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AFS has partnered with Oak Cliff Film Festival, Sailor Bear film collective, and Tango Entertainment to offer $30,000 in cash grants to emerging filmmakers residing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and surrounding region. Three cash grants of $10,000 each will be awarded for the production/post-production of feature-length films (40 minutes or greater).
The grant aims to fund emerging filmmakers with first or second feature films, and filmmakers with backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in independent film. Filmmakers wishing to be considered for this fund must provide proof of residency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and surrounding region. All other regular eligibility and application requirements for the AFS Grant must be met.
Once a year, AFS awards grants to emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas through our AFS Grant. The Austin Film Society has now given out $1.77 million in cash and $332K in goods and services to over 495 film and video projects since the program began in 1996. In addition to grants for production, post-production and distribution, we provide cash stipends to Texas filmmakers traveling to prestigious film festivals through its AFS Travel Grant program. Check out past grant recipients here.
Awards are provided to artists whose work shows promise, skill, and creativity. Grant recipients have shown their films at renowned festivals like Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Tribeca, Venice, Rotterdam and SXSW and have been nominated for Gotham Awards, won Independent Spirit Awards and Student Academy Awards. The Austin Film Society is proud to support these Texas filmmakers making their mark in the world.
In AFS Grant Workshops we will review the application and answer questions about applying for film production funds from AFS. See our calendar for upcoming workshops.
In August, an independent panel of esteemed professionals from the national film community convene in Austin to review applications and administer awards. Award announcements are posted on our website at the conclusion of the panel session and grant disbursements are made in the fall.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the grant.