Overall I find that “ultimate film grant lists” put out by filmmaking publications and startups are inaccessible to indie filmmakers who don’t already have the hookup. The problem with these lists is that most of us already know about the Sundance documentary fund or the Ford Foundation and competition is fierce. Lately, I’ve found many great grants and funds pop up in my own online perusing. Here are some grants with deadlines coming up in June.

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On set of Kudzu.  View the trailer here.
On set of Kudzu. View the trailer here.

2021 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Filmmaking

Deadline extended: June 17

Amount: $50,000

“The Vilcek Foundation will award three Creative Promise Prizes of $50,000 each to young foreign-born filmmakers who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Eligible genres include narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental filmmaking.” – Vilcek Foundation

Queer & Rural Black Artist Grants

Deadline: June 21

Amount: $250

“Applications are now open for our queer & rural black artist grants! This go round, we are awarding ten-fifteen artists or black & queer led arts organizations with grants of $250. All funds were raised by the good folks who participated and donated to the 2nd Big Ass Telethon to @endmetronormativity and our co-producers at @sfqp and @wussymag” – Queer Appalachia

Apply here.

LightPress Grants

Deadline: June 30
Amount: $1200 value

“Every six months, in January and July, the Interbay Cinema Society gives grants to 10 filmmakers working with 16mm or 35mm film to have 4K high resolution scans of their work made through Lightpress, a transfer house in Seattle.” – Interbay Cinema Society

Flies Collective Film Grant

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Deadline: June 30

Amount: Varies

“The 2020 Flies Collective Film Grant is open to all filmmakers in need of funding for their new projects. The grant is not limited to a specific type of film or filmmaker, but is open to to all – both established filmmakers and new voices in the filmmaking community. Any and all film/video projects at any stage are eligible: feature, short, narrative, doc, hybrid, experimental, etc.” – Flies Collective

Sarah Jacobson Film Grant

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Deadline: July 1
Amount: $2500

“The Sarah Jacobson Film Grant supports self-identifying women and gender nonconforming individuals whose work embodies some of the things that Sarah stood for: a fierce DIY approach to filmmaking, a radical social critique, and a thoroughly underground sensibility. This year we plan to give out one or more grants of $2,500 to support film projects.” – Free History Project

Film Impact Georgia

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Deadline: July 1
Amount: $5,000

The Fall 2020 Grant is a no strings-attached (sort of) grant to support Georgia based filmmakers in producing short film content to practice their craft and further their skills as filmmakers. To qualify, you must be a Georgia based filmmaker and have plans to shoot the film in the next year in Georgia. This grant is for *SHORT FILMS ONLY. If selected, Filmmakers will receive $5,000 and a mentor to help throughout the process completing the film. -FIG