Frequently Asked Questions for Film Frenzy Teams

What is the timeline?

  • September 2017  —  Nonprofit and Filmmaker Applications OPEN
  • October 16  —  Nonprofit and Filmmaker Applications CLOSE
  • October 17 – 19 — Pairing by LCH
  • October 20  —  Kick Off Meet Up (location TBD)
  • October 20 – 31 — PreProduction Meetings
  • November – January 15, 2018 — Production
  • January 15, 2018 —  Films DUE by midnight
  • January 22, 2018 — Film Screening
    • 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

What does it cost to apply?

Nonprofits are required to pay a $25 nonrefundable application  fee. If your nonprofit is chosen to make a film, a production fee will apply based on your nonprofit’s total annual budget. This fee is used for Lights. Camera. Help to screen your film including the cost of theater rentals and other costs associated with hosting the Film Frenzy:

Budget: < $1M Fee: $250
Budget: $1M to $2M Fee: $375
Budget: $2M to $5M Fee: $500
Budget: $5M to $7.5M Fee: $750
Budget: $7.5M to $10M Fee: $1000
Budget: > $10M Fee: $1500

*** All fees are nonrefundable ***

*Tax benefits: although the financial value of your time cannot be considered a tax deductible donation any outlays of cash (i.e. petty cash, mileage, etc.) is considered a donation!

How are nonprofits chosen to make a film?

Once applications close, the Lights.Camera.Help team will match the top 10 nonprofits with the 10 filmmaking teams based on compatibility.

When does filming begin and end?

We’ve changed things up this year! There is a 7 day limit for production to qualify for the screening, but these do not have to be consecutive days! We suggest preproduction to begin at the Kickoff Meet Up with production happening in November/December.

We ask that all participants contact LCH if there are any questions or concerns.

In what format must the final film be delivered?

Please deliver your film in 720p or 1080p h264 format with .mov .m4v or mp4 extensions by 9:00pm on May 19th. No other formats will be accepted. We will coordinate the turn-in of the films with the filmmakers in the coming week.

Can you say anything more about the length?

The maximum length of the video is 10 minutes. The video can be as short as you like, however keep in mind that you will be judged on the film’s ability to convey a cause and why it should be supported. Please avoid adding any filler to your film to try to reach that 10 minute mark, we want these films to be engaging and energizing. Quality is better than quantity.

If we have footage from a previous event or video shoot, can we integrate that into the project?

Yes!  All footage, photos, animations, audio recordings or other video assets must be original and must be created solely for use by your nonprofit. It is our goal that you end up with the best possible video for your organization so, for the first time, we are allowing you to use previous materials including video footage. You must respect all copyrights and properly utilize photo and film credit when due.

We have a special event coming up that I’d love to capture on film, should I plan it during the Film Frenzy?

That’s up to you. We cannot, however, guarantee that this event will be the subject of the film. When filmmakers and nonprofits meet to discuss the project, that event can certainly be an option for filming, but cannot be taken as a given.

Who owns the video?

The nonprofit is the client and has paid for the production of the video and is therefore the owner. The nonprofit may use the video as they see fit including online, in newsletters, on their YouTube channel and similar. However, all credits must be given where due.

What is the value of the film I can expect to receive?

Filmmakers have suggested the films typically have a value of $5,000 to $25,000 based on the filmmakers’ time, equipment rentals, and additional personnel such as grips, sound crew, camera crew, and more.

What other licensing/permissions should I consider?

Please think ahead of any potential permissions or licenses you may need for your film including, but not limited to, filming children, filming the disabled, filming in public spaces, filming in schools or institutions, licensed for previously filmed footage or photos.

May we use music in our film? If so, what are the rules?

Yes, you may certainly add music to your film. The music must either be an original composition created just for this film or, if commercially released music, you must clear the use of the music with it’s owner or assure that it is royalty free. You can find some good guidelines here: