Next Application Deadline:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM (EST/EDT) on the 20th of every month. 
Failure to submit by that time will result in your application being rolled into the review period for the following month.

Film Fund Process

01. Read Guidelines & Gather  Materials

Read the guidelines for the program you are interested in (Theatrical/Non-Theatrical), be sure to pay attention to what information you will need to complete the Intent To Apply form.



02. Intent To Apply

Navigate to the "Intent To Apply" page (link at bottom of this page) to provide information pertaining to your production.

03. Review Process

Innovation Group staff will review your initial application to ensure you meet minimum criteria for the fund.  If found eligible you will be invited to formally apply to the program.  If you are not found eligible you will be given an explination as to why.


04. Application

You will be contacted to continue the application process in submittable.  Please take your time to ensure all questions are answered and requested documentation is supplied.  Applications are due by the 20th of every month.  Applications received after 11:59 PM (EST) will be rolled over to the following month.  There is a $200 Application Fee.



05. Audit & Panel

Your application and materials will be reviewed by a Production Auditor to ensure compliance with the guidelines and evaluated.  Your application will then be sent to a panel comprised of industry professionals who will evaluate your project for funding approval.  If you are approved for funding you will receive a LETTER OF ELIGIBILITY from Innovation Group of CNY Arts detailing the financial incentive you are being offered.   The entire audit and panel process may take up to one month.

06. New York State Film Tax Credit  (Theatrical Program Only)

If you have not already done so you will need to successfully apply for and receive a Certificate of Conditional Eligibility from Empire State Development.

For More Information on the Tax Credit:   (Click Here)

If you already have a Certificate of Conditional Eligibility then proceed to Step 7.


07. Funding Agreement

Once you have received  a Certificate of Conditional Eligibility from Empire State Development, Innovation Group of CNY Arts may offer a Funding Agreement.     The funding agreement will include  anticipated disbursements based upon the milestones listed in the guidelines.


08.  Payment Cycles & Production

After the funding agreement has been signed, principal photography must commence within 90 days in the Central New York region.  During Pre-Production, certain reports will need to be filed bi-weekly to reflect any expenditures within the CNY region.  During production/principal photography these reports will need to be submitted weekly.  Films will need to be completed in 18 months from the start of principal photography, and will have to sustain certain reporting requirements in order to facilitate each payment.



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Syracuse, NY 13202

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