Musicbed has announced the return of its Film Initiative. After an incredible result in 2016, they are currently accepting applications for this year’s program, aimed to help bring filmmakers’ stories to life while providing them with the resources they need to make great work.

“All films start with a small seed. An idea. It’s something filmmakers all have in common — they want to turn a thought into something tangible, a place where they can meet someone and share a thought. These ideas change with the season, but there’s always something there. It’s what makes a filmmaker,” said a press release for the initiative.

Last year, Musicbed received over 7,000 submissions with Patrick Biesman taking the award for Embers & Dustwhich examined the work of Orson Welles “War of the Worlds” from 1938. But now the stage is set yet again, and Musicbed is offering over $70,000 in cash, gear and post-production for one creative winner.

“All too often, I hear great filmmakers talking about a film they’ve dreamed of for years,” said Daniel McCarthy, founder and CEO of Musicbed, in a press release. “It’s a bummer to think of of all of these stories going untold. With this year’s Musicbed Film Initiative we’re dedicating even more resources to support the passions of filmmakers. We want to see their best work come to life.”

Unlike last year’s program, there are no specific categories for entries. All genres of film are welcome and submissions can be any length. In addition, anyone over 18 can apply, no matter their location, and you don’t need a Musicbed account to make a submission.

Judges will review all applications and announce the award recipient on April 7. This year’s all-star panel includes:


  • Jesse Nickson Lopez, Writer, Stranger Things
  • Ian Durkin, Senior Curator at Vimeo
  • Tom Davia, Venice Film Festival Programmer & CEO of CINEMAVEN
  • Patrick Beismans, Filmmaker and last year’s grant recipient
  • Nancy Jacobs, President of Batya Communications: A Director’s Talent Agency

The application window is currently open until March 24. To apply, you must submit a short synopsis of your idea and upload a PDF of your pitch. This includes anything from scripts to treatments with mood boards. To learn more about the Musicbed Film Initiative, you can visit their website by clicking here.