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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 spiritawards@filmindependent.org.

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.

Previous winners can be viewed on the Sloan Producers Grant Recipients and Sloan Fast Track Grant Recipients pages.

For more information about the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation please visit www.sloan.org.

Fellowships

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.

Production Grants

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.comView 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.

For more information, please email: artistdevelopment@filmindependent.org.

 

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