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 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.
The Amplifier Fellowship, supported by founding sponsor Netflix, provides a $30,000 unrestricted grant to six Black artists, plus additional year-round support. Applicants must identify as Black or African American; be an alum of Film Independent’s Project Involve or Artist Development program(s), or a past Spirit Awards nominee, or be nominated by a colleague arts organization; be a writer, director or producer; and apply with a current project in development (feature or episodic, fiction or nonfiction).
Cayton-Goldrich Family Foundation Fellowship
The Cayton-Goldrich Family Foundation Fellowships provide $10,000 grants to two (2) Jewish filmmakers who are accepted into Film Independent’s Artist Development programs.
Hyde Park Entertainment & Warner Music Group Asian Women Fellowship
The Hyde Park Entertainment & Warner Music Group Asian Women Fellowship provides $12,500 grants to two (2) woman-identifying filmmakers who are Asian or part of the Asian diaspora; one project from the Screenwriting Lab will be awarded, and one project from Fast Track will be awarded.
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 Track
The LAIKA Animation Track in Project Involve provides a production grant to five filmmakers to create a stop-motion animated short film during a two-year period. Additionally, each of the five LAIKA Animation Fellows will receive a cash stipend in recognition of their commitment to the program.
Los Angeles Media Fund Fellowship
The Los Angeles Media Fund Fellowship provides a $10,000 grant to a remarkable Project Involve Fellow.
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 10th 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 via application.
Picture Shop Feature Film Grant
The Picture Shop Feature Film Grant is a program for Film Independent Fellows, Alumni of the LA Film Festival, and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners. Film Independent will select a qualified filmmaker who will receive up to $50,000 in color correction and digital intermediate services for their narrative feature film. View application dates and info.