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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
K Period Media Fellowship
The K Period Media Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to an exceptional filmmaker that is accepted into the Film Independent Directing Lab.
Taiwan Academy Fellowship
The Taiwan Academy Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to a Taiwanese filmmaker with R.O.C. (Taiwan) citizenship and based in Taiwan that is accepted into the Film Independent Producing 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.
Amazon Studios Film Fellowship
The Amazon Studios Film Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to a visionary filmmaker in Project Involve.
Easterseals Disability Services Project Involve Fellowship
The Easterseals Disability Services Project Involve Fellowship awards a $10,000 grant to a Project Involve filmmaker who identifies as a person with a disability.
LAIKA Animation Fellowship
The LAIKA Animation Fellowship provides a $30,000 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.
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.
The Participant Fellowship endows an exceptional filmmaker in Project Involve with a $10,000 grant.
Sony Pictures Entertainment Fellowship
Now in its ninth year, the Sony Pictures Entertainment Fellowship provides 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.
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.
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.