A professor of photography once told me that she had visited the then Polaroid Corporate offices where she was given free film packages and loan of a large format camera, with Polaroid back, for the day–she had to return the equipment at the end of the day along with some of the resulting photos for the Polaroid Corporation’s collection.
Panavision, the leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, film and digital cameras, lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries continues this tradition of loaning cameras in their New Filmmaker Program. If you are a student or low-budget indie filmmaker, Panavision might supply you with free camera packages. The New Filmmaker Program loans film and digital camera packages to filmmaker for student thesis films, low-budget independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, and any other type of short not-for-profit project.
If you are a creative artist with a photography, video, or film project there are now numerous newly added funding resources in our Photographers Resources PDF.
Other newly added programs include–Creative District a new networking platform specifically for filmmakers. Their mission is to make a LinkedIn type of site specifically for filmmakers, to help film and media makers create more work. They’re giving away up to $5,000 in grants each month for projects at any stage.
Women In Film/Netflix Finishing Fund industry organization gives out sizable funds to films by women filmmakers, with a preference for plots about women.
Now may be a good time to get your project off the ground, and Artist Marketing Resources provides numerous resources here.