WE BELIEVE WEIRD TIMES CALL FOR UNCONVENTIONAL ACTIONS.
Well — times are weird. So, we’re literally putting our money where our mouth is. We will be giving a total of $15,000 to worthy visual artists, including $10,000 to fund one grand-prize winner’s proposed still photography project. Our hope is that this will help bring some financial support to the winners and, more importantly, creative motivation and inspiration to all that apply.
It is in that spirit that we created the 2020 Circadian Pictures Creative Fund — a contest actively seeking proposals for personal still photography projects that exhibit originality, creativity, resourcefulness, and a strong artistic perspective. The project should be designed to be executed while adhering to social distancing best practices and maintaining health and safety standards.
We’re experiencing a shared tragedy, but one that affects us all differently. It's bigger than "weird times". It's a moment filled with fear, uncertainty, and loss. It is simultaneously personal and communal.
Personal and communal may not be words that are often associated with most businesses, but here at Circadian Pictures we actively strive not to be “most businesses.” We are a small business of passionate individuals, a business that lives at the intersection of art & commerce, and one that prides itself on its sense of community. For years, we’ve had the privilege of making our living by helping great artists make great work. We miss that, but we’ve realized that while commerce has stopped for us and many others, that doesn’t mean we have to stop doing what we love — helping artists bring their visions to life.
Please help spread the word, good luck, and wash your hands!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES AND D.C., 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. For full eligibility requirements and other terms and conditions, please review the Official Rules.
To apply you will need to fill out the Online Application Form. The form will also prompt you to upload a signed copy of the License and Release, an Application PDF, and a Résumé. Your Application PDF should include all of the prompts outlined in the section below. All proposals must be original work created for the purpose of this contest. Please do not submit any projects you have previously started or completed.
Do not submit multiple application forms or incomplete applications. Make sure all uploaded materials are in PDF format and follow the file naming guidelines outlined on the application form.
The submission period begins May 1st, 2020. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59pm PT on Sunday, May 24th, 2020. By submitting an application, you are indicating that you have read, fully understood and unconditionally agree to the Official Rules, and that your application complies with all requirements in the Official Rules.
Include your full name, phone number, and e-mail address.
Please double check spelling and accuracy. Make sure this information matches the information on your application form — if we cannot contact you, we cannot award you any funds.
CREATIVE PROJECT PROPOSAL
Please fully outline your proposed project. Tell us about its inspiration, your hopes for the final product, plan for completing the project (including proposed timeline and schedule), an estimated number of final images, and anything else you’d like us to know. Please include specific techniques you will use, aesthetic choices, overall tone, scope, and intentions. Let us know what equipment you will be using and what format your photographs will be captured and delivered in. All proposed projects must be original work created for the purpose of this contest. Please do not submit any projects you have previously started or completed.
NOTE: This fund was born of the COVID-19 crisis. While some projects may be a response to or documentation of the effects of the pandemic, they also don't have to be. It is in no way required for the creative substance of a proposed project to relate to COVID-19 or its effects. The only COVID-19 related requirements apply solely to process, not content. These requirements are outlined in the “Statement of Responsibility” section.
(550 Word Max)
Tell us about yourself and why this project would be important to you (creatively, financially, professionally, etc.). What’s your background? What are your aspirations? What is the role of art and photography in your life? What is your experience level? Do you have any specific creative or technical skills that add to your abilities as a photographer?
STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY
(350 Word Max)
Please explain how you will maintain social distancing and be responsible while completing your proposed project. What protective measures will you use? You must explain how you will document the measures you are taking so we can verify that you AND any collaborators are executing this project responsibly in a way that does not put your own or others' health or safety at risk.
IMAGE SAMPLE & DESCRIPTION
Include a sample image as a rough draft/proof of concept of what an image in your final project may look like. You must have captured this sample image between May 1st, 2020 and May 24th, 2020.
Resources may be limited at this time (it's kind of the whole point of the fund). We understand that currently, without the support of winning the prize, you may not have access to the right equipment, props, model/subject, location, etc. That's totally fine. Don't let that stress you out. We get it. We just want to get some sense of your intentions and your instincts. If you have the resources to make something close to your final images, great. If not, this can be an opportunity to show off your creative problem-solving. Either way is totally acceptable, just let us know in your description.
Include a brief description (200 word max) explaining which element(s) of your sample image are a good representation of what your final images will look like. Also, let us know in what ways the image and process will differ from your project if you are to win the prize.
Create a visual mood board for your proposal. This is a great space to show us a bit of the project’s vibe and inspiration. The images used in your mood board do not have to be your own images.
LINE ITEM BUDGET & DESCRIPTION
Please include a line item budget showing how the funds will be allocated and a brief (350 word max) budget description. The entire project must be able to be completed for no more than $10K. There can not be any additional funding from outside sources, nor can the artists themselves contribute any of their own money to complete the project. That does not mean that the entire project needs to cost $10,000. Part of the goal is to support artists, so any funds remaining after all hard costs are accounted for should be included on your line item budget as Artist’s Fees. Including Artist’s Fees is encouraged — we want to make sure you are being supported!
This section is optional and will not affect your chances at the grand prize. This section will only be evaluated after the grand-prize winner is selected. Aside from the $10,000 grand prize, there is an additional pool of $5,000 which will be divided amongst contest runner-ups. How the runner-up pool is divided will be decided by Circadian Pictures and the judges.
Do you want to be considered for a runner-up prize? Can you complete your project for under $5,000? Let us know the minimum amount of money you would need to achieve your project without putting any additional financial hardship on yourself or others. Please note what impacts, if any, this size budget will have on your project.
We are honored to have a highly accomplished group of industry professionals who, along with the Circadian Pictures team, will be making up the CPCF2020 panel of judges. Get to know the industry professionals HERE.
Photography is often a collaborative art form and that's why we love it. We expect many applicants will be looking for collaborators for their projects. Maybe you're a model or wardrobe stylist? Maybe you're a makeup artist or set designer? Maybe you're one of the many vital jobs that make so many photography projects possible. If you're interested, fill out the form below and we'll add you to the Circadian Pictures rolodex. That way we can connect you with any photographers seeking collaborators on their project. We'll also keep you in mind for future Circadian Pictures projects!