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                                                                APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

 2014 Recipient: NEVER GOIN' BACK                                              2014 Recipient: LA BARRACUDA

(Formerly Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund)
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. Funded through                   2018 AFS Grant Applications
revenues from benefit film premieres, the Texas Film Awards, the Texas Commission                     must be made through our website at
on the Arts and private and corporate donations, the grant serves to redress the                      For more information, call 512-322-0145 or email
loss of public funds for filmmakers by disbursing funds for production and distribu-        
tion once a year and offering travel stipends to Texas filmmakers. Since 1996, AFS
has awarded over $1.77 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 Sun-
dance, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Venice, Tribeca, Rotterdam and SXSW, and have won
Independent Spirit Awards and Student Academy Awards. This year, AFS staff will
provide informational workshops on how to apply for the Grant in Dallas, Houston
and Austin. Workshops are listed below in the “workshops” section of the application
instructions. They are also announced through our website (, lo-
cal press, and through co-sponsoring regional organizations.

From mid-April through May 25th, staff are available for one-on-one consultations                                CAMERA

either at the AFS offices or by phone to give feedback on draft proposals. Contact

AFS at for more info.

The deadline for all applications is Monday, June 4, 2018. Applications must be
submitted by 5pm CST. In August, an independent panel of professionals from the
national film community will convene in Austin to review applications and administer                  This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the
                                                                                                      City of Austin Economic Development Department.
awards. Awards are announced at the end of August and grant disbursements are
made in the fall.

The Austin Film Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization. Established
in 1985, the Austin Film Society empowers our community to make, watch and love
film and creative media. The grant was started in 1996 as the Texas Filmmakers’
Production Fund, and was renamed the AFS Grant in 2013.
must agree to include a credit or thanks to         applying project and cannot be sold. Any          logged in to fill out the application. You will be
                                                                                                                                                                   the "Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund"            unused certificate must be returned to the        able to save and return to your application.
                                                                                                                                                                   in addition to the crediting requirements           Austin Film Society. Please visit the MPS
                                                                                                                                                                   of the AFS Grant. Additionally, the selected        Camera Austin website for more details            General Information:
                                                                                                                                                                   filmmaker is required to supply a copy of the       about what they offer. Grantees must meet         • Fill out this section in its entirety.
                                                                                                                                                                   finished film to the Endowment donors and           MPS’ minimum insurance requirements, and          • Use the 2nd name field if you are working
                                                                                                                                                                   the parents of Harrison McClure, a promising        rentals are subject to availability. MPS must       with a co-director.
                                                                                                                                                                   Texas film student whose life and passion for       be credited in the project credits.               • Provide an email and mailing address that will
                                                                                                                                                                   filmmaking are memorialized by this fund.                                                               be valid as of August 2018.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For information about the AFS Travel Grants,
                                                                                                                                                                 Kodak Film - In-Kind Grant                         please go to the website https://www.austinfilm.     Project Information:
                                                                                                                                                                   Kodak is offering two exciting opportunities     org/afs-grants/afs-grants-applications               • Fill out a running time, even if it is an
                                                                                                                                                                   for filmmakers interested in shooting or                                                                estimate.
                                                                                                                                                                   exhibiting on motion picture film. Kodak         V. Workshops/Consultations                           • Please check all boxes for funds that you
 2017 Recipient: MAUDE                                                                    2016 Recipient: TOWER
                                                                                                                                                                   offers up to $5,000 matching grant for 16mm      It is highly recommended that you take                 are eligible for
                                                                                                                                                                   or 35mm film stock. If you are requesting        advantage of the workshops and/or one-on-one         • Your total cash cost should only include
I. Applicant and Project Eligibility                 • If your project changes significantly from                 in cash grants to emerging filmmakers
                                                                                                                                                                   the Kodak Film Stock Grant, you must             consultations offered by AFS staff. Workshops          cash costs, not in-kind totals.
In order to be eligible to submit to the grant,        your proposal, you must write us a written                 residing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and
                                                                                                                                                                   indicate your plans to shoot on film. On the     are offered in major Texas cities (Dallas,           • Your cash request should not exceed
you must meet the following requirements:              request before expenditure of grant funds.                 surrounding region. Three grants of $10,000
                                                                                                                                                                   application, you should describe how the film    Houston, & Austin) in mid-April through end of         $15,000 in total if all cash grants
• You must be the director of the project in           Approval isn’t guaranteed.                                 each will be awarded for the production/
                                                                                                                                                                   stock grant would be useful for your project.    May.                                                 • Project summary: write a short synopsis that
    order to apply.                                                                                               post-production of feature-length films
                                                                                                                                                                   Be sure to include what phase of production                                                             best describes your film’s story.
• You must be a Texas resident since June            III. Applicant Responsibilities                              (40 minutes or greater). The grant aims
                                                                                                                                                                   and or post-production the stock would           Current workshop schedule for 2018:
    1, 2017. You cannot apply if you are attending   All applicants are required to do the following              to fund emerging filmmakers with first
                                                                                                                                                                   cover. Stock must be redeemed within 1 year                                                           Required Attachments:
    school full time outside the state of Texas.     after submitting their grant application:                    or second feature films, and filmmakers
                                                                                                                                                                   of the grant announcement.                       April 14th, Austin, TX at Austin Public              Upload each of the attachments as PDFs with
• AFS staff and Board members may not be             • You must notify AFS immediately of any                     with backgrounds that are traditionally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         your application.
    the project applicant.                                significant changes to your project that                underrepresented in independent film.                                                             April 17th: Dallas, TX at the Texas Theatre
                                                                                                                                                                   Kodak will also create a 35mm exhibition
                                                          occur after you submit your project.                    Filmmakers wishing to be considered for
                                                                                                                                                                   film print for one film project of any length.   April 22nd: Houston, TX at the Aurora Picture Show   PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Projects must meet the following requirements:       • If you are awarded an AFS grant, you                       this fund must provide proof of residency in
                                                                                                                                                                   AFS will work with the filmmaking team to                                                             (Required, Submit Online)
• All genres of film and video are eligible to            are required to carry out a project that is             the Dallas-Fort Worth area and surrounding                                                        May 24th, Austin, TX at Austin Public
                                                                                                                                                                   secure a public screening in Austin of the                                                            Project Description should not exceed 3 pages
  apply, except industrial or promotional                 consistent with the proposal you submitted.             region. All other regular eligibility and
                                                                                                                                                                   35mm print when completed. This grant is         Check our website for
  pieces, music videos and “works-for-hire.”         • If your project changes significantly from                 application requirements for the AFS Grant                                                                                                             and should include:
                                                                                                                                                                   non-transferable and must be used for the        updates to the schedule.                             • Description of the story of the film with
• All projects must be stand-alone single                 your proposal, you must write us a written              must be met.
                                                                                                                                                                   applicant project.                               From mid-April through May 25th , staff will            details about stylistic approach, visual
  works. TV or Web series are not eligible at             request before expenditure of grant funds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    be available by appointment to review your              elements, story structure, and thematic
  this time.                                              Approval isn’t guaranteed.                        New Texas Voices Grant (New for 2018) - Cash
                                                                                                                                                                 Stuck On On DCP - In-Kind Grant                    application and provide feedback in advance of          threads. (Recommend 3 paragraphs)
• Project must be in production, post                                                                       Grant                                                                                                   the deadline. Applicants must send in a draft
                                                                                                                                                                   The Stuck On On DCP grant awards one                                                                  • Description of your production plan, creative
  production or distribution stages. Projects in     IV. AFS Grant Awards: What You Can Apply For             Affirming its ongoing commitment to                                                                   of their materials at least 1 week in advance of
                                                                                                                                                                   theatrical digital cinema package (DCP) for                                                              team, and information about project status
  development are not eligible.                      Applicants can apply for any and all of the              supporting diverse voices and growing                                                                 the scheduled review, so the last date you can
                                                                                                                                                                   two different features. The project may                                                                  to date. (Recommend 2 paragraphs)
                                                     following cash and in-kind awards offered as             new talent, AFS is offering $10,000 as the                                                            contact us for a consultation is actually May
                                                                                                                                                                   be a theatrical documentary or narrative                                                               • Information about your target audience and
II. Eligibility for Previous Recipients              part of the 2018 AFS Grant, noting that cash             New Texas Voices Grant to filmmakers                                                                  18th, but don't wait that long, as appointment
                                                                                                                                                                   feature up to 100 minutes each. This grant                                                               distribution plans. (Recommend 1 paragraph)
If you have already received an AFS Grant the        grants will be awarded up to but not exceed              who identify with a community of color                                                                slots fill up fast, especially at the end of May.
                                                                                                                                                                   includes one 2K DCP creation and a 20%                                                                • Details regarding your fundraising strategy
following applies to you:                            $15,000 per project. Please note that some               traditionally underrepresented in                                                                     Phone appointments are available for out-
                                                                                                                                                                   discount on a CRU formatted hard drive.                                                                  and how AFS Grant funds will be used.
• You cannot apply if you received two previous      cash grants and in-kind grants have their own            independent film. This new grant will be                                                              of-town applicants. Contact artistservices@
                                                                                                                                                                   Prices may vary on hard drive depending                                                                  (Recommend 1 paragraph)
    AFS grants for the same project. This does       eligibility requirements, so please read over the        accompanied by specialized mentorship                                                        to schedule.
                                                                                                                                                                   on time of request. All other fees will be
    not include AFS travel grants.                   requirements for each grant carefully.                   for the awarded filmmakers. Filmmakers
                                                                                                                                                                   waived. Delivery requirements and scheduling                                                          PROJECT BUDGET (Required, Submit Online)
• If you have only received one AFS grant, you                                                                wishing to be considered must have a first
                                                                                                                                                                   for the DCP creation can be coordinated          VI. Application Preparation                          Project Budget should include the following
    can reapply as long as you are in good           AFS Grant - Cash Grant                                   feature film in early to mid-production and
                                                                                                                                                                   directly with Stuck On On. Please allow ample    Applying for the grant is an online process.         required documents, and be very specific
    standing on your contract with us. You           • Projects may apply for up to $15,000 cash              must provide race data in the application.
                                                                                                                                                                   turnaround time during the busy January to       Applications and all supporting materials must       about the applicant's plans to seek funds from
    must include a written progress report that        through the AFS Grant fund.                            All other regular eligibility and application
                                                                                                                                                                   April film festival season. Stuck On On must     be submitted online at            sources outside the AFS Grant.
    shows your project’s status has advanced                                                                  requirements for the AFS Grant must be
                                                                                                                                                                   be acknowledged in the film’s credits.           (including video sample submissions). Please
    significantly since the last time it was         • Total cash support from the AFS Grant fund             met.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    refer to the application form instructions for       BUDGET SUMMARY FORM (Required, Submit
    awarded funding. (Listed in the Required           will not exceed $15,000. However, applicants                                                                                                                 more information on the required materials.
                                                                                                                                                                 MPS Camera and Lighting Austin - Grant                                                                  Online)
    Attachments section).                              can receive in-kind support valued in excess         The Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund - Cash                                                           For advice on how to best approach each of
                                                                                                                                                                   The MPS Camera and Lighting Austin Grant                                                              • You must use AFS’ Budget Summary form,
                                                       of the $15,000 cash grant (in other words,           Grant                                                                                                   these sections, you can refer to our Grant
                                                                                                                                                                   is a credit from Austin-based MPS Camera                                                                available for download on the AFS Grant
All applicants are required to do the following        applicants can apply to receive the MPS or             The Harrison McClure Endowed Film Fund,                                                               Writing Tipsheet.
                                                                                                                                                                   for up to $10,000 in production services.                                                               home page.
after submitting their grant application:              Kodak in-kind grants on top of $15,000 cash).          $2,500, goes to an undergraduate student             This includes camera, lenses, lighting/grip                                                           • For "EXPENSES," summarize your
• You must notify AFS immediately of any                                                                      for the making of a film that will complete          and electrical, among other services. The        Application Form Instructions                        expenses by production phase (pre-production,
   significant changes to your project that          North Texas Pioneer Film Grant (New for 2018)-           a course or degree requirement. Students             grant does not apply to post-production          Go to the grant section of our website www.          production, etc.) from your detailed budget
   occur after you submit your project.                                                                       eligible to receive the grant must be rising
                                                     Cash Grant                                                                                                    services. This grant comes in the form of (it's under the "Artist Services"     • For "RESOURCES", list out all of the income
• If you are awarded an AFS grant, you                                                                        juniors or seniors and must be enrolled as
                                                       AFS has partnered with Oak Cliff Film                                                                       a certificate from MPS Camera Austin,            section if you don't find it on the home-page).        sources including your own contribution,
   are required to carry out a project that is                                                                full-time students in a four-year college or
                                                       Festival (Dallas), Sailor Bear film collective                                                              which is disseminated in early September.                                                               in-kind donations, grants, individual and
   consistent with the proposal you submitted.                                                                                                                                                                      You will need to register on our website and be
                                                       and Tango Entertainment to offer $30,000               university located in Texas. The selected film       An awarded certificate must used on the
                                                                                                                           • Your sample link doesn’t work
  corporate donations, sponsors or investors,                satisfy the following requirements:                                                                                  O K , N OW YO U ’ VE R EA D                           important to make the case about why the           treatment or screenplay to tell the whole story.
  and fundraising.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      AFS Grant will make a difference.                  Get a friend who doesn’t know the story to read
                                                                                                                                                                                  the guidelines, you’ve visited the FAQ, it’s time
• Total Resources should equal Total Expenses.               • The video sample must be 6 minutes or less                  Questions?                                                                                                   PROJECT DESCRIPTION                                your description and see if they can follow it.
                                                                                                                           Check the FAQ on our website:       to begin. A word to the wise, give yourself
                                                               in length that showcases your best work.                                                                                                                                 In the first round of review, the project
                                                                                                                                                                                  plenty of time to complete the application. It’s
DETAILED BUDGET (Required, Submit Online)                      The sample can include: a scene from the                                                                                                                                 description is the most significant written
• Provide a detailed budget that includes pre-                 proposed project or prior work. For more                    • Questions regarding the application will be          not something you can complete in one day, and        part of your application. Think of it this way -   The “Why”
  production, production and post-production                   information, check out the Grant Writing                      answered during regular business hours, Mon- Fri,    if you try to, it’ll probably show.                   you’ve got three pages to make a summation         Recognize that the panel may want to know why
  costs. You may use your own budget sheet or                  Tipsheet.                                                     10am - 6pm at No                                                            of your entire proposal. The other materials       you, in particular, want to tell this story, or why
  download our form from the AFS grant site.                 • Online video links must NOT be replaced or                    phone calls please. If you'd like to speak with us                                                         (the budget, the timeline, the personnel page,     you are the best person to do so. If it’s based
                                                                                                                                                                                  PROOF OF RESIDENCY
                                                               changed during the application review period                  by phone, please send an email request with the                                                            the video sample, etc.) are there to expand        on a personal experience, let them know, or if
                                                                                                                                                                                  You must have been a resident of Texas since
PROJECT TIMELINE (Required, Submit Online)                     (June - September 1st)                                        best number to reach you and times that you are                                                            in more detail on what you’ve laid out in your     the subject matter is something you have some
                                                                                                                                                                                  June 1, 2017. A “resident” means someone who
• In bullet points, list the key stages of your                                                                              available.                                                                                                 1-3 page project description.                      familiarity with, describe how that came to
                                                                                                                                                                                  has lived in the state of Texas for one full year
  production, with the time allotted to each                 PROOF OF RESIDENCY                                                                                                                                                                                                            be. Especially if your story or subject is rather
                                                                                                                                                                                  at the time of application to the AFS grant. If
  and anticipated dates.                                                                                                   Award Announcements will be posted on our                                                                    Make sure your project description does ALL        heady or abstract, putting a little bit of yourself
                                                             (Required, Submit Online)                                                                                            you are a permanent resident of Texas but are
• Timeline should cover the project from pre-                You must have been a resident of Texas since                  website at the conclusion of the panel session                                                               of these things:                                   into your proposal helps the panel see the
                                                                                                                                                                                  attending a college or university outside of the
  production all the way through distribution.               June 1, 2017.                                                 by early September. Follow-up letters are sent                                                                                                                  person behind the project.
                                                                                                                                                                                  state for the past year or more, you would not
• Project timeline should not exceed 1 page.                                                                               to all applicants. Applicants whose projects are       be eligible. The Grant is intended to support         •    Describes the STORY OF THE FILM,
                                                             • Acceptable forms of proof of residency                      not selected or a grant may request written            the artist community in Texas and keep it                  with details on the stylistic approach,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The “Look”
PROJECT PERSONNEL (Required, Submit Online)                  include:                                                      feedback on their application by emailing              thriving. As such, we are not able to award                visual elements, story structure,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Let the panel know how you’re going to
• Write up to 1 page detailing the bios of your                 o A recent utility bill or receipt in your name   Notifications will      grants to previous Texans or Texas-based                   characters, and thematic threads.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           translate this story into visual language.
  key creative team.                                              with your Texas address.                                 go out by September 1, 2018.                           projects where the director is residing out of             Clearly state the format, including
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           If your project is a documentary about a
                                                                o Current student registration at a Texas                                                                         state.                                                     whether it is a short or feature,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           historical event, you can explain it perfectly
TREATMENT OR SCRIPT (Required, Submit Online)                     college or university                                                                                                                                                      documentary or narrative, or a specific
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           with statistics, anecdotal evidence and pleas
• Write a treatment (1-10 pages) that focuses                                                                                                                                     CASH REQUEST AND BUDGET INFORMATION                        genre, early in your description.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           for justice, but the panel wants to know what
  entirely on the story and the characters.                  STATUS REPORT                                                                                                        The Total Cash Cost will come out of your             •    Describes the production plan and
                                                             (only for projects previously funded by AFS, Submit Online)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           they will actually see in the finished film.
• For narrative projects, a full script is                                                                                                                                        completed budget and should only include your              provides information on the project
                                                             For those applicants seeking a second round of                                                                                                                                                                                Expert interview “talking heads”? Or have
  preferred to a treatment. This is not a                                                                                                                                         out-of-pocket (Cash) costs.                                status to-date, as well as your unique
                                                             funding for a project already awarded an AFS                                                                                                                                                                                  you uncovered an incredible wealth of archival
  screenplay competition and so early drafts                                                                                                                                                                                                 approach to the material.
                                                             grant (not an AFS travel grant), we require a                                                                                                                                                                                 material that is going to bring a 75-year-old
  are fine. You can indicate how many rewrites                                                                                                                                    The Cash Request should not include in-kind
                                                             1-page status report. This report should detail                                                                                                                            •    Provides information about your goals,        story to 21st Century life? Likewise, if you’re
  you plan to do in your project description or                                                                                                                                   values you are requesting. Note: While you can
                                                             how the previous grant was used and where the                                                                                                                                   target audience and distribution plan.        making a narrative, describe your visual
  timeline.                                                                                                                                                                       apply for multiple grants for which you are
                                                             project is on its road to completion. This will be                                                                                                                                                                            strategy with your film. Lots of long takes
                                                                                                                                                                                  eligible, the total of the award allotment will not   •    Details your fundraising strategy and
                                                             filed with your previous application.                                                                                                                                                                                         with graceful dolly moves? Or a fast- paced
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT MATERIAL                                                                                                                                                       exceed $15,000 in total. Be specific about how             how AFS funds would be used.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           energetic shooting style with a restless hand-
(Required, Submit Online)                                                                                                                                                         cash funds requested would be used towards                                                               held camera swirling around the actors? Feel
• In digital format, reviews, articles, images or            ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
                                                                                                                                                                                  your project. Fill this in after you've completed                                                        free to name-check your influences here if you
                                                             For applicants requesting distribution funds:                                                                                                                              The Story
  letters of support that show your project in                                                                                                                                    your full budget. This will help to show that
                                                             • Applicants requesting funds for distribution                                                                                                                             Of these four elements, the first one is the       can avoid sounding too derivative of work that
  a favorable light.                                                                                                                                                              you've thought through your project.
                                                               must provide footage from the submitted                                                                                                                                  most important. The story of your film is          already exists. What films inspire you when you
• Additional video samples, such as a link to a                                                                                                                                   Regardless of what phase of funding you are
                                                               project in their video sample.                                                                                                                                           what will make it interesting and unique. Do       think about how you want your film to look?
  full feature or full short, are encouraged.                                                                                                                                     applying for, include budget amounts for pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        your best to describe the story in clear but
• Additional support material must not exceed                                                                                                                                     production through distribution. Not all line
                                                             VII. Sending Applications                                                                                                                                                  evocative language. Don’t be afraid to give
  5 pages.                                                                                                                                                                        items will apply to your project.                                                                        The Production Plan
                                                             Once you submit your online application and                                                                                                                                away the ending – this isn’t a DVD box cover,
• Letters of support are encouraged but not                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now that you’ve laid out your story, its themes
                                                             supporting materials, you'll receive a                                                                                                                                     it’s a grant proposal. Your “audience” (the
  required. You may submit up to two                                                                                                                                              Be sure to double-check your math and balance                                                            and its visual style, describe how you’re going
                                                             confirmation email from us. If you do not                                                                                                                                  panel) needs to know what story they’re
  letters of support with your application. See                                                                                                                                   your budget. “In-kind” refers to anything that                                                           to pull all this off. Chances are you have more
                                                             receive a confirmation email within the hour                                                                                                                               funding.
  “Grant Writing Tips” for advice about                                                                                                                                           is donated outright. For example, if a friend is                                                         ambition than you have cash in the bank, so
  letters of support.                                        after submitting, it is possible that we did                                                                                                                               In describing the story, take the advice of        what specific resources do you have to bring to
                                                                                                                                                                                  loaning you a camera for the shoot, you would
• All materials must be uploaded to your online              not receive your application, OR your email                                                                                                                                Strunk and White - “omit needless words,”          bear that the average filmmaker doesn’t? Are
                                                                                                                                                                                  place a value on the use of the camera and list
  application as a single PDF, video samples                 preferences need to be adjusted. Please email                                                                                                                              and “use the active voice.” Identify who in        you attending a well-funded film school where
                                                                                                                                                                                  it in the in-kind column--likewise with donated
  must be submitted as links in the designated               us right away at                                                                                                                             your story (whether it’s a documentary             you can get all the lights, dolly tracks and free
                                                                                                                                                                                  time on the part of your cast and crew.
  space on the application.                                  so that we can correct the problem.                                                                                                                                        or a narrative) is active and is striving for      student labor you need? For your documentary
                                                                                                                                                                                  Be sure that the rates you list are in scale with
• Additional support material must not                                                                                                                                            your budget. For example, if your actual out-of-      something and describe in clear terms              about Irish mine workers, do you have a kindly
  exceed 5 pages.                                            Please note that AFS staff will NOT contact you                                                                                                                            what they’re doing and how and why they’re         aunt in Dublin who will let your entire crew stay
                                                                                                                                                                                  pocket costs are $8,000 and you are not paying
• Do not send: any hard copy material, actor                 for replacement materials if:                                                                                                                                              doing it. Describe their obstacles and how         with you for 3 months?
                                                                                                                                                                                  your actors or crew, list their services “in-kind”
  headshots or DVDs.                                         • You fill out your budget coversheet or budget                                                                                                                            they overcome them (or don’t!). Then, tie
                                                                                                                                                                                  not at SAG or full union rates, but at a rate in                                                         Also, be sure to let us know where you’re at in
                                                                incorrectly. We will use what you submitted                                                                                                                             this story to the themes you’re hoping to
                                                                                                                                                                                  scale with your budget (say $50/day).                                                                    this process. Have you raised $45,000 of your
VIDEO SAMPLE                                                    as-is.                                                                                                                                                                  explore or what ideas or issues you’re hoping
                                                             • Your project descriptions seems incomplete.                                                                                                                                                                                 $50,000 budget and secured all your cast and
(Required. Submit video link and password in application.)                                                                                                                        Note: While there are no hard budget                  to illustrate or critique by making this film.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           crew and are ready to go once you get that last
We do not accept DVD submissions for video                                                                                                                                        limitations, remember that we are looking to          Avoid getting bogged down in superfluous
                                                             Staff will contact you if:                                                                                                                                                                                                    chunk of funds in? Are you fourteen weeks in
samples. Password-protected video links are                                                                                                                                       fund projects where the AFS grant will make a         detail that will lose your reader. If you
                                                             • There is any piece of your application missing                                                                                                                                                                              to your post-production schedule but need to
accepted as part of the video sample and must                                                                                                                                     difference. If your budget is over $500,000, it is    have a complex plot with many twists and
                                                             • Your proof of residency is invalid                                                                                                                                                                                          shoot for one more week with the subject of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        turns, don’t try to explain it all – submit a
your documentary to finalize the ending of         materials (budget, timeline, personnel page,                                                               have a special and unique vision, the jury will
your story?                                        etc.) are all working together to make it clear                                                            be creative enough to see how that will apply
Target Audience and Distribution Plan              that you have thought this project through in                                                              to your next project, but only if you make a
You need to make it clear that you’ve given        full. You don’t want to lay out a proposal in the                                                          great case for this transition in your project
some thought to how you’re going to get            project description that your other materials                                                              description. If your very best work is a very far
your film out into the world, including your       do not support. If you describe a Stanley                                                                  cry from what you are doing now, but you also
back-up plan if the best-case scenario of          Kubrick-like cinematic vision, with lots of dolly                                                          have a short sample of something closer in form
premiering it at Sundance and selling it for       shots & crane shots & Steadicam moves all                                                                  or genre, you can submit several select scenes
$1 million doesn’t work out. Think about the       over the place, but the budget has none of                                                                 in that 6-minute timeline to make your case.
communities that you engage with who would         those items priced out, it will look like you don’t    2015/17 Recipient: THE SENSITIVES                   Do not randomly select the first 6 minutes of
have an interest in the project. Are there         know what you’re talking about.                                                                            your feature film unless that is definitely your
any specific niche audiences that would be         And vice-versa – don’t reference things in your                                                            strongest work. We recommend preselecting
pre-disposed to like or identify with your         supplemental materials that aren’t addressed                                                               the strongest scenes for your 6-minute sample.
project? How are you going to reach them?          in your project description. For example, if you
Say you’re making a documentary about drag         identify in your project timeline that you will be                                                         First time filmmakers & the video sample
racing, perhaps you’ve come from that world        traveling to Australia for six weeks of shooting
yourself and you know that if you make a           a complex plot with many twists and turns,                                                                 If this is your first film ever, and you haven’t
DVD and advertise it on drag racing websites       don’t try to explain it all – submit a treatment                                                           shot anything yet, you still need to submit a
you could sell a few thousand copies? Or say       or screenplay to tell the whole story. Get a                                                               work sample. You can submit a previous work
you’ve made several short films that have          friend who doesn’t know the story to read your                                                             from one of the key players on your production
done well on the festival circuit and you’ve       description and see if they can follow it.                                                                 team. Again, any resemblance to the proposed
made friends with programmers at some big                                                                                                                     project makes it easier for the panelists to
European festivals and you have a reasonable                                                              2017 Recipient: 1985 (feature)                      assess.
expectation they’ll look at your first feature     The Video Sample                                                                                           Use the descripton of video sample area to
with some heavy interest. Or, you know of          In the final round of review, the video sample is                                                          indicate anything that is incomplete about your
certain film focused websites who love to          the most important part of your application so                                                             work sample - if the sound levels haven’t been
discover new artists. Which communities will       think carefully about what it will be!                                                                     mixed, if you’re using temp music or a temp
get behind this film?                              AFS requires a 6-minute or less video sample                                                               narrator or uncleared music, if the image is
                                                   submitted via online link (No DVDs). We suggest                                                            low-resolution, whatever the issues may be.
                                                   using a password protected Vimeo link but will                                                             You might know that the Rolling Stones song
Fundraising Strategy                               accept links from other platforms as well as                                                               you’re using is a temporary placeholder, but
You also need to make it clear that you’ve got     long as they work—be sure to test your link                                                                if you don’t tell the panelists that and your
a plan to pay for all this stuff. Describe how     before submitting. You want the video sample                                                               budget doesn’t reflect the costs for copyright
much money you’ve raised and from what             to give the panel a sense of what the completed                                                            clearance, they may question the thoroughness
sources. Describe the sources of funding,          proposed project will be like. In descending                                                               of your application.
                                                                                                          2016 Recipient: THE SECRET LIFE OF LANCE LETSCHER
which you are going to go after in addition to     order of preference, the best way to do that is:                                                           You should be ready now. Daunting? Perhaps.
the AFS grant. Plausibility is important! If you   1.   Submit material from the proposed                successful work samples have included a few          Impossible? No. And here’s a final bit of advice: if
are a first-time feature filmmaker and you              project                                          selected scenes followed by the rough cut in         you don’t apply, you definitely won’t get a grant.
haven’t raised a dime yet for your $300,000                                                              its entirety as additional supporting material.      We look forward to reviewing your proposal!
budget, you better make a convincing case          2.   Submit a previous project you directed
                                                                                                         Just make sure you use the written description
that you have another source to supplement         3.   Submit a project from someone on                 of your sample (Section H) to explain and give
the $15,000 you’re asking for from AFS.                 your production team (if you have never          context for what you are showing. Feel free to       G O O D LU C K!
It is important to be realistic about your              directed something yourself, consider            also use brief title cards between segments to
crowdfunding goals. While crowdfunding is               submitting several examples of work              explain what you are showing.
now essential to almost every independent               from members of your production team;
project at some phase of production, it                 we recommend samples from your DP,
                                                                                                         Previous projects
is not a given that every project will be               creative producer or writer)
                                                                                                         It is always best to submit your very best
successful. Our juries tend to be critical of                                                            previous work as your sample in order to
overly ambitious crowdfunding aspirations                                                                demonstrate your filmmaking ability. Most
                                                   Material from the proposed project
particularly when they are unarticulated                                                                 successful projects will have an older piece
in this section of the application. You must       Ideally you can submit a polished scene or two
                                                                                                         similar in style and/ or subject matter to the
demonstrate that you have a thoughtful and         that will give the panel a good sense of what
                                                                                                         proposed project, which makes it easier for
researched approach to your campaign: in the       this project will be like. Even if you just have
                                                                                                         the jury to envision the approach to the new
amount of money you plan to raise, the team        raw footage, choose some select moments
                                                                                                         project. For example, If you’re making a cinema
assembled, and the timeline.                       that highlight your best stuff. Avoid sending in
                                                                                                         verité documentary about migrant farm
                                                   a trailer for your film. While trailers can show
                                                                                                         workers and all of your previous work was in
                                                   off your production value and the scope of
                                                                                                         the vein of Mel Brooks- style comedies, it’s
Project Description vs. Other Materials            your project, they won’t necessarily convey the
                                                                                                         going to be a bit of a stretch for the panelists
As stated above, make sure that your project       real substance, the pacing or the character
                                                                                                         to envision where you’re going with the new
description and the rest of the application        development of your piece. Some of the most
                                                                                                         film. However, if those previous films show you
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES                                                                                                                                    PREVIOUS GRANT RECIPIENTS
                                                                                                      Following is a sampling of organizations that
                                                                                                      can assist you in the grantwriting and planning
                                                                                                                                                        2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS               of passage during senior year        Access producers from Austin,        JUNE
                                                                                                      process:                                                                              celebrate children growing up        TX, the nation's longest running
                                                                                                                                                                                            and prepare them for a better                                             Huay-Bing Law– Austin, TX
                                                                                                      Arts Management And Technology Lab                FEATURE NARRATIVE                                                        Public Access Television station.
                                                                                                                                                                                            life elsewhere.                                                           $5,000 cash for Post-
                                                                                                                     1985                                                                                                          Production
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 NARRATIVE SHORTS
                                                                                                      Chicken & Egg Pictures                            Yen Tan– Austin, TX                 THE TROUBLE I SEE                                                         An immigrant Chinese wife
                                                                                                                                                        $10,000 cash for Post-                                                                                        does her best to fit in at her
                                                                                                                                                           Sally O’Grady– Austin, TX            BAD THINGS                           husband's graduation ceremony
                                                                                                                                                                                            $5,000 cash for Post-                Mira Lippold-Johnson– Austin,        in 1950's segregated Texas.
                                                                                                      Cinereach                                         Kodak Film Award (in-Kind):         Production                           TX
                                                                                                                             35mm exhibition print
                                                                                                                                                                                            THE TROUBLE I SEE                    $2,000 cash for Post-                MAUDE
                                                                                                                                                        A terminally ill young man          explores the impact of mass
                                                                                                      Creative Capital                                  visits his hometown in Texas                                             Production                           Anna Margaret Hollyman–
                                                                                                                                                                                            incarceration on three families                                           Austin, TX
                                                                                                                      and struggles to disclose his       in Richmond,Va. Using the            When her older sister gets
                                                                                                                                                        dire circumstances to his           annual Father-Daughter Dance         unjustly suspended from school,      Stuck On On DCP Grant
                                                                                                      Film Independent                                  conservative family.                at the City Jail as the catalyst,    eight-year-old Sue Ellen starts      (in-Kind): one theatrical digital
                                                                                                                                                                                            the film examines the realities      to doubt that brains and hard        cinema package
 2015 Recipient: SOUTHWEST OF SALEM                                                                                    THE TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL                                                    work are enough to keep her
                                                                                                                                                                                            of life in the corrections system                                         MAUDE is a comedy about a
                                                                                                                                                        REGIONAL THEATER                    for Joey, Andre and Rashaan.         out of trouble. Bad teachers,
                                                                                                      Ford Foundation                                                                                                            prejudices, a bully: there are       woman named Teeny who is
There is no right way to seek funding—your        The Independent Film and Videomakers Guide                                                            FESTIVAL MURDERS                                                         impediments to success. So Sue       surprised to learn that she is
                                                                                                                        Clayton Liford– Austin, TX                                               Ellen takes a drastic, violent       babysitting the daughter of
approach will be dictated by your material.                                                                                                                                                 THE TROUBLE WITH RAY –                                                    a former college classmate,
                                                                                                                                                                                            Travis Johns– Houston, TX            step to take control.
And there is no magic list of sources of funds.                                                       The Foundation Center                             $5,000 cash for Production                                                                                    Priscilla, a successful Gwyneth
                                                  A comprehensive line of publications on                                                                                                                                                                             Paltrow-esque lifestyle guru.
                                                                                                                      After witnessing a murder at        $5,000 cash for Post-
Here are some of the resources that we find       practical issues of indie production is available                                                                                         Production                           CALLING                              Over the course of the day,
                                                                                                                                                        a prestigious theater festival,
ourselves recommending over and over:                                                                 The Funding Exchange                              a down-on-her-luck theater                                               Artemis Anastasiadou– Austin,        Teeny begins to take on the
                                                  from Michael Wiese Productions. Check out                                                                                                 THE TROUBLE WITH RAY                                                      other woman’s identity with
                                                                                                                                                        teacher and her star pupil must     exposes the wild, untold history     TX
Shaking the Money Tree: How to Get Grants and     Film and Video budgets and                                           decide what to do in order to                                                                                 hilarious consequences.
                                                                                                                                                                                            of LGBT activism in ultra-           $1,000 cash for Distribution
Donations for Film and Video                                                                                                                            still win.                          conservative Texas and its
                                                  The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide           The Grantsmanship Center                                                                                                   After a violent event comes to
                                                                                                                                                                                            impact on the national stage                                              THROUGH A CITY
Morrie Warshawski                                 Chris Gore                                                                      WHAT BREAKS THE ICE –               as told by the movement’s            an end, a mother struggles to        SHOESTRING
                                                                                                                                                        Rebecca Eskreis– Austin, TX         ultimate outsider, Ray Hill: a       keep on being a caregiver to her                                                                                    Hatchfund                                                                                                                  handi-capable son.                   Kent Juliff– Austin, TX
                                                  FILMMAKER MAGAZINE                                                                                    $10,000 cash for Production         labor activists’ son, ex-con, and
                                                                                                                                                                                            “loud-mouthed queer,” whose                                               $1,000 cash for Post-Production
43 Ways To Finance Your Feature Film: A                                                   During the summer of 1998,          50 years of fearlessly protesting    THE CHEAP SEATS                      On a lazy summer, two lifeguard
Comprehensive Analysis Of Film Finance                                                                                                                  Sammy and Emily both 15 years       for LGBTQ equality energized                                              friends get caught up in a small
                                                  IFP                                                 Humanities Texas                                  old, strike up a quick and deep     a grassroots movement to             Brittany Reeber– Austin, TX          town mystery after their boss is
John W. Cones                                     IFP's Guide to Granting Organizations                                friendship, in spite of their       take powerful, political action.                                          kidnapped.
                                                                                                                                                        disparate backgrounds. But                                               Kodak Film Award: $5,000 in
                                                                                                                                         Ray has broken every rule            film stock
Spike Mike Reloaded: A Guided Tour Across A                                                           Independent Television Service (ITVS)             what should have been the best      of acceptable behavior in his
                                                  Organizations                                                                                         summer of their lives takes an      journey for equality and as          MPS Camera and Lighting
Decade Of American Independent Cinema                                                                                             unexpected turn when they                                                Award: $5,000 in camera              DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
                                                                                                                                                                                            a result, he and his heroic
                                                  INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION                                                                 become accidental accomplices       associates built a blueprint for     package & equipment rentals          LET ‘EM KNOW YOU’RE
John Pierson                                                                                          Independent Feature Project                       in a fatal crime: the murder of
                                                  International Documentary Association                                                                                                     changing the world.                  Donna and Julianne search            THERE: THE STORY OF BIG
                                                                                                                                   Sammy's brother, Travis.                                                 for ancestral connection in          JIM & THE TRIPLE DOUBLE
Rebel Without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old                                                                                                                                                            a place where consumerism            Field Humphrey– Austin, TX
Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood                                                              National Endowment For The Arts                                                       UNTITLED JENNIFER LAUDE              has replaced culture and life’s
                                                                                                                                                        FEATURE DOCUMENTARY                 DOCUMENTARY
Player                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sweet moments tend to be at          $2,500 cash for Post-
                                                                                                                                                                                            P.J. Raval– Austin, TX               the bottom of a cheap drink.
Robert Rodriguez                                                                                                                                        LOVE IS A SENSATION                                                      The fictional script is set in the
                                                                                                      P.O.V.                                                                                $15,000 cash for Post-                                                    A forgotten basketball pioneer
                                                                                                                                                        Yaphet Smith– Round Rock, TX                                             very real Cassadaga Spiritualist     and NBA record holder, Jim
                                                                                                                                                                  Production                           Camp, a small community in
                                                                                                                                                        $3,000 cash for Post-                                                                                         Tucker reveals what is truly
                                                                                                                                                                                            Grassroots activists in the          central Florida dedicated to         worth remembering as he
                                                                                                      Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants                 Production                          Philippines are spurred into         Spiritualism and “mediumship”,       struggles with Alzheimer's
                                                                                                               Oprah Winfrey hails from            action when a local transgender      or the ability to communicate        disease.
                                                                                                                                                        Kosciusko, Mississippi, but         woman is found dead in a motel       with the dead.
                                                                                                      Sundance Institute                                most pilgrims trek there to         room with a 19-year-old U.S.                                              THE SHAKE-UP –Benjamin
                                                                                                                                                        visit The Unusual Artist Ms. L.V.   marine as the leading suspect.                                            Altenberg– Austin, TX
                                                                                                                              Hull at her outlandish home.        As they demand answers and           HAO’S NAILS
                                                                                                                                                        Now, as L.V.’s health fails, only   a just trial, hidden histories of    Nazanin Shirazi and Katja            $5,000 cash for Production
                                                                                                      Texas Commision On The Arts (TCA)                 one visitor would make her life     U.S. colonization come bubbling      Straub– Austin, TX                   Mental healthcare patients
                                                                                                                                                        complete: Blues legend B.B.         to the surface.                                                           and providers in New Mexico
                                                                                                                          King. Will The Artist meet The                                           $5,000 cash for Production
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      struggle to find a path forward
                                                                                                                                                        King before time runs out?                                               Every two weeks 65-year-old          after the state government
                                                                                                      Texas Film Commission                                                                 WHEN WE WERE LIVE                    Cindy searches for a moment of       makes false accusations of
                                                                                                                                                     John Moore– Austin, TX               intimacy at Hao’s Nails.             Medicaid fraud that result in
                                                                                                                                                        PAHOKEE                                                                                                       widespread closures of clinics
                                                                                                                                                                                            Stuck On On DCP Grant
                                                                                                      Tribeca Film Institute                            Patrick Bresnan– Austin, TX         (in-Kind): one theatrical digital    CHICLE                               and the disruption of life-saving
                                                                                                                                                                                            cinema package                                                            services for thousands.
                                                                                                                                                        $15,000 cash for Post-                                                   Lizette Barrera– Austin, TX
                                                                                                                  Production                          WHEN WE WERE LIVE is a               $4,000 cash for Post-                THINGS WE LEFT BEHIND
                                                                                                                                                        In the shadow of slavery and Jim    feature documentary about            Production                           Amy Bench– Austin, TX
                                                                                                                                                        Crow, and beset by the loss of      the heyday of Public Access
                                                                                                                                                        jobs to mechanized agriculture,     Television in the 1980's and 90's,   An ill-tempered teenager             MPS Camera and Lighting
                                                                                                                                                        the citizens of Pahokee, FL look    and how it shaped the culture of     attempts to find peaceful            Award: $5,000 in camera
                                                                                                                                                        to their youth for meaning in       a pre-internet America. The film     solitude on the day of her           package & equipment rentals
                                                                                                                                                        the present and hope for the        weaves together hundreds of          grandfather's passing until an       THINGS WE LEFT BEHIND is a
                                                                                                                                                        future. Annual rituals and rites    hours of archival footage to tell    estranged friend pays her a          visual diary film that touches on
                                                                                                                                                                                            the stories of five former Public    visit.                               the refugee experience, through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the objects that connect them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to their former lives. It is a
series of portraits of women          Frameline Film Festival
living in the United States, who
came to this country with no
more than a carry-on bag or a         Patrick Bresnan, THE RABBIT
couple of suitcases. This film        HUNT
investigates the relationship we
have to objects, how objects are      Sundance Film Festival
a physical gateway to memory,         Berlin International Film Festival
and how the objects serve to
stand in for the loss, or propel
the owner beyond it, into a new       Bob Byington, INFINITY BABY
                                      San Francisco International Film

RENEEPOPTOSIS                         Sam Douglas, THROUGH THE
                                      REPELLENT FENCE
Renee Zhan– Katy, TX
                                      MoMA Doc Fortnight
$5,000 cash for Production
RENEEPOPTOSIS is a fifteen
minute fantasy autobiographical       David Fenster, OPUNTIA
animated short. It follows the
adventures of three Renees at         Los Angeles Film Festival
various points of their lifespan
as they go on a spiritual journey
to find God (who is also Renee).      Jose Luis González, ENSUEÑO
Along the way, the Renees             San Francisco International Film
discuss and experience in full        Festival
glory the trials, tribulations, and
wonders of being Renee.
                                      Kent Juliff, LAST NIGHT
SPECIAL GRANTS                        Slamdance Film Festival

DJI Grant Recipient:
                                      Daniel Laabs, JULES OF LIGHT
Derek Allison
                                      AND DARK
                                      IFP Rough Cut Labs
Harrison McClure endowed
grant for an undergraduate
filmmaker:                            Joel Pena, PEDAZOS
narrative short, $2500 in grant       PJ Raval, Untitled Jennifer
support                               Laude Documentary
Filmmaker: Tani Shukla                Sheffield Doc Fest Lab
A Catholic woman is put at odds
with her faith when her cancer-
afflicted sister asks her to          Todd Rohal, THE SUPLEX
commit the ultimate sin.              DUPLEX COMPLEX
                                      Seattle International Film
2017 TRAVEL GRANT                     Festival
15 Recipients                         Brittany Shepherd, EYE,
12 prestigious film festivals         CAMERA
including Sundance, Berlin,
Tribeca Hot Docs, San                 Hot Docs Film Festival
Francisco, Los Angeles, MoMA
Doc Fortnight and Slamdance,
                                      Drew Xanthopoulos, THE
2 Development labs
                                      Tribeca Film Festival
Micah Barber, INTO THE WHO
Sarasota Film Festival

Lizette Barrera, MOSCA
NALIP Latino Media Festival

Robin Berghaus, STUMPED
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