California-based From The Heart Productions will administer two new post production grants for doc projects, called the Roy W. Dean Editing Grants, having confirmed the support of the Digital Media Education Center in Portland, U.S. For nearly 10 years, FTH has overseen the Roy W. Dean Grants – three annual awards that supply equipment and services to selected doc projects. Since 1997, The Digital Media Education Center has offered the Avid Film Camp, a program that pairs filmmakers with aspiring editors in a technically equipped arena.
Thanks to the combined efforts of Film Camp director Jaime Fowler and FTH president Carole Dean, the new grants will provide six weeks of Avid editing time to doc projects, consisting of three weeks sound editing and three weeks on the Center’s Avid Symphony. The films will be edited by students of the Center, along with the winning filmmaker and an experienced editing supervisor.
Applications are open internationally for all types of projects. Says Dean, ‘The only criteria for the grants is that the project be unique and contribute to society.’ Entrants must have completed principal photography and have masters on Beta sp or mini DV. The winner will cover the costs of housing in Portland during the editing period.
The grants are valued at US$100,000. The first deadline is April 7, 2002; the next hasn’t been announced, but Dean expects it in the fall. Info can be found at: www.fromtheheartproductions.com.