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North Texas Pioneer Film Grant


AFS has partnered with Oak Cliff Film Festival (Dallas), Sailor Bear film collective, Tim Headington’s Ley Line Entertainment, and the Dallas Producers Association to offer cash grants to emerging filmmakers residing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and surrounding region. At least three grants will be awarded, ranging from $5,000-$15,000, 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 the surrounding region. All other regular eligibility and application requirements for the AFS Grant must be met.


THE 2019 AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY GRANT makes annual grants to film and video artists in the state of Texas. Awards are provided to artists whose work shows promise, skill, and creativity. AFS is committed to fostering diverse and underrepresented voices in independent film. Special attention is paid to provide support to women filmmakers and those who identify with communities of color. Funded through revenues from the Texas Film Awards, the Texas Commission on the Arts and private and corporate donations, the grant serves to redress the loss of public funds for filmmakers by disbursing funds for production and distribution and offering travel stipends to Texas filmmakers. Since 1996, AFS has awarded over $1.86 mil in cash and $300,000 in goods and services to over 400 artists. AFS Grant recipients have shown their films at renowned festivals like Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Tribeca, Rotterdam, and SXSW, and have won Independent Spirit Awards and Student Academy Awards.

This year, the AFS Grant will be administered with two application periods and deadlines. The spring call for entries will be open to feature-length narrative and documentary projects as well as feature and short undergraduate student projects for the Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund. For short film projects (under 40 min), the application will be open in September. Short projects will not be considered during the Spring call for entries unless you are applying with an undergraduate student project.

Spring Application: The spring application is open for documentary and narrative feature-length film projects as well as feature-length and short film projects eligible for the Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund (undergraduate student projects).

The spring deadline is Friday, June 7, 2019. Applications must be submitted by 5pm CST. In August, an independent panel of professionals from the national film community will convene to review applications and administer awards. Awards are announced at the end of August and grant disbursements are made in the fall.

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AFS Grant Online Instructions

2019 Budget Summary Cover Form

2019 AFS Grant Narrative Feature

2019 AFS Grant Doc Sample

2018 AFS Grant Short Sample Application

2019 AFS Blank Budget Form