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Oppenheimer New Filmmaker Grant Program

Oppenheimer Cine Rental has been renting a 16 and 35mm motion picture cameras and related equipment for over twenty-seven years from our location in Seattle. Over the years we have watched new filmmakers struggle to turn their film ideas into reality. We are now able to do more to encourage and support these new filmmakers than we have before. With this commitment, we introduce our New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program.

What is the program?

The Oppenheimer Cine Rental New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program is a grant to support new filmmakers in producing their first serious film project. The grant awards the use of our Grant Program Arriflex 16SR2 camera package to senior and graduate thesis students and to independent filmmakers for a scheduled period of time. This specific package, which we have set aside for the grant program, should meet the needs of most 16mm projects. Proposed projects may be of any non-commercial nature: dramatic, narrative, documentary, experimental, etc. Our expectation is that you are working from your own vision, your own creativity and not for someone else (solely for a profit motive). The program does not support commercials, industrials, PSA's, music videos, or pornography. In order to keep the package available for the largest number of filmmakers, feature length film projects will not be considered. The length of time the equipment will be available to any one project will depend on each project and on the pressures of the program. You should plan your schedule realistically. Practically, most grant projects will be expected to use the package for one to two weeks. We have only one Arri 16SR2 camera in the program; your compliance with the program requirements assures access for the most filmmakers.

What does the grant program provide?

  • Arri 16SR2 camera, 2 OB batteries, charger (Note: This is a standard 16mm system)
  • 3 - 400ft magazine
  • 9-50mm Cooke Zoom
  • Set of Zeiss Primes (9.5, 12, 16, 25mm)
  • Mattebox
  • Follow focus
  • Fluid Head
  • Tripod set-up
  • Hi-hat
  • Up to 15 various filters
  • Belt battery and charger
  • Sound barney

This is the complete package we have made available for the New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program. Additional equipment may be rented at reduced rates from Oppenheimer Cine Rental. No other equipment is available through the grant program! Grant equipment cannot be taken outside of the United States.

How does the grant program work?

For your project to be considered for the Oppenheimer Cine Rental New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program, you will need to submit a proposal. There is no form or set application packet but in order for us to assess your project you must supply the following information.

What should you submit for your application?

  • A one page cover letter briefly describing you, your film, the status of your production, and whose umbrella you are working under (university, media center, etc.), if an umbrella organization exists.
  • A treatment or synopsis of the film of no more than one page.
  • A copy of your script.
  • A copy of your budget (be realistic, truthful, and specific!). Note, if your budget is $100,000, but of that $90,000 is really 'in kind' then we really only want to see the $10,000 budget which is cash.
  • A copy of your production schedule, noting where, when and for how long you will be shooting. This must be specific, so that we can schedule various applicants' needs. If you have not yet locked your shoot dates, you may still apply, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your schedule when you confirm it.
  • Resume/Bio/Filmography of the key members of the crew: Director, Director of Photography, Designer, Editor, Producer; anyone you feel should be included. Remember the success of your project is largely in the hands of your key crew.
  • If you are a student, a letter from your faculty confirming your status. If you are working through a media arts center, a letter from the center confirming the status of your project. If you are completely independent this is not a requirement.
  • Letters of vendor support for goods and services, if available.
  • Samples of previous relevant work. This may be submitted in any format: Photographs, slides, 1/2" or 3/4" tapes. (optional)
  • Location photos and/or storyboards for this film. (optional)

All printed materials must be submitted on 8.5x11 white paper, printed on one side only. Submissions will not be returned (except as noted). Please include two copies of items #1,#2, #4 and #5. If you want items # 9 & #10 returned, you must include packaging and postage or a FedEx airbill. Incomplete proposals may not be fully reviewed, and therefore are less likely to receive an equipment grant. Also, the earlier you submit your application, the more likely we will be able to meet your exact scheduling needs. We recommend that you submit your application 3 months prior to your production start date. We will inform you of the possibility of receiving a grant as soon as your proposal has been reviewed. Effort will be made to notify you at least 30 days prior to your shooting date. In order to properly administer the program, we must know of any changes in your schedule as early as possible. Changes during your production are unlikely to be accommodated, as another filmmaker will probably be scheduled for the equipment after your shoot.

Business Documents

If you are selected for the grant program, you will need to comply with a few business and technical requirements. The filmmaker or the sponsoring organization will need to complete the standard Oppenheimer Cine Rental Account Application packet, provide proof of insurance, and make a damage deposit in the amount of the insurance deductible. We will work with you or your sponsoring organization to assure that these requirements are properly met.

Equipment Competence

Your camera assistant or camera operator must be knowledgeable about the use of the Arri 16SR. We can offer you assistance, if needed, in this matter. If you require instruction, we can provide that at no charge at our Seattle location. Technical competence is an absolute requirement for our equipment's sake and for your film's technical success.

Equipment Insurance

Each filmmaker accepted into the program must furnish proper proof-of-insurance to Oppenheimer Camera at least one week prior to the equipment pick-up/ship date. Insurance must be provided both for General Liability and for All-Risk Equipment Coverage. General Liability Insurance naming Oppenheimer Camera as "Additional Insured" -$1,000,000. Equipment Insurance: All Risk, Inland Marine type coverage naming Oppenheimer Camera as Loss Payee in the amount of $150,000. If additional equipment is rented to expand the package, higher insurance limits may be required. If you do not have insurance through your sponsoring organization we can connect you with several insurance brokers or co-producing organizations who can write/supply appropriate coverages. In addition to these insurance certificates, you will be required to place a damage deposit with Oppenheimer Cine Rental for the full amount of your insurance deductible. The deposit must be cash, wire transfer, or certified check. This amount will be returned within three days of the return of the equipment, providing there is no missing or damaged equipment. There are no exceptions to these insurance requirements, nor will they be altered or waived.

Finally, Oppenheimer Camera has a great interest in continued tracking of the projects which we support. Toward that end, the final requirement of the program is that you furnish us with a copy of your finished production for our archives. The preferred format is a DVCPRO50 or DVCPROHD dub. We can accept a Betacam, Betacam SP, or 3/4" dub, but that will not show your work in its best light. If you provide a 16mm film print, we will transfer it and return your print within two weeks. Please remember that this is a competitive grant program. Your application does not guarantee that you will be a recipient of one of our grants. Good luck with your project.

Please address questions/send proposals to:

New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program
Oppenheimer Cine Rental
7400 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: (206) 467-8666
Fax: (206) 467-9165
E-mail: holly@oppcam.com

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