Hissbox launches $25 000 grant for South African filmmakers – here’s how to apply

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African streaming service, Hissbox, recently launched a grant funded by the Hissbox Diversity Film Fund (HDFF). The fund will sponsor film producers up to $25,000 for the production of their TV series, feature film or documentary.

Hissbox is founded by Nigerian born, LA-based entrepreneur Chinecherem Ez and strives for diversity and to share the telling of untold stories. The platform currently offers over 400 pieces of content including world-class originals, blockbuster films, series and documentaries.

Now, the new streaming service is on the hunt for original stories to premiere on its platform. “The concern with streaming services today is that despite an extensive volume of offerings, there is still a lack of diversity in available content,” says Hissbox founder Ez.

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“We are very excited to say that Hissbox is here to fill this gap. Our focus from inception has been a platform where everyone can find content that reflects their uniqueness. We are telling, sharing, and searching for exceptional stories from every corner of the world – there is a waiting audience for those stories and Hissbox will reflect that reality.”

Think you have an ‘untold story’ worth sharing, then find out how to apply below and read more trending news, right here.

How to Apply

The HDFF will be looking for filmmakers from diverse backgrounds with an exceptional gift for storytelling. Stories should feature creative risks, which inspire dialogue, and are rarely seen on public media. The grant will apply to applicants from around the world including South Africa.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Own 100% of the copyright of your production and maintain editorial control of the story
  • Are not employed as a producer or director by a broadcast entity or film studio
  • Have a previous film or television production experience in a principal role: director, producer, etc. Students are not eligible
  • Have not previously applied for the HDFF funding within the funding quarter– we won’t review projects or submission from filmmakers with
  • projects already under consideration
  • A citizen or legal resident of any country – age 18 or older
  • Applicants must prepare a three paged treatment, previously completed work to link to a film publicly exhibited or distributed. The application must reflect experience in filmography and more

More information about the grant, right here.

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