The economy is not good, and the "recovery" is essentially a myth. According to economist Emmanuel Saetz, the average US income increased 1.7% between 2009 and 2011. However, this average was a mean, and misleading: it turns out that the top 1% saw their incomes increase by 11.2%, while the bottom 99% - that is, everyone except for a rounding error -- saw their incomes decline by 0.4%.
In recognition of this stark reality, and also of the fact that few film artists can claim to belong to that blessed statistical anomaly of wealth, the Handmade Film Institute is now offering financial assistance. We want those who want to participate in our offerings to have that opportunity, and not to have money be the deciding factor.
We have two kinds of assistance to offer.
If either of these options interests or would be useful to you, please let us know. We are not a wealthy or well-funded orgnization, but we'll do our best to work with you.