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2019 French Culture Film Grant

Grant to a Louisiana Filmmaking Team for a Short Film
or Documentary that Celebrates Francophone Culture

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

03/22/19 11:59 PM CST


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Grant of $30,000 to a Louisiana filmmaking team to produce a feature-length documentary or short-form narrative film that celebrates the state’s deep connection to the French language and Francophone culture. To qualify, the film must include both French and English and showcase the talent of Louisiana residents. The film will premier at the 2020 New Orleans French Film Festival.

For project details, see URL below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183262

Number of Grants:

The grant supports one Louisiana filmmaking team.

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

Must be completed in time for screening at the 2020 New Orleans French Film Festival.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Must be a director and producer team.
-Co-directors are allowed but a separate producer must also be attached.
-Must be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.
-Director, producer, and writer (for narrative projects) must currently reside in the state of Louisiana and have lived in Louisiana for a minimum of 12 months prior to submitting the application. Proof of residency required. (two of the following: Louisiana driver’s license, a Louisiana voter registration card or a utility bill in your name with your Louisiana address).
-Staff, board members, and interns of #CL, Cox Communications, LEH, and NOFS may not apply.
-Must agree to grant #CreateLouisiana, TV5MONDE, Cox Communications, Deep South Studios, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities the right to stream, screen and distribute the completed film (non-commercial use/promotional purposes only).
-Must agree to a Louisiana premiere of the project at the New Orleans French Film Festival in Spring 2020 (Note: the Louisiana screening must be the film’s premiere in Louisiana; no other public screenings are allowed).
-Must allow TV5MONDE the first look for the right to broadcast.
-The director and producer must all be available to participate in a pitch session before the grants committee the week of April 8, 2019 (exact date TBD).
-To be eligible, you may not have received a grant from #CreateLouisiana in the last two years. However, you may apply again with the same project from a past #CreateLouisiana grant cycle.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline: ​
Application Available: February 9, 2019
Application Deadline: March 22, 2019 (11:59 PM CST)
Short-list announced: March 30, 2019
Interview/Pitch Meetings: Week of April 8, 2019
Award announced: TBD
Film completed: February 2020 (exact delivery date TBD)

The #CreateLouisiana French Culture Film Grant will be adjudicated in two stages.

A jury of entertainment professionals and representatives of the grantmaking organizations will review all applications. A shortlist of up to 5 applicants will be selected to move forward to Stage Two.
The short-listed applicants will be invited to pitch their projects and be interviewed before a panel of entertainment professionals. The private pitch/interview session will take place the week April 8, 2019. You must be available to pitch your project in New Orleans this week.

One applicant team will be selected by the jury panel and announced the following week.

About the Grant Program:


Contact Information:

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

Apply for a documentary film:

Apply for a narrative film:

900 S. Peters, #C1
New Orleans, LA 70130

With any other questions please contact #CreateLouisiana at

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana