Apply to Get Funding to Create a Community Supported Film (CSF)!

Greentopia | FILM believes in our community and in showcasing the positive changes, projects and people that are often not covered in more mainstream news and media channels. Through the incredible generosity of local film makers, Greentopia | FILM has been able to produce 3 short documentaries a year for the past 2 years. In 2014, we received funding from NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) to actually commission the films, offering a $1,000 stipend and festival film passes to each of the 3 selected film makers.

Greentopia | FILM is commissioning the production of 3 short documentaries to be part of the film festival September 9-13, 2014. The deadline for all proposals is March 30, 2014 at 12noon. If selected, all filmmakers will be contacted on or before April 15th to begin production.

All films must tell a story of something happening in the Greater Rochester area that embraces the concept of sustainability or community building in some way. We are looking for positive success stories – no docs trying to expose some injustice.

Here are examples of films produced over the past two festivals.

All proposals must include:

  • A filmmaker bio
  • Contact Info
  • Treatment outlining the story or concept of the film
  • Samples of past work.

Film Specs

All films must be 3-4 minutes in length, produced in HD1080 and delivered as a Quicktime file by August 22, 2014.

Filmmaker agreement

All filmmakers are expected to create a copyrighted work with all the proper licenses for images and/or music used. Filmmakers will retain the copyright of the film, but will sign a release giving Greentopia | FILM the non-exclusive right to use the work in perpetuity in all media for promotion and screening. All films must add a title to the opening of the film of “Greentopia | FILM presents”


All films will receive upon delivery, $1000 and 2 all-access passes to the festival, (does not include Short Courses Event) as well as the extreme gratitude of the Greentopia | FILM Committee. As an added benefit, most of these films go on to help the organizations that are highlighted in the stories, giving back and serving the theme of sustainability and community building.

Please submit all proposals and any questions via email to: