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Grants and Awards

Each year, Film Independent awards a number of grants and fellowships to help filmmakers with their current projects, as well as to recognize them for past accomplishments. This past year, we gave an estimated $775,000 in cash grants and in-kind donations to our selected Fellows.

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 $30,000 Sloan Producers Grant and a $20,000 Sloan Fast Track Grant. Please visit Producing Lab or Fast Track for more information on how to apply, and Sloan Producers Grant Recipients and Sloan Fast Track Grant Recipients for list of winners. For more information about the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation please visit

Canon Filmmaker Award Program

The Canon Filmmaker Award Program 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 on a quarterly basis who will be loaned Canon camera packages for their production. These packages will be reserved for filmmakers who are preparing to shoot feature length narrative or documentary films, or in special cases, short films. The Award includes a Canon Cinema EOS package loaned to assist the winning filmmaker with a qualifying feature. To apply, visit Applications & Deadlines.

Spirit Awards Grants

Every year at the Spirit Awards, Film Independent gives out several Filmmaker Grants. The recipients of these awards become Film Independent Fellows and receive unrestricted cash grants of $25,000. The awards are by nomination only.

In-Kind Production Grants

Each year, Film Independent awards a number of in-kind production grants to qualified Film Independent Fellows who are filmmakers in production on a feature film. They include:

Arri Feature Film Grant: A selected Film Independent Alumnus will be awarded an ARRI Alexa package for a narrative feature film production.

Panavision: A selected Fellow will be loaned a Panavision camera package for feature film production.

Wildfire Post-Production Sound Grant: a complimentary Sound Mix provided by Wildfire Post-Production Studios on a feature film project.


Through donor-named fellowships, Film Independent supports our Fellows with cash grants.

Barbara Boyle Fellowship: awarded to a current outstanding participant in Project Involve.

Fox HBCU Media Alliance Fellowship in Project Involve: $10,000 awarded to a Project Involve Fellow.

LMU SFTV Fellowship: $10,000 awarded to a Loyola Marymount graduate in the Screenwriting Lab.

Millennium Fast Track Fellowship: $10,000 awarded to a narrative feature in the Fast Track Program.

Roger and Chaz Ebert Fellowship: $10,000 awarded to a Film Independent Fellow.

Sony Diversity Fellowship: $10,000 awarded to a Project Involve Fellow.

Unilever Project Sunlight Bright Future Award: $25,000 awarded to a Film Independent Fellow with a project that explores topics of sustainability.

Past Fellowships

Giorgio Armani Directing Fellowship: $10,000 awarded to a Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow.

  • 2012 Recipient: Grace Lee, The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

HBO Documentary Fellowship: a $10,000 award to a documentary filmmaker participating in Fast Track.

Elizabeth Peña Fellowship: provides a $10,000 production grant to a Latino filmmaker who has participated in Project Involve.

Elle/Garnier Fellowship: celebrates the accomplishments of a Directing Lab Fellow with a $10,000 grant.

  • 2010 Recipient: Jennifer Arnold, A Small Act
  • 2009 Recipient: Bridget Bedard, Operation June Black

LG Cinema 3D Fellowship: a $10,000 production grant awarded to a current Project Involve Fellow.

Past Grants

Color Space Grant: a complimentary color correction grant given to a feature film project.

Dolby: Film Independent will award up to $10,000 in digital cinema mastering services by Dolby to a short or feature. Film Independent will also give out $4,500 in screening room rental use and three Dolby festival licenses valued at $2,000 each.

Hollywood Rentals: complimentary production services awarded to a feature film:

New Hat: complimentary color correction on a feature film.

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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