Studio 22 awards two $1500 Grants each year. Students may pitch for a $1500 Grant in the fall or spring, and filming will take place the subsequent quarter (grants awarded in the fall will film in the winter, grants awarded in the spring will film in the fall of the next school year).
The Bindley Grants
The Bindley is one of the largest grants we give out annually. In recent years, the grant has been split into two $5,000 grants to provide even more opportunities to student filmmakers. The Bindley family generously donates the grant money each year. William Bindley graduated from Northwestern and is now a film writer, producer, and director in Hollywood. He has worked for major studios including Warner Bros, HBO, and MGM. The Bindley is typically given to highly ambitious projects. Students will pitch for the Bindley Grants during fall quarter, and filming will take place during winter quarter.
The Max Saines Grant
Max Saines (RTVF 2013) was a beloved member of the Northwestern community and a proud Studio 22 alum. Max passed away in June of 2019 and is remembered by many for his work at Northwestern, Endeavor Content, and beyond. He fostered a spirit of collaboration by bringing people together to make their creative dreams a reality, and we hope to do the same with this grant. In his honor, this $5,000 grant will be offered yearly to a writer/director team with a shared vision for a unique narrative short film. This grant is made possible by Emily Gerson Saines (SOC 1986) and Andy Saines, Max’s parents. Students pitch for the Max Saines Grant during spring quarter, and filming will take place during fall or winter quarter.
The New student grant
Studio 22 awards one $1500 New Student Grant (or NSG) annually, given only to freshmen or transfer students. The NSG is intended to be an educational process, and the entire crew must also be comprised of freshmen and transfer students. Freshmen and transfer students will pitch for the NSG during winter quarter, and filming will take place during early spring quarter.