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Film Festival Grants

Grants to Promote Film Festivals

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Grants ranging from $2,000-$30,000 to support film festivals. Grants will be awarded to major film festivals, festivals that focus on independent and alternative filmmaking, and festivals that support social and cultural diversity. Preference will be given to organizations aiming to make festival events more accessible to the public, provide greater access to minority and less known filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public. The purpose of this funding is to promote appreciation and support for excellence in filmmaking, advance the arts and sciences of motion pictures and promote educational, cultural and technical advances in the field.

Previous grants have supported New Orleans Film Festival - Emerging Filmmakers, outreach programs, Saugatuck Children's Film Festival - outreach to underserved children and the Seattle International Film Festival - Asian Tradewinds spotlight program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 125225

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

U.S.-based film festivals that have been held at least five times over at least a five year period. Screening programs, be they periodic screening series or end-of-term student screening programs, are not eligible to apply. Festivals that do not screen films in a theatrical setting are also not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Application materials can only be submitted via the Academy’s website. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Film Festival Grants Program
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1313 Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(310) 247-3031

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