The Film Independent Emergency Filmmaker Support Fund will provide grants to Film Independent Fellows whose livelihoods have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants range from $500 to $5,000 to offer immediate relief, with priority going to those maintaining households and heath care and individuals from marginalized communities, followed by support to filmmakers with projects in post-production, with special consideration given to those who can in turn provide or sustain employment opportunities for others. 

Film Independent will accept applications for grants in two-week cycles or each time a threshold of $10k has been raised. In the interest of a quick turn-around, grantees will be selected by an internal vetting process based on the urgency of need. Grants will be distributed every three weeks and continue through the crisis, contingent on the availability of funds in Emergency Filmmaker Support Fund. 

Film Independent will provide support to as many Fellows as we are able to and are actively fundraising for this purpose. Please contact with any questions. 

STATUS UPDATE: Film Independent completed its second round of EFSF Grant Awards on May 20. Grantees have been notified - if you did not receive an award notification, your application is still under consideration for future award rounds, which will take place on a biweekly basis. 

We encourage applicants to update us with any new information or changes that have taken place since the time of the original submission. Please email to open your application for editing.

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