Austin Film Society Opens AFS Grant

Applications being accepted now for narrative, doc features

Annie Silverstein's Bull, one of the hundreds of films helped over the last 25 years by the AFS Grants program

The Austin Film Society Grants have been lifechanging for Texas filmmakers since they were founded in 1996 as the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund. Now AFS has opened up for applications for this years grants for feature films in development and in production.

With over $2 million in cash grants and $340,000 in-kind goods and services to over 400 Texas filmmakers over the last quarter century, including Lone Star cinema luminaries like Annie Silverstein (Bull), David Lowery (St. Nick), Kat Candler (Hellion, the Zellner Brothers (Kid-Thing), Andrew Bujalski (Results), Yen Tan (Pit Stop), Keith Maitland (Tower), and many more. AFS CEO Rebecca Campbell explained that, now more than ever, AFS is "focused on changing the industry and our communities by supporting a diverse group of regional filmmakers to tell their own stories, and by making Texas a place where filmmakers can reside for their entire careers.”

AFS is now accepting applications for production and development grants for narrative and documentary features, defined as films over 40 minutes (grants for shorts 40 minutes and under will be accepted starting in July through to Sept. 10). Succesful feature recipients will be announced in September.

Here are the grant details:

North Texas Pioneer Film Grant
Three production grants ($5,000-$15,000) for emerging filmmakers in resident in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Presented in partnership with David Lowery, the Oak Cliff Film Festival (Dallas) and Tim Headington’s Ley Line Entertainment

New Texas Voices Grant
$10,000 for filmmakers who identify with a community of color traditionally underrepresented in independent film.

AFS Development Fund
A one-time $5,000 cash stipend towards the development of a feature-length film project, either narrative or documentary.

In-Kind Grants
• MPS Camera and Lighting Austin Production Services Grant: Up to $10,000 in production rentals.
• Stuck On On awards: one theatrical digital cinema package (DCP) for two different features

Applications will be accepted until 5pm on June 6. Apply, and find more details about eligibility, at

AFS will be hosting online workshops for applicants to walk them through the process. The first is scheduled for April 28, 6pm.

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