We fund shorts, docs, and independent features that are budgeted under $500,000. They must be films that are unique and make a contribution to society. We fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films, and films that touch hearts. We like films that expose, and bring, important information to light; as well as films about little known people when there is a good story. We are story-tellers, and that is the main criteria for entering and winning our grants; stories that can change, heal, and enrich, our lives.
Grant Deadlines: Spring 4/30/13, Summer 6/30/13 Fall 9/30/13
We are looking for:
- Film and Video projects that are unique and benefit society.
- New projects.
- Length is not a consideration.
Who is eligible to apply
This grant is now available for shorts and low budget independents as well as documentary filmmakers. We have expanded to further our goals of creating films that are "unique and make a contribution to society "Student filmmakers, independent producers, or independent production companies are all welcome."
Who is not eligible to apply
You cannot apply if you are an employee of From the Heart Productions, an employee of any of the sponsors, or a family member of any employee of From the Heart Productions or any of the sponsors. Sorry.
Where you live is not important
You may enter the New York City or Los Angeles grants no matter where you live in the world. You are welcome to enter both grants; in fact, we encourage it. It shows us that your are tenacious and are eager to find funding.
In your application we would like to know the following:
- What audiences will be interested in your film? Please describe the target audience(s) for your project, including any underserved audiences.
- How do you plan to reach these audience(s)? Describe your plans for broadcast, theatrical screenings, educational and/or community group.
- If you have a trailer for the film you are making, send it with your application and if you have completed any prior films we would like to see them too.
Commonly Asked Questions for the Grants
Q. "I live in Detroit, Michigan, can I enter the New York grant?"
A. Yes, you can enter the grant and live anywhere. We have had people in LA win the NYC grant and people in other states win the LA grant. Just know you have to be in that city to collect all the goods and services you win, unless the donor can provide their services electronically.
Q. I live in Canada, can I enter the grant?
A. Yes, you can live anywhere in the world and enter any of our grants. You must be filming in the city you receive the award in to use the goods and services. If you live in Toronto and have a film that takes you to LA or NYC this would work well for you.
Q. Is the deadline a postmark or must you have it by the deadline?
A. All of our deadlines are a postmark. Don't spend your money on FedEx, mail it.
Q. How long does it take you to decide on the finalists?
A. We usually have finalists up on the web site in 6 weeks.
Q. How long does it take you to select the winner?
A. Our goal is to have the winner chosen in less than four months.
Q. When can the winner and the finalists begin to use the awards?
A. Once you win, we email all the donors. This opens the door for you. Next, we send donors a letter and email you the contact person; you can then contact them directly.
Click here to fill out an Application
Grant Winner Beth Harrington