Winners Announced
iStock One‑Minute Films: Resiliency
Application is easy ‑ Apply today with a storyboard and a few basic details so we can get to know you!
Resources—financial and otherwise—are at a premium, and creatives worldwide have been challenged to create while faced with unprecedented challenges, not to mention constraints related to COVID‑19, quarantine realities and social distancing requirements. And yet, the challenge to create content which is all at once moving, ground‑breaking and inspiring, remains—the challenge to tap into one’s power of creative resiliency and create for the benefit of others.
This is the driver behind the iStock Creative Bursary, One‑Minute Films: Resiliency, open to all emerging and aspiring filmmakers (including students and those who are honing their practice independently) around the globe. iStock challenges you to use your creative powers to dream up a one‑minute film—emphasizing the concept of Creative Resiliency, as you choose to interpret it—using the iStock film library for a chance to win a grant towards your education and expertise. In order to apply, submit a storyboard and some details about you as a creative. From there, we will select 10 semi‑finalists to receive a one‑year iStock Premium Access subscription valued at $1,000 and a guaranteed prize of $1,000. First place will receive $7,000 USD and Second place will receive $5,000 USD and eight runners up will receive $1,000 USD each.
For over 25 years, our mission at Getty Images and iStock has been to move the world with imagery—and that includes video, as well. Since the inception of the Getty Images Grants program in 2004, we have donated over $1.7 million to photojournalists and creatives worldwide, furthering our commitment to the craft of photography and bringing attention to important stories that without funding, may otherwise remain unseen.
First Place Winner  
Daniel Roberts 
Second Place Winner 
Daniel Balakov

Prizes & Benefits

  • First Place: $7,000 USD
  • Second Place: $5,000 USD
  • Eight Runners up: $1,000 USD each
  • Ten finalists will all be given a one year Premium subscription to so that they  can complete their proposed film.
  • Winners and finalists portfolios and films may be featured on Getty Images and iStock social media and press opportunities. 
  • All finalists and winners to be featured on
  • Finalists will be able to choose to become a contributor to iStock and receive one on one guidance and mentorship from a Getty Images Art Director. 

Rules & Requirements

  • You should be an emerging creator or student who has not been working professionally for more than five years.
  • All the required fields indicated on the application found on the website which is linked on this page must be completed.
  • You must include on your application: a short bio, what you're doing to hone your craft or where you attend school.
  • You are also required to submit a storyboard sketch for your film and provide a link to a board of the footage you'd like to use from
  • The entirety of your proposed film must be created using clips and footage found on
  • After the grant is closed to submissions, ten finalists will be granted a full one year Premium subscription to so that they can download high resolution clips and create their final project.
  • Finalists will be notified on May 5th and he final cut of the one minute long film must be presented by May 21st for final judging.
  • Please review the Terms & Conditions.
Marcelo Nogueira
Executive Creative Director
Mayye Zayed
Filmmaker and Founder of Cléo Media
Aika Miyake
Film Editor and member of
Guy Merrill
Global Head of Art
Getty Images