To all filmmakers:Celebrating our 20th year providing grants to exceptional filmmakers, our Roy Dean Spring Film Grant is now taking applications. We give $1000 in cash and $30,000 in goods and service donations from the top people in our Industry. We want films that are unique and make a contribution to society. We fund docs, shorts and low budget features. Visit our site for full information, past winners, application and list of awards. Everyone who applies gets a free film financing consultation with Carole Dean, author The Art of Film Funding. Deadline is April 30, 2013.
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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 three programs, the Academy has distributed over $8,000,000 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 over the years.

For more information about the Academy’s grants programs, please visit: or contact the Grants Department at (310) 247-3031 or


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
– Comedy
– Music Programs
– News, Sports & Magazine Shows
– Animation: Non-Traditional (computer-generated)
– Drama
– Documentary
– Animation: Traditional
– Magazine Shows

The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment Writing Fellowship Program

The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment will be offering Fellowships in the feature film and television areas. Each Fellowship will provide a salary of $50,000 for a one-year period.

Contact Information

The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment
Writing Fellowship Program
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4016

Phone: (818) 560-6894


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.

Call 415-356-8383 Ext. 232 for more information.


The Anthony Radziwill Documentary Fund

Provides grants to documentary filmmakers in the form of development funds (seed money) for specific new projects. Administered by IFP/New York, the Fund seeks to provide an additional much-needed source of funding for independent non-fiction filmmakers at the earliest stage of new work, traditionally a difficult point at which to secure funding. The Fund is named in memory of the late Anthony Radziwill, an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer.

National Endowment for the Arts

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

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.

Available grants:

Television Projects: Consultation Grant

Television Projects: Planning, Scripting, or Production

Contact NEH’s Division of Public Programs at 202-606-8269 for more information.



The Writer’s Film Project offers fiction, theater, and film writers the opportunity to begin a career in screenwriting. Each year, 5 winners are allotted a stipend of $20,000 to cover living expenses while they try to start their career.


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.


Nicholls Fellowships in Screenwriting
Academy Foundation
Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1972



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.

Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmakers Award

The Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker’s Award program gives film students from ten film schools the opportunity to create a 50-second film. Ten winners are selected to make the film, and one receives a $10,000 award.

Grammy Foundation

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the research and/or broad reaching implementations of original research projects related to the impact of music study on early childhood development, the human development and the medical and occupational well being of music professionals.

Creative Capital Foundation Grant

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.

Complete program information and application procedures are available at the Creative Capital Web site.

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Accessibility Grant Programs

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.

See for complete program information, eligibility details, and application materials.

National Center for Outreach: PBS Opportunity in Your Community

The NCO supports local outreach efforts by distributing approximately $440,000 per year in grants. Support considerations include projects that expand local outreach initiatives, create strong community partnerships, and develop rich, sustainable outreach practices.

VSA Arts Playwright Discovery Awards

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., an 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.

The program invites both students and teachers to participate.

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.

Playwright Discovery Teacher Award: The VSA arts Playwright Discovery Teacher Award recognizes middle and high school teachers who creatively bring disability awareness to the classroom through the art of playwriting. One teacher will be selected to receive funds to purchase playwriting resources and a trip to Washington, D.C., to be honored at the Kennedy Center.

See the VSA arts Web site for further information and to download guidelines and application forms for either the Playwright Discovery Award or the Playwright Discovery Teacher Award.

Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking

Since 1996 the Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking has supported 63 filmmakers with more than $1.35 million dollars to produce thought-provoking and award winning documentaries that have reached audiences in the millions. The Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking was developed in 1996 with a lead grant of $650,000 from the Righteous Persons Foundation, established by Steven Spielberg, and recently received an additional $1 million from the Righteous Persons Foundation and another $1 million from the Revson Foundation.. The Fund is designed to support the creation of original documentary films and videos that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, culture, identity, and contemporary issues among diverse public audiences.


Environmental Media Fund sponsors programming on environmental issues. The Fund assists in the development of project concepts, reviews project proposals and production budgets, obtains commitments from funding sources, monitors production and project completion, and, as needed, arranges for distribution and the sale of ancillary rights, on behalf of filmmakers, video producers and digital content providers. The Fund works to match project proposals with the interests of funding sources and distributors on a project by project basis. The Fund also originates and packages new programming concepts.

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