$7K grant for self-identified lesbians making visionary moving-image art.
The Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Filmmaking Grant is an annual grant that will be awarded to self-identified lesbians for making visionary moving-image art. Work can be experimental animation, experimental documentary, experimental narrative, cross-genre, or solely experimental. Applicants must be based in the U.S. This grant was established by Hammer in 2017 to give needed support to moving-image art made by lesbians. The grant is supported directly by funds provided by Hammer’s estate and administered through Queer|Art by lesbians for lesbians, with a rotating panel of judges. This year Queer|Art is pleased to announce the grant has increased to $7,000.
Q. My relationship to the term lesbian is complicated, how do I know if I’m eligible for this grant? A. This is a grant for self identified lesbians. Lesbian is the term that Barbara Hammer most identified with in her life—she felt strongly about creating a fund to support artists who identified similarly. We recognize that language is slippery and evolving, and that the terms for self-identification may carry different meanings for different people. We don’t police how applicants self-identify, so only you can determine your eligibility in this regard. Q. What qualifies as experimental film? A. Qualifying work may be experimental animation, experimental documentary, experimental narrative, cross-genre, or solely experimental. Q. How do we choose Judges? A. Participation as judges is by invitation. In an effort to expand the network of artists who comprise our judging pool, Queer|Art welcomes recommendations for new judges from individuals who have been judges in past years of the grant.
QUEER|ART was launched in 2009 to support a generation of LGBTQ+ artists that lost mentors to the AIDS Crisis of the 1980s. By fostering the confident expression of LGBTQ+ artists’ perspectives, stories, and identities, Queer|Art amplifies the voice of a population that has been historically suppressed, disenfranchised, and often overlooked by traditional institutional and economic support systems.