Gang violence is a dominant
issue with many facets, including psychological
and generational violence, peer pressure,
rehabilitation, communication and current
legislation. It includes the role played
by the media, the judicial system, and the
role and responsibility of the community.
BHERC also wants to show the good news --
programs that work, violence perpetrators
who have transformed their lives, and communities
or individuals experimenting with pro-peace
Your project should
explore causes and emphasize solutions.
Set a clear, defined goal for what you want
your media project to do: i.e., offer a
solution, stimulate dialog, lead an action,
document an event, affect legislation, affirm
Identify your audience.
It's very easy to "sing to the choir."
How will your project actually reach the
minds of perpetrators or policy makers in
order to effect change? BHERC is particularly
interested in addressing our youth.
and organizations in the community are already
addressing gang violence issues. Is your
Project one that might serve the needs,
or supplement the programs, of one of these
1. The following formats
will be considered: Narrative Short, Documentary
Short, Animation, Music Video, Radio PSA
(single or series).
2. The maximum completed
length for shorts is 30 min. PSA's must
be broadcast quality and adhere to broadcast
timing requirements for :10, :15, :20 or
:30 second spots. BHERC will assist PSA
projects with placement on broadcast entities.
3. BHERC will fund Narrative and Documentary
shorts and Animation projects for up to
$20,000 (twenty thousand) dollars, Music
Videos for up to $10,000 (ten thousand)
dollars, and Radio PSA projects for up to
$5,000 (five thousand) dollars. BHERC will
not cover expenses for equipment purchases,
organization memberships, publications,
professional classes or long distance travel.
4. The Project Director
is responsible for obtaining appropriate
releases from individuals and organizations
interviewed or represented on camera, location
filming, and for materials used, including
visuals, music and acquired footage. BHERC
must be indemnified in any release connected
with this grant.
5. We want to make the
projects available to the communities they
are designed for as quickly as possible.
When planning your project, consider production
elements that will allow a short production
6. Final delivery of
video projects will be in Beta SP.
7. BHERC retains
the right of final approval of the content
and quality of the Project.
Ownership of the completed
Project shall belong to the Black Hollywood
Resource Center (BHERC).
BHERC is covering the
production funds required, as per your submitted
budget, to create and complete the Project.
Any funds generated from the distribution
of the project will be returned to the BHERC
Fights Back With Film Media Project.
Applicants for this
Grant must be a resident of Southern California.
Applications are due
by Wednesday, October 13, 2004. Finalists
will have a meeting with the BHERC team.
Selected Projects will be identified in
two rounds. The first round will be announced
in November, at BHERC's African-American
Film Marketplace and S. E. Manly Short Film
Showcase (Los Angeles).
A BHERC "crew member"
will be assigned to each Project to provide
oversight, and to allow immediate communication
between the Project Director and BHERC.
A delivery time-line will be mutually determined
by BHERC and the Project Director.
The Project Director
will be asked to sign two legal agreements.
The first is a CONTRACT that includes the
terms of production, delivery, ownership,
etc. The second is a MEDIA GRANT SUBMISSION
RELEASE AND INDEMNIFICATION AGREEMENT that
protects BHERC from potential lawsuits regarding
creative ideas submitted by applicants,
and must be notarized and included with
your application. Scripts or synopsis submitted
without the Submission Agreement will not
be read or considered for funding. Filmmakers
under age 21 must have parental consent
SUBMIT TO BHERC
Applications must be
postmarked by Wednesday,
October 13, 2004.
1. BHERC Application
cover sheet. (One page)
2. Notarized copy of
the BHERC Fights Back With Media Grant Submission
Release and Indemnification Agreement. (Be
sure to keep a copy for yourself)
3. For shorts: a full
script or a 1 to 2 page treatment. However,
if you are not submitting a work sample,
then a full script is required.
For Music Videos and
PSA's: a full script.
4. Key Crew production
credit summaries. Maximum one page.
5. Production Budget.
Your budget should include all facets of
production, including Delivery on Beta SP.
The Project must be completed with BHERC
funds only. Indicate clearly where in-kind
services are confirmed.
6. Work sample of a
previous work by the Project Director and/or
key production team members. (Optional,
except for shorts submissions that do not
include a full script.) Samples may be submitted
on VHS, Beta SP, DVD or CD.
7. Self-addressed, stamped
envelope, only if you want your work sample
be mailed to:
1875 Century Park East #600, Los Angeles,
No walk-ins accepted.