The Community Builders Grant is a short-form film fund and production resources grant sponsored by Camera Ambassador. Our mission is to help build bridges between filmmakers and the community while elevating their production by arming them with the necessary tools to create. This grant supports artists with varying levels of experience, both to recognize accomplished individuals, as well as to provide opportunities for young and emerging artists. The 2022 grant is made possible by our wonderful sponsors: Yakkety Yak, On Set Headsets, Motion Source, & Chicago Film Office.

Thank you for wanting to support the Chicago filmmaking community! To vote for this year's recipent please follow the the proceeding steps...

1. After watching/attending the pitch event in its entirety (available below), in the next 48-hours, vote on our Google Form* (embedded below!).

2. Acknowledge that: We'd like to encourage the audience to vote for which project you truly believe should win the grant. While we, unfortunately, can't account for best intentions, we hope to try our best to actively encourage you to vote based on the perceived strengths and merits of each project.

3. Fill out the Google form in its entirety to vote for the 2022 Community Builders Grant Winner 

*Only 1-vote per email

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2022 voting has closed! Stay tuned for our announcement Wednesday, June 1st.

In the meantime, watch this year's pitches below:

2022 Queeries

2022 Queeries

For June 2022, we checked in with the LGBTQ+ members of our Camera Ambassador community for an interview series we're calling...   Queeries     Eli Sulkowski (He/They) (@eli_sulkowski)Actor & Screenwriter"The... Read More
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Gear Spotlight: Cooke Mini S4/i Lenses

NEW IN SHOP! Start your summer off right with these ✨gorgeous✨ Cooke PL Mini S4/i (6) Prime Lens Set!   The 'Panchro/i' would eventually become re-named as the 'Cooke Mini... Read More
Matt Carroll is Our New Operations Manager

Matt Carroll is Our New Operations Manager

Matt Carroll joins the team! As our Operations Manager, Matt will be a new friendly face around the shop. We caught up with our new friend and chatted about his... Read More