Our Fiscally Sponsored Projects


Receiving funding is one of the most challenging parts of independent filmmaking. Many foundations, corporations and governmental grant making organizations restrict funding of independent projects to tax-exempt organizations (aka not-for-profits or 501(c)(3) organizations). IFP Chicago’s Fiscal Sponsorship program was created to assist members applying for these funding opportunities. Additionally, this arrangement enables individuals to take contributions to sponsored projects as charitable contribution deductions on Federal tax returns. Learn more about, follow and donate to all our Fiscally Sponsored Projects here.

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Cool: On Gwendolyn Brooks

Cool: On Gwendolyn Brooks expands Moore's short documentary, Brooks People to both broaden and deepen the exploration of the impact of Gwendolyn Brooks. As the first Black person to win a Pulitzer Prize for Annie Allen in 1950, her work spans the 20th and 21st Century.


Indie Soul Journeys

A fresh, inspiring docuseries profiling independent artists who have overcome an extraordinary personal adversity in their pursuit of musical stardom. Through intimate testimonials, first-hand narratives, and electrifying performances, Indie Soul Journeys answers the people’s call, by bringing to life the incredibly aspirational stories of musician mavericks who dared—despite unsettling fears and troubling trials—to persevere and live out their wildest dreams.


Like We Don't Exist

Like We Don't Exist is a journey through the experience of Southeast Asian refugees. After 70 years of civil war, thousands of Karenni people survive as diplomatically stateless refugees along the Thai-Burma border.As refugees, the Karenni people possess no official government documentation. They are not permitted to leave the refugee camp, and are unable to find legal work. They have little to no access to education, healthcare, or basic infrastructure.


Moving Parts

MOVING PARTS is a narrative feature film in post production, crafted by a female writer director, produced primarily by Caribbean women and told from the perspective of a female protagonist. Shot on location in Trinidad and Tobago, the Southern-most islands of the Caribbean chain, which is one of the most industrialized countries in the Caribbean with an ethnically diverse population of 1.3 million people made up Amerindian, European, Mediterranean, African, East Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern descent.


Real Prayers Are Said in German

In the fall of 2015 when all Chicago Cubs’ fans hoped “this would be the year”, Creator and Producer Ann Hagemann wrote a Facebook post about her father and how his love of baseball, the Chicago Cubs, music, and his strong German roots got him and his sisters through some very though times during WWII after his father took ill and was sent to a sanitarium... After receiving a multitude of posts and messages from all over the world wanting to know more of the story, Ann wrote a series of short stories that depict the events in her family from 1943 - 45.


Roy's World

Barry Gifford is one of America’s greatest storytellers. His work includes the novel Wild at Heart, which was adapted by David Lynch into a Palme d’Or-winning film, and dozens of other screenplays, novels and books of poetry and essays. In a series of autobiographical stories spanning more than forty years he has chronicled the adventures of Roy, a boy coming of age largely on the gritty streets of 1950s Chicago.



UNAPOLOGETIC captures the next generation of Black organizers confronting a Chicago administration complicit in state violence against its Black residents. After two police killings of Black Chicagoans, two queer Black women and their community challenge the city, and redefine the meaning of Black community activism.