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Film and TV grants, which collectively add to millions of dollars in Film Money available to you, have a HUGE advantage...You do not have to reimburse the funds, unlike film investors, who require their money back, plus a return on their investment. Most film grants require a specific type of proposal and you will really have to understand your film, niche, market and message to even be considered for a grant to be qualified for supported projects. If you are truly passionate about your project, and it delivers a message, more than likely, you can receive a film grant.

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Resolution Rentals Student Film Grant 
Resolution Rentals ( offers an annual Student Film Grant to U.S. and International Students. The 2016 deadline is September 1st, …

Conservation Media Group Filmmaker-In-Residence Grant 
Conservation Media Group Filmmaker-In-Residence Grant. Each year, CMG selects two emerging or established conservation communicators as Filmmakers-in-Residence …

Conservation Media Group Action Grant 
Conservation Media Group Action Grants range from $5,000-$10,000. DEADLINE: APRIL NICHE: Our focus for these grants is on short films created to make …

Miller Packan Documentary Film Fund 
The Miller / Packan Documentary Film Fund provides grants to feature-length non-fiction projects that address social issues and inspire others. The …

Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation Grants 
The new "Made in NY Entrepreneur Innovation Grants" for New York City-based projects will award several grants ranging from $5,000 - $10,000 each to to …

Scott's Camera Package Film Grant 
Scott's Film Grant's mission is to help beginning filmmakers reach their dreams. Yearly, we loan out three camera packages to Independent filmmakers, film …

Chicago Digital Media Production Fund 
Independent digital media and film makers based in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are invited to apply for the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund. …

The Derek Freese Documentary Fund 
The Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF) provides production support for feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and a connection …

The Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative of Ottawa (IFCO) Film Grants  
IFCO grants support the spirit of independent filmmaking by helping to fund filmmakers who use the medium of film and maintain complete creative and editorial …

Chicken & Egg Pictures Which Came First Fund 
Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the …

Oppenheimer New Filmmaker Grant Program 
The Oppenheimer Cine Rental New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program (Seattle, WA) supports new filmmakers in producing their first serious film project. …

Princess Grace Awards Program 
The Princess Grace Awards is a national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the outset …

Michigan Council for Arts, Culture And Film Affairs Regional Mini-grant  
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; …

The Louisiana Philanthropy Film Award 
The Philanthropy Film Award includes a $5,000 prize to the film that best captures the impact of philanthropy on North Louisiana. The winning film will …

Tribeca Film Institute Latin America Media Arts Fund Film Grants 
The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund supports innovative film and video artists working in documentary or mixed media forms and living and/or working …

Suffolk County Emerging Film Festival Grant 
EMERGING FILM FESTIVAL GRANT APPLICATION Deadline: October Grant awards are available for film exhibition programs that provide opportunities for local, …

Texas Film and Video Grants (TFVG) 
It appears Texas Film & Video Grants no longer exists. Please check our other Film Grants for current grants and funds. …

Canada Council for the Arts 
In 2016-17 over 2,100 Canadian artists and 2,100 arts organizations received Canada Council grants. The Canada Council for the Arts offers six unique …

The Film Fund Grant by British Film Institute 18 Million Pounds 
The Film Fund of the British Film Institute offers millions per year to invest across the development, production and completion of feature films. The …

Skillset Film Grant 
It appears this grant no longer exists. Please check our other Film Grants for current grants and funds.¬†Skillset manages a range of training funds contributed …

San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship Film Grants 
San Francisco Film Society Announces Call for Submissions for the Djerassi Residency Award / San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship Film Grants …

Pacific Pioneer Fund | Documentary Film Grant 
It appears this grant no longer exists. Please check our other Film Grants for current grants and funds. Updated 2018: "The board of the Pacific …

MacArthur Foundation | Documentary Film Grant 
The Foundation no longer accepts applications for individual documentary projects. Today, the Journalism and Media program supports documentary filmmakers …

Film in Singapore Film Grant (FSC) 
The SFC nurtures, supports and promotes Singapore talent in filmmaking and the production of films. Besides funding projects through our grant schemes, …

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Canadian Short Screenplay Competition - Short Film Fund Win $1,500 
It appears this grant no longer exists. Please check our other Film Grants for current grants and funds. The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition …

UK Jewish Film Festival offers ¬£10,000 in Film Grants 
Two grants of ¬£10,000 are available for the production of a short film - drama, animation or factual with a Jewish theme of significance to both Jewish …

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Austin Film Society Film Grants

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

JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is pleased to announce the 2020 JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. The JDC Archives will select one film, which will be awarded a grant of $10,000. 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 ( 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 February 25, 2020.

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