Where can I find grants for film or videomakers?
Candid does not give grants/donations, suggest specific funders, or approach them on your behalf. More about Candid’s mission. Please refer to the tips and websites in this article.
To get an overview of funding information and resources available to artists of all types, start by reading our Knowledge Base article: Where can I find grants for individual artists?
Award-winning San Francisco-based filmmaker Banker White gave this strategy for finding grants:
- Apply early and often
- Make communicating your creative thoughts and vision a part of the filmmaking process.
- Let deadlines help you create needed structure.
- Do your research. Match the appropriate stage and the projects that the funder wants. Most grantmakers have websites with thorough details.
"(I)t is true that to be competitive in development it helps to have some footage that represents your project, and when applying for production funds you are often expected to have strong sequences already shot and edited," White said. "But don't let this discourage you. Applying for grant funding should be approached like an important part of the creative process."
For additional help and advice, take a look at our selected resources for film and videomakers below.
See also our related Knowledge Base articles:
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Q: Where can I find grants for performing artists?
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Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
Academy Grants Program
Sponsors grants and fellowships to encourage developing filmmakers, including: Nichols Fellowships in Screenwriting and Student Academy Awards.
Art Deadlines List
Art students, teachers, and artists of all ages can search for art contests and competitions; art jobs and internships; art scholarships, grants, and fellowships; art festivals; call for entries, proposals, and projects; and other opportunities in all disciplines.
Supports filmmakers and other storytellers with labs, grants, workshops and ongoing resources.
Lights Film School
Beginner's Guide to Independent Film Financing
Discusses new high-tech fundraising tools and techniques that capitalize on internet data and communication; think social networks like Facebook and Twitter and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Filmproposals.com: Independent Film Finance
Lists film grants, contests, prizes, and investors. Includes articles about how to write a film proposal, business plans and how to finance your film.
International Documentary Association
Fiscal Sponsorship & Grants
For almost 30 years, IDA's fiscal sponsorship program has been helping independent documentary projects of all types get funded, finished and seen. This page also links to grants available for filmmakers.
Women Make Movies
Fiscal Sponsorship Program
Designed for women filmmakers who are actively fundraising for their non-commercial film, video or multimedia project.
San Francisco Film Society
Fund Your Film
This listing provides nationwide assistance and opportunities including grants, prizes, development assistance, and residencies for working filmmakers at all stages of their careers.
Funding Resources Overview
This site brings together resources for funding for female artists of all disciplines, including links to emergency funding.
Independent Television Service
Provides various opportunities to help documentary filmmakers "bring risk-taking independent film to the public."
Get Your Project Make and Seen
"Find grant information, film festivals, new media funding, fiscal sponsors and more."
Grants & Awards
Each year, Film Independent recognizes exceptional emerging film talent with three Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grants that carry unrestricted cash prizes of $25,000. Also, at the annual L.A. Film Festival, it hosts a three-day marketplace to select 10 or so independent films for fast track financing.
How to Finance An Independent Film
Overview of various ways to raise funds for an independent film, including equity financing, pre-sales agreements, tax credits, crowdfunding and more.
LGBTQ+ Film Completion Fund
Frameline provides grants for post-production funding for LGBTQ+ film projects.
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