Filmed in NC Fund

The Filmed in NC Fund supports the production of indie film and video projects by artists who are permanent residents of North Carolina, or who are full-time students at colleges or universities in North Carolina living full-time in NC. The Filmed in NC Fund is made possible through a partnership with the NC Film Office, and by a gift from Artless Media in conjunction with The Magnifying Glass. It is intended to support the development and production of new and ongoing projects with total budgets under $250,000. Projects are supported with funds ranging from $500 to $3,000 per project.

The Filmed in NC Fund supports emerging and established artists with a proven record for producing singular and original work, exhibiting potential for meaningful community impact and generating substantial economic activity in North Carolina. Projects at various stages of production (existing and new projects) are eligible to apply. The program supports narrative, documentary, and experimental films. The program prioritizes funding for female filmmakers, filmmakers of color and LGBTQ+ identifying filmmakers, but anyone and everyone is encouraged to apply.

Deadline to submit an application was June 23. Stay tuned for updates about next year’s round of funding.

Notification date for all applicants will be in September and a public announcement of the awards along with a presentation of the checks will happen during the 28th annual Cucalorus Film Festival, November 16-20, 2022.

2021 Filmed in NC awardees:

  • Frederick D. Murphy for Duality: A Collection of Afro Indigenous Perspectives, a documentary feature and a collection of personal reflections told by individuals of African and Indigenous ancestry who identify as Afro Indigenous across America and gives a historical and present-day account of how Afro Indigenous people are and have been reconnecting 
  • Atinuke Diver for This Belongs to Us, a documentary feature that follows the journey of Black women beer brewers in the US South, This Belongs to Us will explore the question of how a craft and tradition that began in Africa in the East became synonymous with White, male, blue-collar identity in the United States.  
  • Kristi Ray for A Song For Imogene, a narrative feature where a sudden death and unexpected pregnancy force an impoverished woman to decide between freeing herself or remaining a relic of her drive-by Southern town.
  • Debbie Vu for Ma’s Kitchen, a narrative feature where the language barrier between a Vietnam-born mother and her American-born daughter keeps them apart but the spirit of the kitchen brings them together. 
  • Toni Autry and Martin Buchanan for Unlearn: The Consequences of Racism, a documentary feature that confronts the deep-rooted and systemic prejudice in American society by examining the controversy surrounding the Confederate monument in Graham, NC, and the personal stories of racism as told by Alamance County’s Black citizens.
  • Rotisho Geter for The Selves, an anthology following the life of a young woman which poses the question – are those who kill a product of nature, or nurture?
  • Laura Asherman for Seed Sowers (Working Title), a documentary short where a pair of best friends break free from the cycle of addiction and prostitution and dedicate their lives to helping other women do the same.
  • A.J. Riggins for The Boys Outside, a narrative short where at their own device, three friends adventure outside in the rural south while discussing their finals days of 8th grade.
  • Valentina Hueck for Mañana Negra, a narrative short in the Black Morning, a heartbroken girl uncovers how the trauma of leaving home shapes her will to love.
  • Tamara Williams for Iba Obinrina short that acknowledges the importance and influences of Black women in traditions in the southern corridor of the United States and highlights how women have traditionally and historically connected to nature to support and fortify their communities.
  • Zachary Smith for The Place of All Places, a narrative short where Faith, a trans woman, gets tangled up in the life of a drug dealer named Jordan, and Faith discovers there’s more to Jordan than appearances, they both learn from each other that blood doesn’t mean family; it’s where you feel loved.

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