Grants

Script to Screen Grant Program

Every year, Couch Film Collective holds a contest for the best short script.

The winner gets a $4000 grant to make their film.

They also get massive production and outreach support from our filmmaking collective, in-kind donations for production, and our board of professional filmmakers as Executive Producer.

Every submission gets feedback from our very impressive panel of judges.

Submit Your Script

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You must be a paid member of the Couch Film Collective to submit a script.

Become A Member

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*By submitting, you are committing to a Couch Film Collective co-production. Couch Film Collective will serve as the Executive Producer. Be sure to review the guidelines and fine print below before submitting.

Submit Script Here*

2019 Dates & Deadlines

December 8, 2019 :: Competition Opens
January 20, 2019 :: Final Deadline to Submit Your Script
February 13, 2019 :: Pitch Party for Top Three Scripts*
February 17, 2019 :: Final Deadline for CFC Members to Vote Online
February 18, 2019 :: Winner Announced

2019 Judges Panel

Randall Jahnson, Barri Chase, Cynthia Whitcomb, Nancy Froeschle, Mike Gould, David Poulshock, AR Hall, Jen Elkington, and Eva Moss

*Screenwriters must attend and pitch their project. All present will vote–yes, it’s okay to bring friends, and yes, you can vote for your own project!

Script Guidelines

  • Script submissions must be 10 pages or less.
  • Production must have less than or equal to seven speaking roles.
  • Anticipate re-writes after winning, taking into consideration script committee feedback.

Production Guidelines

  • Maximum two locations.
  • Limit to two-day shoot.
  • Your film must pass Bechdel test.*
  • First crew and casting calls must be posted internally to the Couch Film Collective (though you are not under obligation to hire CFC members as cast/crew). After a week, the original posts may then be shared widely.
  • Department leads (or co-leads) must be women/non-binary folks- Writer, Director, Producer, DP, Gaffer, Production Designer, Sound Mixer. See Mentorship Model [NEED LINK] for crew positions/rates.
  • The crew demographics goal is 90% women, 30% people of color.
  • All cast & crew will be paid. Refer to CFC Production Model [NEED LINK] for rates. All non-CFC-members will be compensated $35 of their project payment as a membership credit.

The Fine Print

  • Winners are encouraged to engage in supplemental fundraising efforts, which CFC will support.
  • All outreach (before, during, and after production) must link to CFC.
  • If there are head credits, they must include “Couch Film Collective presents”.
  • End credits must begin with “This film was a [add percentage]% female/non-binary-crewed production of Portland’s Couch Film Collective” and our logo must end the credits.
  • If any portion of the original film is repurposed, the Couch Film Collective name/logo must be retained.
  • Couch Film Collective retains co-ownership in perpetuity of the media, including but not limited to, raw footage, edited footage, behind the scenes media, music, stills, graphic arts.
  • If the film goes on to make money, that money goes to the writer (and her production team based on their agreement). Couch Film Collective waives any right to financial gain from the film.
  • Couch Film Collective will be able to post the full film on its website at most one year after completion.
  • First check disbursement (30%) will be given at first pre-production meeting with the board. Second check disbursement (50%) will be given after production is wrapped. Final check disbursement (20%) will be given upon completion/delivery of the final film.
  • See CFC Script to Screen Timeline [NEED LINK] for deadlines.
  • The film will be previewed at our 2019 winter holiday party.

Past Script-to-Screen Grant Winners

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