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Virgil Grillo Memorial Grant in Film Production

BFA Track

The University of Colorado Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts is proud to announce the call for applications for the Virgil Grillo Memorial Grant. The fund was established with gifts from several sources, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Learning Channel, thanks to the vision and entrepreneurial spirit of Dr. Virgil Grillo (1938-1994), Professor and founder of the University of Colorado Boulder Film Studies Program, which is now the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts.

This is a competitive grant and awards will be given to a limited number of extraordinary applicants. Awards are determined after review of all qualified applications by a committee of the Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts faculty under the supervision of the department chair. Awards range from $250 to $500 and can be used during one or two semesters (according to the production schedule), and will be attached to one single filmmaking project.

Eligibility
Students must be a cinema studies major with a minimum GPA of 3.33 and be enrolled in FILM 3400 or 4500
during the current or upcoming semesters. The project cannot be funded by a previous Grillo Memorial Grant.

Application Requirements
1. Written application with the following information:
• Complete legal name
• CU student identification number
• A current email address and telephone number
• A 500-1,000 word detailed description of the project to be completed including:
• The working title of the project
• A summary or treatment (in the case of a narrative)
• Format (e.g. Super 8; 16mm; Mini-DV; mixed-media, etc.)
• Its finalized form (projected film/video, installation, exhibition, etc.)
• Timeline for preproduction, production and postproduction
• Itemized production budget
• A statement of the goals or venues that might be appropriate and/or pursued once the
project is completed
2. Copy of unofficial transcript
3. Link to sample of creative work

Email application materials to cinemastudies@colorado.edu by the second Friday of September.

The Chair of the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts will notify winners in October.
All completed projects must include the screen credit: “Funded in part by a grant from the Virgil Grillo Memorial
Fund in Moving Image Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Cinema Studies & Moving
Image Arts.” Any unused funds or credits by the end of the proposed timeline must be returned or forfeited back to the Virgil Grillo Memorial Fund.


MFA Track

The University of Colorado Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts is proud to announce the call for applications for the Virgil Grillo Memorial Grant. The fund was established with gifts from several sources, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Learning Channel, thanks to the vision and entrepreneurial spirit of Dr. Virgil Grillo (1938-1994), Professor and founder of the University of Colorado Boulder Film Studies Program, which is now the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts.

This is a competitive grant and awards will be given to a limited number of extraordinary applicants. Awards are determined after review of all qualified applications by a committee of the Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts faculty under the supervision of the department chair. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 and can be used during one or two semesters (according to the production schedule), and will be attached to one single filmmaking project.

Eligibility
Students must be in good standing toward completion of degree and have successfully completed the “first
year” review. The project cannot be funded by a previous Grillo Memorial Grant.
Application Requirements
1. Written application with the following information:
• Complete legal name
• CU student identification number
• A current email address and telephone number
• A 500-1,000 word detailed description of the project to be completed including:
• The working title of the project
• A summary or treatment (in the case of a narrative)
• Format (e.g. Super 8; 16mm; Mini-DV; mixed-media, etc.)
• Its finalized form (projected film/video, installation, exhibition, etc.)
• Timeline for preproduction, production and postproduction
• Itemized production budget
• A statement of the goals or venues that might be appropriate and/or pursued once the
project is completed
2. Copy of unofficial transcript
3. Link to sample of creative work

Email application materials to cinemastudies@colorado.edu by the second Friday of September.

The Director of the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts will notify winners in October. All completed projects must include the screen credit: “Funded in part by a grant from the Virgil Grillo Memorial Fund in Moving Image Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts.” Any unused funds or credits by the end of the proposed timeline must be returned or forfeited back to the Virgil Grillo Memorial Fund.


Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts Award for Excellence in Critical Studies

The Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts seeks to identify students who demonstrate excellence in critical studies for an award of $1,000.00 per academic year. The award will be directly applied to tuition and fees. Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts students with a commitment to research interests and critical film analysis focusing on understanding issues of racial or gender inequalities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts major in BA Critical Studies or BA Critical Studies and BFA Production
  • ​GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Must be at least 2nd semester freshman to apply
  • In-state Colorado residents only
  • Priority will be given to students with Financial Aid, however all students are welcome to apply. 

Annual deadline is April 1. To complete and submit the CU Boulder Scholarship Application, follow this step-by-step guide to the Scholarship Application on MyCUInfo or follow these instructions:

  • Navigate to the “Student” tab in MyCUInfo
  • Click on the “Financial Aid” tab
  • Click on “Apply for Scholarships”
  • Complete the general application
  • Complete any additional scholarship applications

Andrea Rhodes and Frederick G. Gluck Cinema Studies Scholarship

The Andrea Rhodes and Frederick G. Gluck Cinema Studies Scholarship provides scholarship support to undergraduate students in the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts at the University of Colorado Boulder. To qualify for this scholarship, students must be in the Critical Studies track of the program. Preference will be given to students working on projects that involve students in the Production track. Faculty members in the Critical Studies track nominate outstanding students for this scholarship based primarily on academic merit and achievement.

Annual deadline is April 1. To complete and submit the CU Boulder Scholarship Application, follow this step-by-step guide to the Scholarship Application on MyCUInfo or follow these instructions:

  • Navigate to the “Student” tab in MyCUInfo
  • Click on the “Financial Aid” tab
  • Click on “Apply for Scholarships”
  • Complete the general application
  • Complete any additional scholarship applications

Virgil Grillo Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking Award

Through the 1970’s an 80’s, Film Studies founder Virgil Grillo deposited funds, both personal and from grants he had written, to the University of Colorado Foundation for the purpose of establishing student film awards.  The original donation has grown to the point that approximately $12,000 per year is available for these competitive and application-based student awards.  The Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts, in association with the Grillo family, began offering the awards in Fall 2002. 

The Grillo Awards will supplement, rather than compete with, the long-standing and sought-after Goldfarb awards by providing additional awards for each of the required production classes offered each semester.  Students in Film 2000, 2500, 3400, and 4500 (summer included) are eligible.  Goldfarb winners are automatically nominated for Grillo awards.

The Grillo Awards will provide funds for completion and festival submissions for notable films at the senior and advanced levels.  Like programs at other Universities, the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts at CU Boulder will actively support festival submission for their students’ films as a way to increase awareness of the school in the national and international film community.

In the spirit of Professor Grillo’s legacy, we are requiring students to submit persuasive written applications as well as video and film work.  This, we believe, will support their fund raising skills in the future when grant writing will be a necessary skill.

Application:

The Grillo Awards will be competitive and application based.   The awards will be given on the basis of students’ written proposals as well as on the quality of their film/video work.

All applicants must be Film Studies majors. Furthermore, winners must use their award for film related costs per University expenditure guidelines.  Funds not used after 1 year will revert back to the general award fund and be forfeited by the winner.

Awards for Film 2000 and 2500 will be given in the form of “Kage” credit (equipment rental desk credit), while awards at the 3400 and 4500 level will be given in the form of cash and/or Kage credit as best suits the students needs.

Judging Process:

The judging procedures are: Each section of each course (2000, 2500, 3400, and 4500) will take a student vote.  The two students getting the highest number of votes will receive the Grillo awards at the 2000 and 2500 levels.   The two top students in the 3400 and 4500 classes will be nominated to submit proposals and sample works.   A final panel of judges composed of one Grillo family representative and two Film Studies faculty members  (or one production faculty and one Critical Studies faculty), will make the final selection and decide on the award amounts for each winner.  The final panel reserves the right to make no awards if they feel that there are no worthy applicants in a particular category.

            At the beginning of each semester the Grillo Award winners will be announced and their works screened at a First Person Cinema Program show and some may be screened at local festivals.

Disbursement of Award Funding:

The  students at the 3400 and 4500 level will be pool by class – all of the 3400 will compete with each other and all of the 4500’s will compete with each other.  The awards at the 3400 and 4500 level may be given out in any amount and without a limit to the total number of awards so long as the total amount does not exceed the award amount for that level. In other words, the judges may decide to give all the money to one applicant or divide the money up unequally based on their assessment of the quality of the proposals and the work submitted.  Following are the award amounts by course and by semester:

Semester: Fall Spring Summer Total
Film 2000 (Kage credit) $1,200 $1,200 $300 $2,700 credit
Film 2500 (Kage Credit) $1,125 $1,125 $375 $2,625 credit
Film 3400 (Cash/Kage) $3,250 $3,250 Not Offered $6,500
Film 4500 (Cash/Kage) $2,750 $2,750 Not Offered $5,500
Total Yearly Awards       $12,000 cash

For example, for film 3500, the total award amount is $1,125 per fall/spring semester.  Two students from each of the two sections of 3500 may be nominated for an award. The judging committee may give out one award for $2,250, and two awards for $500. The judges may also give no awards or give out only part of the $3,250 and put the remainder back in the fund for future awards. Any unspent money will revert back to the award pool; however, the $3,250 total award amount will remain constant each semester.


UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program)

http://www.colorado.edu/suep/about-urop

CU Boulder has a rich culture for cultivating undergraduates as emerging scholars, artists and practicing researchers. UROP provides consultation services, informational workshops and grants to promote undergraduate research as a high-impact learning practice for student success.  

Each year UROP funds hundreds of students who produce new knowledge and creative work in partnership with CU's world-class faculty. We serve students and faculty whose learning and teaching goals include outside-the-classroom enrichment.

In a UROP project, you: 

  • Explore academic interests beyond the classroom
  • Get hands-on experience with research or creative production
  • Develop student-faculty relationships for professional references
  • Acquire academic and professional skills and credentials
  • Demonstrate successful grant-writing skills
  • Refine your academic and career goals

Boulder Crowdfunding

http://www.colorado.edu/crowdfunding/

CU-Boulder Crowdfunding is a pilot online fundraising platform (launched in May 2014) that allows CU-Boulder individuals and organizations to create and share fundraising campaigns with an engaged community. Our tools empower the CU-Boulder community to come together and create lasting impact on things you care about.

Through the platform, you can:

  • Explore exciting projects led by CU-Boulder students and faculty, from engineering to archival work to film
  • Spread the word about projects that inspire you to help generate interest and enable project teams to reach their goals
  • Make tax-deductible contributions using a convenient online interface
  • Keep up with project developments and outcomes as the projects move toward completion