Friday, June 1, 2012

Robert Altman Grant 2012: Time to Apply!!!


This is the last chance for filmmakers in the greater Kansas City area to apply for Robert Altman grants for 2012!  To apply, go to The application fee is $10 and the deadline is 5 p.m. CST, June 1, 2012.

From the Greater Kansas City Film Commission:

The Film Commission of Greater Kansas City is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Robert Altman Emerging Filmmakers Fund Education Grants

The fund’s inaugural grants will award 10 filmmakers living within 50 miles of the greater Kansas City area. The goal is to give filmmakers the expert business knowledge needed to help turn their craft into a business, turn an existing project into a more fruitful venture or both.

“Much like the imagination of Robert Altman, the potential for these grants is unlimited,” said Justin Gardner, Film Commission board member and founder/director of the Robert Altman Emerging Filmmakers Fund. “Thanks to a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the 10 selected filmmakers will be able to participate in the FastTrac® NewVenture™ program, which will give them knowledge about starting a company that they just don’t teach in film school. We’re excited to help put local artists on a path for creative business success.”

Applicants must have a business or project idea ready to bring to five full-day classes on consecutive Fridays from July 13 to Aug. 10 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Small Business & Technology Development Center, 4747 Troost Ave., room 114. Grant winners will be notified by July 1.

The Kauffman Foundation grant will cover the $500 program fee for the FastTrac® NewVenture™ program for all 10 grant recipients. (Because of this subsidy, participants are required to attend all sessions, except for illness or emergency.)

To apply, go to The application fee is $10 and the deadline is 5 p.m. CST, June 1, 2012.

About Robert Altman
Legendary film director Robert Altman (1925-2006) was born in Kansas City, Mo. His distinctive movies, known for their ensemble acting and overlapping dialogue, include “M*A*S*H” (1970), “Nashville” (1975), “The Player” (1991), “Short Cuts” (1993) and “Kansas City” (1996), which he shot in his hometown.

About the Film Commission of Greater Kansas City
The Film Commission of Greater Kansas City supports the work of major and independent film companies and media production teams working on location in the Kansas City region. Visit us online at

About the Robert Altman Emerging Filmmakers Fund
With the blessing of the family of Robert Altman, the Film Commission established the Robert Altman Emerging Filmmakers Fund in 2011 to help local filmmakers better realize their cinematic visions and creative business pursuits.

About Kauffman FastTrac®
Kauffman FastTrac® is the leading provider of learning curricula that equip aspiring and existing entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources and network to start and grow successful businesses. Kauffman FastTrac® was created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the United States devoted to entrepreneurship. For more information about Kauffman FastTrac®, visit and follow the organization on, and

About the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open people’s eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship training and education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on and

About the UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center
From concept to capital, the UMKC Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC) provides a comprehensive entrepreneur and small business development program. They provide counseling, training and research for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies, including technology counselors to provide more in-depth support and a variety of tools that help clients evaluate the direction of their technology, departmentalize concepts and chart strategic direction. For more information, go to or email at ###

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