Musicbed Film Initiative is Back to Fund Your Untold Stories

All films start with a small seed. An idea. It’s something filmmakers all have in common — they want to turn a thought into something tangible, a place where they can meet someone and share a thought. These ideas change with the season, but there’s always something there. It’s what makes a filmmaker.
In a continued effort to make some of those ideas a reality, today Musicbed officially opened applications to the 2017 Musicbed Film Initiative. The grant program aims to bring untold stories to life by providing filmmakers with the resources needed to fund their dream film. This year, the Initiative will award one winning filmmaker a grant worth over $70,000.
“All too often, I hear great filmmakers talking about a film they’ve dreamed of for years,” said Daniel McCarthy, founder and CEO of Musicbed. “It’s a bummer to think of of all of these stories going untold. With this year’s Musicbed Film Initiative we’re dedicating even more resources to support the passions of filmmakers. We want to see their best work come to life.”

Now in its second year, last year’s Musicbed Film Initiative offered $50,000 in grants and drew 7,463 submissions. Winning filmmaker, Patrick Biesemans, used the grant to create Embers & Dust – a poetic examination of the infamous night of the Orson Welles’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.

Open to filmmakers around the globe, Musicbed Film Initiative grants consist of cash, production gear and post-production from program sponsors to eliminate some of the biggest barriers to a filmmaker pursuing their dream film. Submitting an application for the Initiative, which runs over the course of the next three weeks, is easy. Filmmakers write a short synopsis for their idea and upload a pitch PDF, which can include anything from a script to a treatment with mood boards.
A panel of judges will review submissions and select the recipient, which will be announced on April 7th. The judging panel includes:
  • Jesse Nickson Lopez, Writer, Stranger Things
  • Ian Durkin, Senior Curator at Vimeo
  • Tom Davia, Venice Film Festival Programmer & CEO of CINEMAVEN
  • Patrick Beisemans, Filmmaker and 2016 Musicbed Film Initiative Award Recipient
  • Nancy Jacobs, President of Batya Communications: A Director’s Talent Agency

There is no fee to participate and the application process is simple. Filmmakers may submit their entries beginning today through March 24th. Learn more about the program’s grants and sponsors at


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