Grants & Awards
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 [email protected].
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 [email protected].
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.
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.
The Turner Fellowship awards a $10,000 grant to an outstanding filmmaker in Project Involve.
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.
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.