FILMMAKER GRANTS

Each year, Boro Five offers two filmmaker grants for the production of short films. Awards are given to filmmakers at any stage in their career — from students to accomplished moviemakers.


 

The Cinematic Arts Grant is open to all members of the independent filmmaking community. It seeks to jump-start projects that have creative promise, artistic merit, and an ambitious team behind them. The grant provides production financing for a short film of any kind. Boro Five matches the filmmaker’s fundraising dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000.

In 2019, our grant recipients are a unique directing team, Gordon Shoemaker and Elizabeth Barchi, who will shoot “Ten Shots” this coming summer, produced by Andrew Scrivani and Lauren Bates.

Bill Wheeler climbs up to his tree stand for what he thinks will be just another summer morning deer hunt. But when his crosshairs discover five masked gunmen executing bound captives, Bill springs into action. However, as Bill blasts through his ten bullets, he soon discovers that he may have been intervening on the wrong side.

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The Quiroz Grant is open to Staten Island filmmakers. It seeks to develop talent from the borough and provide access to the Hollywood community. Like our other grant, projects must have creative promise, artistic merit, and an ambitious team behind them. The grant provides production financing for a short film of any kind. Boro Five matches the filmmaker’s fundraising dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000.

The Quiroz Grant is named for the late Lisa Garcia Quiroz, a longtime mentor and friend of Boro Five. Raised on Staten Island, Lisa went on to become the Founding Publisher of both TIME for Kids and People en Español. Lisa believed in the power of stories to transform lives, and in the potential of young Staten Islanders to follow their dreams as storytellers. Learn more about Lisa by reading here.

 

Applications for the 2020 Quiroz Grant open January 1.