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Short Film Grant

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Davey Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/31/21 - Deadline for Late Submissions. Applications will also be accepted until 07/20/21 for Earlybird Deadline and until 08/10/21 for Regular Deadline.


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Grants of $5,000, grants of $2,500, and in-kind grants valued at up to $10,000 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.

Now in its seventh year, The Davey Foundation’s Short Film Grants Program will award two cash grants and gear grants to help emerging filmmakers take their short film script through production and to screens around the world.

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. Completed films are not eligible. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152381

Number of Grants:

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

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Two National (US) grantees will receive $5,000 cash, and one grantee receives $2,500 cash plus the use of a film gear package.
- One Utah grant (narrative and documentary film submissions accepted) will be awarded for $2,500 and use of a gear package.

Term of Contract:

Applicants must present a detailed timeline that will allow their project to be completed for either a May 2022 screening or May 2023 screening. Filming should not begin before September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Filmmakers may apply:
- National Narrative Shorts: Short films from writers/directors outside Utah.
- Utah Narrative or Documentary Shorts: Short films from Utah writers/directors.

Only scripts are accepted and judged; completed films are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Dates and Deadlines:
- July 1, 2021 Opening Date
- July 20, 2021 Earlybird Deadline
- August 10, 2021 Regular Deadline
- August 31, 2021 Late Deadline
- November 1, 2021 Notification Date
- May 19 – 21, 2022 Event Date

Please see submission fees on the URL for Full Text below ("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 the Davey Fest short film festival in May 2022 or 2023 in Salt Lake City, where their films will be screened alongside other stand-out shorts from their fellow grantees and the local film community. A travel and lodging stipend will be provided.

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

To apply online, see the URL for Full Text below (click on the "Submit Now" button at right of page; please choose the appropriate category).

Davey Foundation
1389 Perrys Hollow Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84103

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