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Brico Forward Fund Emergency Relief applications are now OPEN!

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Intended to go towards projects stalled or halted as a direct result of COVID-19, the Brico Forward Fund Emergency Relief aims to put funding directly into the local industry, whether through paying crew, hiring editors, renting equipment, etc. Applications should reflect that goal to the best of their ability. 

Lead underwriting for the cash portion of the Brico Forward Fund will be provided by the Brico Fund.

Questions? Check out our Emergency Relief Fund FAQ here.

 



For Applicants

For Award Recipients

Past Brico Forward Fund Award Recipients

2020 Recipients

Manner - Lori Felker

$10,000 cash, consultation services from Independent Studios, and legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

 

Cycle: The Right to Remain Violent - Laura Dyan Kezman

$7,500 cash, consultation services from Independent Studios, and legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

 

Many Shades of Brown - Anna Scott

$7,500 cash,
Consultation services from Independent Studios
Legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

 

OUT OF THE PICTURE
Mary Louise Schumacher

$7,500 cash, consultation services from Independent Studios, legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

 

Black Strings - Marquise Mays

$5,000 cash, $7,000 from Electric Sun, $5,000 from North American Camera, consultation services from Independent Studios, and legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

 

A Valley Without Trees - Janelle VanderKelen

$2,500 cash, $3,000 from Electric Sun, consultation services from Independent Studios, legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

 

Achoques - Mike Gibisser

$2,500 cash, $10,000 from Electric Sun, $5,000 from North American Camera, $2,000 from Misty Mountain Audio, consultation services from Independent Studios, and legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

 

Double Exposure - Barry Poltermann

$2,500 cash, consultation services from Independent Studios, and legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

 

One Foot In - Eric Schabla

$2,500 cash, consultation services from Independent Studios, and legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

 

Scapegoat - Jay Beckman

$2,500 cash, consultation services from Independent Studios, and legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren

2019 Recipients

Funding for the 2019 Brico Forward Fund was provided by the Brico Fund, with additional support from Big Chair Studios, The Electric Sun Corporation, Independent Studios, Misty Mountain Audio, North American Camera, Over Easy, and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. All recipients received a legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c. 


 

The New Extinction (dir. Kyle Arpke)
$30,000 cash, $10,000 from Independent Studios, and $10,000 from Over Easy, plus legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. 

Milwaukee Ocean (dir. Andrew Swant) 
$15,000 cash, $10,000 from Independent Studios, $10,000 Over Easy, $5,000 from North American Camera, and $5,000 from The Electric Sun Corporation, plus legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. 

Mexican Ghost Stories (dir. Daniela Cortes)
$15,000 cash, $5,000 from North American Camera, and $5,000 from Electric Sun, plus legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. 

They Want Me Gone (dir. Drew Britton)
$15,000 cash, $5,000 from North American Camera, and $5,000 from The Electric Sun Corporation, plus legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. 

The Warrior Princess (dir. Vianca Fuster)
$10,000 cash, $5,000 from North American Camera,and $5,000 from The Electric Sun Corporation, plus legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. 

Ringolevio (dir. Kristin Peterson)
$10,000 cash, plus legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. 

King Girlz (dir. Courtney LeFlore)
$5,000 cash; four days at Big Chair Studios, and $2,500 from Misty Mountain Audio, plus legal services from Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, s.c. 

2018 Recipients

Funding for the 2018 Brico Forward Fund was provided by the Brico Fund, with additional support from Big Chair Studio, Electric Sun Corporation, Independent, North American Camera, and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. All recipients received a legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.  


 

Black Girl Training  - Dir. Santana Coleman
$10,000 cash, $4,000 North American Camera, $5,000 Electric Sun Corporation, 7 studio days at Big Chair Studio

The New Extinction - Dir. Kyle Arpke
$10,000 cash, $5,000 Independent, $5,000 Electric Sun Corporation

Ringolevio - Dir. Kristin Peterson
$5,000 cash, $5,000 North American Camera, $5,000 Electric Sun Corporation,

Among Wild Beasts - Dir. Ryan Reeve
$5,000 cash, $5,000 North American Camera, $5,000 Electric Sun Corporation,

Latino Wisconsin - Dir. Ralph Pabst
$7,500 cash

The Floating World - Dir. Janelle VanderKelen
$6,000 North American Camera

The Cost of Freedom - Dir. Erik Ljung
$5,000 cash

Pink Moon - Dir. Carol Brandt
$5,000 cash

The Mistake of the Third Chimpanzee - Dir. Colin Sytsma
$5,000 Independent

Pass On - Dir. Maeve Jackson
$5,000 Independent

Real Soul: A Gospel Music Story - Dir. Daniel Andera
$5,000 Independent

Yene Fikir, Ethiopia (My Love, Ethiopia) - Dir. Gabrielle Tesfaye
$2,500 cash

2017 Recipients

Funding for the 2017 Brico Forward Fund was provided by the Brico Fund, with additional support from the Electric Sun Corporation, Independent, North American Camera, RDI Stages, and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. All recipients received a legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.


The Sacred and the Snake – Dir. Jonathan Klett
$20,000 cash

Wander – Dir. Vasilena Slavova
$10,000 cash

Dying of Thirst – Dir. Daniel Boville
$7,500 cash, $10,000 from North American Camera and $2,500 from Independent

Pet Names – Dir. Carol Brandt
$5,000 cash and $5,000 from Independent

A Grave Situation – Dir. Michael Vollmann
$2,500 cash, $5,000 from North American Camera, $2,500 from Independent, and $5,000 from Electric Sun

In Pursuit of the Stars – Dir. Jessica Farrell
$2,500 cash, $5,000 from North American Camera, $2,500 from Independent, and $5,000 from Electric Sun

The Inhabitants – Dir. Tate Bunker
$10,000 from Electric Sun and four studio days at Steinhafels Studios

Operation Wolf Patrol: The Rod Coronado Story – Dir. Joseph Brown
$2,500 cash and $7,500 from Independent

The Stolie Tippers – Dir. Trevonte Maxwell-King
Two studio days at Steinhafels Studios

2016 Recipients

Funding for the 2016 Brico Forward Fund was provided by the Brico Fund, with additional support from the Electric Sun Corporation, Independent, North American Camera, RDI Stages, and Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. All recipients received a legal consultation with Dan Kattman of Reinhart Boerner van Deuren, s.c.


Give Me Liberty - Dir. Kirill Mikhanovsky
$20,000 cash and $10,000 from North American Camera

Plucked - Dir. Joel Van Haren
$15,000 cash and $10,000 from Independent

Black Box - Dir. Jon Phillips
$2,500 cash, $5,000 from North American Camera, $10,000 from RDI Stages, and $5,000 from Electric Sun

Popper Baxton’s Sickly Stew - Dir. John Roberts
$2,500 cash and $10,000 from Electric Sun

Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later - Dir. Joanne Williams
$2,500 cash, $5,000 from North American Camera, and $5,000 from Electric Sun

Mothers for Justice - Dir. Erik Ljung
$2,500 cash and $6,000 from RDI Stages

Lunar Lords - Dir. Kyle James
$2,500 cash and $5,000 Independent

A Walk With My Brother - Dir. Sitora Takanaev
$2,500 cash and $5,000 from Independent

2015 Recipients

Funding for the 2015 Brico Forward Fund was provided by the Brico Fund, with additional support from John Axford, Michael Drescher, Kelly & Jeff Fitzsimmons, Alexander Lasry, Madeleine & David Lubar, and Andrew Nunemaker. Production services were donated by the Electric Sun Corporation, Independent, North American Camera, and RDI Stages.


Mothers for Justice (working title) - Dir. Erik Ljung
$25,000 cash and $10,000 from Independent

The Night Country - Dir. Oliver Franklin Anderson
$10,000 cash, $15,000 from North American Camera, $15,000 from the Electric Sun Company, and $10,000 from RDI Stages

When Claude Got Shot - Dir. Brad Lichtenstein
$10,000 cash, $6,000 from RDI Stages, $5,000 from the Electric Sun Company, and $5,000 from Independent

Never Home (working title) - Dir. Pang Yang Her
$5,000 from Independent

Just Eat - Dir. Laura Dyan Kezman
$5,000 from North American Camera

Lunar Man - Kyle V. James
$5,000 cash for script development

Before Brico

Since our very first festival in 2009, Milwaukee Film has given a cash prize to the jury-selected winner from our Cream City Cinema program. The Filmmaker-in-Residence program enabled the winning filmmaker to make a new film using the support, guidance, and resources provided by Milwaukee Film, including a mentorship program, a $5,000 cash prize, and a production-services package valued at more than $20,000. 


Past Cream City Cinema Jury Award Winners

2014: James Tindell, New Planet
2013: Michael T. Vollmann, Before You
2012: Chris James Thompson, The Jeffrey Dahmer Files
2011: Michael Hawkins-Burgos, Don’t Go
2010: Tate Bunker, Mickey Burgermeister
2009: John Roberts, Mary’s Friend