Film & Video
A special funding opportunity in 2013 for Pittsburgh’s community of filmmakers, videographers, and multimedia artists to showcase their approach to community innovation and receive support for their work.
Supporting community innovation through filmmmaking
To provide an opportunity for Pittsburgh’s community of filmmakers, videographers, and multimedia artists to showcase their approach to community innovation, The Sprout Fund announced a special Request for Proposals in fall 2013 to support film, video, and multimedia art projects. Sprout partnered closely with Pittsburgh Filmmakers / Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to cultivate applicants and support funded projects.
In Fall 2013, Sprout offered a Request for Proposals for Innovative Community Film and Video Projects. For this RFP, Sprout sought $10,000 proposals from Pittsburgh’s filmmakers, videographers, and multimedia artists to catalyze the creation or completion of new and innovative community-based projects that take the form of short or feature-length films, documentaries, online videos, and multimedia experiences.
Winning projects were selected by a seven-person jury that included members of the standing Seed Award for Community Innovation Advisory Committee, representatives of the film and video community, and experts in film and video creation, production, and management. Several of the recognized films went on to further development and cinematic release in the years ahead: for example, “Aspie Seeks Love” won Best Documentary Feature Film at its premier at Cinequest Film Festival, and “Fursonas” won a “Spirit of Slamdance” award at its premier at Slamdance Film Festival.
Program In Brief
Total Funding Support
Trailer for Film & Video Program
Sprout shared this video to request proposals for film and video projects and encourage the public to cast their votes.
Three projects were selected to receive the full $10,000 award. In addition, a further $5,000 was granted to Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to provide fiscal sponsorship for the filmmakers and ongoing technical support for the projects.
“Aspie Seeks Love”
Following David’s journey to understand his Asperger’s, improve as a person, writer, and artist, and work to find a meaningful relationship.
Offering intimate portraits of a variety of furries, attempting to understand the person behind the costume by allowing the subjects to speak for themselves and the audience to decide for themselves.
“Give Us a Chance: Pittsburgh Punk”
Detailing individual experiences about how the Pittsburgh Punk Rock scene brought together people from the region’s declining satellite cities and mill towns to support their need, curiosity, and eventually, commitment to Punk music.
Sprout and PF/PCA hosted a free public screening of competition shorts at Pittsburgh Filmmakers Melwood Theater where trailers and short promotional films made by the applicants were shown to a supportive community audience.
Members of the public were invited to view shorts and trailers for the submitted videos on a special page of the Sprout website, where they could vote for their favorites.
Winning projects were selected by a seven-person jury that included Seed Award committee members, representatives of the film and video community, and experts in film and video creation, production, and management.
Thank you to all those who made this program possible!
- The Hillman Foundation
- The Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
- The Pittsburgh Foundation
- Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
- Hollywood Theater Dormont
- Mac Howison
- Ryan Coon
- Matt Hannigan