coordinator, AbelCine at claire@abelcine.com.

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