Film Festival Grants

2010 True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Missouri

The Film Festival Grants program has awarded over $5.7 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 2015 grant cycle is now available.  The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM (pst) on June 30, 2014.  Please visit the How To Apply page to get started.


Grant Recipients

Film Festival Grant Recipients

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.

See a complete list of past film festival grant recipients

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