Artist Development

How To Apply

The LOI period is currently open.


Applications for fiscal sponsorship with SFFILM also act as project blueprints to be presented to grantors or to individual contributors. Direct your application towards potential funders as well as to SFFILM. Our goal is to help you build the best proposal possible so that you can successfully raise funds for your project.

Your initial application will most likely be the first of many drafts you will prepare as your project evolves. It is an ongoing business plan that changes in tandem with your project–you will update your proposal as your vision develops.

  • You must be enrolled as an SFFILM member at the Film Pro level or above. Join online.
  • Complete the online application form.
  • Pay the $40 application fee. You will be asked to pay the fee before you hit the submit button on your online application form. Note that applications will not be reviewed until the next dealine.

Contract with SFFILM
Once you are approved into the Fiscal Sponsorship program, you will be required to sign a contract with SFFILM. If you would like to see the contract prior to the application process, please let us know. Contracts cannot be individualized and changes in the contract will not be permitted after you have been approved into the program. If you have further questions, please contact us at

Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be an SFFILM Film Pro member. Join online if you are not a member, or if you are already a member and want to upgrade to Film Pro. If more than one person is applying with a project you must both be members. Identify one person as the primary contact.
  • The project must be consistent with SFFILM charitable purposes, must be noncommercial or educational and represent an imaginative contribution to the film or video art form.
  • The project cannot be a work for hire.
  • The project cannot be a narrative feature or short film.
  • You must seek donations in the form of grants from public agencies, foundations, corporations or individual donors, including fundraising benefits.
  • You cannot use a hybrid model to fundraise for your project, utilizing commercial and non-profit means of support.
  • You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to apply for fiscal sponsorship with SFFILM. However, at least one of your project's named project directors will need to have a Social Security number, EIN (employer identification number), ITIN (independent taxpayer identification number) or other type of IRS registration.

Application Dos

  • Format using single spacing.
  • Use the same font throughout.
  • Use page numbers beginning on page 2 at the bottom right-hand corner of each page.
  • Comply with suggested lengths in the guidelines.
  • Include applicant name and project name in footer.
  • Label sample materials clearly with your name, the title of the project with which you are applying and the title of the material you are submitting.

Application Don'ts

  • Do not double space your proposal.
  • Do not write in the first person.
  • Do not make your application too long or repetitive.

Grant Applications to government organizations
Please note that due to a change in grant regulations, SFFILM will no longer be submitting applications on filmmakers' behalf to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Please contact us if you have further questions.

Please note: While we encourage filmmakers to apply to the SFFILM Festival and grants offered by our organization, initiaiting fiscally sponsorship with SFFILM does not guarantee acceptance into any other SFFILM programs.

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