Film Festival Grants
The Film Festival Grants program has awarded $5.3 million to film festivals since 1999. Grants totaling $450,000 were granted to 30 U.S. film festivals in 2011.
While the grants are awarded for a variety of programs, film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public.
Right: Closing night of the 2010 True/False Film Fest at the historic Missouri Theatre in Columbia, Missouri.
Photographer: Derek Jenkins
Film Festival Grants Application
The application form for the 2014 grant cycle is available. Please visit the How To Apply page to read the program guidelines and start an application. The deadline for submissions will be June 26, 2013.
The program has awarded grants to major international film festivals such as Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Sundance and Telluride; festivals that focus on independent and alternative filmmaking such as Ann Arbor, Black Maria, Nashville and Woodstock; and festivals that support social and cultural diversity such as African Diaspora, Atlanta Jewish, Kidfilm, Outfest and San Diego Latino.