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Roy W. Dean Film Grant

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International
Filmmakers for Unique Film Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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From The Heart Productions

Deadline Date:

09/30/18 Postmarked


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Grants and in-kind services to USA, Canada, and International filmmakers to support unique film projects that contribute to society. This program seeks to support films that may not otherwise be completed without the help of the grant. Eligible projects include feature-length films, short films, web or television series, and documentaries.

All grant applicants are entitled to a free 15 minute consultation.

After the grant you’ve applied for has closed and your materials have been reviewed, you can schedule an appointment. Topics that can be covered include your application, improving your project, or chances for funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160903

Estimated Size of Grant:

Winners of the Roy W. Dean Film Grants receive a cash award as well as goods and discounted services offered by film industry companies and professionals who care about getting good films produced.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may live anywhere in the world. However, you may not be able to use all the benefits of the specific grant you have won unless you are filming in the US. For example, the Roy W. Dean Spring Grant has donors based in and around New York for camera equipment rental. You may not be able to use these donations if you are filming in another country.

Films must have a budget of $500,000 or less.

Pre-Application Information:

There are 3 Roy W. Dean Film Grants available each year. One for Spring, Summer, and Fall.

-Spring Grant Deadline – April 30
-Summer Grant Deadline – June 30
-Fall Grant Deadline – September 30th

All applications must be postmarked by the deadline. It is alright for materials to be received after the deadline.

Please note there is a $48 application fee ($38 for students).

20 finalists are selected for each grant. The finalists are notified and are encouraged to post their selection on the projects web page, Facebook page, or other social media. It’s not just to promote the grant; letting others know that they’ve been selected as a finalist adds prestige to their project. It can help in fundraising and bring awareness to it. This program also has a group of films with Special Consideration. They are excellent films even though they did not make the finals this time.

The program usually has finalists up on the web site in 6 weeks after the grant deadline.

The goal is to have the winner chosen in less than 4 months from the grant deadline for submission.


Guidelines and Application:

If you would like an outline for a documentary proposal, click here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Spring Grant Application:

Summer Grant Application:

Fall Grant Application:

You may schedule a consultation session here:

Shirley Bennett

From The Heart Productions
1455 Mandalay Beach Rd.
Oxnard, CA 93035


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.