Grants & Awards

Film Independent awards over $845,000 in cash and production services to filmmakers each year.

Film Independent Grants & Awards allow filmmakers to advance their current projects and help recognize professional accomplishments in independent film. With questions and for more information about Film Independent Grants & Awards, please email us at

Donors have the opportunity to directly support individual filmmakers by establishing donor-named Fellowships that provide unrestricted cash grants, education and experience for exceptional artists. To learn more about supporting Film Independent Fellows, please email Kate Walker D’Angelo at

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 Foundation 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. Learn more about our Episodic, Producing and Fast Track grants, as well as our Distribution Grant.


Through donor-named fellowships, we are able to support our Fellows with cash grants.

Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television Screenwriting Fellowship

The LMU SFTV Screenwriting Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to an alum of Loyola Marymount University that is accepted into the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab.

MPAC Hollywood Bureau Writing Fellowship

The MPAC Hollywood Bureau Writing Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to a writer that identifies as American-Muslim who is accepted into the Film Independent Screenwriting Lab, Episodic Lab or Project Involve.

Project Involve Fellowships

The following Fellowships are available to select Fellows who participate in our signature program, Project Involve, which offers career opportunities to filmmakers from communities typically underrepresented in film & entertainment.

Amazon Studios Film Fellowship

The Amazon Studios Film Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to a visionary filmmaker in Project Involve.

LAIKA Animation Fellowship

The LAIKA Animation Fellowship provides a production grant to produce a stop-motion animated short film in Project Involve.

Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television Project Involve Fellowship

The LMU SFTV Project Involve Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to alums of Loyola Marymount University accepted into Project Involve.

Panavision Fellowship

The Panavision Fellowship provides an outstanding cinematographer in Project Involve with a camera rental package valued at $60,000 for use on a future project produced in the US.

Participant Fellowship

The Participant Fellowship endows an exceptional filmmaker in Project Involve with a $10,000 grant.

Sony Pictures Entertainment Fellowship

Now in its 10th year, the Sony Pictures Entertainment 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 are available to our alumni by application.

Film Independent Camera Grant

The Film Independent Camera Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows and Alumni. Film Independent will select a qualified filmmaker, on a rolling basis, who will be loaned a digital camera body (based on availability) to use for their narrative or documentary short, feature film production or web series. The grant includes an ARRI Alexa SXT Plus camera body OR a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K. View application dates and info.