Grants and Awards
Guided by our mission to support a community of filmmakers who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision, Film Independent awards over $630,000 in cash and production services to filmmakers each year. These grants and awards help filmmakers to advance their current projects and recognize professional accomplishments in independent film.
Film Independent Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants
Each year, Film Independent recognizes exceptional emerging film talent with three Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants that carry unrestricted cash prizes of $25,000. Potential grant recipients are nominated by committee.
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Los Angeles Film Festival Jury Awards
The juried awards of the Los Angeles Film Festival are for U.S. Fiction, World Fiction, Documentary, Zeitgeist, LA Muse, and Nightfall, as well as Best Short Fiction and Best Short Documentary, each carrying an unrestricted cash prize for the winning film’s director. The awards were established by the Festival to encourage independent filmmakers to pursue their artistic ambitions.
Alfred P. Sloan Grants
Since 2007, Film Independent and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have joined forces to encourage filmmakers to create more realistic and accurate stories about science and technology, and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. Each year, Film Independent awards a $50,000 Sloan Distribution Grant, a $30,000 Sloan Producers Grant and a $20,000 Sloan Fast Track Grant. Please visit the Producing Lab and Fast Track pages for more information.
For more information about the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation please visit www.sloan.org.
Through donor-named fellowships, Film Independent supports our Fellows with cash grants.
Ammon Family Foundation Fellowship for a Female Director
The Ammon Family Foundation Fellowship for a Female Director awards a female director currently participating in the Film Independent Directing Lab with a $10,000 grant.
Barbara Boyle Fellowship
The Barbara Boyle Fellowship is awarded to a current outstanding participant in Project Involve.
LMU SFTV Fellowship
The LMU Screenwriting Fellowship provides a $10,000 development grant to an alumnus of Loyola Marymount University accepted into the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab.
Roger and Chaz Ebert Fellowship
The Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation Fellowship awards a cash grant of $10,000 to a filmmaker currently participating in a Film Independent Artist Development program with the mission of diversity in mind.
Sony Diversity Fellowship
The Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to an outstanding filmmaker in Project Involve.
In collaboration with various industry partners, Film Independent supports filmmakers with production services, equipment, and permits. Current production grants available to our alumni by application include:
EFILM | Company 3 Grant
The EFILM | Company 3 Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners. Film Independent will select qualified filmmakers who will receive color correction and digital intermediate services for their production. This package will be reserved for filmmakers who are in production or recently wrapped a feature length narrative film. View application dates and info.
Film LA Grant
The Film LA Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners. Film Independent will select qualified filmmakers who will be given permits for their production. These permits will be reserved for filmmakers who are preparing to shoot feature length narrative films. Grantees will be given a two-week permit to film in up to ten locations. For more information about locations please visit www.filmla.com. View application dates and info.
PANAVISION Feature Film Grant
The PANAVISION Feature Film Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival, and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners. Film Independent will select qualified filmmakers who will be loaned a Panavision camera package for their production. These packages will be reserved for filmmakers who are preparing to shoot feature length narrative films. View application dates and info.
Sponsor a Grant
Donors have the opportunity to directly support individual FIND Fellows by establishing a Donor Named Fellowship – providing filmmaker grants and education to exceptional artists.
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