Sarasota's Visions of the Black Experience film series will return for its third year Nov. 12-21, and, this year, the festival will be awarding scholarships to young filmmakers. More than $2,500 in Visions Emerging Filmmaker Scholarship money will be awarded to filmmakers under the age of 25 in Sarasota or Manatee County who highlight and celebrate the historical, social and cultural aspects of Black life through film.
To apply, submit a completed film or a detailed proposal for a film to be produced within the next year by Monday, Nov. 15. Scholarship winners will be announced during the final weekend of this year's festival. Submissions will be accepted through the festival's website.
A project proposal must include a script or video pitch no longer than five minutes that explains the project, the budget and an explanation of how the scholarship money will be used. Completed films and pitches will be judged by festival board members.
Scholarships will range from $500 to $1,000 for one project. Funding for Visions of the Black Experience is provided by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the Boxser Diversity Initiative, the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and the New College Foundation.
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