Department of Visual & Media Arts


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Sponsors grants and fellowships to encourage developing filmmakers, including Nichols Fellowships in Screenwriting and Student Academy Awards.

American Film Institute
Directing Workshop for Women
AFI's DWW is designed specifically for women who work in the arts and are ready to seriously pursue narrative directing. Applicants must have a minimum of five years' experience in the arts but may have no professional credits as a narrative director. If you have just completed film school, it is to your advantage to take some time to build up work experience before applying to the program.

Funding Exchange/Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media
The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, named to honor the singer, actor, and civil rights activist, supports independent film, video, and radio projects made by organizations and independent media producers on critical social issues. The Robeson Fund supports pre-production and distribution of film and video and all stages of radio productions that combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium, will reach a broad audience with an organizing component, and demonstrate how the production will be used for social change organizing.

Horizons/Frameline Film & Video Completion Fund
Grants in a range of $2,000 to $3,000 are available for projects in the final stages of production. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated, or experimental projects about or of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their communities. The fund also seeks to bring new work to underserved audiences; with this in mind, it especially encourages applications by women and people of color.

Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Each year, ITVS funds, distributes, and promotes new programs produced by independent producers primarily for public television and beyond. ITVS is looking for proposals that increase diversity on public television and present a range of subjects, viewpoints, and forms that complement and challenge existing public television offerings. All production funding requests must be submitted in accordance with ITVS guidelines.

International Documentary Association
Includes information of funding by deadlines, without deadlines, and information about fiscal sponsorship.

National Foundation for Jewish Culture
Provides financial support for theater, music, dance, filmmaking, fiction, and Jewish studies scholarship.

National Endowment for the Arts
The Arts Endowment supports organizations that are involved in a broad spectrum of activity in the media arts, including the production, exhibition, distribution, and preservation of work; the provision of services to the field; and the training of artists.

National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the U.S. government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Open Door Fund
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) provides funding and support for provocative and engaging Asian American film and media projects from independent producers. CAAM awards production and completion funds for projects intended for public television broadcast. Funding is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Oppenheimer Camera New Filmmaker Equipment Grant
The Oppenheimer Cine Rental New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program is a grant to support new filmmakers in producing their first serious film project. The grant awards the use of our Grant Program Arriflex 16SR2 camera package to senior and graduate thesis students and to independent filmmakers for a scheduled period of time.

Pacific Pioneer Fund
The Pacific Pioneer Fund awards grants to support emerging documentary filmmakers in California, Oregon, and Washington. Grants are limited to public charities that agree to supervise any project for which an individual receives funds. The fund does not provide support for endowments, building campaigns, accumulated deficits, or operating budgets, nor does it support instructional or performance documentaries, student film projects, or make grants to individuals. In addition, filmmakers are eligible for only one grant from the fund during their careers. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Panavision New Filmmakers Program
The New Filmmakers Program is an ongoing grant program. Through this program, Panavision donates the use of 16mm or 35mm motion picture camera equipment to filmmakers who are making public service announcements, showcase reels, “low-budget” independent features, or any other type of short, nonprofit film.

Princess Grace Awards for Aspiring Young Theater, Dance, and Film Artists in America
Working in conjunction with nominating schools and nonprofit companies, the Princess Grace Awards recognize the talent of individual artists in theater, dance, and film. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent resident status, and each grant must be completed in the United States. All nominating organizations must have 501(c)(3) status.

University Film and Video Association (UFVA)

  • Carole Fielding Student Grants. An applicant must be a student (undergraduate/graduate) at the time of application. A faculty member who is an active member of the University Film & Video Association or staff at a UFVA member institution must sponsor the applicant.
  • Eastman Scholarship Program. This program awards tuition and production scholarships to nominated students or faculty of film, film production, and cinematography at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Schools may nominate up to two students and one faculty member per academic year.
  • Educational Allowance Program. To make it easier and more affordable for up-and-coming filmmakers like you to practice your craft, the Kodak Educational Allowance Program offers significant price breaks on KODAK Motion Picture Films.
  • Product Grants. Kodak realizes the importance of hands-on experience in film origination as part of a film school curriculum. That's why we work closely with faculty and provide KODAK Motion Picture Film to film schools around the world.

The Virgin Unite Social Impact Film Fund
The Virgin Unite Social Impact Film Fund supports student documentary productions that address one or more of the following issues: social justice, environmental and health crises, human rights, youth homelessness, moral responsibility or peace. For Winter 2015, grants totaling $10,000 will be awarded to qualifying projects, with the average grant in the $1000-$2000 range. There will be another round of funding opportunities announced in the Spring. Submission deadline is Dec.1 and grant awards will be announced by Dec.15.  Please read the guidelines and submit the requested materials with cover sheet to James Delaney, Budget and Operations Manager of the VMA Department.

Women Make Movies Production Assistance
This nonprofit web page provides information about its fiscal sponsorship program, with guidelines and a template for the proposal that needs to be submitted.