February 2, 2023

Austin Film Society accepting filmmaker grant applications

The organization will also make four new unrestricted grants of $5,000 to experienced filmmakers for a project in development


The Austin Film Society has started accepting applications for its annual grants for emerging Texas filmmakers, and the deadline to make a proposal is June 8.

Applications and guidelines for the grants can be found at the society’s website,

Since the AFS began the program in 1996, it has awarded more than $2 million in cash grants and $340,000 in in-kind goods and services to more than 400 Texas filmmakers. The grants will made for films in pre-production, production and post.

But this year, the society will make four new unrestricted grants of $5,000 to experienced filmmakers for a project in development.

“We’re in the midst of a historic moment, and our Texas storytellers are uniquely equipped to observe, interpret and capture it,” said Rebecca Campbell, the AFS CEO.

Past grant recipients include Augustine Frizzell, Andrew Bujalski, Yen Tan, Heather Courtney, Keith Maitland and Annie Silverstein.

Past recipients also include directors Kat Candler and David Lowery, who have become donors to the grant fund.

The grant program is committed to diversity, the AFS says. And in the last three cycles, 47 percent of recipients identified with a community of color — and 49 percent were women. In that regard, the AFS will offer a $10,000 grant called the New Texas Voices Award, which honors a first-time filmmaker of color who is making a feature film.

More details can be founded at Recipients will be announced in early September.

Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy
Charles Ealy is a former movies editor for The Dallas Morning News and Austin American-Statesman.

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