Austin Film Society grants open for submissions

The Austin Film Society’s annual fund for emerging Texas filmmakers, the AFS Grant, is open for submissions.

During this year’s grant cycle, AFS will hand out more than $100,000 in cash grants. The application is online at austinfilm.org, as are grant instructions, a grant writing tip sheet and information about live instructional workshops offered in El Paso, Dallas, Houston, Forth Worth and Austin. Since 1996, the society has awarded more than $1.7 million in cash and services to Texas filmmakers.

In addition to cash grants from AFS Grant fund, this year’s grant partners are offering applicants a range of services and cash for many different production phases.

New this year, AFS is partnering with Colaborator and the Texas Motion Picture Alliance to offer the Colaborator Narrative Short Film Grant, which will provide $5,000 in production funds and support for one narrative short film project.

The Stuck On On DCP In-Kind Grant will award one theatrical digital cinema package for two different feature-length films.

Kodak Motion Picture Film will create a 35mm exhibition film print to one film of any length, and the grant recipient can to screen their print in a theater in Austin. Kodak will also continue their in-kind grant of $5,000 of motion picture film stock.

This year’s Austin Film Society Powered by Dell Grant includes an in-kind Dell post-production suite, valued at $10,000. The MPS Camera and Lighting Austin Grant offers $10,000 in equipment rentals and production services.

The grant will close for submissions on June 2. Applications are reviewed over the summer, with the panel of national film industry representatives convening in Austin in late August to determine the recipients. Winners will be announced in early September.

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