26 Feb 16
FTI PHILANTHROPY PROGRAM- SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT
(Photo of MC Ben Elton at March 31st 2016 Philanthropy Evening by Sam Shipley)
FTI invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the WA screen sector for inclusion in FTI's Philanthropy Program. Production companies and individuals are welcome to submit an EOI for a specific project (either film, TV, web or game) they wish to be considered for inclusion in the Program.
FTI is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations and has Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 status, which gives it the capability to issue tax-deductible receipts for donations. FTI will then pass these on as grants to support screen projects. Donors are able to indicate a preference for their donation to be granted to a specific project.
FTI runs regular pitching events where up to six participants pitch their projects to a curated audience. Pitching training is provided. Producers can also list their projects on FTI’s Philanthropy Program web pages. This program is useful for projects which have already secured interest from donors, where there is a time critical need to secure donations and there is no pitching event in that timeframe, and for projects with a requirement to keep a lower public profile, such as those documenting material of interest to the press.
"As one of the pitchers from June 2015, I found the process of refining my creative idea and presenting it to an audience of philanthropists extremely positive. I was able to raise $5,300 from several different donors, which was then doubled to $10,600 by Creative Partnerships Australia. I was looking for $10K on the pitch evening to close the crucial gap in a finance plan to allow the project to be fully funded and happily the project, “Candidate Games” (working title) was commissioned by the ABC. The $10,600 from FTI (via philanthropists) and Creative Partnerships Australia allowed us to access another 25% of the budget from Screen Australia through PEP funding, completing the finance plan. As an emerging producer, I do not know where else this gap financing would have come from without the pitching and matched funding opportunity. It has made a huge difference to me and my team who were subsequently able to secure our first commission from the ABC, which hopefully opens to the door to more projects." - Producer Ella Wright
Projects in the Philanthropy Program can be from emerging or more experienced practitioners but all are vetted to ensure that the ownership of copyright is clear and, should funding be procured, that teams have the capacity to deliver the projects being pitched. Monies raised incur a 5% administration fee.
Each round, a panel selects the screen projects which they believe will most appeal to potential donors. These project teams are given professional coaching for philanthropic pitching and assistance creating support material and web pages on FTI's website, which includes an on-line donation capability for anyone wanting to donate. Feel free to visit this and make a donation to the project you'd like to support.
To be considered for inclusion in FTI's Philanthropy Program email firstname.lastname@example.org an Expression of Interest.
Expression of Interest must contain:
- A 2-page summary of the project
- Brief biogs of key personnel (max 150 words each)
- Links to the applicant's show reel and/or website
- (Optional) video pitch to camera (max 3 minutes)
- (Optional) any other materials that will support an EOI
Applicants from previous rounds are welcome to submit if they are available for preparation in the lead up to our next Philanthropy Pitching Event which will be announced shortly.