Grants & Awards

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

Film Independent grants and awards allow filmmakers to advance their current projects and help recognize professional accomplishments in independent film.

Donors have the opportunity to directly support individual Film Independent Fellows by establishing donor-named Fellowships that provide grants, education and experience for exceptional artists. For more information, please email Kate Walker D’Angelo at kwalker@filmindependent.org.


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.


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


Fellowships

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.


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.

21st Century Fox Global Inclusion Fellowship

The 21st Century Fox Global Inclusion Fellowship supports two Fellows in Project Involve, one in the creative track and one in the executive track.

Amazon Studios Film Fellowship

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

Barbara Boyle Fellowship

The Barbara Boyle Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding participant in Project Involve.

LAIKA Animation Fellowship

The LAIKA Animation Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to an animator 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.

Participant Media Fellowship

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

Roger and Chaz Ebert Foundation 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 Pictures Entertainment Diversity Fellowship

Now in its sixth year, the Sony Pictures Entertainment Diversity Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to an outstanding filmmaker in Project Involve.

Sony Pictures Executive Track Fellowship

Now in its third year, the Sony Pictures Executive Track Fellowship provides a year-long paid executive training fellowship in development and production with Columbia Pictures, along with mentorship via Project Involve.

Turner Fellowship

The Turner Fellowship awards 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.

The Camera Division Grant

The Camera Division Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows. Film Independent will select a qualified filmmaker who will be loaned a digital camera package (based on availability) to use for his or her feature film or web series production. View application dates and info.

EFILM | Deluxe Grant

The EFILM | Deluxe Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the LA 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.