Wanna put on a mini film festival for less than $1000? There's a grant for that.

Scott Macaulay for Filmmaker Magazine:

Simple Machine, the online distribution platform connecting filmmakers to non-theatrical venues, is offering quarterly $1,000 grants to new small, innovative film festivals.

The catch? The budget of the entire event should be completely covered by the grant. 

My usual advice for people who tell me they want to start a film festival is "don't," but I could see some really interesting "micro-festivals" coming out of this. 

Those interested in the grant are encouraged to send a simple email pitch to grant@smplmchn.com. See here for more details.