iStock to award $20,000 in grants to support emerging and aspiring filmmakers globally


iStock press release – 5 April, 2021.

‘One-Minute Films: Resiliency,’ challenges filmmakers to tap into their creative resiliency to create inspired 60-second films using iStock footage exclusively

iStock, a leader in affordable visual communications for the creative, entrepreneurial, student and SMB communities, today announces the launch of its latest Creative Bursary, ‘One-Minute Films: Resiliency.’ Designed to support emerging filmmakers and videographers worldwide, the Creative Bursary will award 10 grants totalling US$20,000 to provide encouragement and much-needed financial support during a time of when it is greatly needed.

“Resources – financial and otherwise – are at a premium, and creatives worldwide have been challenged to create while faced with unprecedented challenges, not to mention constraints related to COVID-19, quarantine realities and social distancing requirements,” said Guy Merrill, Global Head of Art at Getty Images. “And yet, the challenge to create content which is all at once moving, ground-breaking and inspired, remains – the challenge to tap into one’s power of creative resiliency and create for the benefit of others everywhere.”

With this in mind, iStock challenges emerging and aspiring filmmakers and videographers – including students and those who are honing their practice independently around the globe – to use their creative talents to create a one-minute piece emphasizing the concept of Creative Resiliency, as they choose to interpret it, entirely from the iStock film library for a chance to win a grant. Semi-finalists will receive a one-year iStock Premium subscription, as well as cash prizes in the following amounts: first place will receive $7,000; second place will receive $5,000; and eight runners up will receive $1,000 each.

Applicants are required to submit a storyboard sketch of their proposed one-minute film along with a short essay describing their intent and inspiration. Open now, this iteration of the Creative Bursary closes on May 3, just before midnight EST. Ten semi-finalists will then be chosen to move forward and must complete their one-minute film for judging by May 21. Awards will be announced on June 1, 2021. More details can be found here:

Note that this iStock Creative Bursary is part of Getty Images’ wider grants program which, since its inception, has awarded US$1.7 million to photographers and filmmakers worldwide. Please visit Getty Images Grants to learn more.

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