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Tribeca Film Institute Grants | Documentary, Narrative, Sports, Women, Latinx
The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) offers over $1M annually in grants to a variety of projects and filmmakers, mostly with a focus on politically, culturally and socially relevant films from diverse storytellers. TFI partners with ESPN, AT&T, Gucci and other corporations to support filmmakers financially across several niches and specialties.
The Tribeca Film Institute is a sister organization to the Tribeca Film Festival® and Tribeca Film Center®, all founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in the wake of September 11, 2001 to support downtown NYC businesses.
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Austin Film Society Film Grants
Once a year, Austin Film Society (AFS) awards grants to emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas through our AFS Grant. The Austin Film Society has now given out $1.97 million in cash and over $300K in goods and services to over 500 film and video projects since the program began in 1996. In addition to grants for production, post-production and distribution, they provide cash stipends to Texas filmmakers traveling to prestigious film festivals through its AFS Travel Grant program.
We award grants once a year to emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas through our Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund. Since 1996 the Austin Film Society has awarded 290 grants, totaling $940,000 in cash and $92,000 in goods and services to 272 film and video projects. Additionally, AFS has disbursed $14,500 in small stipends to Texas filmmakers traveling to prestigious film festivals through its Texas Filmmakers' Travel Grant program.
Awards are provided to artists whose work shows promise, skill, and creativity. Grant recipients have shown their films at renowned festivals like Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Tribeca, Venice, Rotterdam and SXSW and have been nominated for Gotham Awards, won Independent Spirit Awards and Student Academy Awards. The Austin Film Society is proud to support these Texas filmmakers making their mark in the world.
Every spring, AFS partners with local film organizations and festivals in major Texas cities to offer free informational workshops on how to apply to TFPF. Visited cities often include Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, Denton and Austin.
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JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is pleased to announce the 2021 JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. The JDC Archives will select select one documentary film, which will be awarded a grant of $8,000, with an additional $2,000 available for high-resolution reproduction and licensing fees for material from the JDC Archives. Eligible films will focus on twentieth century Jewish history, humanitarian assistance and related topics.
Topics can include issues, events and personalities related to overseas Jewish communities during the last century. Films that utilize the JDC archival collections (http://archives.jdc.org) will be given higher consideration. Applicants must have a proven track record as a filmmaker.
The grant is for post-production, distribution, and/or JDC Archives licensing costs for a film currently in production or in post-production. Applications are due by March 16, 2021. Please visit https://archives.jdc.org/about-us/fellowships-and-grants-general-information/documentary-film-grant/ to apply and for further information
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