Many grant programs are available to aspiring filmmakers, each with unique criteria and a specific application process. It is advisable to research which grants would be the most appropriate for your project before beginning the application process.
Grants awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences reflect fundamental goals of the Academy – to advance the art and science of motion pictures and to foster cooperation among the creative leaders of the motion picture industry for cultural, educational and technical progress.
The Academy Foundation annually disburses grants for the support of a variety of film-oriented projects through three distinct programs. The Institutional Grants Program directs funds to organizations and educational institutions providing service or information relating to motion pictures. The Festival Grants Program directs funds to film festivals based in the United States that have been in existence for at least five years. The Academy Film Scholars Program stimulates and supports the creation of innovative and significant works of film scholarship by individuals established in the field.
Through these programs, the Academy has distributed over $12,000,000 in grants to film and media arts centers; schools, colleges and universities, film festivals, and film scholars over the past 40 years.
While the Academy does not offer scholarships to students or fund film development or production; it does sponsor interns. The Academy recently launched an in-house internship program through its Science and Technology Council and has supported a number of college-based internship programs.
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The College Television Awards is a major TV Academy Foundation competition, which recognizes excellence in college student film/video productions. It is national in scope, accepting entries each year from scores of colleges and universities. Entries may be submitted in the following categories:
- Children’s Programs
- Music Programs
- News, Sports & Magazine Shows
- Animation: Non-Traditional (computer-generated)
- Animation: Traditional
- Magazine Shows
The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment will be offering Fellowships in the
feature film and television areas. Each Fellowship provides a salary of $50,000 for a
The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment
Writing Fellowship Program 500 South Buena Vista St. Burbank, CA 91521-4016
ITVS funds distributes and promotes new programs primarily for public television. They work with independent producers to create and present programs that take creative risks, advance issues and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television.
Two sources of funding include:
1) Local Independents Collaborating with Stations (LInCS) Fund
Incentive or matching money to create partnerships between public television stations and independent producers. Projects in any genre or stage of development will be considered.
2) Open Call
Looking for fresh programs that will bring new audiences to public television to expand civil participation by bringing new voices into the public discourse.
Marlene_Velasco@itvs.org 415.356.8383 x 232
The Independent Filmmaker Project Fiscal Scholarship is exclusively for creative, artistic and/or educational film, video and transmedia projects. IFP’s Fiscal Sponsorship program is a legal and financial mechanism by which IFP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves as a conduit for financial resources, and provides some support and oversight for independently produced film projects. IFP’s Fiscal Sponsorship program also offers financial, administrative, and mentorship services, competitive administrative fees, and the reliability of working with an established filmmaker support organization.
The Arts on Radio and Television: Through this category the National Endowment for the Arts seeks to make the excellence and diversity of the arts widely available to the American public through nationally distributed television and radio programs.
The Florida Department of Cultural Affairs offers multiple grants for both organizations and individuals, this site provides resources for grant applicants and recipients.
NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.
Media Projects that use film and radio, along with companion materials, such as DVDs, datacasting, and websites, to bring quality humanities programming to the public.
Television Projects: Consultation, Planning, Scripting, or Production
Contact NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 for more information.
The Safety For Sarah Student Safety Grant Program provides $2,500 in safety grants to university film students for needs like permits, off-duty police for intermittent traffic control, safety personnel, etc.
The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program is an international competition open to screenwriters who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original work of a sole author or of exactly two collaborative authors. Entries must have been written originally in English. Adaptation and translated scripts are not eligible. Up to five $30,000 fellowships are awarded each year.
The Roy W. Dean Grants is one of the largest film grant competitions in the world. Close to $100,000 in grants are available for writing, editing, and film.
The Creative Capital Foundation, a New York City-based nonprofit organization, supports U.S. artists who pursue innovation in form and content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields. Creative Capital works in partnership with the artists it funds, providing advisory services and professional development assistance along with multi-faceted financial aid and promotional support throughout the life of each project.
Creative Capital will support approximately twenty projects in each of the two categories at initial levels ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. With additional financial support provided by Creative Capital, a project may receive up to $50,000 throughout the life of the grant.
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced three separate projects designed to make the arts and opportunities in the arts more accessible to people with disabilities or those in healthcare settings. Grant applications are invited for each of the following projects:
1) Statewide Forums on Careers in the Arts: The NEA plans to award a single grant of up to $50,000 to an organization to oversee, manage, and support a minimum of five 2005 Statewide Forums on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities in states that have not yet convened a forum. Each forum should engage key individuals and organizations from the arts and disability communities.
2) Access to Design Professions: The NEA plans to award a single grant of up to $65,000 to one organization that will work closely with an established national task force on a variety of projects designed to recruit people with disabilities and support them in pursuing careers in design.
3) The Arts in Healthcare Consulting Program: The NEA plans to award a single grant of up to $45,000 to one organization that will work with arts, healthcare, and higher education groups that serve artists, patients, educators, and caregivers to help improve and increase professional arts programs in healthcare settings.
A match of at least $1 in nonfederal funds is required for each $1 in NEA grant funds. Matching funds may be all cash or a combination of cash and in-kind contributions. An initial grant period of up to two years is allowed.
Nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations, units of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply.
The VSA Arts Playwright Discovery Award program challenges middle and high school students of all abilities to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of writing a one-act play. The award recipients receive scholarship awards and a trip to Washington, D.C. to view the production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information on the Playwright Discovery Award visit the VSA website to learn more about this international nonprofit organization dedicated to the participation of people with disabilities in the arts and society, has announced its 2005 Playwright Discovery Award call for one-act plays from students. Now in its twenty-first year, the program offers middle and high school students of all abilities an opportunity to examine, through the art of playwriting, how disability affects a person's life.
Playwright Discovery Award for Students: The VSA Arts Playwright Discovery Award program challenges middle and high school students (grades 6 through 12) of all abilities to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of writing a one-act play. The award recipients receive scholarship awards and a trip to Washington, D.C., to view the production at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Their mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a stage where funding is hard to find. Catapult gives early support to propel projects forward that hold the promise of a unique story that should be told in film. Catapult supports powerful stories and moving storytelling across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives. Catapult supports of a range of films, from individual portraits to stories with global implications. Catapult grants are up to $20,000 each.
In the spirit of fostering great work, the Filmmaker Fund is committed to both proven and emerging filmmakers with assistance at every stage of production and post-production. Primarily, our role is to remove the obstacles that lie in the way of great work. From early stage funding, through production, to a DCP, it is our aim to alleviate artistic encumbrances.
Fledgling has an open rolling application process for grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable. Grants typically range from $10K – $25K. The Fledgling Fund supports audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch. Grants are NOT available to support production or post-production.
nextPix will review crowd funding proposals for selection based in part on the criteria that the project have a positive humanitarian message. nextPix welcomes narrative feature/documentaries and animation projects of all subject matter. nextPix will offer funding of up to $5K through the crowd funding campaign of the filmmaker's choice. nextPix will also publicize the selected project(s) through its own website and may assist filmmakers in promoting their project. nextPix anticipates assisting between 1-3 projects a year.