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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. For more information, please email

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 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

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 two qualified filmmakers on a quarterly basis 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 To apply, visit Applications & Deadlines.

PANAVISION Feature Film Grant

The PANAVISION Feature Film Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent Spirit Award Nominees. Film Independent will select a qualified filmmaker who will be loaned a film or digital camera package (based on availability) to filmmakers for his or her feature film production. To apply, visit Applications & Deadlines.

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:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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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