In our efforts to make submitting to Cinereach as frictionless as possible, we’re compiling common questions from our applicants and making our answers available here on the blog.
First off, we’ll tackle the question we get most often, which is: “When is the right time to submit my project to Cinereach?”
It’s important to know that when a project is a potential fit for Cinereach, we can offer support at any stage, from development, production to post-production. Cinereach wants our support to be as flexible as possible, adapting to the unique needs and challenges of each project we take on, no matter where it falls between conception and completion. Finding the right shape for our engagement to take is actually our favorite part of our job. So when you decide to submit truly is up to you.
That said, when you click submit, you should feel confident that the concepts and material you are sharing with Cinereach demonstrate what you feel is unique and exciting about your project. Most importantly, what you provide should showcase the filmmaker or team’s creative capabilities. Even at the development stage, you can infuse your submission with the passion and vision you are bringing to the project through materials like a treatment, screenplay draft, lookbook, links to prior work and even mood reels. None of these materials are required to submit, but they are tools you can work with.
For example, Cinereach has supported projects based on nothing more than a compelling lookbook paired with strong prior work. At the other end of the spectrum, we have provided post-production support to projects based on screening a rough or picture-locked cut.
It’s also important to note that your first submission is not the only opportunity you have to be considered for Cinereach support. We can review up to two submissions of the same project over a 12-month period, so you can consider submitting again later if your project has advanced and you feel increasingly equipped to demonstrate why it might be a fit at that point.
We realize how stressful and discouraging it can be to seek funding and support for your work at any stage. Please know that we consider all submissions with care, even though we can only engage with a small fraction of the exciting projects that come our way.
Find all Meredith’s advice for applicants here.