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Grants to USA Early-Stage Filmmakers for the Production of Short Films

Short Film Grant


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Davey Foundation
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Important Dates
LOI Date: 12/15/23
Deadline: 01/05/24 - Deadline for Late Submissions. Applications will also be accepted until 11/24/23 for Earlybird Deadline and until 12/15/23 for Regular Deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA or Utah early-stage filmmakers for short films produced for international audiences. Writers and directors may apply by submitting scripts for short narrative or documentary films. Grantees will also be provided mentorship from established filmmakers, as well as an expenses-paid trip to attend a short film festival to view the film screenings.

The Davey Foundation supports emerging filmmakers through grant funding, equipment lending, screening opportunities, and mentorship with established filmmakers.

The Davey Foundation’s grant-winning shorts have screened at prominent festivals around the world. Davey Grant-supported films have also been nominated for and won awards.

The Short Film grant includes two grant categories: National (United States) and Utah. Only scripts are accepted and judged.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Emerging filmmakers may apply:
- National Narrative Shorts: Short films from writers/directors outside Utah.
- Utah Narrative or Documentary Shorts: Short films from Utah writers/directors.

Completed films are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information
Dates and Deadlines:
- Earlybird Deadline: Nov 24, 2023
- Regular Deadline: Dec 15, 2023
- Late Deadline: Jan 5, 2024
- Notification Date: February 29, 2024
- Event Date: June 27, 2024

Please see submission fees on the Full Grant Text RFP link ("Categories and Fees").

Scripts should not exceed 16 pages. In addition, applicants must provide a synopsis of their film.

If you are submitting a documentary project for the Utah grant, please provide a logline, story synopsis, topic summary, artistic approach, project stage, and timeline, but no script is necessary.

Grantees will be required to attend the screening of their film at Davey Fest in June 2025. A travel and lodging stipend will be provided.

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Number of Grants
Three national (US) grantees and one Utah grantee will receive awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
- The National (US) grantees will receive $5,000 cash and mentorship.
- The Utah grantee (narrative and documentary film submissions accepted) will receive $5,000 cash and mentorship.

Term of Contract
Applicants must present a detailed timeline that will allow your project to be completed for a screening at Davey Fest in June 2025. Filming should not begin before awards are selected.

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