Funding Resources for Filmmakers

Looking for a way to support your project or your own professional development? Sure, there’s Kickstarter and Indiegogo (among other crowdsourcing options), but nonprofits, artists and film teams can also consider grants and scholarships. This is not a comprehensive list and not everything is appropriate for every project.  Check with the source for the most updated information. This will get you started in considering some opportunities. Know of a grant, scholarship or funding opportunity? Let us know and we’ll add it here to help grow our regional film community.

The team at POV put together a great comprehensive list for documentary filmmakers including funding resources and new media resources. And documentary.org offers a full list of grants with and without deadlines.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

American Film Institute – Directing Workshop for Women

Women in Film offers grants and fiscal agency.  Women Make Movies has a fiscal agency program.

Demographics: The Frameline Film & Video Fund for LGBTQ films; The Pacific Islanders in Communications; The Center for Asian American Media;

The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities both support film.

Panavision New Filmmaker Program for equipment donation.

Student Programs:

The Princess Grace Awards offers scholarships for undergrad or graduate thesis film projects and Phi Delta Theta offers scholarships to film students.

University Film and Video Association (UFVA) offers two scholarship options.